Summer drinks from around the world
Every year at the start of summer, when the weather gets warm and the winter woolies get a well-earned rest, my fantasies move away from evenings spent sipping hot chocolate by a fire, towards lazing about on a tropical beach with a cocktail in each hand. But even if you’re staying a little closer to home this summer, there’s no reason why you can’t be reminded of your dream destination with a delicious beverage or two. Here’s my selection of some of the best summer drinks from around the world to help quench your thirst during the warmer months.
The Pain Killer
Dreaming of the Caribbean? All you need to recreate that pulsating atmosphere is the Pain Killer, a perfect combination of all things tropical: dark rum, pineapple, cream of coconut, and orange juice, as well as a sprinkling of grenadian nutmeg. It’ll be all you need to kill the pain of those stay-at-home blues.
Sangria is a perfect drink for the sunny season, especially if you like to enjoy it with friends. It is not only scrumptious but also easy to make in large quantities, which is ideal for summertime gatherings (or even for some relaxing alone-time). Since it orginated in Spain, you could even serve it wiith some tapas to really get into the Mediterranean feel. There are hundreds of different Sangria recipes around and the majority of them are delicious – trust me – but my favourite recipe at the moment can be found here. It’s simple, quick and tastes pretty darn good – everything you require from a drink.
Essentially an Indian equivalent of a milkshake, only less fattening and more refreshing. Lassi is a blend of yoghurt, water, sugar and fruit, though there are many variations. Whether you’re in India or not, there’s no reason not to try it out! I recently came across a recipe for strawberry Lassi, which I cannot wait to make.
The drink ‘Terremoto’ originated in Chile, and while it looks innocent it sure packs a punch. Its potency is somewhat unsurprising however upon the realisation that its name is Spanish for ‘earthquake’. This killer drink consists of a generous scoop of pineapple ice cream and enough pipeño – fermented white wine- to fill up a one litre glass. If the taste leaves you wanting more, the next round is served in a half litre glass – for obvious reasons – and called ‘Replica’ (aftershock) – Dios mio!
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Although this cocktail is often associated with Hawaii, it was actually invented in a restaurant in San Francisco. Nevertheless, the name itself is Tahitian, meaning ‘out of this world’ – a rather fitting title for this delicious taste of paradise. Today there are many variations on the original recipe, but if you shake together rum, lime juice, orange curacao, almond syrup and then pop a maraschino cherry, mint or pineapple on top for decoration, you can’t go wrong in creating that Polynesian (or rather, Californian) flavour.
Ice Cream Ice Tea (or coffee)
Now I don’t know if anyone else does this, or if I am simply a tea pioneer, but I love making this drink during the summer as a cheeky treat. It’s basically homemade sweetened ice tea (though it works just as well with shop-bought ice tea too) with a dollop of vanilla ice cream on the top. Let it all soak in and voilà: ice cream ice tea. Yum.
Ah, Pimms. I have spent many a happy summer aftenoon sipping away on a cold glass of this elixir – even when it was raining – and I can’t think of a beverage which better epitomises a British summertime. Made up of Pimms liquer, clear lemonade and various fresh ingredients such as chopped apples, strawberries, oranges, lemons and mint, you can see why it’s so popular. In fact, Pimms became so in demand at picnics you can now buy cans of it premixed with lemonade. Perfectly portable, perfectly delicious.
Have you discovered any wonderful drinks on your travels? Write them in the comments below so we can all give them a try!