If there’s one thing us Maltese really know how to do, it’s throwing a great party. Whether it’s a simple dinner party with our loved ones or a massive bash with a third of the island’s population, we sure know how to entertain.
If you want to be the host(ess) with the most(ess) and impress all your guests, why not try out one (or all) of these seven different Maltese cocktails at your next event?
1. Tinżel Għasel
Literally translated as ‘it goes down like honey’, us Maltese are all too familiar with this phrase, used when something either tastes really good or we’re craving something specific. To make a Tinżel Għasel, here’s what you need:
- 40ml instant coffee
- 30ml fresh cream
- 20ml Żeppi Honey Liqueur
- 10ml Lejla Amaretto Liqueur
Combine the coffee and honey liqueur, and poor into a cocktail glass. Mix the cream and the amaretto liqueur in a cocktail shaker. Slowly pour the cream over the back of a spoon so that it lies on top of the coffee and honey mixture.
Ahhhhhhhh… maretto. An almondy digestif that is perfect for the colder months. Here’s what you’ll be needing:
- 250ml Lejla Amaretto liqueur
- 250ml Tia Maria Coffee liqueur
- 20ml fresh cream
Combine all the ingredients with ice inside a cocktail shaker and pour into a chilled glass. Garnish with some grated chocolate on the top.
A refreshing bubbly drink to lift your spirits.
- 600ml Ġellewża Frizzante wine
- 200ml Pomegranate liqueur
Pour the pomegranate liqueur into a glass over some ice. Add wine so that the glass is half full and top up with some lemonade.
This one’s a non-alcoholic cocktail with a strong citrus kick. And it feature’s Malta’s favourite drink.
- 20ml Passion Fruit syrup
- Orange zest
Fill a glass with ice and pour the passion fruit syrup on top, then add in the orange zest. Top up the glass with Kinnie, mix well and garnish with a cherry and slice of orange.
Another non-alcoholic cocktail that can be enjoyed by everyone, even if your name isn’t Nikky.
- 200ml Mint Mojito syrup
- Orange zest
Put some mint and orange zest in a glass, add some ice and pour the mojito syrup over. Top up with Kinnie, mix well, and garnish with a mandarin slice and some mint.
A bitter, long drink that is perfect for celebrating special occasions and toasting with loved ones, and is also super easy to put together.
- 250ml Żeppi Pomegranate Liqueur
- Bitter lemon
Pour the pomegranate liqueur into a long glass filled with ice, and top up with bitter lemon. Mix well and garnish with cherries and rosemary.
7. Ta’ Adam
An aperitif to start off your meal that tastes as Maltese as it sounds.
- 250ml red Tikka Bitters
- 10ml Żeppi Bajtra Liqueur
- 30ml apple juice
Put all the ingredients and some ice into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Pour the mixture into a glass and garnish with cherries and a slice of apple.
We left this one ’til the end, because it is undoubtedly our favourite one. A pink, creamy cocktail that tastes like our childhood.
- 300ml Benna Strawberry Milk
- 100ml white rum
- 200ml Creme de Cacao
Mix all the ingredients inside a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour into a chilled glass and top with a cherry.
You can find all of these cocktail recipes in the 2019 edition of Tisjir mill-Qalb
For the 10th year, Maltese chefs have come together to create the ultimate cookbook for Maltese cuisine. With over 70 recipes from 10 different chefs, as well as these cocktails from celebrated barman Richard Pons, it’s chock-full of ideas.
From snails to ice cream, rabbit to soup, the 10th edition of Tisjir mill-Qalb has a crazy selection of recipes from the simple to the adventurous.
We’ve got four copies of the brand new cookbook to give away to some food-loving readers
We have two copies in Maltese, and two in English. To be in with the chance of winning all you have to do is leave us a comment and let us know:
- Who you would cook a delicious meal for
- What language you want your copy in
Four winners will be picked at random and we expect you to invite us over for a home-cooked meal in the New Year.