Drinks and hong baos

Survive CNY with some mojitos

It’s been non-stop madness since Monday, but that’s Chinese New Year for you! Lots to prepare, people to see, plenty of food to eat – it feels good being with people I love, but we all still need a quiet moment to just – be.

A and I did all the obligatory CNY greetings on the first day, so we were feeling rather wilted by late afternoon. Most of our favourite bars and cafes are closed over the CNY break, but A makes a mean mojito ;)

Coffee table - CNY style

A makes a mean mojito

A’s Mean Mojito (makes two)

  • 1.25 limes (A cuts the lines into quarters first, so that’s 11 quarters)
  • 3 tsp of brown sugar (to taste)
  • 10 – 15 mint leaves (if they’re smaller, use 15)
  • 90ml brown rum

Muddle the limes, brown sugar, and mint leaves together in a cocktail shaker. Add 90ml of brown rum and stir with a bar spoon. Split into two old-fashioned glasses, top up with crushed ice and a splash of soda.

TIP: Be gentle when you muddle, and remove all the lime seeds first. You want the limes and mint leaves squashed, not smashed.

I think this has got to be one of favourite ways to relax after a crazy day! If you try this at home, let me know what you think ;)


Adding some CNY colours with origami

The weeks leading up to Chinese New Year can actually make me feel like I’ve had enough of the decorations, before CNY actually begins!

Still, it won’t feel like CNY at home without some colour – even if it’s not traditional-style ;) I love doing origami – partly because origami paper is always so pretty, and because I like the smell of the ink on paper.

Origami butterflies, cranes and flowers for CNY

We covered part of the TV wall with origami flowers, butterflies and cranes – three of my favourite designs. I did think of using patterned paper, but I didn’t have any in colours I wanted. We ended up putting them up in a gradient – from light orange to red.

I did the origami from memory, but you can find really easy to follow origami instructions here – my go-to resource when I feel like making something new.