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A cocktail a day keeps the doctor away...

We don’t know about you guys but this cold weather has certainly taken its toll on our health here at the HTB headquarters.

We have been bombarded with advice and tips from friend to help combat that pesky common cold. We have eaten raw garlic cloves, munched on spicy spicy food, drunk teas of honey lemon turmeric and everything else you could imagine but we prefer to do things a little differently here when we get a bit bunged up.
One thing that pops up again and again in these DIY cold remedies is ginger so lets beat that cold HTB style….with plenty of booze!
So here you go, some festive winter cocktails guaranteed to have you feeling on top of the world

 

WINTER CAIPIRINHAS (makes 5)

2 large limes

3cm (1¼in) piece peeled fresh ginger

25g (1oz) brown sugar

15 large fresh mint leaves plus fresh mint sprigs, for garnish

120ml (4fl oz) Brazilian rum such as Cachaça

Ice cubes

Approx 600ml (1 pt) ginger beer or ginger ale


Peel the zest from the limes using a potato peeler, remove any white pith. Squeeze the limes and reserve the juice. Combine the lime zest and juice with the ginger, sugar and 15 mint leaves in a large bowl. 

Muddle the mix by crushing the lime peel, ginger and mint leaves together with the back of a spoon or the end of a rolling pin. Transfer the mixture to a large pitcher and stir in the rum. Cover and chill for up to 3 hours. 

Add the ice cubes to the lime mixture in the pitcher then stir in the ginger beer or ale. Fill cocktail glasses or tumblers with ice cubes. Strain or pour the cocktail mixture into the glasses. Garnish each drink with a mint sprig.

 

 
 POMEGRANTE AND GINGER FIZZ (makes 1)

60ml (2¼fl oz) gin

40ml (1½fl oz) pomegranate juice

40ml (1½fl oz) ginger ale

Crushed ice

1 orange slice

 

Shake the gin and juice in a cocktail shaker with crushed ice, strain into a cocktail glass filled with more crushed ice and top up with the ginger ale. Garnish with the orange.

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Written by the team at Hire The Barman offices!

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