Tropical Cocktail Competition

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Published on: September 12, 2013

I’ve finally succumbed to the lure of running a competition.  In my defence, this competition has a purpose – cocktail ideas for my old man in Malaysia.  The challenge?  To create a cocktail involving tropical fruits.  Apparently the drinks cabinet in Malaysia is not moving very fast and needs to see some use.  So what’s in it for you?  A full cocktail shaker set, the same one I use at home, worth £60.  The set includes a Boston shaker, hawthorn strainer, bar spoon, bar mat, 4 speed pourers, a bar blade, muddler, 25ml and 50ml measures and ice tongs, as seen here:




The Rules:

  • The cocktail must contain at least one Malaysian tropical fruit such as mango, banana, pineapple, coconut, etc (kudos if you can come up with a good Durian cocktail).  See here, if you need a proper list!
  • The cocktail must contain spirits, such as Vodka or Rum, etc.  No mocktails or beer based cocktails.
  • The cocktail must be your own creation.  No renamed cocktails like a French Martini disguised as a “Pineapple Martini”.
  • The competition is open to anyone but I can only deliver the prize to the UK Mainland or Malaysia, if you just want the glory feel free to enter.  The prize can be given away or given to the best runner-up.
  • One entry per person.
  • Closing date for entries is 14/10/2013.  Winner will be announced on or around 27th October.
  • Enter by “Liking” the Gin & Yang Facebook page and sharing the competition post – Yes it’s another shameless plug to build my audience but it’s not like I’m the first to do it!.  Submissions can be made by email (see contact page) or via Facebook message.



  • I will endeavour to get whatever ingredients you use in your cocktail recipe but be sensible, whatever you use must be available in Malaysia so outlandish spirits are going to be difficult to obtain.  The same goes for spirits by small companies (as good as they are) they are unlikely to be found in Malaysia.
  • The idea is to use up spirits not buy loads more.  Vodka, Gin, Rum and Whisky are good choices, Triple Sec is also possible but a bottle of good 100% Agave Cabo Wabo Tequila is unlikely.
  • I’ve got a duty free allowance of two bottles, so if I get a lot of submissions with one particular drink and it’s something I don’t think we can find in Malaysia, I can buy it and bring it with me.
  • Depending on the number of entries I will take a few recipes with me to Malaysia where they will get the final taste test and judgement by my folks.
  • Don’t forget local spirits like rice wine or Tapai.
  • There are also other local ingredients like the things for making bubble tea: tapioca pearls, sago, taro balls – if you want to include them go ahead.


As an example, here’s a cocktail I have done in the past that Phoebe and her friends seem to love – The Tropical Fizz:


2  Vodka

2 White Rum

1 Triple Sec

1 Peach Schnapps

1/2 Cherry Liqueur

8 Pineapple Juice




Shaken over ice, strained and a maraschino cherry dropped in.  Topped up with Lemonade and finally drizzled with grenadine from a bar spoon – usually with the person’s initial.



Cherry Liqueur could be a little difficult to get hold of in Malaysia but I could substitute it for something else or buy it in the duty-free shop.  So now you know what we are looking for, go get mixing… good luck!

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