This time I was in the Beach Bar Olá Brasil in Santa Maria on the island of Sal in Cape Verde. The island of Sal is 5000 km (3000 miles) from my hometown, but only 2800 km (1700 miles) from Brazil. For this reason, there is nothing better than enjoying a wonderful Caipirinha on the beach here. Bartender Gisel of Beach Bar Olà Brasil really makes one of the best Caiprinhas in the world. The island of Sal is not very big, but there are wonderful beaches. The best beach can be found in Santa Maria. And there you will also find the Beach Bar Olà Brasil. If you ever come to Sal on Cape Verde, you shouldn’t miss the Caipirinha or one of the other excellent cocktails there.
1 fresh lime (cut into wedges)
Cut the lime into wedges and put the cuttet lime into a shaker.
Add sugar and muddle the lime and the sugar.
Fill the shaker with Cachaça and ice.
Fill the Caipirinha in a double Old Fashioned glass and garnish.
Two things make the Beach Bar Olá Brasil a special place: The flair and the atmosphere right on the beach and the people who work there. A completely cool, relaxed crew who take care of all the guests’ wishes with devotion and love. When you’re around, say hello to Gisel and Mr. White for me.
This time I was in Malmö / Sweden. Things are different in Sweden. You can’t buy alcohol in the supermarket, there are special state shops called Sytembolaged. Rumor has it that this is why some Swedes make their own alcohol at home. I noticed something similar during my visit to the Care/Of cocktail bar here in Malmö. Bartender Kash prepared the wonderful Manzanas cocktail there. Everything in the Care/Of bar was also homemade. Mezcal infused with coccchi americano and macadamia nuts, homemade grapefruit oleo and pink lady apple juice. Even the ice cubes are made in the Care/Of bar itself. And that’s what you can taste! The Manzanas cocktail has a smoky, nutty aroma and the freshness of apple juice. A really great taste experience.
Mezcal infused with cocchi americano & macadamia nuts
pink lady applejuice
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir.
Add a big ice cube into chilled old fashioned glass.
Strain into the old fashioned glass.
Garnish with macadamia nut.
Cheers from Sweden!
You will find the Care/Of cocktail bar in the city center next to the Malmö Live Konserthus at Fiskehamnsgatan 11C. There is indoor and outdoor seating with view of Malmö’s canals and the historic city center. The interior is elegant and modern and here too, the owner Stefan made many parts himself. It is a total work of art that you should definitely try on a trip to Malmö.
Are there cocktails in North Korea too? Of course. I recommend the Suju MakgeolliCocktail. With two Korean ingredients and very tasty and delicious. You can also mix the cocktail well at home, you don’t have to travel to North Korea.
2 shots Soju
3 shots Makgeolli
Fill the glass with ice.
Add 2 shots Soju and 3 shots Makgeolli.
Stir for 20 seconds.
Garnish with apple slices and serve with a straw.
Soju is a spirit from Korea. The most important raw ingredient is rice, almost always in combination with other foods containing carbohydrates such as potatoes, wheat or barley. Soju is clear and typically has an alcohol content of 20%. It has been distilled since at least the 14th century. The name literally means brandy.
Makgeolli is a naturally cloudy alcoholic drink from Korea with an alcohol content of mostly 5–8%, in some cases up to 13%. It is made from rice with the addition of water, nuruk (wheat or rice cultures) and yeast, is only roughly filtered and therefore milky-white and has a mild, slightly sour and sweet taste. Sometimes variants with additional ingredients such as corn or fruit are offered. Compared to many other types of alcohol, makgeolli is high in protein and contains fewer calories. Thanks to the lactic acid bacteria and yeast, the drink is also enriched with vitamins and some carbonic acid.
Off to Cyprus. To Paphos, to be precise. Paphos is not the largest city in Cyprus, it really doesn’t have the best beach in the world and the sights can be counted om one hand. But Paphos has probably the best cocktail bar in Cyprus – probably as compensation. And I was there. At Mr. Tippler in the picturesque old town of Paphos. There the bartender Greg welcomed me in a friendly manner at the entrance of Mr. Tippler to show me one of his signature cocktails: the Angel`s Grog. The bar is very modern and tastefully decorated and has many exceptional cocktails on the menu. And the staff is really great. If you ever come to Paphos, be sure to go to Mr. Tippler in Kosta Georgiou 3 and try some of the signature cocktails from Mr. Tippler. Perhaps one of the best things to do in Cyprus besides the good weather, and give Greg my regards.
Cool the clay pot with crushed ice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake.
Shake well and strain into clay pot filled with new crushed ice.
Add some more crushed ice to top of the glass.
Garnish the Angel´s Grog!
Cheers from Cyprus!
Two things make the Angel`s Grog cocktail something very special. First, the cocktail is served in a clay pot made exclusively for Mr. Tippler by a local Cypriot pottery. Second, the Mastiha ingredient. Mastiha is a sweet liqueur produced with the mastikha resin from the Greek island of Chios. It has a distinctive flavor, reminiscent of pine and herbs. It is claimed to have medicinal properties and to aid digestion.
If you want to drink a really good Mojito, I can recommend the Mojito Beach Bar on the island of Rhodes in Greece. I was there myself and I have to say, the Mojito tastes really great in the Mojito Beach Bar. But not only the Mojito makes this beach bar an unforgettable place. The bar is right on the beach and you can relax there for a whole day. The atmosphere is very chilled and the location is really exceptional.
lime (cut into wedges)
Cut the lime into wedges.
Put the lime into glass and add cane sugar and mint leaves.
Muddle the mint.
Add crushed ice, Rum and a splash of soda.
Add some ice and garnish with mint sprig and lime slice.
Enjoy your Mojito at the beach!
You can find the Mojito Beach Bar on the island of Rhodes near Gennadi right on the beach. They also offer great rooms if you want to stay longer. Just visit the website. And when you arrive at the great place, give my regards to Doro and Christina. And enjoy a Mojito!
On July 1st 2020 the airport of Malta opened again. So I went to Malta, to San Ġiljan on Ball Street, where bartender Tisho was waiting for me at THE THIRSTY BARBER with a surprise. He created me a cocktail to my taste. Malta is a wonderful island and THE THIRTY BARBER is a truly exceptional cocktail bar. Here is the cocktail recipe:
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva rum
Angostura & bitters
liqueur of salted caramel and butterscotch
Add all ingredients in a mixing glass.
Add ice cubes.
Stir for 20 seconds.
Strain into cocktail glass.
Garnish with flowers and fruits.
THE THIRSTY BARBER is Malta`s first prohibition style bar. The Thirsty Barber boasts a unique cocktail list, developed by a team of qualified and experienced mixologists. One can choose from a variety of Prohibition-era cocktails, martinis and champagne cocktails, some of which are also to share. The bar’s signature cocktail also happens to be the most expensive on the island. I firmly believe that every guest visiting The Thirsty Barber has a fantastic experience.
What to do in Germany in cold February. Right! You get on the plane and visit sunny Israel. Really nice it is in Eilat on the Red Sea. Near the beach you will find the best cocktail bar in the city: Jasper 08. In February the temperatures in Eilat are only 25 degrees Celsius, but in summer they rise to 45 degrees Celsius. So the Jasper Iced Tea cocktail is a great refreshment.
I was very glad, that the manager Vera of Jasper 08 gave me the opportunity, that her bartender Erez showed me the making of Jasper Iced Tea. Eilat is very easy to reach via the newly built Eilat Ramon Airport and when you arrive in Eilat you must visit the Jasper 08 cocktail bar.
lime juice (freshly squeezed)
peach iced tea syrup
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake.
Shake well and strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice.
Add some more crushed ice to top of the glass.
Garnish with some fresh mint leaves and a cucumber flower.
Cheers from Israel!
The Jasper 08 cocktail bar in Eilat serves up the perfect cocktail of exhilarating experiences for your vacation at the Red Sea. Right at the heart of the newly-renovated Isrotel Agamim lobby is the Jasper 08 cocktail bar, setting a new entertainment standard for hotel guests and visitors alike. This unique mega bar is the ideal setting for an exceptional night out, with its contemporary New York atmosphere reflected in exclusive cocktails, the bar’s music, and cool staff. Try the Jasper Iced Tea!
In January 2020 I was in Jordan looking for a typical Jordanian cocktail. I went to Aqaba on the Red Sea and found the Suzana Cocktail Bar at Tala Bay Resort in Aqaba, where bartender Yusel mixed me a super delicious Jordanian cocktail called casa ma. The Suzana Cocktailbar is a really great bar with international spirits and very competent bartenders.
If you once drive through Aqaba, e.g. on the way to Petra, you should definitely pay a visit to the Suzana bar. The cocktail bar is located directly on a marina and is only 50 meters from the great Tala Bay beach.
Combine all ingredients – except the Ginger Ale – in a shaker with ice.
Shake well and strain into a highball glass.
Add the Ginger Ale and a straw.
Cheers from Jordan!
Jordan shows itself to be a modern and cosmopolitan country that maintains its Islamic traditions but faces west. Alcohol is served in many places, and there are bars and occasionally western-style nightclubs. The city of Aqaba, located on the Red Sea, offers its visitors the opportunity for a beach holiday all year round.
You should not be afraid, Vienna isn’t on fire. You couldn’t do that to Vienna. Why should there be another way to enjoy Vienna in Ashes: liquid, with smoke and chocolate. I want to show you a great recipe that I got when I visited Vienna in autumn 2019.
Muddle the mint together with the vinegar in a mixing glass.
Add ice, the gum syrup and Aquavit.
Strain into a glass over fresh ice.
Garnish with the lingonberry jam and a mint sprig.
Hallon-Lakrits is a festive candy drink that tastes just as the Swedish name promises – raspberries and licorice. So, just like the popular raspberry peel. Worth mentioning is also that this is a drink that one can very easily vary to adapt to their own taste preferences. This stated recipe is only a good basic recipe.
60 ml/ 2 oz. Sourz Raspberry
10 ml/ ⅓ oz. Pernod
20 ml/ ¾ oz. Grenadine
10 ml/ ⅓ oz. lemon juice
80 ml/ 2 ¾ oz. soda water
Fill a glass half with crushed ice.
Add Sourz Raspberry, Pernod, Grenadine and lemon juice.
Stir so that everything mixes.
Add the soda water and fill the rest of the glass with ice.
Stir slightly and garnish with a lakrits stick.
It’s all about finding a balance in the flavors you like. If you think it’s too low in licorice, you can easily increase the amount of Pernod. If you want the drink a little sweeter, you can try to use Seven Up or Sprite instead of soda. Since they are a little sweeter, you may need to add some extra lemon juice. Do not be afraid to try different variants.
Fizzy Pop is exactly what it sounds like – a drink that tastes like Sweden’s most popular candy piece. Some call them Bubblizz, others for Fizzypop. Whatever you call them, this is the drink recipe you’ve been looking for!
Add Sprite and stir gently so that the bubbles do not disappear.
Add more ice if there is space.
Gently pour Blue Curaçao in the top of the glass so that the blue color spreads slightly downwards.
Garnish with candy.
The secret sauce in this drink is undoubtedly the bubble gum from Monin. It tastes almost exactly like the Fizzy pop / Bubblizz candies it is, just much sweeter. The other ingredients are therefore mostly to balance the flavors, get the liquid and alcohol volume and to make the drink visually more appealing. The syrup is alcohol-free and available to order online or to buy in some specialty stores.
If you do not want to go to Stockholm (Sweden), you can also make the cocktails easily at home.