27 Jun 2014

Cocktails of Bangkok!

Are you sick of the typical English pub clichés, Carling not quenching your thirst? Is your Coke and Rum causing a despairing roll of the eyes in your face region? Well seen as it's summer in what appears to be name more than climate, we thought we would treat you lovely people to some Thai inspired red hot cocktails - courtesy of the Lady Boys of Bangkok. Why not add a splash of colour to your summer? 

So this is how it's going to work, first there will be a list of ingredients, then maybe a picture and a short description with some possible puns thrown in for good measure, the perfect recipe for a cocktail recipe blog (is that a pun?). Anyway first up is a cocktail named after it's deserty forefather, Mango Sticky Rice a popular desert in Thailand which now comes in a handy drinkable form.

   What you'll need:
  • 2 oz. Rice Vodka (You can use grainy normal vodka as well)
  • 2 oz. Malibu Rum
  • 1/2 Whole Fresh Mango
  • 1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz. Vanilla Syrup
  • Pinch of Sesame
  • Coconut Cream

All's you need do is mix the first 5 ingredients, serve in a Martini glass add a piece of the half mango to the side, then sprinkle the sesame seed and pour the coconut cream on top!  Relatively simply and unabashedly delicious!  The above picture is what it should look like, but don't be at all ashamed if it ends up looking like the picture below, we know ours did.

Now with your whistle properly wetted why not try this luxurious beverage? Dubbed Tom Yum Siam, the namesake of which comes from Tom Yum soup which is a Thai spicy and sour soup. This may not sound to appealing at this stage, but hang in there.

   What you'll need:
  • Vodka
  • Lemon-grass
  • Lychee syrup
  • Ground chillies (not too spicy though) 

Like we said, it may not look to appetising but aesthetics aside  it actually ends up a rather sweet cocktail, with a little bit spice thrown in to catch your mouth off guard! Remember to take it easy on the chilli though, one wouldn't want to blow ones face off...

Something which is a bit simpler on both the pallet and wallet is the Passion Fruit Caipiorska, which is kind of Thai twist of this popular South American cocktail.

    What you'll need:
  • Passion Fruit
  • Lime
  • Vodka
  • Crushed Ice (or just ice, you can crush it yourself)

Simply mix the Lime juice, Vodka and the juices from the Passion fruit, then pour into a glass of crushed ice! If your feeling extra Heston Blumenthaly you even can take the rind of the Lime and have it float atop the drink, or on the side of the glass! Wa-lah a simple and sweet drink to spice up the dingy evenings!

If your still standing after these alcohol infused treats we now how a special drink for you, our very own Lady Boys of Bangkok - Red Hot Kisses cocktail - the originally named Red Hot Kiss (trademark pending) !!

   What you'll need:
  • Vodka
  • Cranbury Juice
  • Lychee Juice
  • Ice

(Unfortunately the alcohol cabinet has recently been raided here in the office so we are not able to provide a picture, so here's a picture of a cat drinking tequila instead)

This one is even simpler than the last, shot of Vodka then add Lychee and Cranberry juice and away you go - one Red Hot Kiss for you!! If you haven't had your fill of Thai cocktails you can check out the rest of the recipes - here !

It's the Lady Boys of Bangkok's second to last night in Manchester followed by our bonnie old trip up to Scotland! So get those Red Hot Kiss cocktails in before we deliver our Red Hot Kisses of our own! 

What cocktails are you going to be drinking this Summer? Any Thai cocktail suggestions? Why not share with us your recipes?

20 Jun 2014

The Lady Boys of Manchester

The time has finally arrived and the Lady Boys of Bangkok have landed in the one and only northern heart of England - Manchester, for 10 party filled days of exuberant glamour!

To celebrate our return to one of our favourite cities in the UK, Manchester are throwing a celebratory parade in our honour, for some reason it's been dubbed 'Manchester Day' which is rather confusing, but nevertheless we are flattered! Big headedness aside 'Manchester Day' is annual event which is taking place this Sunday, celebrating all things Manchestery! From cotton to canal street, Manchester is a one of the cultural hubs of England and this is a day to revel in that. What better way to celebrate than with a menagerie of street performers and a parade, I mean who doesn't love a parade? We here at Lady Boys HQ certainly do, and the Lady's will no doubt be soaking up the culture when they get there time off in town.

If your in Manchester this weekend enjoying our parade (were putting the Lady Boys flag on this one) come check out our new home here in Manchester on the Total Car Park on Oxford Road, which occupies the space where the old BBC site used to be. Those of you familiar with Manchester will remember this as the large, ominous, 70's-esque and very very grey building which was knocked down in lieu of the new and shiny Media City over in Salford.

Media City plays host to two of the biggest broadcasting station in the UK, the BBC and ITV Granada. This means that many of yours and also our favourite shows are produced and filmed in these new swanky digs. This includes everything from car crash television like ever so condensing  but impossible not to watch Jeremy Kyle to the rather more dignified Countdown with the entrepreneurial Nick Hewer and effortlessly glamorous Rachel Riley. In addition to this the whole of Coronation Street including the actors was moved cobble by cobble over to Media City to add to roster of shows filmed there. With Michelle Keegan's dramatic exit what do you think to one of the Lady Boys filling the niche of sexy northern lass? Might require some anti - elocution lessons but easily doable, we can live in hope.

Well finally on our Manchester roster here's a bit of overt name dropping, we here at Lady Boys aren't shy to the odd TV star gracing our sequinned doors, and while we are in Manchester we have none other than Russell Tovey coming to the show next Sunday. Russell, of Being Human and Him and Her fame, is in Manchester filming his new show Banished based on the establishment of the penal colony in Australia during the 18th century, so rather a fitting name really. In addition to this we also have the beautiful Kira Martin from Shameless coming along, here's hoping she doesn't bring Frank along though.

Whatever your plans this weekend, the Lady Boys of Bangkok will be shaking a tail feather down at the Old BBC site in Manchester so come on down and join the party!! Onto to Dundee next via Peterborough and Workington so catch us on the road if you can! 

13 Jun 2014

Red Hot World Cup!

Well it’s here and whether you like it or not you’re going to be hearing rather a lot of the World and this Cup it’s so interested in over the next month. Even if you have little interest in the beautiful game generally, it’s hard not to find yourself swept up in the tide of patriotism that engulfs England for a month every four years. Flags waving tirelessly out of windows of cars, St Georges Cross’s hanging out of every pub window, those annoying horns from South Africa and the all-important quintessential World Cup song! Thailand isn't in the world cup this year so all of the LadyBoys sequinned and glittering support is being given to England, their home away from home!

If you know us here at the Lady Boys you know were all about the beats, and that the Lady love nothing better than an excuse to strut their stuff! This raison d'être even rings true when it comes to World Cup Songs - so today we have a run-down of our favourites from Shakira to Fat Les, the ones you love and the ones that beg the question ‘who ever thought this was a good idea?’.

First up its the classic, one of the ones that's really the unofficial song at every world cup for England and no 1 choice for fans, Fat Les with 'Vindaloo'. With quite possibly the easiest to remember lyrics in the entirety of music-dom it's not hard to see why this song became a chant in it's own right, its ripe with British attitude whilst encapsulating the nations love of a good curry, what more could you want? The video has a fair few celebs in it, but see if you can spot a young Lily Allen in amongst the crowds, she's there we promise!

The South African World Cup song back in 2010 sung by the lovely Columbian singer Shakira was definitely a favourite of the Lady Boys with its dancey hip shakeable beat. The African undertones, drums, kicking of sand and ethnically diverse dancers caught the multicultural spirit of the World Cup and made it one to remember, well that and it's ludicrously catchy chorus which she clearly stole from Pacman, Waka Waka!!

The latest offering in the World of World Cup songs is the Worldly hit from Pitbull and J Lo dubbed 'Ole Ola'. Now this song has tired to mirror the success of Pacmans, I mean Shakira's 'Waka Waka' but it hasn't been flying around our heads as much as it's 4 year junior. It fails to capture the feel of the host country like Shakira's song, which is a shame as Brazil certainly isn't short on character! It does however have a catchy rhythm, and the costumes in the video are enough to make the Lady Boys weep with envy! If you didn't get a chance to watch the opening ceremony over in Brazil, click on this link to see the moment the lift failed to raise Pitbull and J Lo out the giant football - rather a face to palm moment, but isn't Pitbull chivalrous?

Whatever song get's you in the World Cup spirit this weekend be sure to let us know in the comments! Meanwhile the Lady Boys of Bangkok are getting all carnival, and feeling slightly miffed that Pitbull didn't ask us to be in his video with costumed like these, all in preparation for England's game this weekend! That's if they get chance to watch with the final night in Cardiff and getting ready to bring the Red Hot party to Manchester! It's a hard life! 

Now who's ordering the Vindaloo?