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Blue Drinks Group 

Cocktails Anyone?
by Sheila Swerling-Puritt

Summer is here and as the temperature rises, so does the volume of mixed drinks consumed by the pool, on the sundeck, and beside the barbie. This year, the hip hot happening colour for your cold drinks is cool blue. I can already hear the most macho among you protesting, but think again. Blue drinks are increasingly popular among thirsty urbanites, and besides, they look great against your tanned bod in a white shirt. (For the ladies, there's the added benefit of a colour match for your sandals.)

Leading the blue drinks group is Hpnotiq. Manufactured in France, it's a blend of premium vodka, cognac, and the juice of oranges, mangoes, and passion fruit. How it gets that beautiful opalescent South Sea turquoise colour is a trade secret, but rumour has it that it is achieved by steeping blueberry skins in the alcohol mix before it's brought down to its bottle strength (17%). You artists out there can create your own colour by blending Hpnotiq with fruit juice. Yellow pineapple juice and Hpnotiq yields a lovely sea-green drink.

Tip: Pre-chill your ingredients before playing bartender.

Blue Budgie

This isn't your father's Pina Colada.

  • 2 oz. Hpnotiq
  • ½ oz. Captain Morgan's coconut rum
  • ¼ oz. lime juice
  • carambola (star fruit) for garnish

  1. Pour the Hpnotiq, coconut rum, and lime juice into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass.
  2. Stir. Garnish with a lime twist and a slice of ripe carambola* (star fruit).

*Make sure the carambola you choose is yellow. The green ones are pretty but unripe and sour.

Avalanche

(A variation on the signature drink served at the Mirage Casino, Las Vegas, NV).

  • 2 oz. Hpnotiq
  • ½ oz. Absolute Mandrin vodka
  • 2 oz. chilled lychee juice (available in most supermarkets)
  • lychee fruit for garnish

  1. Pour Hpnotiq, vodka, and juice into a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well, strain into a cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a lychee fruit.

The Blue Fin

Fishy fun from the New York's Blue Fin Restaurant.

  • 1 oz. Hpnotiq
  • 1 oz. Absolute Citron vodka
  • 3 oz. white cranberry juice
  • gummy fish for garnish

  1. Add the vodka, Hpnotiq, and cranberry juice to a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well. Pour into an old-fashioned glass.
  3. Garnish with gummy fish.

For more information, you can contact Sheila at spuritt@hotmail.com.

 

 

 

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