I get food or in this case drink inspiration from unlikely places. This time, from Sex and The City. It is one of my favourite shows till date, and I can never get tired of watching re runs of it. If I could choose the character closest to me, it will be difficult because I consider myself a Char-miranda-lotte. hehehe. Just because I see a bit of myself in both characters. Miranda is the driven, ambitious, independent take no prisoners kind of person, and she also has a soft spot but hides it under a thick veneer of being a kick ass woman (which is a good thing). You just have to get to know her to realise that she is sweet and vulnerable like any woman. Very like Moi. Charlotte on the other had, I also find some connection with because she is the green eyed, hopeful, trusting, hopeless romantic. A Pollyanna with her own rose tinted glass, and somewhat naive view on life, plus parts her story resonates with me in more ways than one. The other two, I have zero connection with their characters. Don’t get me started on the Carrie-Big Conundrum. Never wanted to bitch slap a person so hard in my life before. Oh, I do now, Olivia Pope is next person needing a good bitch slapping to shake her out of her love juju slumber (not my words, but my hilarious friend Funke O.) As for Samantha, I have no words. Loooool.
We all know that the cocktail The Cosmopolitan was made famous because of that show. One evening while watching the show, as the crimson drink was swirling in the martini glass, the idea popped in my head. Of course I can make Zobo into a cocktail. A Martini was the first idea, using a cue from the Martini glass, The Cosmopolitan is served in. Sure, that must be possible, I thought. As I am not that much of a drinker (party popper alert!!) I did not have a clue as to how to make a Martini, so I started researching. I remembered that the English name for Zobo is Sorrel, and Voila!!! I came across Sorrel Martini recipes. I was so tripped. Great food minds think alike. I will make a Sorreltini with my little twist and call it a Zobotini. I knew I had to be prepared to go all the way, so I bought a cocktail maker set. Using my special Zobo recipe (posted HERE), I give to you guys Dunni’s Zobotini.
You will need
1/2 cup of my Zobo drink – unsweetened
1 – 2 shots of Vodka – depending on how strong you want it
1 tablespoon of Demerera sugar syrup – to sweeten it
A squeeze of lemon
First, I will like to start with how to Rim a glass. This is very important as it is part of the experience of having a cocktail. Even if it is homemade, recreate the bar/dining out experience in your home and make yourself and your guests feel special
1. Get out your cocktail glass, cut half a lemon/lime and rub it all round the edge of the glass. Make sure you give it a mild squeeze at the same time to ensure that the rim is coated in lemon juice.
2. Depending on what cocktail you are making, you can rim with sugar or salt. For a Martini, you rim with sugar. I chose to use a combination of demerera sugar and white sugar. Demerera for colour and also because I was using it as a syrup in the Zobotini. Pour the sugar onto a flat surface, like a plate or worktop. Tilt the cocktail glass at an angle and roll it around till the sugar crystals stick
start at an edge and keep rolling. You may need to do this a few times.
keep rolling till you get this
final result – place in the fridge or freezer to chill while you mix the cocktail
3. Using a cocktail shaker, add ice, about 3 or 4
measure in the rest of the ingredients
4. Cover and shake vigorously for a while. If the shaker gets too cold, simply wrap in a napkin and continue shaking
Pour out the liquid into the cocktail glass,
add a slice of lemon to the cocktail glass and Voila!!!!!! – Zobotini
You know how at a bar, you will be served a cocktail with a bowl of nuts. I thought, why not replace this with chin chin. It is brown, it is crunchy too. No? hehehehehe. Enjoy the pictures
Have a girls night in or even a bridal shower and get to mixing…………..
rimming the glass with lemon and sugar makes the cocktail glass smell great, and taste great before you even take a sip of the Zobotini
Enjoy with chin chin
I will still be experimenting with more liqueur goes by, especially with party season upon us (my birthday inclusive), and hosting guests, I already have a ready supply of guinea pigs. You could also join me in my experimentation and share your results with me. Have a cocktail mix party with your girlfriends a la Sex and The City or make it unisex, all the more fun. Guys always bring an interesting spin to alcoholic drinks. Hehehehe.
P.S – If you had to choose a character in Sex and the City, who would you be and why?