Rochelle Keane, Gleaner Writer
The summer is coming to an end, but that does not mean the fun has to. The temperatures are still high and there is no better way to cool down and enjoy the last drink of summer, all in good 'spirit'.
Everyone has their alcohol of choice, and once they find something that works for them, they stick to it. However, here is the perfect opportunity to try something new. As they say, variety is the spice of life.
Ever thought of freezing your cocktail and enjoying it in the form of an ice cube? If you're having friends over, especially on a Friday night, like tomorrow, it's time to get prepping. If you like apple vodka, a little white rum or if you think your Appleton red rum is the best, then pop it into the freezer.
So Food decided to find some ways for you to infuse these popsicles or ice cubes into some delicious cocktails. With the help of mixologist Gonzall Palmer, we were able to decipher some of the items you will need and come up with do-it-yourself recipes:
An ice tray/plastic cups
You can put just about anything that you want into these popsicles or ice cubes; one of the most amazing things to do, especially for parties, is to get yourself a few bottles of mastermixer ready to stir up some cocktails. These come in different flavours and you can simply add vodka, tequila, rum or whisky to the mix. These are great for lyming by the pool, a house party or even happy hour.
The Red Stripe Beer Vybz Popsicle
2 oz lime juice
4 oz strawberry syrup
3 oz Smirnoff vodka
Combine all the ingredients
Pour mixture into ice tray
Pop it into your freezer for 24 hours
After it is fully frozen, be sure to have a well-cold Red Stripe light.
Get yourself a highball glass, pop a few cubes of your frozen cocktail into the glass until filled, then top up with a well-cold Red Stripe light and enjoy.
The Mojito Popsicle
6 pieces of mint leaves
1 1/2 oz lime juice
2 oz simple syrup
4 oz rum
Combine all the ingredients into a highball glass and muddle. Try not to damage the leaves too much or the cocktail will get bitter.
If you are going to create a popsicle, follow the instruction as above for each drink with this spin. When putting the ice tray or cups in the freezer, let it set for four hours, then take it out and tip a little water on the top.
Push your popsicle sticks into the ice so it can set.
Replace the tray or cups in the freezer and let set for the remaining 20 hours.
Regular cocktail - rum and coke or vodka and cranberry (your signature drink)
1 oz rum/vodka/tequila/ whisky
3 oz chaser - Pepsi, Ting, juice (whichever you prefer)
1 oz lime juice (optional)
Combine all ingredients and pour into an ice tray.
Let set for 24 hours.
When frozen, pop your cubes into a glass and have your drink on the rocks.