Asian Summer Cocktails
After 5 months in Singapore for work, I am finally back home. As much as I liked it in Singapore, I missed the boyfriend, family, and my friends. Besides Utah is home. (You know you really miss the U.S. when you’re singing Neil Diamond’s Coming to America in your head as you board the plane. Everywhere around the world, they coming to AMERICA!)
Of course, the boyfriend picked me up from the airport. God, I missed him. I’ve noticed he has lost some weight since his trip to visit me in Singapore just 3 months prior. He has made me a very extensive list of meals he wanted me to make. I get home and see the fridge has not been stock. Not sure what he has been eating besides salad. However, the bar cart is fully stocked. I remembered how much he objected to the bar cart when I first brought it home. Now, he constantly keeps it stocked.
(I swear we are not alcoholics!)
Then I remember I quit drinking in Singapore. Why? It was outrageously expensive. A bottle of Jameson Whiskey? $150. Grey Goose? $190. Patron? $200! Now that I’m home, I don’t feel so guilty about spending money on alcohol. Here are two Asian inspired cocktails to enjoy.
Lemongrass Whiskey Sour
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
1 stalk lemongrass
2 tablespoon lemon juice
2 oz. Hibiki Japanese whiskey (3 oz. if you want it stronger)
Ginger & Gin Limeade
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
2 oz. Bombay Sapphire gin (3 oz. if you like it stronger)
Juice of 2 lime wedges
lime slice for garnish
For the Lemongrass Whiskey Sour, cut up a stalk of lemongrass into 1” pieces. Reserve the end for garnish.
To make the simple syrup, combine 1 cup sugar with 2 cups water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add lemongrass to the boiling water and reduce to a slow simmer for 15 mins. Set aside to cool.
Pour 2 oz. lemongrass syrup with 2 oz. Hibiki whiskey, and lemon juice into a shaker. Shake and strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with a few ice cubes. Garnish with the lemongrass stalk.
For the Ginger and Gin Limeade, cut up some fresh ginger into thick slices. Bring a cup of sugar with 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the ginger slices and reduce to a simmer for 15 mins. Set aside to cool.
Pour 2 oz. ginger syrup with 2 oz. gin and lime juice into a shaker. Shake to mix and strain over a glass with ice. Garnish with a slice of lime.
*Feel free to use any available gin or whiskey on hand.
Relax and enjoy your nice refreshing adult beverage. And please drink responsibly!