5 Island-Inspired Cocktails
We asked Colleen Mullaney, author of It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere, to share some of her favorite recipes and behind-the-scenes advice on how to become cocktail-savvy.
CL: What inspired you to write the book It's 5 o'clock Somewhere?
CM: It all started for me at 5:00 on a trip to Paris a few years ago. I was sipping a Champagne cocktail in a fabulous hotel lobby bar, listening to music and munching on those delectable bar snacks. I suddenly thought, this is what we all need, to visit all the luxe and fabulous places around the globe and sample their 5:00 cocktails. So my quest began to write a book on global cocktail favorites, including tidbits about each location, the cocktail of the moment, and downloadable playlists to keep you in the global mood!
CL: What kind of barware should everyone have? Is it okay to substitute glasses?
CM: There are some barware basics, but my motto is to use what you have. Mixing glasses adds eclectic flair and gives you a chance to inject your personality into the party. A few glasses you should consider having are Champagne flutes; highball, martini, and rocks glasses; and wine goblets. Other accessories and good bar basics: cocktail shaker with strainer, stirrers, picks, blender, and fun coasters.
CL: What makes drinking a cocktail on the beach so special?
CM: Drinking a tropical libation on the sand transports you to your beach bliss. Fresh flavors like coconut, mango, guava, and lime make the cocktail reflect the location. When in doubt, do as the natives do!
CL: Any advice on creating your own signature cocktail?
CM: Signature cocktails are an ideal way for you to infuse your personal style into your event. Be your own mixologist and whip up a batch that goes with your party theme―sangria on the beach, margaritas by the pool. Serve them in a large glass drinks dispenser or pitcher. For warm, breezy days, try vodka-based cocktails. They pair well with fruit juices; cranberry, raspberry, and pomegranate are good choices. For hot, tropical weather, try rum-based libations paired with any tropical infusion, from coconut and pineapple to mango and guava.
CL: What is your funniest cocktail story?
CM: Last summer we were at the beach, and margaritas were in demand. Off I went into the kitchen to begin squeezing the limes and mixing away, but I couldn't find a suitable vessel for the margaritas. I remembered that I had packed new beach buckets for the kids. I grabbed one, filled it with ice, and began my mixology! This is a classic example of using what you have. The bucket proved to be a great insulator against the sultry summer day, and the shovel was a superb ice-scooping tool. Let me just say, buckets of fun were had!
Recipes reprinted with permission from It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere: The Global Guide to Fabulous Cocktails (Sixth & Spring Books, 2008) by Colleen Mullaney; barnesandnoble.com.