Recipes for happy memories

21 February, 2020
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Have you ever wanted to prepare nice cocktails at home, but never found a nice recipe? Then keep reading and get inspired!

During their studies at Hotelschool The Hague, our students need practical experience to fully develop their hands-on approach and management skills. Assignments vary from welcoming our guests at the front office to developing a menu for our restaurants, which includes fancy cocktails! We are delighted to share two of our favorite recipes:


This lovely refreshing cocktail is a variation of the traditional Pink Lemonade, which many like to enjoy on a hot summer day, during a picknick or a BBQ with friends. Even in winter, it can light up your day and remind you of the nice warm weather.

With the refreshing taste of lime and lemon, the sweetness of the cranberry topped off with sparkling water and a shot of Vodka, this cocktail guarantees an enjoyable moment.

The ingredients for one glass:                    

  •  ½ lime 
  •  ½ lemon 
  • 30 ml of vodka
  • 40 ml of cranberry juice
  • 15 ml of sugar syrup
  • 200 ml of sparkling water
  • 20 grams of sugar
  • 1 cocktail shaker 
  • 1 cocktail glass

How to prepare:

1.    Put 20 grams of sugar on a small plate. 
2.    Take the glass, you would like to serve the pink lemonade in, take the lemon and strike it over the edge of the glass.
3.    Turn the glass upside down into the sugar. Make sure the full edge is covered with it. 
4.    Continue to the actual drink. 
5.    Put ice cubes into the shaker
6.    Put the juice of ½ a lime and  ½ a lemon together with the cranberry juice and vodka into the shaker. 
7.    Shake shortly but strongly until the shaker feels ice cold. 
8.    Pour the mixture into the glass and top of with sparkling water. 
9.    Garnish with a lime slice. 


The Tom Collins, often referred to as the ''King of Cooling Drinks'', is a cocktail made with gin, lemon juice, soda water and sugar syrup. People have been enjoying this refreshing drink for well over 125 years. 

In 1874, people in New York, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere in the United States would start a conversation with "Have you seen Tom Collins?" After the listener predictably reacts by explaining that they did not know a Tom Collins, the speaker would assert that Tom Collins was talking about the listener to others and that Tom Collins was "just around the corner", "in a [local] bar," or somewhere else near. The conversation about the nonexistent Tom Collins was a hoax to expose the listener. In The Great Tom Collins hoax of 1874, as it became known, the speaker would encourage the listener to act foolishly by reacting to patent nonsense that the hoaxer deliberately presents as reality. In particular, the speaker desired the listener to become agitated at the idea of someone talking about them to others such that the listener would rush off to find the purportedly nearby Tom Collins.

According to the Wall Street Journal columnist Eric Felten, “It doesn’t take much to imagine how Tom Collins came to be a drink. How many times does someone have to barge into a saloon, demanding Tom Collins, before the bartender takes the opportunity  to offer him a cocktail named Tom Collins." The Tom Collins quickly became the cocktail of the hour.

The ingredients for one glass:                    

  • 60 ml of Seedlip Gin (Alcohol free gin) 
  • 30 ml Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 15ml Sugar Syrup 
  • Club Soda to top off
  • 1 cocktail shaker 
  • 1 cocktail glass preferably a long glass
  • 1 jigger

How to prepare:

1.    Add the alcohol free gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup in a Gin&Tonic glass
2.    Fill with ice
3.    Top off with club soda
4.    Stir the mixture 
5.    Garnish with cucumber or Lemon wheel

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Hotelschool The Hague

Hotelschool The Hague was founded and funded in 1929 by the hospitality industry to create a central place where industry partners could gain and share new insight, skills and knowledge. Since its foundation, Hotelschool The Hague has become an international hospitality business school specialised in hospitality management, offering a 4-year Bachelor in Hospitality Management. This degree course is also available as the accelerated International Fast Track programme. Our 13-month MBA in Hospitality Management is designed to deliver the next generation of hospitality innovators.

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