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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Soothing that ol’ Summertime Sadness

Yeah yeah yeah, summer is here. Woo Hoo. Do you sense the sarcasm?

While everyone else is getting amped about the arrival of October, I am mourning the loss of crispy winter days in July. I know what all the fuss is about: it’s about braai’s and beach bodies and outdoor activities and longer days filled with sunshine. Bah! Ham buck!

Everyone forgets that with those things come hot irritability, holiday season price hikes, 38 Saturday afternoon events and the inevitable onset of thigh gravy (ever sat on a plastic chair in a skirt? that mushy wet mix of epithelials, including the residual from the chairs last guest, is what I call thigh gravy).

So it only seems fitting to celebrate my woes with something I think we can all agree is a summer success – cocktails!

Here is my soothing (and slim) remedy to scorching afternoons in the sun:

Summertime Sadness


2 shots of Vodka/Gin (I’m a gin gal! But Vodka will work just as well)

100 ml soda water

100 ml pear juice

Handful of fresh Basil

Handful of fresh Mint

Squeeze of fresh lemon juice

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

Ice cube tray

8 – 10 Blueberries

Prep Time: 15 Mins

Freezing Time: 2 – 3 hours

This is so easy, it’s going to seem like one of those recipe’s that’s too easy. But sippology shouldn’t be a chore… in my opinion.

In a medium saucepan, add sugar, water, basil and mint. Bring to a boil over medium heat and then take off the heat, keep the lid on (to preserve the minty flavour) and allow to cool until leaves start turning a browny colour. Add a squeeze of lemon and strain the liquid (syrup) so there are no longer herbs in it.

Pour the syrup in an ice tray/ Tupperware and allow to set in the freezer. The syrup won’t set completely, but it will make an icy granita like texture that you can scoop out with a spoon. Most importantly it will be icy cold and super minty sweet – adding a punch to your cocktail.

In a medium to large sized glass pour the shots, pear juice and soda water. Now add your sweet mint basil cubes and top with blueberries.

For a shnazy touch, I filled half the ice tray with the syrup and in the other half I filled the cubes with water and then added some blueberries, mint leaves and lemon zest. This creates cute little designer ice cubes that dissolve and add extra garnish and flavour as you drink.

I think this would make a fab jug as well – perfect for entertaining girlfriends by the pool. Just adjust the quantities according to taste.

Now – a stack of mags, flip flops and some jazzy tunes and you are set to revel in mid-summer melancholy! Enjoy!

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