Saturday Nights

No, I don’t go out on Saturday nights. In fact, I barely ever go out at nights at all. If I do, it’s with my parents. Because they’re so much fun. We eat great food. We drink fun concoctions. We get tipsy and break into songs from the nineties. And then we take the dog for a long drive. Who needs friends?

Alright, we all need friends. But my folks are awesome!

And my dad is quite a bartender on Saturday nights or when we host parties at home. Including the part where he gets drunk and still manages to make good cocktails.

Watermelon Mojito:
Summer time! WoOt! Watermelon! Double woOt!!

Ingredients:
(makes 1 drink)
3-4 large fresh mint leaves, coarsely torn by hand
1 cup of diced watermelon
60 ml Bacardi (white) rum
1 teaspoon simple syrup
1 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
A piece of watermelon, for serving

Method:
1. Using a mortar and pestle, mash the mint leaves and the watermelon
2. In a shaker, add this mixture, the rum, simple syrup, lime juice and some ice. Give it a good shake.
3. Pour into a glass, garnish and serve chilled.

Long Island Iced Tea:
There’s something wrong with my father, in that he makes cocktails SO strong. I’ve prided myself in finishing a pitcher of some really potent Long Island Iced Tea, albeit ‘back in the day’ (Tee hee!). Fine, I’ve been extremely drunk at the end of it. But this one glass. It was SOMETHING!

Ingredients:
(makes two drinks)
2 cups ice cubes
30 ml Smirnoff vodka
30 ml Blue Riband gin
30 ml Bacardi (white) rum
30 ml Camino Real tequila
15 ml (Grand Marnier) Triple Sec
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Coca cola, to top up

Method:
1. Fill a shaker with ice. Pour the alcohols and the lemon juice in. Cover and shake vigorously to combine and chill.
2. Pour the mixture, ice and all, into 2 glasses or beer mugs and top off with the cola.
3. Garnish with lemon wedges. Serve.

Mai Tai:
“Maita’i” is the Tahitian word for “good.” The spelling of the drink, however, is two words. Apparently, it was invented at a restaurant in Oakland, California in 1944. And for some reason, my dad absolutely adores it.

Ingredients:
(makes 1 drink)
30 ml Bacardi (light) rum
30 ml Old Monk (dark) rum
15 ml Triple Sec
1-1/2 teaspoons simple syrup
1 teaspoon limes, juiced
Orange juice, to top

Method:
1. In a glass, combine the alcohols, the simple syrup and the lime juice.
2. Stir and top off with orange juice.
3. Serve with ice.

Note: Do not use grenadine if you want the true Mai Tai!

Yes, yes. I *really* wanted to show the books off.

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