December 2018

Sip And Savor – New Year Cocktail – A Sophisticated Bubbly Drink To Chill Out In This NYE

Christmas is knocking on the doors, and the official countdown for the new year has begun. With the festive season heading soon, I will also get busy to satisfy customers’ thirst and make them happier. I can’t repeat the same recipe that I invented last year because of the high-profile repetitive guests who know me personally. Thus, I have come up with a fresh new cocktail recipe based on champagne and white or red wine.

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favorite holy basil is also an essential ingredient of this cocktail. So, party lovers and holidayers, get ready for this new cocktail, which will surely leave you mesmerized. The sophisticated and bubbly nature of this alcoholic drink will help you to refresh your body and mind, especially when tasted on a Maldives beach during the sunset. This New Year Eve (NYE), all you need is a glass of Sip And Savor-New Year Cocktail to get rid of your hectic hustle and bustle of your daily routine.

Taste, Flavor, And Feel Of The Sip And Savor-New Year Cocktail

As already mentioned above, this is a sophisticated yet bubbly drink that is dry, refreshing, and slightly sour. The sourness and dryness of this cocktail come from the champagne and lime wheel. While sipping the cocktail, you will also experience a bit of sweetness that comes from elderflower syrup. Any Prosecco can replace the champagne used in this drink. A prosecco is an Italian DOCG or DOC sparkling wine made from the Glera grape.

Ingredients of  Sip and Savour CocktailSip And Savor-New Year Cocktail

The ingredients of this cocktail are as follows:

20 ML. Roku Gin:  It is a Japanese gin that includes six Japanese botanicals from four seasons. The list consists of gyokuro tea and sencha tea from summer, yuzu peel from winter, sakura flower and sakura leaf from spring, and sansho pepper from autumn. Roku Gin can also be replaced with any lightly bodied gin.

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120 ML. Delamotte Blanc De Blanc Champagne: It is Non-vintage champagne used in Sip And Savor-New Year Cocktail. The floral fragrances and golden robes of this champagne make it premium. You will also experience a hint of bread crust and biscuit on the finish. Delamotte Blanc De Blanc is one of the most crucial ingredients of this cocktail.


Pieces Holy Basil: Tulsi or holy basil is another key ingredient of this cocktail. In Hindu belief, tulsi is a sacred plant regarded as the Goddess Lakshmi’s avatar, the consort of Lord Vishnu. Apart from the religious and cultural values of holy basil, it also provides plenty of health benefits. Studies show that the antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties of holy basil work great in treating wounds and infection. It can also be consumed to lowering blood sugar, cholesterol and easing joint pain & inflammation.

20 ML. Soda Water: 10% of the cocktail is made of sparkling soda water. It is another essential ingredient of Sip And Savor-New Year Cocktail.

20 ML. Elderflower Syrup: It is known for delight sweetness and delicate scent. Its taste plays well with the juniper taste of Roku Gin.

8 Pieces Lime Wheel: The lime wheel is created from the citrus fruit lime. It adds an acidic and sour pulp to the cocktail.

5 Pieces Strawberry Wheel: Strawberry wheels are also used for garnishing the drink.

An Aperitif Cocktail

Sip And Savor-New Year Cocktail is an aperitif drink. It means this cocktail stimulates the consumers’ appetite and helps people to eat better. You can consider drinking this cocktail before dinner.

The Best Time To Drink Sip And Savor-New Year Cocktail

Any time is the best time to drink Sip And Savor-New Year Cocktail. Since it is a dry and aperitif beverage, so you can consider consuming it before a meal. If we have to recommend a particular time to drink Sip And Savor-New Year Cocktail, we recommend the time around the afternoon. Witnessing mesmerizing sunset in Maldives with a glass of Sip And Savor-New Year Cocktail will be highly satisfying for you.

The Best Foods To Eat With Sip And Savor-New Year Cocktail

Sip And Savor-New Year Cocktail is a champagne-based drink. In general, foods that pair well with champagne can also be paired with Sip And Savor-New Year Cocktail. You can try Sip And Savor-New Year Cocktail with the following foods:

  • Seared Pork With Roasted Grapes
  • Spicy Thai Pesto Chicken Noodle Bowls
  • Oyster
  • Lobster
  • Cheese Truffle Mac and Cheese
  • Avocado Shrimp Spring Rolls and Moscato
  • Raspberry Baked Brie
  • Shellfish
  • White Fish
  • BBQ Chicken Smoked Mozzarella Sliders
  • Crispy Fish Tacos With Jalapeño Sauce

People who are vegetarians can try Sip And Savor-New Year Cocktail with the following foods:

  • Fried Veggies
  • Vegan Mac & Cheese
  • Blue Cheese
  • Detox Salad
  • Thai Green Curry
  • Vegan Pizza
  • Desserts etc.

You can also try Sip And Savor-New Year Cocktail with Indian foods. It pairs excellently with the following foods:

  • Tandoori Chicken
  • Paneer Tikka
  • Fish Fry
  • Fish Finger
  • Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Cheese Garlic Naan
  • Masala Papad etc.

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How To Make Sip And Savor-New Year Cocktail?

Along with the other ingredients mentioned above, you will also need ice cubes and a chardonnay glass to make this cocktail. You need to stir the drink gently to make it. Before you start making this cocktail, it is important to understand one simple fact that making a great cocktail starts from the heart and ends up with common sense. While making Sip And Savor-New Year Cocktail or any other alcoholic beverage, always listen to your heart but stick to common sense.

First, carefully wash your hand with sanitizer or soap, and only after that, touch ingredients or the glass. Take one standard size of a strawberry and one seedless lime and cut them into wheel shape. After that take, a hand full of holy basil and clap it softly to release the scent. Now you have to ice up the chardonnay glass. After that, you have to fill the glass with other ingredients except for soda and champagne. While filling the glass with ingredients, you need to be very careful. Do it properly so that the glass looks elegant.

Pouring champagne into the glass is the most challenging part of making the Sip And Savor-New Year Cocktail. Hold the champagne bottle like the way you hold your lover, and after that, pour the champagne into the glass with a high label of body posture. Finally, it is time to introduce the showstopper. So, add soda water into the glass and stir it gently. Now place garnishing items on the top of the drink and serve it with a bright smile on your face. Avoid using plastic straws and consider serving Sip And Savor-New Year Cocktail with paper straws.

This cocktail is one of the best treats that you can give yourself in this festive season. Drink it like a gentleman with passion, and don’t forget to say cheers to champagne, sustainable bartending, and the festive season.

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Final Word

Sip And Savor-New Year Cocktail is an elegant and bubbly drink that you can try this new year. If you are hosting a party, then don’t forget to add this cocktail to your menu. We hope the post will help you to make a perfect glass of Sip And Savor-New Year Cocktail and leave your guests amazed. If you are spending this new year’s eve in the Maldives, consider drinking it during the afternoon while watching the sunset from a magnificent beach. A glass of Sip And Savor-New Year Cocktail is all you need to enjoy and relax in this NYE.


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Jiří Special- A Luxury Precious On Your Hand

I still remember the day when Mr. Jiří Šmejc helped me with the invention of a game-changing cocktail, now known as Jiří Special. Let me start from the beginning. It was the 31st night of 2018. After attending a new year’s event, Mr. Jiří came to me at A Bar. However, he was going through a throat infection, so as usual, I offered him some cocktails. But he refused to take a drink and started to work on creating a new one. It was the time when the magic happened.

Mr. Jiří is a smart person, and he has excellent knowledge of mixology. On that night, he gave me the cocktail recipe with Beluga vodka double shot and seedless lime, which is balanced nicely with brown sugar. In this way, Jiří Special was invented. Today I am feeling honored to finally get a chance to write a blog about this cocktail.  Here I will talk about all the information about Jiří Special. Before I start, let me tell you a few words about my boss, the person I admire, Mr. Jiří.

My Opinion About Mr. Jiří Šmejc

If you want to be happy in your personal life, choose a perfect wife and if you want to be successful, select your boss carefully. I would say that Mr. Jiří Šmejc is the best owner of the planet. To understand his greatness, you have to come to Velaa Private Island.

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From a gardener to the manager, you will see everyone is working nicely here with a smile on their face. You might think that they are happy because they are working at the Maldives’ most luxurious resort. But no, you are partially right. They are so glad because they feel so privileged to work under the living legend Jiří Šmejc. In my opinion, he and his wife Radka are the two most generous persons on earth. They also see us as their family.

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Our owners might be multi-billionaires, but they are the humblest persons I have ever seen. When parents are well behaved and well mannered, you will also see its reflection on their child. That’s also the case with us. All the staff in the hotel are so inspired by Mr. and Mrs. Šmejc. We never cross the line while serving our guests and treat them with generosity. I joined Velaa as a part of the pre-opening team, and after that, I have spent seven long years here. I feel proud to be a part of Velaa.

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There’s one more thing that we would like to mention, Mr. Jiří. He is a brilliant person, and his intelligence & charismatic personality always make me spellbound. He can play almost any sports, do meditation & yoga, play musical instruments, and can professionally dance and sing on the stage.  I admire Mr. Jiří Šmejc for his charming personality. He is a highly talented and successful person who always stays active and motivated.

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The Story Of Velaa Private Island

Velaaprivateisland or Velaa Private Island is located in the beautiful Noonu Atoll. It is a private island where we luxuriously treat each of our guests.  Velaa has been curated by keeping privacy and comfort in mind. We have built the retreats by using local resources, including contemporary flourishes. The interior and exterior of Velaa will blow your mind. But of course, our center of attraction is the scenic beauty of the Indian Ocean.

About The Jiří Special

Let’s talk about the drink Jiří Special. The cocktail strikes a perfect balance of crisp and pure Beluga Goldline vodka, Brazilian citrus, and brown sugar. This simple drink is served in an ice-chilled glass, which will give you a sense of elegance and luxury. Jiří Special can be an excellent pick for an extraordinary boozing session. It is a low-calorie drink that has some positive impact on internal mouth infection.

The palate of this firewater is pure, and it comes with a creamy texture and hints of white pepper, vanilla, and sage. The long and crisp finish of this drink worth every penny that guests spend on Jiří Special. The hint of vanilla will last long in your mouth and mind.

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Best Time To Drink

You can drink this firewater anytime you want. But if you want to experience luxury feelings, consider drinking it after dinner while listening to live music.

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Food Pairing

The drink can be clubbed with a variety of foods, including the followings:

  1. Pork tenderloin
  2. Lumpfish roe
  3. Smoked beef
  4. Blinis with smoked fish toppings
  5. Smoked hams
  6. Smoked sausage
  7. Venison tartare etc.

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If you want to pair Jiří Special with veg dishes, then you can consider the followings:

  1. Dark bread
  2. Radishes
  3. Cucumber
  4. Capers
  5. Russian salad
  6. Salty cheese etc.

It is essential to know that authentic Jiří Special is served without ice. But you can add ice balls into it for slow dilution.

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I use three main ingredients to make Jiří Special. They are as follows:

80 ML Of Beluga Goldline Vodka: It is a super-premium vodka known for its high-quality spirit and remarkably crispness. Mr. Jiří Šmejc didn’t add too many things to this drink because he didn’t want the premium vodka to get dominated by other flavors. While drinking Jiří Special, you will experience pure, crisp notes of cinnamon.

15 ML Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice: As we all know, lime is an acidic and sour fruit. I use 15 ML of freshly squeezed lime juice in this drink. Due to this reason, you will experience a hint of sourness while sipping the cocktail.

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2 Cubes Of La Perruche’ Brown Sugar: This type of sugar is grown in Reunion Island’s tropical paradise. While producing, the sugar soaks the rich flavors of the tropical soil. It makes brown sugar different from the other types of sugar. I use two cubes of brown sugar inside this drink to neutralize the sourness of lime juice. The combination of brown sugar and lime juice enriches the taste of vodka without overshadowing its flavor.

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How To Make The Cocktail

I apply muddle or shaking techniques to make Jiří Special. It is recommended to use an old-fashioned glass for serving the drink, and you can use dehydrated lime wheel for garnishing. Sometimes I also use ice balls for making Jiří Special. However, it is an optional ingredient that I only add to the guest’s concern. Now allow me to reveal how I make Jiří Special.

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I believe that hygiene comes first while making cocktails. Due to this reason, I wash my hand thoroughly. After that, I take a beautiful old-fashioned glass and ice it up with crushed ice. Now I unpack two La Perruche’ brown sugar into my mixing glass and start to muddle it. After that, I take two mid-sized Brazilian seedless lime and squeeze them well to produce 15 ML of fresh juice out of it. Finally, I add a double shot of Beluga Gold Line vodka into the glass and fill the rest with cube ice.

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After adding all the ingredients appropriately, I lock the Boston shaker and hold it the way I hold my love in my arms, and I shake it with medium pressure and a high level of body posture. In this way, I create a glass of Jiří Special. Finally, I add dehydrated lime wheel into it for garnishing. As already mentioned above, I also add ice balls into it in some cases, but that’s optional.

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How To Drink Jiří Special

Drink it like a billionaire, and don’t forget to cheer to the creator before sipping it. The more passionately you will drink it, the most luxurious experience you will have. Now say cheers to the festive season & tropical weather and enjoy Jiří Special slowly.

Bottom Line

Jiří Special is not just another cocktail but a magical drink that tells the story of a successful entrepreneur who is insanely passionate about mixology. Try this masterpiece at home or Velaa and experience the elegant taste of luxury.

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