Amidst changing times, what has remained constant is that our companionship with our friends has never failed to lighten us up! They never miss a chance to make fun of us or fail to pull our leg but still stand by us like a wall, even if their support is accompanied by friendly mockery!
In good and trying times, in hours of need and in complete boredom, at odd moments and awkward situations, friends are the only ones we can rely on to break us into laughter and bring joy to the moment. After all, what are friends for, if not to roast you and celebrate you, at the same time? What would we even do without them!
But what kind of a friend are you? This Friendship Day, we have crafted this little cocktail guide to identify your personality type that contributes towards your friend circle. Because, let’s be honest, nothing says the real you more than the tipple you order at the bar…
The Cheeky Friend
There is no joy greater than making fun of your friends and being cheeky with them whenever you get a chance. Are you the friend in the group who is most likely to have a joke ready for any given situation and is known for your cheeky humour game?
Monkey Jam Sour
• Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky 50 ml
• Fresh Lemon Juice 20ml
• Sugar Syrup 5ml
• Jam 2 tsp
• 2 Dash Orange Bitters
• Soda Water (Optional)
• Add all ingredients to shaker
• Add fresh ice and shake it like a legend
• Strain into ice filled glass
• Top with soda water if you fancy
The Whimsical Friend
We all have that one friend who has got their head up in the clouds, has the most unique things to say and certainly does things differently. Their creative and quirky nature is a refreshing addition to your life, keeping things light and fun. Are you that friend?
• 1 parts Hendrick's Gin
• 1 parts Lemon Juice
• 1 parts Sugar Syrup
• 3 parts Soda Water
• Combine all ingredients in a highball filled with cubed ice.
• Lightly stir and serve.
• Garnish with 3 thinly sliced rounds of cucumber
The Reliable Friend
Reliable Realists are down-to-earth and responsible-minded. They are precise, reserved and demanding. Their most prominent quality is reliability, and they will always make every effort to keep any promise given. They do not talk a lot, but they are definitely good listeners. But at the same time, they never lose an opportunity to express their wit and esprit with their friends. If your friends can rely on you, you certainly are ‘Grant’s Distinction Mint Julep.’
• 50ml Grant’s Distinction
• 10ml simple/sugar syrup
• 8-10ml lime juice
• 10 mint leaves
• Lightly muddle mint leaves, lime juice & sugar syrup in a glass
• Add Grant’s Distinction, pack it with crushed ice & stir
• Garnish with mint leaf
The Confident Friend
The confident friend is strong and dedicated. A social butterfly when they walk into a party with style and ooze positivity which is infectious to others. When they form friendships, they tend to be strong and honest. The confident friend doesn’t feel like they need other people’s approvals, their loyalty and affection are a deliberate expression of it. If you are the strong confident rock of your group, Grant’s Rocks is just the right choice for you.
• 50ml of Grant’s Triple Wood
• Orange Peel
• Fill rocks glass with ice & pour in Grant’s Triple Wood
• Garnish with orange peel
For That fashionista
Are you the one who is always on top of your fashion game? If yes, then this one is for you! The cosmopolitan will always remind of you that one friend who is obsessed with Sex and the City.
Carrie of your group
- 40 ml Absolut Citron
- 20 ml Triple Sec
- 20 ml Lime Juice
- 20 ml Cranberry Juice
- 1 Twist Orange Zest
- Ice Cubes
Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange zest twist
For The ‘Oh So Sophisticated Friend’
This classic yet fancy drink is sure to remind of that one friend of yours who is too sophisticated and makes you wonder how they still hang out with the group.
The Fancy Pants - Tom Collins
- 45ml Monkey 47
- Schwarzwald Dry Gin
- 20ml Lemon Juice
- 20ml Simple Syrup
Build with ice into a collins glass. Stir well and top with Soda Water. Garnish with lemon and orange wheel.
For The ‘Always Ready To Mix In’
Just the sheer smoothness of the drink will remind you of your friend who makes socialising look effortless.
‘Always In to Mix In’
- 50 ml Jameson Irish Whiskey
- Ginger Ale
- Large wedge of lime
Fill a high ball glass with ice. Pour in a shot of Jameson. Top up the glass with a good quality bottled ginger ale. Stir to briefly mix. Take a large wedge of lime, give it a squeeze and drop it into the glass. Roughly 1 part Jameson to 3 parts ginger ale, and all parts refreshing.
That Smokin’ Hot Friend
This cocktail is for the hot friend of the group who knows that they are hot.
- 30ml Oaken Glow
- 30ml Pineapple juice
- 30ml lapsang Souchang tea
- 1 bar spoon/teaspoon of honey
Mix this summer cocktail for a party using a shot of Oaken Glow with a shot of Lapsang souchung tea (a Smoky Chinese black tea) and a shot of pineapple juice.
Pour/strain over fresh ice and top the finished cocktail with a sprig of mint.
This one is for those friends who remember you only when there is work. A fresh & hot tribute to the OG of Coffee – the much-beloved filter coffee. This inspired recipe is bound to take one on a nostalgic journey.
- Oaksmith® Gold 50ml
- Coconut Milk 50ML
- Filter Coffee Decoction 30ML
- Dark Jaggery Syrup 45ML
Add all the ingredients together in a shaker with ice and pass the liquid between the two shakers to mix. Just like how a professional coffee maker would ‘throw’ filter kaapi between two mugs. This will bring in a nice element of theater into your drink.
For that Jigri Yaar
Inspired by the tangy essence of Rajni Nimbupani, a heart-child of one of Goa’s most famous sons - Mario De Miranda.
- Oaksmith® Gold 50ml
- Bilimbi juice 60ml
- Honey water 30ml
- Sparkling water to top up
Add the Oaksmith® Gold, Bilimbi juice, and honey water into a tall glass over ice, stir well to mix. Top with sparkling water.