Friday Cocktail – Watermelon & Lime Shandy

by Kitchen Butterflyon October 21, 2016
Okay. I’m sorry. The truth is…yes, another Shandy. I wish I could promise you it would be the last :(, sigh…I’m thinking of a tangelo version because tangelos are in season but first, watermelon. Don’t you just love the colour? This has to be one of my favourite shandies. Why? The surprise – watermelon has […]

Agbalumo Bitters in Progress

by Kitchen Butterflyon February 19, 2016
So, a follow up to Bitters & Life, I’ve put my Agbalumo skins to what I hope will be good news – bitters, similar to Angostura and Orijin. A combination of Agbalumo skins because plenty… Rum, because…no vodka at home; Spice, because ‘je ne sais quoi’; Some citrus;  And time. In a few hours, the colour […]

Friday Cocktails – Gin & Tonic with Zobo Pepper Sauce

by Kitchen Butterflyon February 12, 2016
It all began when M, a friend and mixologist said he’d added some Zobo pepper sauce to his G & T. How the fresh, spice notes in the sauce worked really well with gin. It would never have occurred to me. I wouldn’t have thought of it like using ‘jams and marmalades‘ in drinks. Which […]

Friday Cocktails – Tangelo Mimosa

by Kitchen Butterflyon December 4, 2015
When life gives you Tangelos and Champagne, make mimosas. I’d never had a mimosa before I made this version. I’ve heard about that them as perfectly paired with Brunch but I’d never ever tried them.  I always thought they were similar to Buck’s Fizz and they are, save for the fact that the proportions of […]

Everything-But-The-Kitchen-Sink Cocktail

by Kitchen Butterflyon September 4, 2015
Because it was Sunday night and I had: Cucumbers Passion fruit Sugar cane Zobo-ginger vodka mix that had been ‘chilling’ Every thing went in the blender, with some sugar. A strain later and it was ready for lime juice over ice. The son insisted I served them with umbrellas. Why not? It certainly brought tropical sunshine and warmth on a […]

Apple-Cucumber-Lime Mojito, Two Ways

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 31, 2015
This is a version of a non-alcoholic drink that we were first introduced to in Dubai – an Apple Mojito. I’ve tried several times to recreate it and it’s only in the last few weeks that I’ve come close to experiencing the delight we enjoyed in December. My first attempts used muddled mint leaves and lime juice. […]

Friday Cocktails with Sugarcane-Cucumber-Vodka

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 14, 2015
The wheelbarrows are back, pushed by young men and full of short purple stems of Saccharum officinarum. I’m buying. I’m halving the trauma of peeling sugar cane by having them skinned and cut into segments on the streets. The Mallam uses transparent cellophane bags as gloves – his aim is to touch no part of […]

Friday Cocktails – Soursop with Coconut & Cardamom

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 7, 2015
This is beautiful. Really beautiful in a rich, creamy, totally tropical delight. A few ingredients and you’re well on your way to whipping up a delight. I’ve gone for fresh ingredients here – soursop, hand peeled; fresh coconut and lime juice but you could very well make your own cocktail with store-bought ones – cans […]

Friday Cocktails: Tepache

by Kitchen Butterflyon July 31, 2015
Lawddddd, its been ages since I wrote about ‘Friday Cocktail’… so here I am, with Tepache. On pineapple, the fruit, the whole fruit and nothing but the fruit. Tepache. Of Mexico. From Mexico. Not a cocktail in the true sense of the world…Not a combination of drinks and liqueurs, but still… Tepache is a fermented […]