We all get inventive. In the first lockdown, houses were cleared out, basements tidied up, gardens spruced up and new hobbies discovered. In the second lockdown, the enthusiasm might have waned a little, but walks, home workouts, Skype calls and a few new hobbies saved us through the grey season. And now? We're somewhere between lockdowns and still at home. Maybe to keep up going, we could try mixing prints á la Converse with some cheeky cocktails?
Think about it - travelling to distant lands (through Netflix) in tropical prints and sipping fancy cocktails at the same time, brilliant.
So here it is: Mix Your Prints and Mix Your Drinks with Sneakerjagers! For each colourway we've picked out a recipe for you to enjoy, cheers!
Wild Florals Chuck Taylor All Star High and Low Top
Let's start with the classic Converse silhouette, the All Star High and Low Top in tropical garb.
For these pink/green mood setters, there is also the matching 'Hibiscus Colada' recipe.
You will need: 60ml rum, 30ml lime juice, 15ml hibiscus simple syrup, 60ml pineapple juice, 2 tbsp coconut yoghurt, 2-4 dashes cocktail bitters, lime rim for garnish (optional).
How to make: Add all ingredients except bitters and garnish to a shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass over crushed ice. Add a few dashes of bitters and garnish with lime wheel.
Wild Florals Chuck Taylor All Star High Top
The same silhouette was released by Converse with a different pattern mix. We can't decide, can you?
In the cocktail scene, blue is naturally associated with the 'swimming pool'.
You will need: 40ml vodka, 60ml pineapple juice, 50ml white rum, 15ml cream, 40ml Creme de Coconut, 15ml Blue Curacao
This is how it works: Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice cubes and shake for at least 20 seconds. Garnish the drink with a pineapple slice.
Graphic Print Platform Chuck Taylor All Star High Top
Just like bright flowers and colours, wild animals are also part of what you would expect in the tropics, right? Here are the three coolest prints.
This wonderful safari print is best toasted with a 'Zombie'.
You will need: 40ml each of white and brown rum, 30ml overproof rum, 40ml orange liqueur, 20ml lime juice, 60ml orange juice, 50ml passion fruit juice, 15ml grenadine, 3 dashes of Angostura bitters.
How to make it: Add all ingredients to the cocktail shaker, shake well and strain into a glass filled with ice cubes. Serve with a mint leaf or strawberry.
Digital Daze Chuck Taylor All Star High Top
Admittedly, there isn't really a cocktail for this wonderful print in black and white, but we'll just take the joker. This drink should never be missing from a cocktail list: the 'Mojito'.
You will need: 50ml (Cuban) rum, 20ml lime juice, 20ml sugar syrup, 10 mint leaves, soda water.
How to make it: Put the mint, lime, sugar syrup and rum in a glass. Crush the ingredients with a pestle, add ice cubes and soda and serve.
Digital Daze Chuck 70 Low Top
In my imagination, a 'raspberry daiquiri' is exactly the same colour as these vibrant Converse Kicks. And even if it doesn't, you can turn a blind eye to such deliciousness, can't you?
You will need: 3 organic limes, 160ml white rum, 60ml sugar syrup, 100g raspberries, 10 tbsp crushed ice.
How to make it: Cut the limes in half, squeeze. Put the rum, 90ml lime juice, raspberries and crushed ice in a kitchen blender and puree finely. You can adjust the consistency with crushed ice or water. Garnish with fresh raspberries.
What did you think of this slightly different sneaker guide? Personally, I might try a Mojito first, because you need the least equipment and know-how. I also like the print the best. You can also check out our sneaker news for more inspiration.