Lina Toffini is an illustrator from Romania with a huge fascination for nature, femininity, and colors. She is currently living and working in Paris.
Paris is normally a very vivid city. The one where you would definitely love to go out on a normal Friday evening and grab a delicious cocktail while listening to some good live music. However, ever since we started spending most of our time inside, one year ago, there are rarely (to no) occasions to exchange our cozy pajamas for a fancy outfit and meet our friends out in our favorite bar.
With this nostalgia in mind, Lina selected a couple of cocktails from across the globe, dissected them and their respective ingredients into their natural essences, and decorated her muses.
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1 part coconut cream
1 part white rum
3 parts pineapple juice
3 parts tequila
6 parts orange juice
1 part grenadine syrup
3 parts white rum
1 part fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons sugar
6 leaves of mint
We all love a good Mojito. But did you know it dates back to the 16th century?
An English sailor called Francis Drake landed in Cuba in 1586 and fell in love with its sugar cane fields. Such a delight!!
From this plant he extracted a moonshine. But even for a pirate, it was a bit strong, so he added some useful sailor ingredients: mint against nausea, lime against scurvy and sugar to soften it. This remedy-cocktail called El Draque (in reference to the captain) became popular in the Cuban countryside especially around the sugarcane plantations.
The name Mojito came from a language spoken by the field workers. “Mojo” in this dialect means “magic” (makes sense, right?).
1 part light rum
2 parts blue curaçao
4 parts pineapple juice
4 parts lime juice
Garnish with some ocean/sea waves and add some sun!
Flavored with the dried peel of bitter-sweet orange Laraha, blue Curaçao’s original color comes from a chemical ingredient. Nowadays however natural alternatives are used to obtain this beautiful color, like Blue Hibiscus or Indigo (which is a plant that actually grows in Curaçao).
“Personally, I like to imagine that the color comes from the ocean waves ” – Lina Toffini
2 dashes orange bitter
4 parts bourbon
1 part freshly squeezed lemon juice
1.5 part freshly squeezed orange juice
A bit of syrup
Bourbon is an American Whiskey made primary from corn + other grains which give it the flavor: rye, barley and wheat.
1 part freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
1 part sparkling water
1 part tequila
A drizzle of lime juice
1 slice lime
1 pinch salt
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