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About The Blog

My name is Jer.
Here you will find Cocktails, Jer Originals and Fun ^_^

This blog is about Exploring Responsible Drinking and Embracing The Drinking Culture in Kenya!

Nairobi, Kenya.

This April, I will be Featuring Four Parties in Four Weeks!

Happy Easter Holiday!

So Welcome & Grab a Glass!!

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French ‘75

This is a great classic vintage cocktail. It really brings the elegance to brunch.

'The combination of gin, lemon juice, and Champagne brings out the best in each: it's tart, refreshing, herbal, and effervescent.'

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INGREDIENTS

-> 45ml Gin

-> 2 tsp Caster Sugar

->30ml Lemon Juice

-> Champagne or Sparkling wine : I used Fragolin sparkling wine because I like it’s strong sweet smell and taste.

-> Lemon Spiral to garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the sugar, gin, and lemon juice. Shake until well chilled and strain into a champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine and stir gently. Garnish with the lemon spiral and garnish.

Remember, drinking is always fun when it’s done responsibly. Eating is an essential part of drinking responsibly. You must eat before and while you drink to help prevent hangovers and reduce the chances of alcohol poisoning.

Happy Easter Holiday!

- Jer

Jer Original : A Hot Screw at Brunch

The Screwdriver is a classic cocktail, that I think is quite overrated. However, it is an ideal mix for brunch. Most people have orange juice with their breakfast anyway and all you need to make this basic cocktail is some Vodka. I can definitely rely on it for that 11am buzz with my bacon and eggs. 

As brunch becomes more and more popular, restaurants and hosts are experimenting more with their dishes and putting new spins on the classic brunch staples.

I thought i’d do the same ^_^

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INGREDIENTS

-> 30ml Absolut Peppar Vodka : Aromatic and spicy. The pepper flavor is a combination of the spicy components in the capsicum pepper family and the fresh green jalapeño pepper.

-> Juice of 1 Orange or 75ml Orange juice

-> Ice

-> Lemon rind to garnish [you can get a little creative with this and perhaps do a spiral or slice]

To chill the martini glass, put a few ice cubes in it before you start mixing the cocktail. 

Put some ice cubes in a tall glass or a shaker. Add the Vodka and Orange juice. Stir vigorously, for about 15 seconds, enough to chill the mixture.

Discard the ice cubes from the martini glass and strain the cocktail into it. Garnish with the lemon rind and serve.

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This cocktail will definitely add a little bit of spice and interest to your brunch and will get your party’s appetite going!

Remember, drinking is always fun when it’s done responsibly. When entertaining guests, always keep a jug of water on hand. Add in some slices of citrus to make it look more appealing and to add a hint of flavour to encourage your party to drink responsibly by pacing out their drinks. 

Or why not try your hand at making your own flavour infused water?

- Jer

||Throwback Thursday || ScrewDriver

For the first cocktail of a week of vodka, I chose a classic yet basic cocktail that has birthed some amazing cocktails such as the Harvey Wallbanger and the Sloe Comfortable Screw.

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-> 3-4 ice cubes

-> 1 measure vodka

-> 2 measures Orange juice of juice of 1 orange

Put the ice cubes into a tall glass and add the vodka and orange juice. Stir lightly and serve :D

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Absolutely refreshing! 

{June 2012}

Branches & Brunch : Tangled Tree Rose

It’s Wine Wednesday and today, i’ll show you a wine I really enjoyed over the weekend and is now my favourite favourite rose wine to date.

Starting from the bottle, the eco-friendly PET bottle is light, completely recyclable, has a significantly lighter carbon footprint (up to 75% less) than glass bottles and even has a label made of tree-free paper. This a unique approach to responsible drinking that actually considers our environment as opposed to the consumer.

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More than that, the taste is quite interesting and full of character. Made 100% of the Muscat grape, this wine is fruity and semi-sweet, full and luscious to the nose with flowery notes to the taste, likened to rose petals.

I’d pick this a great table wine for the Kenyan dinner or full brunch because it works really well with flavourful dishes and desserts.

It’s really affordable as well, at only Kshs 700/=, so i’d definitely bring a couple along to a back yard party with friends.

Remember, drinking is always fun when it’s done responsibly. Eating is an essential when it comes to responsible drinking. An easy food pairing to wine is a selection of breads and cheeses, but, If you really want to do it right I suggest doing a little bit of googling on which cheeses complement the wine you are thinking of serving. You are sure to have a crowd pleasing combo while being responsible!

- Jer

Tangled Tree Wines

Peppermint Iced Tea

The peppermint tea by Kericho Gold is quite a treat! It’s not just your regular mint and hot water. The flavours are blended together here to make a tasty chill in a teabag.

The tea consists of mint and, the secret ingredient, liquorice. The liquorice really brings out the mint flavour, cooling as you swallow, as well as leaving a sweet, long lasting aftertaste that leaves you wanting more.

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The flavour is a bit too intense for me when it’s hot but it’s the perfect summer drink when chilled. It’s sure to complement any brunch food, that’s for sure!

Remember, drinking is always fun when it’s done responsibly. Iced tea is a great tasting, attractive, affordable and easy to make non-alcoholic alternative to a mocktail. Matching the iced tea to the other drinks you serve is a great way to encourage your guests to drink responsibly, pacing out their drinks with this enticing option.

- Jer

As Easter draws closer, I start to get that daytime drinking with friends feeling. After spending the last two weeks with family, i think it’s time to break bread and toast champagne flutes in the good company of close friends.

Everybody loves brunch. It’s gaining major popularity in Kenya too with 3 first class brunch destinations in Westlands alone.

I love brunch cocktails because they’re simple but tasty.

Grab a glass & let’s experiment…

- Jer

The 2nd part of my birthday was an absolute blast. We did it in real style. Nyama Choma and drinks and my mum’s house. Christening the new development as well celebrating my day!
It was a bit of a challenge making cocktails in a semi-construction site but I definitely made due.
The wine was great!! I thought to buy this Tangled Tree wine because the bottles are very lightweight. It isn’t glass and it’s recyclable. I have to do a review on the next wine wednesday because i don’t think i can do it justice here.
Definitely a day to remember…
- Jer
Zoom Info
The 2nd part of my birthday was an absolute blast. We did it in real style. Nyama Choma and drinks and my mum’s house. Christening the new development as well celebrating my day!
It was a bit of a challenge making cocktails in a semi-construction site but I definitely made due.
The wine was great!! I thought to buy this Tangled Tree wine because the bottles are very lightweight. It isn’t glass and it’s recyclable. I have to do a review on the next wine wednesday because i don’t think i can do it justice here.
Definitely a day to remember…
- Jer
Zoom Info
The 2nd part of my birthday was an absolute blast. We did it in real style. Nyama Choma and drinks and my mum’s house. Christening the new development as well celebrating my day!
It was a bit of a challenge making cocktails in a semi-construction site but I definitely made due.
The wine was great!! I thought to buy this Tangled Tree wine because the bottles are very lightweight. It isn’t glass and it’s recyclable. I have to do a review on the next wine wednesday because i don’t think i can do it justice here.
Definitely a day to remember…
- Jer
Zoom Info
The 2nd part of my birthday was an absolute blast. We did it in real style. Nyama Choma and drinks and my mum’s house. Christening the new development as well celebrating my day!
It was a bit of a challenge making cocktails in a semi-construction site but I definitely made due.
The wine was great!! I thought to buy this Tangled Tree wine because the bottles are very lightweight. It isn’t glass and it’s recyclable. I have to do a review on the next wine wednesday because i don’t think i can do it justice here.
Definitely a day to remember…
- Jer
Zoom Info
The 2nd part of my birthday was an absolute blast. We did it in real style. Nyama Choma and drinks and my mum’s house. Christening the new development as well celebrating my day!
It was a bit of a challenge making cocktails in a semi-construction site but I definitely made due.
The wine was great!! I thought to buy this Tangled Tree wine because the bottles are very lightweight. It isn’t glass and it’s recyclable. I have to do a review on the next wine wednesday because i don’t think i can do it justice here.
Definitely a day to remember…
- Jer
Zoom Info
The 2nd part of my birthday was an absolute blast. We did it in real style. Nyama Choma and drinks and my mum’s house. Christening the new development as well celebrating my day!
It was a bit of a challenge making cocktails in a semi-construction site but I definitely made due.
The wine was great!! I thought to buy this Tangled Tree wine because the bottles are very lightweight. It isn’t glass and it’s recyclable. I have to do a review on the next wine wednesday because i don’t think i can do it justice here.
Definitely a day to remember…
- Jer
Zoom Info
The 2nd part of my birthday was an absolute blast. We did it in real style. Nyama Choma and drinks and my mum’s house. Christening the new development as well celebrating my day!
It was a bit of a challenge making cocktails in a semi-construction site but I definitely made due.
The wine was great!! I thought to buy this Tangled Tree wine because the bottles are very lightweight. It isn’t glass and it’s recyclable. I have to do a review on the next wine wednesday because i don’t think i can do it justice here.
Definitely a day to remember…
- Jer
Zoom Info
The 2nd part of my birthday was an absolute blast. We did it in real style. Nyama Choma and drinks and my mum’s house. Christening the new development as well celebrating my day!
It was a bit of a challenge making cocktails in a semi-construction site but I definitely made due.
The wine was great!! I thought to buy this Tangled Tree wine because the bottles are very lightweight. It isn’t glass and it’s recyclable. I have to do a review on the next wine wednesday because i don’t think i can do it justice here.
Definitely a day to remember…
- Jer
Zoom Info
The 2nd part of my birthday was an absolute blast. We did it in real style. Nyama Choma and drinks and my mum’s house. Christening the new development as well celebrating my day!
It was a bit of a challenge making cocktails in a semi-construction site but I definitely made due.
The wine was great!! I thought to buy this Tangled Tree wine because the bottles are very lightweight. It isn’t glass and it’s recyclable. I have to do a review on the next wine wednesday because i don’t think i can do it justice here.
Definitely a day to remember…
- Jer
Zoom Info
The 2nd part of my birthday was an absolute blast. We did it in real style. Nyama Choma and drinks and my mum’s house. Christening the new development as well celebrating my day!
It was a bit of a challenge making cocktails in a semi-construction site but I definitely made due.
The wine was great!! I thought to buy this Tangled Tree wine because the bottles are very lightweight. It isn’t glass and it’s recyclable. I have to do a review on the next wine wednesday because i don’t think i can do it justice here.
Definitely a day to remember…
- Jer
Zoom Info

The 2nd part of my birthday was an absolute blast. We did it in real style. Nyama Choma and drinks and my mum’s house. Christening the new development as well celebrating my day!

It was a bit of a challenge making cocktails in a semi-construction site but I definitely made due.

The wine was great!! I thought to buy this Tangled Tree wine because the bottles are very lightweight. It isn’t glass and it’s recyclable. I have to do a review on the next wine wednesday because i don’t think i can do it justice here.

Definitely a day to remember…

- Jer

The Black Russian goes Vanilla

The Black Russian is another great party pick. I love simple cocktails; three ingredients or less, easy to make, easy to drink, well balanced and nice on the eyes.

Simple cocktails are the best for parties and entertaining guests. Not only will you save time to mingle and enjoy your own party but you will still be able to mix a great cocktail after a few ^_^

INGREDIENTS

-> 60ml Absolut Vanilia

-> 30ml Kahlua

-> Coconut Flakes to garnish

In a whiskey glass filled with ice, add the vanilla vodka and the kahlua and garnish with the coconut. Simple but satisfying and super tasty!

Traditionally, the Black Russian is made with regular, un-flavoured vodka. I thought i’d switch it up with the vanilla just to experiment. I’d say, i’m never going back. The vanilla comes through in the inviting scent of the cocktail and hints of it throughout the drink.

Remember, drinking is always fun when it’s done responsibly.

- Jer

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