Fresh Tomato & Onion Salsa

Living in Texas and eating Tex-Mex food for more than a decade, I have come to love Mexican food. Rich in flavor, aroma and spiciness while still staying healthy, it is probably the closest relative to Indian food. Unfortunately, most restaurants serve high calorie and high fat versions of Mexican staples such as Guacamole turning them into diet disasters. The… Read more →

Choosing a DSLR camera

As frequently asked questions go, this is the most frequent when it comes to DSLR photography: Which DSLR camera should I buy? It seems like an innocuous question but the implication is that a better camera will get you better pictures. After all that seems like common sense, right? Common sense also says that you get what you pay for,… Read more →

Cameras don’t take pictures

A few years ago a friend of mine bought a Canon DSLR. He noticed that I had the same model and remarked that he had never really used any other mode other than the auto mode. There was another friend who remarked that his DSLR in auto mode was so good that he could not really envision taking better pictures… Read more →

Cosmopolitan

It is a lovely evening. The gorgeous lady and you just got home and she is in the mood for a drink. What should you make? The Cosmopolitan, of course. Smooth, sophisticated, refined and colorful, the Cosmopolitan is the perfect drink for ladies. Just be careful. It hides quite a punch, just like the lady it is intended for.

What you need

  • Vodka
  • Cointreau
  • Lime
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Ice
  • Martini Glass

Method

Fill half the cocktail shaker with ice. Add 1.5 oz Vodka, 1 oz Cointreau, 1 oz Cranberry juice and the juice of a small Lime. Squeeze just half if using jumbo Lime. Shake well and pour into a well chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a Lime wheel.

Variations

  • Vodka comes in many flavored versions. Use a fruity, citrus flavored version of Vodka.
  • Cointreau is a premium triple sec liqueur. You can substitute it with other premium Orange liqueurs such as Grand Marnier or Patron Citronge. You can also use regular and cheaper triple sec liqueurs but you do lose some citrus flavor.
  • For a more potent punch use 2 oz of Vodka.
  • For a lighter drink use only 1 oz Vodka and 1.5 oz Cranberry juice.

Cuba Libre

It is peak summer and the temperature is routinely hitting triple digits. Here is a great drink to relax and cool down. You probably know it as Rum & Coke but the addition of lime truly transforms this drink. Despite being one of the easiest and simplest cocktail to prepare this has proved to be a resounding success. Cuba Libre!,… Read more →

Why Cocktails?

One of my friends joked that Scotch must be the national drink of Indians. I am a long time fan of Scotch starting from blended and then graduating to single malts. My favorite is Glenlivet with just ice and water. It does not, however, seem appropriate to have scotch when I am out on a casual dinner. So I started… Read more →