So much of island life revolves around drinking. Actually… scratch that. I think it’s closer in accuracy to say that drinking is more of an ubiquitous activity down here, as much a part of the scenery as the sand and sea. No matter what you’re up to, there’s usually cocktails involved. It’s like a drunken adult version of Green Eggs and Ham – “I can drink drinks on a boat, while I float! In the car, and at the bar! After work – hell, during work!”
Anywhere else in the world, all of this imbibing would likely have a stigma attached to it. Screwdrivers before noon on a Tuesday and suddenly you’re the neighborhood alcoholic. But for the most part, I find that my fellow islanders handle and manage their alcohol intake a bit more responsibly than those who consume it less frequently (all you have to do is people-watch the tourists at the bar – it’s often like teenagers left alone with their parent’s liquor cabinet). Of course, there are certainly exceptions to this rule but for me, I see this free-spirited, minimal judgment approach to alcohol as a major win for island life.
So in true island woman fashion, we decided we were in need of a signature cocktail for our community of rock-dwelling lady folk. And since I’m more of a make-it-up-as-I-go kind of cook, I thought it best to collaborate with my fellow woman on a rock and cooking/recipe guru, Ice from Foolproof Living (You may also remember her from her invaluable contribution to this site, You Can Cook Here – 9 Island Ingredient Issues Solved!).
We wanted to create something light and refreshing, perfect for the sweltering days of summer which are almost upon us. We melded the crisp flavors of Hendrick’s gin, honeydew melon, cucumbers, and lime… seriously, it may as well be a health drink.
Head on over to Foolproof Living for the full recipe and let us know what you think.