In this edition here at Muratina we present the Valentines Day 'cocktaail' Challenge where (if you want to take part) make our following cocktails; and let us know your favourite.....
The first is Cia Hwainĩ (pronounced; Sha Hawai-ni) is the Kikuyu phrase for "For the Night", which is the mood setting for this cocktail. The ingredients are;
15ml lemon juice
15ml simple sugar syrup
Dash of Angostura bitters
Place the lemon juice, syrup, gin and bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a wine glass, top up with Muratelia
This is a sophisticated approach to serving - a late evening and slightly formal setting. We suggest a fairly juniper-heavy gin.
The next is Mumbi slap. The name actually comes from when I was in Othaya and I was slapped by my younger cousin, and oh my days it hurt..... But the name actually suits this cocktail by slapping these ingredients together
40ml grapefruit juice
25ml blanco tequila
20ml sugar syrup
Add the grapefruit juice, tequila and syrup to a tall glass with ice. Stir and top up with Muratelia
This aims to be a cooler cocktail with a bit of a kick (or slap!). You could serve it on a warm day or preferably indoors. One way to make it a bit more eye-catching for your partner or friends is to paint the glass rim with honey and add dab with spicy sugar rim - or mint sugar. Do this before pouring the Mumbi slap in!
Kienyeji is the Swahili word for traditional, and with this cocktail, it definitely fits the style of this cocktail;
Cut the fruit into chunks, and place in a large glass with ice-cubes. Top up with Muratelia.
While this is the most simple drink, it's actually the favourite. We think it works for a lot of reasons: mainly because it just adds a bit of fruity freshness without complicating the original drink itself. We see this being a very refreshing drink to have with Nyama Choma!!
Take up the challenge and surprise your significant other or friends with your new bartender skills. Order online today!