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Classics Perfected Launch at Fairmont Zimbali

This article contributed by: Vernon Loker

To the layman, a cocktail is little more than a tasty drink found in up-market restaurants, at plush bars or at other elite gatherings, in which patrons consume liquids fit for a very special occasion.

image courtesy of Fairmont Zimbali

image courtesy of Fairmont Zimbali

However, to the connoisseur, cocktails are hand-crafted brews requiring a delicate touch of blending various flavours of beverages, both natural and alcoholic together with, if called for, exotic spices to round off nothing short of a sensation to the palette. Granted, these drinks are commonly found at special celebrations, but interestingly for me, they also feature when conversations are light and topical at the end of a business day or the gathering of friends and family during a meal at a favourite eating or drinking establishment over the weekend. Fairmont Zimbali’s launch into this dimension of socializing at their Resort on the North Coast of Kwa-Zulu-Natal nearby Ballito has introduced me to this previously unknown world.

image courtesy of Fairmont Zimbali

image courtesy of Fairmont Zimbali

I was recently introduced to this form of social drinking when accompanying my wife to Fairmont Zimbali Resort launch of their exclusive cocktail menu called Classics Perfected.

image courtesy of Fairmont Zimbali

image courtesy of Fairmont Zimbali


image courtesy of Fairmont Zimbali

image courtesy of Fairmont Zimbali


Little was I aware of firstly the training that Mixologists (the title for a master of his/her trade) undergo, together with the painstaking experimentation and recording of cocktail recipes prior to the final product passing the lips of the discerning tippler. Fairmont Hotel’s South African Mixologists have attended specialist training courses with a fortunate few having gained overseas experience to fine-tune their craft.
image courtesy of Fairmont Zimbali

image courtesy of Fairmont Zimbali


I was further intrigued, when given insight, into the flavours that Mixologists are able to produce when blending a cocktail. To successfully combine mint, pomegranate, cucumber, fresh lemon, coconut, plus a variety of other fruits, along with herbs and spices with recognized drinks such as Champagne, Tequila, Vodka, Gin, Cointreau and the likes was the equivalent to introducing me to another universe of drinking pleasure.
Cocktail names such as “Right Word”, “VSOP Boulevardier”, “Veuve Clicqot” had me spell bound.
Of particular interest to me were the demonstrations of the Hotel’s resident Mixologists in the preparation of a cocktail. This at a specially prepared glass counter with colourful lighting, a crystal clear sound system and big screen, all combining to optimize patrons viewing the coming together of the final product.
image courtesy of Fairmont Zimbali

image courtesy of Fairmont Zimbali


My attention was gripped by one of the evening’s Mixologists, Patrick, as he produced his personal creation, Pomegranate Paloma . A cocktail of Patrick’s own engineering and one that hitherto had no equal in the cocktail world. I sat enthralled as he combined pomegranate juice, grapefruit juice, and fresh lemon juice with Angostura bitters. He then added Casamigos Reposado Tequila to Cointreau plus Half kosher salt to the juices and rounded off with a rim of lemon.
In short – a refreshing cocktail and one to warm conversations.
All-in-all, an evening well spent in the company of Fairmont Zimbali’s staff and guests.
image courtesy of Fairmont Zimbali

image courtesy of Fairmont Zimbali

Strawberries Romanoff

Strawberry Romanoff is a very basic dessert made from….. you guessed it, strawberries, cream and liqueur. It is a light, airy dessert which is meant to be enjoyed after a heavy meal because of the fact that it is not made with cake or biscuit. Read more HERE.
Strawberry Romanoff
Here in Durban we are privileged to have warm weather all year round which makes eating fruity, summer desserts (if the fresh fruit is available) so awesome. Even though I am more of a winter person, I love summer fruits, especially fruit salads with ice-cream…….YUM!
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Using as little as 6 ingredients, this recipe is very easy and requires little effort. It is the perfect recipe to use and make in advance for a dinner party. Just pop into the fridge once you’ve made it and leave it there for a day or two until ready to eat.
You will need:
500g strawberries, washed, hulled and halved
2 Tbsp Cointreau or any other orange flavoured liqueur
2 Tbsp strawberry yoghurt
2 tsp icing sugar
2 tsp icing sugar (extra)
175ml cream, whipped
Method:
Combine strawberries, icing sugar and liqueur in a bowl, refrigerate for 30 minutes. Drain Strawberries and reserve the liquid. Divide half the strawberries among 4 dessert bowls.
Blend the remaining strawberries, extra icing sugar, reserved liquid and yoghurt until smooth. Beat the cream in a separate bowl with a hand held electric beater until soft peaks have formed. Fold in strawberry mixture and top the strawberries in the serving bowls with strawberry cream.
Strawberries Romanoff

Cosmopolitan

Sex and the City
Love it or hate it, Sex and the City introduced a whole new generation of cocktail drinkers (myself included) to the fabulous world of the cocktail. The Cosmopolitan was Carrie Bradshaw’s (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) drink of choice throughout much of the Show http://ohgo.sh/archive/sex-and-the-city-the-cosmopolitan/
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The Cosmopolitan’s history is somewhat uncertain.  Until recently it was thought to have originated during the 80s, perhaps based upon the Harpoon, a drink created to promote Ocean Spray juice during the 1960s.  Clearly this drink has come a long way and despite its up-to-date modern image today, the recipe follows the classic sour-family cocktail recipe of base spirit (vodka), sweetener (Cointreau) and sour (lime juice), with a bit of cranberry juice thrown in to add an extra bit of tartness and a nice pink color.
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Although pricey, I think it’s worth every cent to purchase a bottle of Cointreau to keep on hand for those refreshing cocktails such as Margaritas, Cosmopolitans and believe it or not cooking prawns.  But that’s a recipe for another day.
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Here’s my mix for a gorgeously refreshing and moreish Cosmopolitan
1 tot of Vodka
1 tot of Cointreau
Juice of 1 Lime
100% Cranberry juice

Method:
Mix the Vodka, Cointreau and lime juice together.  Pour into a Martini Glass and top up with ice cold cranberry juice.
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