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My name is Jer.
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This blog is about Exploring Responsible Drinking and Embracing The Drinking Culture in Kenya!
It's time to clear some space and pull out your smart card! This October, we will be drinking plenty of Beer and stocking up in style...
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Last week I had the pleasure of being invited to an exclusive celebration of Octavio Paz’s Centennial celebration at the Mexican Embassy.
To be quite honest, I hadn’t heard of this poet before. I set out on a mission to learn more before I decided whether to go or not.
After reading the first poem whose title drew me, ‘As One Listens to the Rain’, I knew, this is my kind of guy. I love the mexican culture and tradition because I can identify with it in some areas. However, poetry, like music, is international. He reminded me of Lao Tzu in his outlook. That’s enough for me.
It only got better once I arrived at the Embassy. You cannot match the positive energy of Mexican people in Kenya. The food, the hospitality, the open collaboration of visual art with his words. It was quite the experience.
Words on their own are quite powerful and pictures speak a thousand words. Together, it’s inexplicable.
See more of the experience and all the wonderful people I met here ^_^ We learnt so much and even played some ‘trompo’…
Deciding what to serve when hosting a wine party is a challenge for even the most experienced host. From cheese to nuts, even bread there are so many ways to go wrong, but such joy in getting it right.
All it takes is a little bit of research and a few glasses of wine…
Nut’s are always a practical option. Walnut’s are the most versatile as they pair well with both a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Pinot Noir as well as Reisling. When it comes to my favourite nut, the almond, it pairs perfectly with a good Chardonnay.
Cheese is a lot more challenging to pair with. The varieties of cheese are just as diverse as wine with each carrying it’s own unique flavours and scents. I liken it to match making in everyday life.
[Chilli Cheddar Cheese]
A safe place to start is definitely white wine with a touch of sweetness. If you don’t like sweet, a dry white like a Chardonnay is great. I think the temperature as well as the character can carry most cheeses from creamy and rich to hard and even stinky cheeses.
A great tip is to taste the cheese by itself at first. This way, you can get a sense of it’s qualities before you pair it. It’s no fun following a formula. Experimenting makes every experience unique!
[Cream Cheese Rolled in Chives]
Once you have the wines you intend to serve, buy a platter of cheese and cold cuts (if you want to be a little more adventurous). Have your own indulgent tasting experience where you taste and create your own menu.
Chocolate with wine is just right to serve on dates as well as parties where… like me… you hope two or more of your friends will hit it off ^_~
One of the best tips i’ve read, tried and true, is that pairing a chocolate with a lighter wine always makes the best complement. If you have a very sweet chocolate, white or red, pair it with something light bodied. Let the chocolate shine. In turn, they’ll both be better.
I absolutely recommend having some bread sticks on hand when serving wine. Not only does it aid in avoiding hangovers by absorbing some alcohol in your stomach but it’s also neutral in taste complementing most wines, from white to red. It also serves to cleanse the palate in between courses.
Remember, drinking is always fun when it’s done responsibly! I love to hear your wine pairing experience. Feel free to share on the tab below or inbox me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
A glimpse into Kenya in the 1920s… I wonder if we ever felt the effect of prohibition?
The Crowd, The Band, The Food; the best of Oktoberfest! I had an absolute blast this past saturday at the Oktoberfest held in Karura Forest. The crowd was full of energy sprinkled with beautiful women and men alike in traditional German dress.
The most disappointing part of the event for me was the fact that there was no german beer at all! You would think that there would at the very least be a special brew made for the occasion… According to the guys at the tap, it was a special brew that was being served but without a name or a distinct character, who’s to say it’s not just very warm stale beer? Very, very disappointing!
So there I was, drinking my regular Guinness.. If it wasn’t for the amazing company and the band killing it on stage the night would not have been one to remember. I really enjoyed the food. My sister had the Bratwurst with Butternut while I dug into a sweet dessert, the Linzer Torte.
This event definitely got me craving more beer adventure.
If you’d like to see more great pictures from the event, visit my facebook page Jercocktails ^_^
I was not feeling this day at all till I opened the fridge and found the sunshine in a jar. After over indulging this past weekend aka Oktoberfest, I am in dire need of a detox.
In anticipation of the festivities, I made up a couple of water infusions in bulk so I can get ahead of the hangover.
I’ve started my week with this amazing and simple orange water infusion.
What You’ll Need:
> 1 Orange, sliced
> Ice Cubes
Fill the jar with the oranges and ice cubes to the top. Add water and stir well. Place in the fridge overnight. In the morning, you can check whether it is as infused as you would like it. If not, leave for longer.
Now you have a refreshing, healthy, all natural non-alcoholic drink that’s perfect on the go or even to serve at parties.
With this roller coaster weather and all the beer, it is the opportune time to indulge in everything orange! Oranges have more than a dozen benefits, including boosting energy and your immune system, regulating high blood pressure and kickstarting your body’s detox.
Remember, drinking is always fun when it’s done responsibly. After any drinking experience, you need to give your body some rest and replenish some of those lost nutrients and electrolytes. By enjoying non-alcoholic beverages throughout the beginning of the week, you can prepare your body for another responsible weekend of fun and creating memories.
Like this recipe? Why not try out some more delicious infusions here:
Hey guys ^_^
This is how i’ll be celebrating OktoberFest this month! Really excited to try out the great offers, especially in Westlands… [Click the pictures for further details]
Here are some of the best places in Westlands to try out this month:
See you there!
The Black Russian is another amazing classic cocktail. It was inspired by American socialite and political hostess Perle Mesta. She had the nickname of ‘Hostess with the Mostest’ for her luxurious parties with the creme of the influencers on her guest list.`
In the late 1940s, Gustave Tops, decided to make a signature drink for her. The Cold War was just starting, so creating a dark, mysterious drink by mixing Russian vodka with Kahlúa was appropriate for the time.*
I can see now why it happens to be one of the best cocktails to serve when you entertain. The simple, two part recipe won’t keep you trapped behind the bar and, even better, you can teach your guests how to make it themselves.
You will have all the freedom to socialise and make your guests feel right at home at the same time.
The proportions are just like Vodka Gimlet we made yesterday.
> 45ml Vodka [Russian Vodka prefered]
> 20ml Kahlua
In a glass with ice, add the vodka and Kahlua. Stir lightly and serve. The rich, sweet, coffee taste makes for a great after dinner drink.
Remember, drinking is always fun when it’s done responsibly. A great host makes sure his/her guests get home safely. NEVER let your guests drink and drive. Compile a list of safe taxi’s and designated drivers just in case.
It’s no secret that Absolut in my favourite Vodka. There’s something about it’s clean, neutral quality that lends itself as well to cocktails as it does to a glass with ice.
Absolut has the widest range of quality flavoured vodka; such interesting flavours like Absolut Mandarin and even Absolut Pepper!
I love to explore the character and standard of a liquor through simple classic cocktails. I’ve never been a huge fan of the lime cordial aspect of a gimlet so you can imagine my relief when I found this amazing recipe on one of my number one TV shows, Mad Men.
The combination of lime juice and vodka makes this perfect as an aperitif whenever you invite your friends over for dinner.
> 45 ml Absolut Vodka
> 25 ml Lime Juice
> 4 lime slices
In a shaker filled halfway with ice, add the vodka and lime juice. Shake until chilled and strain into a glass with ice.
It’s simple, sour, but keeps you sipping.
Remember, drinking is always fun when it’s done responsibly. Ice in your drink can have the dual effect of chilling it and lightly diluting it as you go along, perfect for this kind of classic cocktail.
Tea Tuesday meets Wine Wednesday! I started my October on a bit of a celebratory note. It was actually unintentional.
Right after my interview at PRK for Community Manager, which I thought went terribly, I headed straight for a pick me up lunch at Secret Garden. Healthy food and a glass of wine really does that for me. They have this great Salad bar for only 500 bob that drew me as soon as a walked in. It’s a wide selection of exotic salads, fresh fruits and cold cuts. I enjoyed this with a chilled glass of Chardonnay and the quality company of my sister Ser.
Now, after a month on the Job, I went for a payday lunch that consisted of a Bacon & Spinach Crepes and a nice cold Iced tea at only 650 in total. I used to hate spinach growing up. I must say I absolutely love it lately, and you know what they say, ‘everything tastes better with bacon’!
I always ask myself whether I really deserve how well I treat myself. I’m only at step one of my goal but I’m always rewarding myself. You know what? As long as I take a step forward each day, I deserve every reward I get.
Remember, Drinking is always fun when you earned it.
October is looking like it’s going to be one hectic month! From Oktoberfest to Whiskey Tastings and continuing to stock up my bar, mixing up cocktails is all I need to stop myself from bursting.
This month, I hope you all continue stock up with me for the ultimate christmas party. There will be some goodies and lots of fun for everyone raising a glass with me each week.
So grab a glass, and a smart card and let’s head to the store.
Remember, drinking is always fun when it’s done responsibly.
Cheers to an exciting new month with an abundance of opportunity!
An Unconventional Monday! Three course whiskey pairing with The Gentlemen of Chivalry drinking 3 times my age…
There is never a dull moment at Pernod Ricard Kenya. More than excited to be involved with the Made for Gentlemen project with Chivas Regal.
Remember, drinking is always fun when it’s done responsibly. Eating while you drink is great to avoid hangovers and reduce the risk of alcohol poisoning. What was really interesting is learning that the perfect food paired with a quality whiskey can really enhance the appreciation of it!
This weeks mocktail turns out to be one of the best hangover helpers. Just in time too as I had one crazy monday, drinking almost three times my age.
The Best Before mocktail is basically the best way to make use of fruits and veggies in your kitchen that are one day away from the dustbin. Not only do you get to start the week with a fresh shop but you also minimise waste while cleansing your body all at once!
This week, my Best Before mocktail consisted of Cucumber and Tomato. The trick is knowing what else you have in your bar/kitchen that could complement these flavours. A liqueur or Syrup could completely take a drink from improv to orchestrated. I had some Ginger syrup that I now make every two weeks. Perfect.
> 2 Tomatoes
> 2 Cucumbers
> 20 ml Ginger Syrup
Using a Juicer, juice the sliced up cucumber and tomato. Once ready, pour into a glass without straining - I like the pulp. Add the syrup and stir. Add a straw and serve.
Remember, drinking is always fun when it’s done responsibly. It’s not only about knowing what you drink, It’s about knowing HOW to drink…
I never really expected to find myself buying flowers, let alone on a weekly basis. Flowers definitely garnish a room beautifully and, if you’ve noticed, my cocktails.
So, I thought I’d let you all in on my two favourite places in Westlands to buy the freshest, widest variety of flowers at great prices. They don’t have any official names but they are easy to spot.
The large flower stall on the junction of General Mathenge Rd. and Peponi Rd. is the easiest to access as it’s at one of the busiest junctions in the area [perfect for those last minute bouquets]. The other at Spring Valley Shopping Centre is much smaller but the best part is they can find any flower you request for.
Flowers are like cocktails, there’s something for everyone and there’s no limit to the combinations you can try.
Who would have thought that banning alcohol would bring about organised crime?
Just like The Roaring Twenties, this cocktail as its sour notes but the grenadine definitely helps it go down sweeter.
> 30ml Gin
> 30ml fresh Lemon Juice
> 1 tbsp Orange Juice
> 1 dash of Grenadine
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour in all ingredients and shake until cold and frosty. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve!
Remember, drinking is always fun when it’s done responsibly! It’s important to space out your drinks with a glass of water in order to avoid nasty hangovers, reduce the risk of alcohol poisoning and maintain your composure throughout the experience.