With the semi-finals and the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ taking place this week, it’s time to party! Put some extra sparkle into your celebrations with this handy list of cocktails and mocktails. You don’t need to be a mixologist to recreate these old-school classics – but if you don’t have the time or energy to make them yourself, look out for them when out and about in town. Here are our recommendations, not just for the football but all summer long!
Cocktails and Mocktails
Celebrate the World Cup being in Russia with a vodka-based cocktail, such as a Cosmopolitan, typically made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime juice. There are of course variants, such as the Ginger Cosmo available at Dunes, Grand Hyatt Doha. Another option is The Green Leader at Wahm Lounge (W Doha Hotel), which has vodka, rosemary, thyme, basil, lemon and grapefruit zest.
As part of The St. Regis Collection, the chain has a signature Bloody Mary cocktail attached to their hotels around the world. For Doha this includes the Spice Route Mary, which pays homage to the spices once carried by caravans across ancient trade routes. Not for the faint hearted! Available at Vintage Lounge, a chic and intimate lounge bar that will offer some respite from the hot outdoors (and for those who wish to escape the football!)
Spice Route Mary is made in a highball glass with lemon salt and sumac powder. In the glass pour tomato, V8 and fresh lime juice over ice. Next come the spices – harissa paste, cumin and ginger – and top up with vodka. Add a celery stalk and lemon wedge for garnish, and finally saffron oil, Worcestershire sauce, black olive powder, and ras el hanout (a North African spice).
You can easily create a Virgin Bloody Mary by simply excluding the vodka. It’s still a gorgeous savoury drink full of flavour and will heat you from the inside out.
A mojito is always a firm favourite, made with white rum, lemon juice, sugar, fresh mint and a choice of ginger, red berries, kumquats or passion fruit. Why not try a virgin mojito, such as raspberry lemonade or kiwi, to instantly invigorate. Pay a visit to Mix Bar at Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, which has one of the biggest selections of mojitos in town. Also it’s worth a pop in to Manhattan at Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha, for one of their signature mojitos.
Sometimes forgotten about, but another cocktail to consider is the humble daiquiri. Forget about whatever you may have heard – made properly, it is simple and delicious, with the perfect blend of sweet and sharp flavours. You need just three ingredients: white rum, fresh lime juice and sugar syrup. Shake, serve and drink – easy! Alternatively, immerse yourself in the Cuban culture and partake of a rum-based cocktail at Smoke & Mirrors, Mondrian Doha.
Being out and about in the hot summer months can prove tiring and dehydrating. It’s just not summer without a cold drink in hand! There is an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables in the supermarkets here, so make some traditional juices, such as lemon or cucumber and mint, or watermelon and lime. Or be more adventurous with flavour combinations – how about hibiscus tea, berries and mint, or apple, orange, carrot and ginger?
Should you find youself at Souq Waqif, quench your thirst with a freshly-made mocktail at Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli. Take time to relax at Al Terrace or Al Shurfa Arabic Lounge overlooking Doha Corniche and the bustling souq below.
A fun night out with friends listening to good live music deserves a decent cocktail. Look no further than the Irish Harp at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel. For those with sturdy legs, try the Bullfrog: vodka, white rum, gin, tequila and blue curacao, with a splash of Red Bull.
Finally, while not strictly a cocktail, the classic gin and tonic has seen a huge revival the whole world over. There are a number of bars serving a variety of infused gins, including melon, grapefruit tarragon, lemongrass and raspberry rose. Inginuity at Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha has just opened with an extensive gin menu as well as some classic cocktails, and the mixologists at Sridan (Shangri-La) are constantly putting together some new and creative flavour combinations to you to try.
Marhaba wishes you all a wonderful summer!
NB – The sensible bit: Please drink responsibly and bear in mind you may be at risk of dehydration in the hotter summer months. There is zero tolerance for drink driving, as well as rowdy or inappropriate behaviour. Remember to carry your Qatar ID or passport for entrance into the bars.
Author: Sarah Palmer
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