Being a girl who worked my way through college in the food service industry, like many others I know, I may have poured a drink or two in my time. I’ve worked at country clubs, restaurants that brew their own beer, Martini Vodka-toriums, Jamaican bars, Caribbean themed places with animal shaped fruit in the glasses wearing sunglasses, and fancy high end restaurants. Drinks like Margaritas and Daiquiris are simple. Ice, booze, fruit, blend. Ta-da. I’ll share you some house made recipes that are special, and I probably shouldn’t disclose… I’ll share here the best summertime drinks that i’ve served (and made).
Purple Meanie: There is this blended drink that I used to make at the Jamaican bar I worked at, to be un-named, since I don’t want it so seem like i’m giving away their secrets, (which I am.) The Purple Meanie was popular for it’s potency, taste (like a grape popsicle) and it’s mean purple color.
- 2 Cups Ice
- 1 ounce Blue Curacau
- 1.5 ounce grenadine
- 3/4 shot 100 proof white rum
- 3/4 shot coconut rum
- splash lemon juice
- blend and enjoy!
- 1 Bottle of white wine (Riesling, Chablis, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc)
- 2/3 cup white sugar (or raw sugar if you’re a health nut like me)
- 3 oranges (sliced) or may substitute 1 cup of orange juice)
- 1 lemon (sliced)
- 1 lime (sliced)
- finely chopped green apple
- 1/2 liter of ginger ale or club soda, or ginger ale for those with a sweeter tooth.
Gin, Tonic, Lime: Working at the country club, I realized that other than a beer in a plastic to-go cup, one of the most refreshing summer drinks to take out on the course was a gin and tonic. If you want a REALLY good one, one that doesn’t taste like an air freshener, make yours with Hendrick’s gin. It’s infused with cucumbers, and has a really clean, cool taste. Throw a slice of lime, and cucumber into your drink, and you CAN beat the summer heat.
Pop Rocks Martini: In the few days that I worked in the Vodka-torium, which had over 100 vodkas and a rolling ladder to reach the top shelf, I didn’t even bother memorizing the rolodex of martinis… But I did come out learning about a few fun ones.
- 4 parts Absolut Raspberri
- 3 parts DeKuyper Strawberry Passion Pucker
- Splash pineapple
- Sprinkle of Pop Rocks candy
To Do : Pour all ingredients except candy in a shaker with ice, strain into glass rimmed with Pop Rocks.
Guavalada: This drink is simple (3 ingredients) tart, crisp, and especially tasty.
- 3/4 oz Guava flavored rum
- 3/4 oz coconut rum
- Grapefruit Juice
Fill sangria glass with ice, and add ingredients, alcohol first. Pour into a shaker, and shake. Pour back into sangria glass, and garnish with an orange slice. Enjoy!
- 6 lime slices (about a whole lime)
- 6 mint leaves- fresh and green.
- 4 second pour of sugar, (about 3 tablespoons)
- 1.5 oz Pusser’s Rum
- 1 oz coconut syrup/ cream of coconut (Coco Casa works great)
- equal parts orange and pineapple juice
- Shake drink and pour into glass. Top with sprinkle of nutmeg. Enjoy!
Tickled Pink: This drink is so easy, anyone can do it. And, it only has 2 ingredients. Get yourself a bottle of X-Rated liquor. It is bright pink in color, but has a tropical flavor, like grapefruit meets mango. Then get yourself a bottle of champagne. Mix one part X-Rated to 3 parts Champagne, no ice and enjoy. Or over ice, if you are having an extremely warm day. Even drop a marachino cherry in the glass for an extra bit of flavor, and fun.
Nacho Loco: Our contractor that would fix up the Jamacain Bar would come in often and ask for the “Carribean Milkshake”. This delicious creamy blended drink will surely make you feel like you went to Orange Julius- in your dreams.
- big scoop of ice- about 1 cup or more
- 1 banana
- 3/4 oz coffee liquor
- 1 oz spiced rum
- splash of half and half
- pineapple slice for garnish
- blend and enjoy!