Turmeric: The Golden Spice

Recently I saw several coloured café lattes (green – matcha, orange – turmeric) and wondered how they were made. Meanwhile, I fell in love with a drink called “jamu” which consisted of turmeric juice, honey and water. Here’s to learning more about turmeric… Indian turmeric is considered to be the best in the world. The…

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Makgeolli – The Drunken Rice

During my last visit to Korea, while drinking beer with some friends, I was introduced to the oldest Korean alcoholic beverage, Makgeolli. Obviously, I could not resist to find out more about this interesting alcoholic beverage. Where shall we start… Makgeolli is a low alcoholic beverage with a milky, cloudy color. Makgeolli is traditionally made…

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Orange Blossom: The Essence of Spring

Recently it was national Orange Blossom Day. You might be wondering what does orange blossom have to do with the Indigenous bartender, well let’s take look… The Orange Blossom is the fragrant flower that comes from an orange tree, which is commonly used in the perfume industry. Some people say that it is an aphrodisiac.…

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Pomelo: The largest citrus fruit

When I look back in time and think of what types of citruses have been used in cocktails, I realized that you can probably count them all on one hand…lime, lemon, orange and grapefruit. But then you look at all the different cuisines all around the world, each calling for different types of citrus…that got…

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Jamun: As Flavourful as Plums

I remember that as a little boy, my parents harvested plums in our garden every year and all my brothers loved them, be it fresh, pickled, in desserts and later as a traditional plum eau de vie called Slivovitz.  So imagine my surprise when I met a small grape (here in Singapore) with a flavor…

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Cassia Bark: Aromatic Bark

I fell in love with cassia bark as well as many other spices and botanicals during my working experience in London cocktail bars; Graphic and Zetter Townhouse, where I learnt all about gin. One of these very interesting ingredients is the cassia bark. Cinnamomum cassia or Chinese cinnamon tree originates from Southern China where it…

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Durian

When I first walked through Asian fruit markets, I noticed there was a strong odour. It’s something I’ve learnt you either love or hate. The odour (in my opinion) is a combination of smelly socks and rotten meat and is known as the Durian, or the “King of fruits” as regarded by many people in…

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