Netflix & SPC: Orange is the new Black Cocktail - Sweet Potato Chronicles

Netflix & SPC: Orange is the new Black Cocktail

Today, I made cin­na­mon rasp­berry pan­cakes, batch-cooked some things for this week’s school lunches and a veg­e­tar­ian chili we’ll eat mid-week. Then I did two loads of laun­dry, cleaned the kitchen and ref­er­eed about nine inter-sibling smack downs. All before noon. Sound famil­iar? Of course it does… if you’re vis­it­ing SPC, you’re prob­a­bly a par­ent. So you know all about the end­less chores involved in bring­ing up kids. Some­times I think of myself as a shark: I’ve got to keep mov­ing, keep mov­ing, keep mov­ing, or I might drown.

So, I thought it was nice that our pals over at Net­flix asked us to cre­ate a recipe this month that is just for moms. Tak­ing some “me time” can feel impos­si­ble, but is so impor­tant for par­ents. A day at the spa might be as unlikely as win­ning the lot­tery, but carv­ing out just a lit­tle win­dow of time that’s not about every­one else really does re-energize you and make you a bet­ter par­ent. In think­ing of a recipe to suit this theme we cer­tainly weren’t going to send you back to the kitchen to cook! So of course our minds went to cock­tails. It’s exactly what the doc­tor ordered when you’re tak­ing a lit­tle time for your­self and enjoy­ing a good, old-fashioned binge-watch ses­sion of Orange in the New Black. As I’m writ­ing this post, the new sea­son is still a week away and I’m already so psy­ched. I love watch­ing movies with my kids but it’s impor­tant for my well-being to have some view­ing time that is purely adult, you know? Yes, you could make this drink vir­gin and share it with the fam­ily…. But don’t, okay? This one is just for you.

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pho­tos by Maya Vis­nyei

Orange Chill

(makes 8 drinks, okay, maybe you want to share with a cou­ple of friends)

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
3 or 4 fresh mint leaves
1 x 12 oz (355 ml) frozen orange juice con­cen­trate, thawed
½ x 12 oz (355 ml) frozen lemon­ade con­cen­trate, thawed
1 oz (29 ml) rum
sparkling water or soda

Method

In a small pot, place the water, sugar and mint leaves over heat. Give every­thing a stir and allow it to sim­mer until the sugar is com­pletely dis­solved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Pluck the mint leaves out and dis­card. You’ve just made a sim­ple syrup, the begin­ning of many great cock­tails. Aren’t you fancy?
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In a freezer proof con­tainer (can be a cake tin or a Tup­per­ware con­tainer) mix together the two juice con­cen­trates and the sim­ple syrup. Either place a lid on top or cover with plas­tic wrap. Put it in the freezer for at least 4 hours.

Take out your orange mix­ture, which will be start­ing to set. Use a fork to rake the sur­face and cre­ate some snow-y slush. Spoon 1/3 of a cup of your orange slush into a cock­tail glass. Top with your shot of rum and then top up with sparkling water or soda. Kick back, sip and relax – we know you’ve earned it.

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2 Comments

  1. […] sit back, relax, make your­self an Orange is the New Black cock­tail and turn on a new Net­flix series and enjoy the YOU […]

  2. my mouth watered as i went through your nice cock­tail post. superb yummy deli­cious cock­tail idea :)

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