Cocktail Recipes By Aspri Spirits

December is a month of sheer merriment and exchange of presents. While Santa brings you surprises and a sense of relief that someone is looking over your deep hidden prayers and desires, we at Travel Coffee Vogue, are more concerned in making your new years and Christmas party extravagant without you putting in a lot of hard work or efforts.

Lights, decorations, candles, gifts and carols is what this festive season is all about. Marshmallows, champagnes, wines and cakes make up for most of the special dishes, and of course drinks when we have guests to be entertained.
But today, we have something unique for you, something extraordinary and something different yet special. Cocktails, as we all know they are everyone’s all-time favourite but they soon could go mind-numbing if not given any variation.

Aspri Spirits shares the most tasty and festive holiday cocktail and drink recipes to spice up your party and get-togethers.

1) Drive Me Crazy 

Ingredients

1 fresh passion fruit
20ml vanilla syrup
10ml lime juice
30ml Rum
60ml Freixenet cava Cordon Negro Brut

DRIVE ME CRAZY

 

Method

step 1: Shake all ingredients except FREIXENET during 10 seconds.
step2: Serve the cocktail in a Martini glass.
step 3: Add Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut and gently stir to get a perfect mixture.
step 4: Garnish the cocktail.

2) Musk Melon Cooler

Ingredients

60ml elit™ by Stolichnaya®

4 chunks of musk melon

30ml simple syrup

10ml fresh lime juice

MUSK MELON COOLER (1)

Method

step 1: Muddle the musk melon in the bottom of a shaker.
step 2: Add the remaining ingredients and shake well, then strain into a chilled martini glass.
step 3: Garnish with a lime wheel.

3) Patron Silver Spice 

 

Ingredients

45ml Patrón Silver

45ml freshly squeezed pinkgrapefruit juice

1 inch whole chili

15ml simple syrup

10ML LIME juice

5ml agave syrup

1 whole chili for garnish

PATRÓN SILVER SPICE

Method

step 1: Lightly crush chili in a Boston.
step 2: shaker with a spoon, add rest of ingredients, shake with ice, and pour over ice in highball glass.
step 3: Garnish with whole chili.

4) Blinker

Ingredients 

45ml CAMUS VSOP Elegance Cognac

30ml grapefruit juice

10ml fresh lime juice

5ml sugar syrup

Fresh raspberries

BLINKER

Method

step 1: Put 6-8 fresh raspberries or 30ml raspberry puree in a caipirinha glass.
step 2: then add the grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice and finally the sugar syrup.
step 3: Muddle all the ingredients, fill the glass with crushed ice and pour the Cognac over it.
step 4: Mix with a spoon or swizzle stick and top up with crushed ice.
Serve with straws.

5)Dom Pedro 

Ingredients

90ML Amarula

150ML Vanilla Ice-Cream

25ML Thick Cream

Amarula Dom Pedro

Method

 

Step 1: Combine all the ingredients in a blender/shaker, Blend well.

Step 2: Pour into a glass.

Step 3: Garnish with chocolate poder or spun chocolate .

6)Campari Orange Passion 

Ingredients 

30ML Campari

2 Slices Orange

1 Teaspoon Brown Sugar

90ML Light Orange Juice

Some Crushed Ice

Campari Orange Passion

Method 

Step 1: Prepare the drink in a tall glass.

Step2: Place orange and brown sugar in the glass and crush to a pulp.

Step 3: Add crushed ice.

Step 4: Add Campari and Organge Juice, and gently stir.

Step5: Garnish with a red cherry.

 

 

 

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Review

In the world of IOS and Anoroid, where maximum market share is in the hands of these two companies, it is not only difficult but also a next to impossible task to give them an equal competition.

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Taiwanese smartphone maker Asus has tried, and it’s good to know that it has succeeded to a great extent. Zenfone is one creation of ASUS that has impressed me with its unique and quality features. Along with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 5.5-inch HD(1280 x 720p) display with Gorilla Glass 4 protection. It has  13MP rear camera with laser Auto Focus for 0.3 second focus time and dual-LED flash. It has a 5MP front-facing camera for selfies and packs a 3,000mAh battery.

 

ZE550KL_AG06_WIt is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor with 2GB and 3GB RAM options and 16GB internal storage expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. This phone has a metal body with fine curved ends. Dual sim, dual microphones with noise deduction and zero noise talk technology is so appealing.

ZE550KL_AG01_RLock screen button on the top, home screen button with a double tap similar to apple phones. Also, the phone doesn’t lag much.I’d strongly advice you all to consider this phone if you’re planning to buy budget friendly  android. It runs the latest version of 5.0.2 lollipop with a new version of As bus ZenUI — which has a fully-customizable interface. So, what are you thinking? Go to your nearest stores and try this pocket friendly android phone right away!

SRk & Sandi

Shahrukh Khan’s biggest and craziest fan Sandi Mann shares her story ‘SRK & Sandi’. She has met Shahrukh a few times. One of the meetings involved spontaneous flying to Mumbai just to meet SRK. Sandi has also had articles written about her in the press several times, and her name is mentioned in Mushtaq’s book on SRK, and in Anupama Chopra’s book on SRK.

29 June 2003 MHN set
29 June 2003 MHN set

I’m a *Senior Teenager* of Indeterminate Vintage, Australian born & bred, who discovered Shah Rukh when I was living in The United Arab Emirates. The first SRK movie I saw on TV was Koyla, just bits of it, then KKHH was on TV. I thought no way will I watch a whole 3 hour movie with no subs (actually it was subbed in Arabic) so I’ll just watch a bit to see what all the fuss is about this guy. I watched 15 mins, then thought…just another 15 mins, etc, etc to the end!  I’d known about him for probably 7 years at that stage, cos I saw his film clips on MTV Asia, but I didn’t want to get sucked in to all the hype about him. So, I wasn’t one of those who fell in love with him immediately. He just seeped gradually into my consciousness and eventually, I just couldn’t resist any longer. (I’m only human!)

I went out & bought 7 videos at the same time…DVDs weren’t even out then. Most of them didn’t have subtitles, but eventually I bought everything available, then DVDs came out & I bought them all over again.  I became well-known in Dubai as the white girl who loved SRK.

 

I first met SRK at a Press Conference in Dubai for about 2 minutes in 2001, but I think that paved the way for me to meet him again on the set of MHN in 2003.

 

I started and ran about 7 Yahoo SRK groups, and was a *Power User* with the biggest & most active SRK group on Yahoo… one year I chose several members and bestowed *The Order of Sharu’s Angels* (OSA) on them and bought them each an 18 carat bracelet.

My first SRK movie in cinema was 1,2 Ka 4…Eventually, the cinema manager realised what a big fan of SRK I was, & he gave me posters etc, and once a free ticket to see Asoka, cos I’d been to see it 12 times. He also let me & my husband into the cinema for free just for the interval so we could see the trailer of Devdas. then we walked out again.  I never watch any Bollywood movies unless SRK is in them, cos I miss him too much and keep looking out for him.

 

Probably the craziest thing I’ve done was asking my boss could I have the day off to go to FDFS of Devdas…everyone at work high-fived me for risking my job to ask to go to a movie. (I worked with a few Indians)

 

Another kind of crazy thing I did was to take off to India on the mere chance that I might meet SRK.  I had 5 days off from work and my husband was working offshore & I didn’t tell him till he got back. By the end of my first day in Mumbai, I thought it wouldn’t happen – went to Mannat but no luck.  Tried again on Sunday and was told SRK was not home.  My driver said *we’re quite close to Mehboob studios, do you want to go there & see who’s there?*  So we did and to my amazement, Farah (& SRK later)  was filming and my driver knew the driver of someone official, so my driver and I were allowed to go on the set.  I was certainly not expecting that!  I was told that Farah was shooting a song (for some other movie) but to my delight, found she was actually directing MHN.  She made me welcome, made sure I had lunch with the crew, and let me know when SRK arrived. (5 hours later!)  The rest is history! Haha

 

Shah’s first words to me, after his enthusiastic greeting, was *have you eaten?* he was very sweet and told me to come back anytime as they would be there for another 5 days.  Sadly, I had to be back at work, and have regretted it ever since that I didn’t go back to see SRK again.

 

SRK gave me his email address & I still email him occasionally, though he’s never answered yet! He mentioned me in his Press Conference for his 44th birthday. Oh yes, I forgot, I had a star named after him in the Scorpios constellation, and I also bought him a block of land on the moon…

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29 June 2003 MHN set

Then 10 year later, on 6th October 2013, I spent time with him in Sydney the night before his concert.  He remembered me and said I was his special fan as I was the first non-desi fan he met.  Coincidentally, both times I’ve spent significant time with SRK, it’s been on a Sunday.

I’ve seen SRK in concert 4 times (counting the Zee awards in Dubai in 2004)  I’ve really had to go out of my comfort zone (as I’m really shy) for SRK… I flew internationally thrice which was challenging for me, just to see him in concert and in person.

 

As I always wore an SRK t-shirt when I went out, I’ve had some interesting experiences.  I made t-shirts for each new movie and wore them FDFS.  This resulted in being interviewed on (Indian) Radio Brisvaani, and I got to pick all the music for the one hour show.  (all SRK songs ofcourse)  I’ve also had articles written about me in the press several times, and mentioned in Mushtaq’s book on SRK, and in Anupama Chopra’s book on SRK.

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Oct 6, 2013 Sydney

I’ve been a fan now for 15 years and the things I’ve done for SRK are too many to mention (if I could even remember them all!)

 

So, apart from that, I did all the things every SRK fan does…HOWZAT? just your average SRK fan, you think?

 

Pix attached:  on set of Main Hoon Na, 29 June 2003; 2 pix on 6th October 2013 in Sydney, the night before his Temptation Reloaded concert; and me at Zee Cine awards in Dubai 2004. (I flew 15 hours each way just for that, but was unable to meet up with him then)

 

 

My message to SRK for Dilwale:
Many of your biggest hit movie titles have started with the letter *D* … my loving wish is that Dilwale will be bigger than all of them combined… God bless!

 

cheerz!

Sandi