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Discover the cocktail

By Vision Reporter

Added 5th June 2008 03:00 AM

COCKTAILS, just like their name suggests, are a blend of drinks, either alcoholic or non-alcoholic. Many people think of cocktails as a status drink mainly served in high class bars or in movie theatres.

COCKTAILS, just like their name suggests, are a blend of drinks, either alcoholic or non-alcoholic. Many people think of cocktails as a status drink mainly served in high class bars or in movie theatres.

By Roger Mugisha

COCKTAILS, just like their name suggests, are a blend of drinks, either alcoholic or non-alcoholic. Many people think of cocktails as a status drink mainly served in high class bars or in movie theatres.

However, cocktails can be easily made at home. “There is no science to making a cocktail drink. Just assemble your soft drinks, juice and hard drinks (gins, vodkas) and you are ready to begin,” says Michael Parker of Fat Boyz at Kisementi.

Cocktails combine a variety of colours and a diversity of taste “Creating a cocktail drink entails marrying colour, taste, size and presentation. Colour is important because cocktail drinks are meant to capture the eye,” Parker says adding that a good cocktail is one that ‘packs a punch but does not hurt you’.

Parker says to make a cocktail, one only needs to place ice cubes into a glass then add other drinks according to their taste. If alcohol is used, it should not have a dominant taste.

Presentation is also crucial, so one can place little fruit umbrellas on top of the glass or sprinkle shreds of lemon and olives on the drink to make it more attractive..

The kind of glass used to serve the cocktail will determine its size.
Cocktails have catchy names—you will hear of Sex on the Beach, Caribbean Queen, Kamikaze or The Hospitalizer (it contains five different types of alchohol).

So, for those who fancy a different taste and a break from their regular drinks, cocktails would be ideal.

They can be made in minutes using any ingredients. For first timers, it is wise to start off with the non-alcoholic cocktails and then progress to the alcoholic ones.


Caribbean Queen Cocktail
Ingredients
3 tablespoons watermelon juice
1 tablespoon coconut rum
3 tablespoons orange-flavoured liquor
10 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice

To make the drink
Put a handful of ice into a glass
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix
Decorate and serve chilled.

Discover the cocktail

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