Sam’s rum, lychee and lemon cocktail

The recipe was born as an afterthought. Sam loves lychees — canned, for convenience — and her favorite thing to do with them is to make a lychee smoothie by roughly pureeing the fruits in a blender along with the syrup, sugar and ice. But because she can’t finish an entire can of lychees by herself, whenever she makes lychee smoothie, everyone else in the house gets a glass (or two or three) of her addictive potion. Well, except Alex who really doesn’t like lychees.

One time, we had guests at home and Sam made her signature lychee smoothie. But because we were already having cocktails, I commented that, perhaps, Sam could add something alcoholic to her smoothie to make it a bit more attuned with the rest of the drinks that we were having. She said, rather automatically, “Rum.” I took my glass, poured some rum into it, stirred everything and tasted the mixture. It tasted good — but it needed something more. Lemon, I thought, and I squeezed a quarter of a lemon into the glass. I stirred the drink again and it was awesome. Perfect for a sweltering summer night. »

Iced tea mojito


You can prepare this drink in two ways -- as a cocktail drink or as a non-alcoholic iced beverage. If course, the non-alcoholic version won’t be a anything similar to a mojito and you can call it anything you like. Like minted iced tea. It’s really very good. But if you feel a little naughty and you want to take that extra … »

Passion fruit mojito


Yesterday, at the grocery, we were at the juice aisle choosing fruit juices that we could use for mixing cocktail drinks. Speedy got a cranberry juice while I chose passion fruit juice. I think he asked how I would use it, I wasn't really sure but I put the carton in the cart anyway. Later in the afternoon, I would get a … »

The Lady In Red (watermelon and coconut rum cocktail)


Whenever she goes marketing with us, Sam asks if we could buy watermelon. If we have space in the fridge, I say yes. If not, I say next time. She wasn't with us at the supermarket last weekend but there were seedless watermelons galore and we did have space in the fridge for a whole watermelon. So, I asked Speedy to pick … »

Banana daiquiri


After mixing Ina Garten's version of the most complex drink in the world, Speedy shifted to a cocktail drink that uncomplicated as it is sweet. I'm talking about daiquiri. We've had daiquiri with strawberries, kiwis and even canned peaches... why not bananas? The result is a drink the color of a sunny summer day. Mama mia, … »

Long Island iced tea


Strange that this drink is called iced tea when there is no tea in it. Some say it is because it tastes similar to iced tea but I beg to disagree. Long Island iced tea tastes nothing like the common iced tea whether the iced tea is made from brewed tea leaves or powdered mix.Long Island iced tea and the common iced … »

Hot buttered rum with vanilla ice cream


Essentially a toddy, a drink made with hot water and sugar, hot buttered rum is a cold-weather drink often associated with the Christmas holidays. Very aromatic with the addition of grated nutmeg and cinnamon, the drink must be served as soon as it is mixed to prevent the butter from hardening as drink cools.This … »

Cajun coffee


In trying to learn the origin of this recipe, specifically, why mixing molasses with coffee would characterize it as "Cajun", I found out that there is a distinction between Creole and Cajun cooking. From Ochef: In broad terms, Creole cooking is city cooking, based on French traditions, but with influences from Spain, … »

Piña Colada


On my first day in college, I sat at a desk where someone had carved a phrase about liking piña colada and getting caught in the rain. The phrase was probably carved during one of those boring lectures in Math or Spanish. Who carved it, I'll never know. I was 15, I never had a piña colada in my life and, heck, … »

Peach daiquiri


It seems that just about any fruit can be made into a frozen daiquiri -- even canned peaches. Instead of adding sugar to this drink, however, Speedy used the heavy syrup from the can.See, the excess peaches from the suman project had been sitting in the fridge for a couple of days and Speedy decided to make good use of … »