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D.I.Y. Drinks Bar

D.I.Y. Drinks Bar

Ingredients

Citrus Spice Syrup

  • peel from 1 lemon (removed in strips with a vegetable peeler)

Ginger Spice Syrup

  • 3 tablespoons grated peeled fresh ginger
  • fruit (like diced pineapple, mango, watermelon, kiwi, lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit; raspberries, blueberries, and diced strawberries)
  • herbs (like mint and basil)
  • vodka, gin, rum, and tequila

Recipe Preparation

  • Bring each set of syrup ingredients to boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let steep 1 hour. Strain syrup into small pitcher; discard solids in strainer. Cover and refrigerate syrup until cold, about 3 hours. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 week ahead. Keep chilled.

The Set Up

  • In bowls, put out diced pineapple, mango, watermelon, kiwi, lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit; raspberries, blueberries, and diced strawberries; mint and basil. Arrange spiced syrups (Citrus Spice Syrup, Ginger Spice Syrup), sparkling water, crushed ice, measuring spoons, muddlers, vodka, gin, rum, and tequila on the table.

The Technique

  • Place 2 tablespoons diced fruit, 1 tablespoon citrus fruit, and some herb leaves in a glass.

  • Crust with a spoon or muddler.

  • Add 2 tablespoons syrup, or to taste.

  • Fill glass with crushed ice.

  • Top with sparkling water or club soda.

The Best Combos

  • Pineapple, lemon, mint, citrus syrup, vodka

  • Mango, lime, ginger syrup, gin

  • Kiwi, grapefruit, tequila

Recipe by Douglas Rodriguez,Photos by Pornchai MittongtareReviews Section


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