A Naughty Cocktail For Naughty Ladies
I love a proper drink, and by ‘proper’ I mean a tall glass with more than one alcoholic beverage in it, lots of colour and an umbrella sticking out of the top. And a bit of fruit inside, of course, because then I can pretend I’m also being healthy. Basically, I love cocktails.
I’ve always wondered why cocktails are called cocktails. I’m pretty sure they have nothing to do with cocks (not in the ‘male tail’ sense) so I Googled. And apparently, no one really knows.
It may have been to do with the decoration of a cockerels feather that was plonked inside the first colourful drink to signal it had alcohol in it; or a derivative of the French word ‘coquetier’ which means ‘egg cup’…which is how cocktails were first served in New Orleans in the early 19th Century (mean gits) or, my favourite (first suggested in 2004 by Ted Haigh in “Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails”) because cocktails were originally a morning drink and the cocktail was a metaphor for the rooster crowing at sunrise. Fabulous, because we all know a Margarita beats a cup of tea and slice of toast in the morning.
Apparently, the first ever recorded reference to an alcoholic cocktail was in a New York newspaper in 1806. It said: Cock-tail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters—it is vulgarly called bittered sling, and is supposed to be an excellent…potion, in as much as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head.
Yep, bold heart and fuddled head – that explains many a night out of mine (and awkward morning after).
So, for all you fellow cocktail (and fuddled head) lovers, here is a drink a concocted especially for you to enjoy in my Glass House. It’s a little like me – it has a bit of fizz, a tart sweetness and of course a cherry on the top (popped or otherwise)! It is red and bold (like your stout hearts) and can be drunk at any time of the day…because it has fruit in, so it’s like a minty fruity smoothy. Kind of.
Ladies and gentleman, I introduce to you The Lady Lolita Mojita.
I’ll meet you in the beach bar, bring your heart-shaped sunglasses and bright red lipstick, we are going to have fun! x
THE LADY LOLITA MOJITA
- 5 pitted cherries
- tbsp of dark sugar
- 1/2 oz of dark rum
- 4-6 mint leaves
- 1/2 lime juice
- Champagne, Prosecco or Cava
What to tell the sexy barman to do with all this:
- Smash up the cherries, mint leaves and sugar to a pulp at the base of the glass.
- Add crushed iced and lime juice. Add the rum and top with sparkling wine or Champagne. Stir. Then add a fresh cherry on the top.
- Bring it over to my sun lounger, sweet lips, and come keep me company for a while (last line optional).
Off you go and enjoy…just don’t blame me for any mischief that may arise after a few of these, you have been warned!