In this Aperitivo Zero Waste Special, we’re teaching you all about using your fruit leftovers to make delicious drinks at home. Every Drink we’re showing includes a homemade syrup, using the parts of fruit you would normally throw away and waste to create a yummy drink.
First up is a fruity and refreshing cocktail that uses self-made Tangerine-Strawberry Liqueur and is perfect for spring and summer.
For the flavored Gin, collect your leftover tangerine peels and strawberry stems in a sealable container and pour Gin on top of them. Then all that’s left to do is to strain the mixture into a bottle after 24 hours of letting them sit.
For the cocktail combine 30ml of the homemade Tangerine Strawberry Gin with 30ml of sweet Vermouth, as well as 30ml of Campari Style Bitter Liquor and (optional but recommended) 2 dashes of Peychaud Bitters and enjoy!
Next is another cocktail, that's using the combination of Tangerine and Strawberry (because it’s just that good), but this time in form of an infused liqueur.
Ingredients (for the Cocktail):
Ingredients (for the Syrup):
For the liqueur just follow the same steps as for the infused gin, but this time add sugar syrup in a 1:0,75 ratio to make it a liqueur.
For the cocktail shake 60ml of Cognac, 30ml of Lemon Juice, 10ml of sugar syrup and 30ml of your homemade Tangerine Strawberry Liqueur with some ice, pour it into a glass and top the drink with around 40ml of Bavarian Wheat Beer.
A cocktail inspired by the classic dessert, that unites chocolate with the best of Banana and Rum.
This one takes quite a bit of time – but it’s oh-so-worth it! Start out 2 days before by making your own Banana Oleo Saccharum (Latin for sugared oil). Just put your leftover banana peel into a sealable container, cover them with enough sugar, put the lid on and let it sit in your fridge for about 2 days. After that time has passed, all natural oils should’ve been extracted from the banana peels and you can strain that liquid into a once again sealable bottle and use it in your drinks.
For the cocktail itself, you just have to pour 50ml of aged rum, 15ml of the Banana Oleo Saccharum we just made and 3 dashes of Chocolate Bitters into a glass and stir with some ice. Done!
This is a more tropical and refreshing drink, which includes some Pineapple syrup made from scratch.
Once again start out by making the syrup. For that, combine leftover pineapple peel, as well as the middle part you don’t eat with 300ml of water and 300g of sugar. Let that simmer in a saucepan on medium heat, until all of the sugar is dissolved and you can’t see any granulated parts. (you can also add some optional spices at this point, like cinnamon, pepper or even chili). Then turn down the heat and let simmer for about 2 hours before you strain the mixture into a sealable bottle.
For the cocktail shake up 40ml of Tequila, 10ml of Lime Juice and 20ml of the syrup you just made with some ice, pour it into a glass and fill up with some tonic water.
This is a drink for everyone, that just enjoys a spontaneous drink every now and then and can't be bothered to buy masses of extra ingredients, as it works with everything you already have at home.
As said before - anything you can find at home!
Just try to have something ...
We recommend using ice cubes, but if you don't have any on hand, putting your liquor into the fridge before mixing the drink will do just fine. What's important when putting together your drink, is not the exact amount of liquids that you pour, it's the ratio! Just use 3 parts of liquor, 2 parts of sour, and 1 part of sweet - just like a countdown to an amazing drink.
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