Making frozen beverages fit for a soiree
By Sean RiveraPosted Aug 15, 2012
There are few drinks that can entice me to hang out in the sweltering Louisiana heat, let alone to be outside in the afternoon. I’m often asked to oversee the grill, and an ice-cold beer will often convince me. But, when we’re in the middle of summer and the heat persists with no end in sight, other means of coercion become necessary. I’ve put together a few of my favorite ice-cold blended drinks that have surfaced over the years. All of them are iced, fruity, and mildly sweet. Don’t worry, however, I’m not presenting girly drinks.
The way that I get inspired to mix up some alcoholic beverages for a simple summer afternoon or a more enticing soiree is by asking myself three questions: What time of day will I be drinking? What is in season? How can I transform a classic cocktail? I chose to provide drinks that can fit your mid-day lounges by the pool, the grill, or even on a couch soaking up the AC. While they are mostly fruit-based (except the Café Irlandes), they go down easily without making you feel full or crash quickly afterwards. I chose the Café Irlandes as a brilliant afternoon pick-me-up, or morning drink if you so choose.
When I decide I’m going to make iced beverages, regardless of which drinks I might choose, I make a couple preparations in advance. Buy a big bag of ice. You will be amazed how quickly your ice goes before your freezer’s icemaker can make more. Also, the prior day I make a batch of simple syrup. Don’t worry, it’s incredibly simple - hence the name. Take 1 cup of sugar and add it to 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil for 5 minutes and turn it off. You are done. Just let it cool, put it in a glass jar, and let it chill in the fridge.
The last bit of advice I can provide on making frozen drinks is to buy yourself a decent blender. I use a Cuisinart variety and it’s basically indestructible. If it looks like your ice isn’t crushing, sometimes your blender will get so cold that it creates a frozen dam on your blades. When that happens, put in another shot of alcohol and shake your blender a little. Just don’t put in too many extra shots. If you put in too much alcohol then your drink melts too quickly and becomes a watered down cocktail. So bring out the mixer, get your ingredients prepped, and enjoy! Cheers!
For starters, there is the ubiquitous lemonade for summer drinks. To kick it up a notch, make an adult version out of vodka, limoncello, and homemade lemonade and you’re sure to feel like grown up kid. Toss in a couple strawberries or raspberries for some fun color and you can make your lady feel like a doll.
½ cup vodka
¼ cup limoncello
1 cup fresh squeezed lemonade
3 tbs. simple syrup
1-2 cups ice – depending on how thick you want it
Drunken Berry Delight
To make something that you could call “healthy” and full of anti-oxidants, try this drunken berry delight. It is a classic daiquiri with a healthy spin that makes this drink light and refreshing, without being overly sweet.
2 cups mixed frozen berries – strawberries and blueberries are my favorite
½ cup light rum
1 cup strawberry yogurt
1 cup orange sherbert
2 cups ice
Café Irlandes Frio
Next up is a cold morning take on an Irish coffee. Sometimes you have a slow morning and you need a little pick me up with brunch! Who wants a hot cup of joe when its already 90 degrees outside. This creamy and icy delight will offer you a kick of cool confidence to start your weekend morning.
1 cup strong, cold coffee
½ cup vanilla yogurt
3 tbs. simple syrup
½ cup Irish whiskey
½ cup heavy whipping cream
3 tbs. chocolate-covered espresso beans
1 cup ice
Watermelon mojitos are ideal for midsummer dreams. When you buy a monster watermelon, there is always plenty left over and it won’t all fit in the fridge! This is a perfect remedy for space issues with that yummy, meaty, ruby-toned watermelon.
4 cups seedless watermelon chopped
4 tbs. simple syrup
4 tbs. fresh lime juice
1 cup fresh mint
1 cup light rum
1 cup ice