Apple-Cucumber-Lime Mojito, Two Ways

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 31, 2015
This is a version of a non-alcoholic drink that we were first introduced to in Dubai – an Apple Mojito. I’ve tried several times to recreate it and it’s only in the last few weeks that I’ve come close to experiencing the delight we enjoyed in December. My first attempts used muddled mint leaves and lime juice. […]

Friday Mocktails: Tsamiya Soda

by Kitchen Butterflyon March 27, 2015
or Tamarind Soda, in the manner of Jarritos’s Tamarindo. All that is required is tamarind syrup, topped up with soda water, tonic water or ginger ale. The plain tamarind syrup is nice, but I love the tamarind-ginger version as the flavours are very gingerale’sque. You’ll need ice, a stirrer and an umbrella. Just because. You’ll pour the […]

The Makings of Tamarind Syrup

by Kitchen Butterflyon March 27, 2015
I opted for cold-brewing dried tamarind. I rinsed the pods in water and put them in a jar. Then I topped up with sugar and water and refrigerated overnight. I gave it a few shakes in the course of its rest, to encourage the sugar dissolve and extract some of the earthy flavour of the […]

Friday Cocktails: Making ‘Nigerian’ Simple Syrups

by Kitchen Butterflyon March 13, 2015
Simple syrups – fundamental sweetness to cocktails and mocktails. And easy to make.  What is a simple syrup? The foundation for everything from lemonade to iced tea, your standard simple syrup is a combination of 1 part sugar to 1 part water. For example – 1 cup sugar to 1 cup water, cooked till the […]

Five (5) Favourite Mocktails

by Kitchen Butterflyon January 7, 2015
The last cups are poured slowly, sipped with dreamy eyes. Eyes glazed with memories of mornings and glasses of juice – mostly orange, memories of heat at noon and refreshing drinks, full of muddled mint and ice. Holidays for me are mostly about the unhurried cups of tea at dawn, the fresh juices I down […]