Cocktail concoctions are a sure hit to any New Year’s party. Serving it with just the right balance of juice and alcohol is all about the ratio. I particularly like my cocktails easy to drink with just the right kick, not too sweet, but enough to give me a happy buzz to make it until the countdown to the New Year.
Below are several cocktail concoctions with tropical fruit juices as your base. All of the tropical fruit juices can be found in Asian supermarkets.
Guava is a sweet tropical fruit with a pink juicy flesh.
Mix 16 parts canned guava juice with 2 parts tequila and 2 parts cointreau liquor (orange flavored liquor), then serve it on a salted rimmed margarita glass.
This cocktail is a combination of Mangosteen and Hypnotiq. Thus the name MagnetiQ. The mangosteen is a purple fruit with white segmented flesh. Only the white flesh of the Mangosteen is edible. Hypnotiq is a blue colored sweet liquor flavored with vodka, cognac and exotic fruit juices, making it the perfect complement to the mangosteen.
Mix 2 parts Hpnotiq liquor, 1 part vodka, 4 parts canned mangosteen juice and 1 part blue curacao (a liquor flavored with dried citrus fruit peels and made in the island of curacao to add more color.
Calamansi is a small citrus fruit from the Philippines (also called Philippine lemon). It is small but very tart. Mandarins or Tangerines is a fruit also from the citrus family which is a cross in size, look, and taste between an orange and a calamansi.
Mix one part citron flavored vodka, 1 part triple sec or cointreau (orange flavored liquor), juice from one fresh mandarin, and 4 parts canned ready-to-drink calamansi juice.
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This is taking the juice of the mandarin in another direction by adding a shot of cranberry juice.
Mix 1 parts vodka, 1 part Cointreau, freshly squeezed juice from one whole mandarin (strained of course), and 1 part cranberry juice. Serve with floating slice of mandarin as a garnish.
Lychee is a small round red fruit with a scaly looking exterior, and a sweet white juicy flesh inside .
To make a lychee flavored martini, mix 1 part gin, 1 part vermouth (an aromatic liquor made from wine), 1 part lychee flavored liquor (optional) and 8 parts lychee juice. Serve in a sugar rimmed martini glass.
The perfect finish to this martini, instead of an olive, is of course, a whole piece of lychee fruit.
This cocktail is a close relative of the Pina Colada. However, rather than making it with pineapple and cream of coconut, we are making it with canned guyabano juice. The cloudy guyabano juice is a perfect complement to Malibu which is a coconut flavored rum liquer.
Mix 4 parts Malibu, 2 parts rum, and 8 parts canned Guyabano juice
You can adjust sweetness and tone down the alcohol by adding more juice. Alternatively, for stronger cocktails add more alcohol, but please, please, PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY.
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Written by Donna
With moving to California and having two kids, Donna traded in her city night-owl-running-on-caffeine lifestyle by becoming a suburban domestic deity. She is a special-ed teacher during the daytime, and a juggler of sorts in the evenings and most weekends. If most people find watching TV or shopping relaxing, she on the other hand, finds running, making lists of things to do, trips to the grocery, crafting, and experimenting with new recipes to be fun.
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