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Festive Gin Smash

Red, white and green with a bit of gold is an absolute representation of a truly festive thing. And so, my glorious Christmas cocktail which has fresh fruit layers of white lychees, red strawberries and green mint is aptly called – Festive Gin Smash! A clever use of ingredients and presentation makes this an instantly spectacular holiday offering. Not to mention, so delicious! This generous cocktail is made in tall glasses to be enjoye... Read More >>
Strawberry Gin Fizz - Cook Republic #cocktailrecipe

Strawberry Gin Fizz

This strawberry gin cocktail recipe couldn't be simpler if it tried. It is essentially a gin and tonic without the tonic of course but with added fresh fruitiness of strawberry and lime. Gin is my favourite liqueur for mixing cocktails followed by rum and maybe tequila. I love fruit and coconut flavours. I know that is a wildly fluctuating flavour spectrum, especially while making cocktails. From the refined sophistication of delicate bota... Read More >>
Coffee And Cream Pavlova - Cook Republic

Coffee And Cream Pavlova + Pavlova 101

It is that time of the year when a lot of us who love to entertain go on the hunt for the perfect show-stopping dessert. Because come on, a glorious dessert is worth much more at a gathering than any dish you create, isn’t it? I obsess a lot about what to cook and serve my guests at a dinner party but more so for the dessert. I like to get my dessert sorted early on especially because desserts can be made ahead. It always makes me feel more p... Read More >>
Sweet Strawberry And Rosewater Labneh Bowl - Cook Republic

Sweet Strawberry And Rosewater Labneh Bowl

Today I wanted to touch on a childhood memory, a fragment of my mind that seems to have faded because I shared it a long time ago on this blog and haven’t thought about it in years. When I was little, I used to take a bus to the station in my little home town of Thane. Often because of traffic jams and hordes of people selling their wares on the footpaths, the bus would come to a standstill a good few hundred meters from its destination. This... Read More >>

Apple Strawberry Pie Muffins

I love apples. Not just the fruit but the story and emotion surrounding this gorgeous red fruit. Apart from the fact that it was the first fruit that had a story attached to it in kindergarten right through to middle school (hello Adam and Eve! Oh hi Snow White! Hey William Tell!), it was also the first fruit Nick and I shared more than two decades ago as we walked to the bus stop from college. He had an apple. I was hungry. He seemed relu... Read More >>

15 Minute Festive Fruit Punch

People close to me would say that I have a flamboyant and colourful personality. But I strive for flamboyance with very minimal effort. I am constantly thinking of ways to present something spectacular that becomes a conversation starter at gatherings without a lot of money or hoopla going into it. This stunning centrepiece of a cocktail is bold, big and beautiful. It is carefully concocted to reflect the colours of Christmas - green apples, red ... Read More >>