What does one do in Bali when the heavens will not let up, in other words, the rain will not subside?…Well, after an intense abs and stretching session, Frederic and I headed down to the sunshine bar (now that is quite amusing) and signed up for a Balinese Bar Session.
The hour and a half we spent tasting the local liqueurs and creating a mélange of martinis, highballs and shots was entertainment for the two of us as well as the barmen, thank you Indra and Robin, and a multitude of surrounding guests.
I decided to practice making a local specialty called Mimpi Manis. The direct translation for this Balinesian concoction is Mimpi(Dream)Manis(Sweet) so Sweet Dream. I was not quite prepared for dreaming at three in the afternoon but it was a memorable libation that lulled me into a well deserved afternoon snooze.
1oz(30ml) Bacardi rum
0.5oz(15ml) Orange curacao
0.5oz(15ml) Balimoon banana liqueur
1.5oz(45ml) Guava juice
Place all the ingredients in a shaker.
Fill with ice, replace top and shake, shake, shake.
Pour into a cooled martini glass and garnish with whatever you have on hand.
(Please note that Bols also makes a banana liqueur)
While I was busy mixing up my cocktail, Frederic was preoccupying his instructors with an I-phone app full of interesting drinks. He made a number of shots including one of my favorites, a melon ball shot. Paul and I had a good laugh since that was the shot of choice at our 10th wedding anniversary when our basement was transformed into a nightclub with acrylic flooring, strob lights and a turning disco ball.
MELON BALL SHOT
1oz(30ml) Midori liqueur
1oz(30ml) Pineapple juice
Place all ingredients in a shaker and fill with ice.
Cover and shake.
Pour into shot glasses
Love this shot’s green colour! It should be considered a Balinese drink since much of the moss covered temples and rice fields, in this stunning country, are awash with this brilliant green that brings a smile to my face.
We all had a wonderful afternoon and best of all, I now have a whole new selection of drinks to add to my bar repertoire.