Did you know there are 71 countries participating in the Commonwealth Games? Yes! 71. The British truly did make a worldwide impact didn't they? Fortunately for us though, each one of these has their own culture which we are proud to welcome and celebrate.
Yes, we are beginning to get very excited for The Games. This year, hosted on the Gold Coast in our sunny Queensland.
Which sport are you settling in to watch with fervour? (yes that is a word) Is it the swimming or cycling? I love the gymnastics and netball. Or perhaps you get a little on edge for the lawn bowls, why not?
Whichever your choice, really, you need to settle back and give cheers to the athletes from all over and afar. Let's honour their efforts and try out a traditional drink from the Commonwealth countries.
There are absolutely no surprises here. You'll have to tip up a Scotch. The choices and flavours are wide and vast with each region priding themselves on fine quality. By law, Scotch whisky must be aged a minimum of three years in oak casks.
Try Monkey Shoulder a fine and affordable Scotch whisky blended from three of the Speyside regions finest single malts.
Freeze an oven tray of water before you head out to work. Come home and give that tray a steady drop on the kitchen counter. Fill your glass with loads of ice and pour over 50ml of Monkey Shoulder. Stir with your finest parfait spoon. Be seated for some evening watching of Table Tennis.
Heading to the Caribbean has long been a dream of mine. Instead of that, I'll be content with watching Jamaican locals run around the fields of Southport on the Gold Coast. Lucky, I will have a glass of holiday in my hand to enjoy whilst I do.
60ml Jamaican Rum
30ml fresh lime juice
15ml simple syrup
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Sprig of mint
Place all ingredients in a shaker with a few cubes of ice. Give it your best bartender. Shake, shake, shake then strain into a tall glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with mint and a straw and a little umbrella if you are feeling that way.
Singapore loves the Commonwealth Games and has attended every games since 1958. Perhaps one of the better known British Colonial cities in South East Asia an iconic building from the time is Raffles Hotel. Built in the 1830's as a modest beach house Raffles is now a prestigious hotel and national monument. It is also, very importantly, the birth place of a much loved delicious cocktail which you must try while watching the badminton.
15ml cherry brandy (try Cherry Heering)
10ml DOM Benedictine
120ml pineapple juice
15ml fresh lime juice
1 dash of Angostura Bitters
Don't be intimidated by the number of ingredients. Near fill your shaker with ice and pour in all ingredients. Shake it rapidly to create a creamy, frothy drink. Then pour out contents into a tall glass. Or two if you want to share.
A small wedge of pineapple alongside a straw will be the perfect garnish.
If you need help finding the right drink for your celebration, ask our staff. It's our pleasure to deliver simply stunning bar service for your event. You can hire our bar staff alongside our beautiful vintage caravan Tinker. Tinker is now a purpose built bar for hire in Gympie, Rainbow Beach, Sunshine Coast (including Maleny, Montville, Noosa, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore) Brisbane and Gold Coast.
In Australia one standard nip is 30ml.
Above content is for 18 + only
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