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Entertaining in Singapore: The Perfect Poolside Party

Beat the heat in these even-hotter months with icy cocktails and bathing suit bashes. We’ll give you the top tips you need to throw a bash with a splash. Read on for our favourite suggestions.

Slushy Watermelon Mojitos

Try the ruby-hued version of this classic Cuban. Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

Ingredients

• 5  cups  cubed seeded watermelon

• 1  cup  sparkling water, chilled

• 3/4  cup  white rum

• 1/4  cup  chopped fresh mint

• 1  (6-ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate, undiluted, and frozen so the beverage will be slushy

• Mint sprigs (optional)

• Lime slices (optional)

Preparation

Arrange watermelon in a single layer on a baking sheet; freeze 2 hours or until completely frozen.

Combine frozen watermelon, sparkling water, rum, mint, and limeade in a blender; process until smooth. Garnish with mint sprigs and lime slices, if desired. Serve immediately.

 

BBQ Tips from The Butcher

Perfect barbecuing is not as difficult as it may seem, if you take advice from the experts at The Butcher.

• Bring the meat to room temperature beforehand to ensure even cooking

• Heat the barbecue to a high temperature, then reduce heat as you place the meat on it

• If using oil, put the oil on the meat – not on the barbecue

• When seasoning, add only a little salt; otherwise, it will draw the moisture out of your meat

• Remove excess marinade before placing meat on the barbecue to avoid fire flaring up and burning the  meat

• Your steak is ready to turn once the blood and juices have pooled on the surface

• Turn your steak once only, to lock in the juices

• Don’t poke your sausages with a fork – this releases their flavour and moisture and causes flare-ups

• Don’t put your cooked meat back onto a plate that has held raw meat; and don’t put leftover uncooked marinade onto cooked meat

• Allow your steaks to rest, covered loosely in foil, for 5 minutes before serving

• Only the best meat will result in the best barbecue experience, so buy the best quality.

The Butcher is at Jalan Merah Saga #01-50, Chip Bee Gardens, Holland Village, www.thebutcher.com.sg

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