Aug 5, 2011

Foodie Friday: U is for UMBRELLA DRINKS

Umbrella Drinks, aka Boat Drinks...those fruity, fun cocktails with the ubiquitous paper umbrella!!! What's not to love? Sipping one will always conjure up thoughts of a leisurely summer day on the water.

No need to head to a fancy watering hole--it's easy to make a fabulously fancy cocktail (just leave out the libation, and call it a "mocktail" if you avoid alcohol). Here are a few recipes to get you started. Just be sure to have a fancy glass AND a paper umbrella on hand.



* 10 fresh mint leaves
* 1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
* 2 tablespoons white sugar, or simple syrup (or to taste)
* 1 cup ice cubes
* 1 1/2 fluid ounces white rum
* 1/2 cup club soda


Place mint leaves and 1 lime wedge in a sturdy glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice. Add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar or simple syrup, and muddle again to release the lime juice. Do not strain the mixture. Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. Pour the rum over the ice, and fill the glass with carbonated water. Stir, taste, and add more sugar/simple syrup if desired. Garnish with the remaining lime wedge.




* 1.5 oz good quality tequila
* 3/4 cup orange juice
* ice cubes
* good pour of grenadine syrup
* 1 slice orange, for garnish
* 1 maraschino cherry for garnish


Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Pour in tequila. Add orange juice. Slowly pour in the grenadine, and allow it to settle to the bottom of the glass (be patient). Garnish with a slice of orange, and a maraschino cherry.




2 oz canned Crème de Coconut
4 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Vodka
1 Cup Ice
1 oz Half and Half or Milk (For a creamier version. Optional)


Combine ingredients in a blender or mix well and enjoy on the rocks. Garnish with a cherry and a slice of pineapple.

Of course, etsyvintageteam shops have some GREAT vintage barware available! Here are just a few examples, search etsyvintageteam: bar for more choices.


RainbowVintage said...

There's not much I love more than a cocktail, with or without an umbrella! (Although I DO have a supply, should I need them. My mom even found me some vintage ones, how awesome is that?)

cindy-the vintage hat shop said...

I always thought those little umbrellas were so fancy smancy! Great idea. And now I'm thirsty!

Callooh Callay said...

Great recipes--and I have some fresh mint growing now...have to try out the mojitos!