Drink Up! - You & I’s Food Issue

With social distancing at its height right now, all we do is eat, drink, work, and sleep at home. We need things to brighten up our day, and sometimes cooking just isn’t it – too much effort after a long day of WFH – Work From Home! So why not sit back, relax, and unwind after a long hard day of social distancing with a nice drink? We have all kinds of options for you, ranging from alcoholic cocktails, mocktails for every age, lip-smacking milkshakes and smoothies and, of course, detox drinks for the health-conscious ones out there. Welcome to You & I’s Food issue: Drinks!     -Devanshi

Cocky Cocktails
Shots are so last season. It’s all about cocktails now! We love just sitting at the bar and slyly sipping on our drinks, surveying the crowd. Classy cocktails are here to stay! Here are a few of our personal favourites to try at home.

Whiskey Sour
The three pillars of a tasty cocktail – sugar, citrus, and the spirit – come together in this delicious drink. A straight up classic, the first mention of a Whiskey Sour dates back to 1870! For one serving, usually had before dinner, add 60ml bourbon, 20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 20ml simple syrup in a cocktail shaker, fill it with ice, cover, and shake strongly for about 20 seconds, or until you feel the outside of the shaker cool down. Strain the cocktail and pour into an old-fashioned glass, optionally filled with ice. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry and half an orange wheel on the rim! For an added twist, you can add a dash of egg white to the drink, making it a Boston Sour! And for a New York Sour, just float a few bar spoons of a nice full-bodied red wine on top. Another variant of this popular drink is the Ward 8, usually served without the egg white, with either rye whiskey or bourbon, and both lemon and orange juice with grenadine syrup as the sweetening agents.

The Long Island Iced Tea –LIIT
No cocktail list would be complete without mentioning the pre-eminent drink – the Long Island Iced Tea! Invented with the sole aim to get you drunk, this cocktail is a mind blowing mixture of various white spirits, over a lot of ice! Get started by pouring 20ml each, of vodka, white rum, silver tequila, gin, triple sec, simple syrup, and fresh lemon juice into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with a little bit of cola, and stir. Garnish with a lemon wedge on the rim and serve with a reusable straw. There are many versions of this potion, and the most popular variant substitutes orange juice for the cola. If you’d like to try the Grateful Dead, replace the triple sec with a shot of Chambord, and the cola with any lemon-lime soda. For an Adios Mother******, or AMF, replace the triple sec with the popular Blue Curacao, and the cola with a lemon-lime soda. Instead of the cola, if you add cranberry juice, you’ll have yourself a Long Beach Iced Tea, and if it’s Midori, it’s a Tokyo Iced Tea.

Irish Coffee
If you’re having one of those days where you can’t figure out if you need sleep, coffee, or a strong drink, try the Irish coffee – a delightful mix of alcohol and coffee! Created in 1942 by the Irishman Joseph Sheridan, the drink was originally intended to revive and soothe the drinker. Today it’s enjoyed by everybody in bars around the world, and you can make your very own Irish Coffee at home. Start by heating up a glass coffee mug by filling it with boiling water, and then emptying it out (remember to reuse the water – don’t waste!). Add two sugar cubes, one tbsp of brown sugar or 1 tsp of packed brown sugar and granulated sugar each. Pour 150ml of freshly brewed hot coffee over the sugar and stir well until it dissolves. Add 3 tbsp of Irish Whiskey to the coffee and stir again. Top the cup with heavy cream, slightly whipped, by pouring onto the back of a spoon over the cup, gently, so that it floats on top. Serve hot, but never boil the drink. And there you have it, the perfect cup of scrumptious Irish Coffee!

Mesmerising Mocktails
The perfect anytime, anywhere drink, mocktails can be enjoyed by any and every age group. These fun, flirty, and delicious drinks are perfect for when you want to enjoy a few drinks with your kids, don’t feel like drinking, or just when you feel like having something more than water but are tired of generic sodas.

Pink Panther
This one looks like a pink Piña Colada, and has a similar base. Perfect for a pretend chilling session on the beach with your children, this drink is extremely tropical. Make four servings by putting 3 cups of ice, 180ml pineapple juice, 180ml coconut milk, 120ml cream of coconut, and 60ml fresh strawberry sauce, homemade strawberry freezer jam, or strawberry grenadine syrup into a blender. Blend until the ice is nicely crushed, and then pour into glasses. Garnish the drinks with fresh slices of pineapple on the rim and strawberries floating on top. And that’s a quintessential virgin strawberry Piña Colada!

Hajmola Mojito
A classic Indian twist to the classic Virgin Mojito, this drink adds in a special something that we all love – Hajmola! Start by crushing those Hajmola tablets into a fine powder, and then set it aside. In a mason jar, add 4-5 tbsp of or raw cane sugar (depending on how sweet you want it). Add 60ml chilled water and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add 15 mint leaves and muddle them with the back of a spoon to release the flavour. Add 4-5 ice cubes and fill the rest of the jar with chilled lemon-lime soda. Add the powdered Hajmola, stir, and serve immediately, chilled! For an even more flavourful alternative, substitute the lemon-lime soda with plain club soda, and instead of the sugar and water, add some freshly squeezed orange juice, or concentrated orange syrup. The sweetness of the orange will balance out the sugar and sweet soda, and the orangeness might just be more appealing to children!

 

Chocolate Fake-tini
Here’s the perfect drink to surprise your kids on their birthdays, special occasions, or just whenever they need a pick-me-up! Forget children, many chocoholic adults would love this sweet drink too! Very easy to make, you can probably go make this drink right now with the ingredients you have in your cupboard! Drizzle around 45ml chocolate syrup inside martini glasses to decorate it, and then place the glasses in the freezer to chill (and freeze the syrup into place) while you make the drink. Put 90ml of milk and 50 ml chocolate syrup into a shaker full of ice and go to town on it for a good 30-40 seconds! Strain evenly into both the glasses (so that they don’t fight over who gets more) and serve chilled. To be a little extra, you can shave a little chocolate on top of the glasses, or top it with sprinkles. If they’ve been very nice, maybe serve it with some ice cream? To go for a more decadent vibe, you can switch the milk for cream! And for an added extra-cute surprise, you can drop a Hersheys Kiss into the bottom of the glass for them to find once they finish their drinks!

Spicy Watermelon
Watermelon lovers rejoice. Here’s a recipe that incorporates the yummy watermelon taste with an added new twist of spice! In a blender, mix together 1 full cup of frozen seedless watermelon cubes, 1 heaping cup of fresh seedless watermelon cubes, and ¼ jalapeño without seeds. Blend until everything turns to liquid, and then strain the mixture and throw away the pulp. Add 1 tbsp of lime juice, 60ml of simple syrup, and stir well. Mix ¼ tsp cayenne pepper and 1 tbsp kosher salt on a plate and run the wedge of a lime around the rim of the glasses. To salt the rims, dip the wet edges into the spicy salt. Fill two thirds of the glass with the mixture, and then top off the drink with sparkling water. Place a watermelon wedge on the rim, along with a coin of jalapeño, and you are ready to serve your spicy watermelon mocktail at brunch!

Smoothies and Milkshakes
You know that awkward stage when you’re too hungry to just drink something, but not hungry enough to eat something? That’s when you have a milkshake! Or the slightly healthier version, a smoothie! These milk-based drinks are quite filling, and the perfect evening snack/drink for those fussy little kiddos who refuse to drink Bournvita in the evenings. Subtly fill them up with these fun and tasty alternatives!

Rainbow Smoothie
Health and taste combine to perfection in this colourful drink. To make the perfect rainbow smoothie you’ll need a lot of different fruits and, of course, milk! Start with the bottommost layer, magenta. You’ll need 1 frozen banana, 120ml Greek yogurt (vanilla or plain), 1/2 cup of sliced beets, and 1 cup of frozen strawberries or raspberries. Mix it all together in a blender till you achieve your desired consistency. Transfer the layer to a bowl and refrigerate it for now. Wash the blender and get started on your next layer. For the purple layer, you’ll need 1 frozen banana, 120ml Greek yogurt (vanilla or plain), and 1 cup of frozen mixed berries. For the blue layer, 2 frozen bananas, 120ml Greek yogurt (vanilla or plain), 1 cup of frozen pineapple, and a few drops of blue food colouring. For the green layer, 2 frozen bananas 120ml Greek yogurt (vanilla or plain), 1 handful (or more) of spinach, and 1 cup of frozen pineapple. For the next layer, yellow, use 2 frozen bananas, 120ml Greek yogurt (vanilla or plain), and 1 cup of frozen pineapple. Make the orange layer with 1 frozen banana, 120ml Greek yogurt (vanilla or plain), 1/2 cup of frozen peaches, 1 small orange (peeled), and 1/4 cup of frozen mango. Lastly, for the topmost red layer, blend together 1 frozen banana, 120ml Greek yogurt (vanilla or plain), 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries, and 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries.

To ensure that the different layers don’t mix together, make sure the consistency of each layer of smoothie is thick. If it’s too thick, water it down with more liquid, and if it’s too liquid-y, freeze it before layering it. To layer efficiently, start by putting the magenta in a tall glass, and carefully piling on the rest of the layers in rainbow order. Garnish the drink with a toothpick filled with leftover fruits! Doesn’t this drink feel like a meal in its own?

Breakfast Lassi
As the name suggests, this concoction is the perfect addition to a scrumptious breakfast. Easy to make, all the ingredients can be found at home. Make your next morning meal extra special by adding 3 cups of peeled, seeded, and cubed mangoes into a blender, along with 2 cups of cubed peaches, 1 cup of plain Greek yoghurt, ½ cup skimmed milk, 1 tsp grated ginger, and ½ cup of cold water. Blend until smooth. Optionally, add a little honey to taste, and blend again. Pour into a glass and garnish with 4 mint leaves. The best part about this drink is that you can refrigerate it for 2-3 days. So you can prep you meal by making it the night before, and then serving it the next morning for breakfast – lightening your morning meal prep load!

Power Smoothie
We all need an energetic morning and a power-packed breakfast to get us off our butts and ready to conquer the day. And what better way to start than with an energising combination of coffee, dates, banana, and oats – all your favourite breakfast items in one! To make 2 servings of this power-packed energy smoothie, add a frozen banana, 2 pitted Medjool dates, ½ cup cold-brew coffee, ¼ cup of raw cashews, 3 tbsp of oats, 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, and a pinch of ground cardamom and kosher salt into a blender. Blend until the consistency is liquid, and serve in a chilled glass. To ensure that the smoothie is extra smooth, soak both the nuts and the oats in water overnight, and drain before you make it.

Chocolate Freakshake!
What’s better than a chocolate milkshake? A Chocolate Freakshake! And as far as decadent chocolate drinks go, there’s nothing better than this one (who’s even thinking about calories right now?!). Share this heavenly and delicious drink with your partner-in-chocolate-crime! For a single serving, you’ll need 200ml of double cream, 300g of chocolate ice cream, 60gm of dark chocolate, 250ml of milk, 1 brownie, 1 large marshmallow, and 2 chocolate wafers. Melt 50gm of the chocolate in a double boiler, and whisk in half the double cream to make the smooth and glossy ganache. Set aside in a zip lock bag. Whip the remaining double cream and put that aside in another zip lock bag. Put all the chocolate ice cream and milk into a blender, and blend until liquid. Roast the marshmallow over a fire (stovetop works just fine) until golden. Pick a nice fancy glass that screams decadence, and line the outside and inside with lines of the chocolate ganache. Pour in the milkshake, and top with a large scoop of ice cream. Cut the edge of the zip lock bag and pipe out the whipped cream around the rim of the glass. Skewer the marshmallow and chocolate brownie onto a wooden stick, and rest it on top of the ice cream. Add in the chocolate wafers, and drizzle some more chocolate ganache over everything. To be extra, grate some dark chocolate on top. Serve straightaway, with a pair of reusable straws. If you want to go a little crazy on chocolate, add onto the tower any chocolaty thing you find lying around the house. Go all out on chocolate – death by chocolate is not a bad way to go!

Unicorn Bark Milkshake
With drinks like this one, you never know if you want to actually have it, or just take a million pictures of it. As yummy as it looks, these kinds of drinks have it all: presentation, taste, flavour, substance, and of course, loads and loads of Instagram-able-ness! A favourite not just among little girls, the extra special Unicorn Bark Milkshake can be enjoyed by anybody with a sweet tooth!

To make it, you’ll need 1 packet of pink, blue, and purple candy melts each, sprinkles, and other decor of your choice (like silver foil) for the bark. For the milkshake, you’ll need ½ cup frosting, 1 cup of sprinkles, 500gm vanilla ice cream, 1 container of fresh strawberries with the cores removed, 1 container of fresh raspberries, 200gm whipped cream, and of course, milk!

To make the bark, melt the three colours of candy melts and place into zip lock bags. Cut the tip off them, and pour the pink melted candy onto a baking tray with wax paper over it. Make a pink rectangle, around a centimetre thick. Drizzle blue and purple candy over it, and tap the tray on the counter to flatten everything out. While it’s still warm and melted, quickly top the candy with sprinkles and other decorations. If you’re using edible foil, leave some space and wait until the bark is slightly solid before pressing it on. Place the tray in the fridge for around 30-60 minutes to set. Once hard, break into pieces to use. Set aside in the fridge till needed.

To make the milkshake, spread the frosting on and around the rim of the fancy glass you’ll be using. Cover the frosting with sprinkles, and chill the glass. In a blender, put 4-5 huge scoops of ice cream, ½ cup of diced strawberries, ¼ cup of raspberries, and ½ cup of milk. Blend until liquid, and add more ice cream or milk to get to your required consistency. Pour the milkshake into the frozen glass, and then top with whipped cream. Stick on pieces of the unicorn bark, cotton candy, rock candy, and lots of sprinkles! Enjoy the calorie-filled milkshake of your dreams!

Dainty Detox Drinks
Last, but not the least, detox drinks are a subcategory of drinks that are extremely popular with the health-conscious and fitness freaks. Most people think that detox drinks are just for those individuals who are trying to lose weight. But actually, a good detox drink is full of vitamins, minerals, and other benefits that can be had by just about anybody. A great way to cleanse the body of harmful toxins, these magical drinks can help you reduce ailments like bloating, digestive issues, and constipation. Easy to make at home, the ingredients for all these drinks can be found right at home in your kitchen! Here we have for you a few cool drinks that are tasty yet healthy and something you can totally put up on your social media!

Radiant Lemonade
Loaded with the health benefits of vitamins and nutrients, this refreshing drink has the classic lemonade taste with a citrus-y kick! To make two servings of this special version of the classic lemonade with the added health twist, fill a blender with 1 chopped up apple, 1 cut-up carrot, 1/2 sliced beetroot, 2-3 slices of white radish, 1/2 tsp of lemon zest, and the juice of 2 lemons, and blend away. Add water accordingly to adjust your consistency. Strain the mixture and serve chilled in a tall glass!

The Orange Factor!
This bright orange drink made with oranges and carrots is loaded with fibre, and full of beta-carotene. The high-fibre content makes you feel fuller for longer, and even helps reduce your appetite. The result is a reduction of food intake, which can help with weight loss. The oranges in this drink are loaded with vitamin C, which helps oxidize around 30% more fat, when consumed along with adequate exercise. To make this wonderful drink, you’ll need an orange, a carrot, 1 tbsp honey, coriander leaves, water and ice. First peel the orange and slice the carrot, and then cut them up and toss into the blender. Add the honey, coriander leaves, and the water, and blend. Serve chilled, with ice! The best time to have this would be in the morning, breakfast!

Fruity Tea
Tea is great. We all know that. But what’s healthier than tea? Tea with fruits! Add the vitamins, minerals, and benefits of various fruits to the already salubrious drink. This exquisite tea blend combines the taste of ginger, orange, berries, blueberries, and mint leaves with a classic cup of chamomile tea. Brew 2 chamomile tea bags (or any other healthy tea) with orange rinds, 50gm berries,50gm blueberries,10gm of ginger, and 8-10 mint leaves in 2 cups of boiling water, for four minutes. Serve hot, but not boiling. This drink is not exactly meant for children, but the adults will sure enjoy a hot cup of Fruity Tea. To serve to children, make the tea and then chill it in the fridge. Serve it to them in fancy glasses that will appeal to them and make them more likely to drink it!     - Devanshi