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Yum Cha Colada Frozen Cocktail

Quench your thirst with this twist on a classic pina colada, courtesy of Parasol & Swing's Jason Rosen

Jason Rosen's newly-opened Viaduct bar Parasol & Swing is a tribute to all things bartending. Every drink on their cocktail menu has something created especially for it, and the classics are all there - but with a twist.

The Yum Cha Colada is a part of the Explorers section of the drinks menu, a section dedicated to cocktails pairing fruits and spices with interesting combinations. Chinese five-spice meets ice cream meets sesame oil in this unique and deliciously creamy frozen cocktail.


Chinese Five-Spice Rum Blend
500ml white rum
250ml Cruzan Black Strap Rum
1 tsp Chinese Five-Spice powder

Pineapple Syrup
250ml water
250g caster sugar
250g peeled and diced pineapple

Yum Cha Colada
45ml Chinese five-spice rum blend (recipe above)
30ml Thai coconut water
1 scoop vanilla icecream
30ml pineapple syrup (recipe above)
2 drops sesame oil
1 pinch sea salt

1. Make the rum blend by combining the ingredients for the rum blend, and then leave overnight. Fine-strain through a coffee filter.

2. Make the pineapple syrup by lightly cooking the syrup ingredients on a medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved. Take off the heat and let it stand for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. 

3. To make the Yum Cha Colada, combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. 

4. Pour into a coconut tiki cup, or something else tropical, and top with a small amount of crushed ice. 

5. Garnish with a slice of pineapple, green straw and mint.

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