Liquid Therapy with W15 Ep: 04
by Tharushan Fernando, and Thuvaaragan Kirithiran
In this edition of Liquid Therapy, we'll showcase some of our island-inspired concoctions based on the beloved local spirit, Arrack.
Get ready to experience the ultimate tropical bliss as we take you on a boozy journey with W15's Liquid Therapy. Our mixologists have created some tantalizing island-inspired cocktails that will have your taste buds doing the happy dance. Using the beloved local spirit, Arrack, we've crafted some unique and refreshing drinks that will transport you straight to paradise. So, sit back, relax, and let us take you on a liquid vacation with our creative and whimsical cocktails.
A look at the legend itself
We're talking about Arrack, baby! This signature liquor is made from coconut flowers and has a flavour that's totally unique. Locals and visitors alike love to sip on it and share it with friends over a delicious meal.
Bartenders around the world are getting super creative with this spirit and making all kinds of crazy cocktails. Think classics like the Arrack Sour and Jungle Bird, but with a modern twist.
How is it made?
Did you know that Sri Lanka is the largest producer of coconut arrack in the world? Yep, and up until 1992, the government had a big hand in its production. The manufacturing process is pretty unique too. It all starts with the sap of unopened flowers from a coconut palm tree. Toddy tappers climb the trees every morning to collect the sap, which ferments into a mildly alcoholic drink called "toddy".
But the real magic happens during the distillation process. There are different methods involved, including pot stills and continuous stills, resulting in a final distillate with an alcohol content of 60 to 90%. It's then diluted to between 33% and 50% alcohol by volume, or 66 to 100 proof. And get this, some arrack is matured for up to 15 years for maximum flavour and fragrance.
So next time you're in Sri Lanka, be sure to try some arrack and experience its unique blend of whiskey and rum flavours. And don't forget to raise a glass to those talented toddy tappers who make it all possible!
Let's take you on a wild ride through the W15 Collection's signature cocktails that are crafted with the fiery spirit of Arrack at their core.
This signature drink is the perfect combination of Sri Lanka's finest Arrack, zesty lime juice, and fragrant nutmeg, all infused with the subtle sweetness of hibiscus tea. But what really sets this cocktail apart is the addition of a muddled betel leaf, adding a touch of local flavour and a burst of freshness to each sip.
The Ceylon Botanix is not only a delicious drink but also a tribute to the beautiful flora and fauna of the island. Each element of the cocktail is carefully selected to showcase the unique flavours and ingredients of this tropical paradise.
So why settle for a boring old cocktail when you can experience the tastes of Sri Lanka in every sip of the Ceylon Botanix?
This cocktail is a perfect blend of old Arrack, pineapple purée, lime juice and a dash of home-made celery bitters, creating a truly unique taste. It's a refreshingly tropical drink with just the right amount of tanginess and sweetness.
The Weligama Remedy is like an orchestra in a glass - each ingredient coming together to create a harmonious symphony of flavours. The sweet and fruity notes of the pineapple purée balance perfectly with the tartness of the lime juice, and the subtle hint of celery bitters adds a layer of depth to the drink. And let's not forget the star of the show - the old Arrack, which gives this cocktail a distinct Sri Lankan touch.
At W15 Weligama and throughout the W15 Collection, you can explore a variety of epic cocktails that will transport your taste buds to a whole new level. So, get ready to be whisked away by the whimsical flavours and creative mixology of the W15 Collection's signature cocktails. Whether you prefer a classic cocktail or something with a tropical twist, the W15 bartenders have got you covered. With every sip, you'll be immersed in the beauty of paradise and elevated to a new level of relaxation. So, come and indulge in the island's finest cocktails and experience the true essence of luxury at the W15 Collection.
Tharushan FernandoContent Creator
Former journalist, copywriter, concept developer and digital media professional. Has been in the field of professional writing for over 10 years, with experience in a variety of industries, including advertising, content writing and news. He is currently working as the content writer for Steradian Capital Investments and W15 Collection.
Professional photographer who specializes in travel, people, editorial, real estate and interior photography, with a further focus on branding and art direction. He also has a passion for wildlife and fashion photography. He is currently the in-house photographer for The W15 Collection and Steradian Capital Investments (Pvt) Ltd and a member of the Jaffna Photography Society.
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