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Cocktail Hour with Elles Icebox: Watermelon Mojito & Sangria Special



I’m very excited to introduce BellaNaija readers to the wonderful world of Elles Icebox. You see, Elles Icebox was birthed after I attended an event where there was a lack of innovative and aesthetically presentable cocktails. This got me thinking about providing this service across the country… I had to share the gospel of cocktails. Six years later, this dream has been made a successful reality.

Running a cocktail business definitely has its crazy moments, but my favorite part is the cocktail hour. I usually have a cocktail every day. Yes, I said it. Every evening, I walk through the door, kick my shoes off, mix a quick delicious little cocktail at our living room bar and then kick back and watch some TV.
So, every weekend, I’m going to share quick recipes of cocktails which you can try at home. Delicious, easy to make and they come with NO stress at all.

Watermelon Mojito
This cocktail is alcohol optional and totally enjoyable when all the ingredients are mixed right.

What you need

8 cubes of watermelon
6 ice cubes
1 bottle of 7-up
Alcohol option a double shot of Rum
Mint leaves
1 lime or lemon

You start by cutting up the watermelon into the required amount of cubes, about 8 pieces. Crush the watermelon cubes and mint leaves in an old fashioned glass (a short glass to you and me). Depending on your sweet tooth, you could add in a teaspoon or two of sugar. Be careful not to mash up the mint leaves too hard, so as not to lose the essential flavors of the mint.

Add the ice cubes (and alcohol if your like me!). Top up the glass with the 7-up and then squeeze in half a lemon or some lime juice for that extra boost of flavor. Finally, add a sprig of mint leaf for that little bit of presentation, because you deserve it and voila! A watermelon Mojito has been mixed.

Your very first Elles Icebox introduction to cocktails is done.

Now, let’s move on to the next one. The Sangria Special.

This cocktail has me a little too happy on the rare, okay, weekly occasion I have one. The simple ingredients are as follows:

The following fruits are to be cut up into pieces and put in the jug / pitcher
1 apple
1 pineapple
4 strawberries
1 orange
1 jug
1 bottle of Red wine
2 shots of any whiskey of your choice
2 glasses of fresh pineapple juice

The shots of whiskey should be poured into the fruit pieces in the jug. Place this in the fridge for an hour to allow the fruit absorb the alcohol.
Into the jug, pour in the two glasses of the fresh pineapple juice, then top up the jug with wine. Taste the cocktail mix at this point. If you’re like me and you have a sweet tooth, you might want a little more of a sugar high. At this point you can add in a spoon or two of honey- depending on your sugar high desire.

Furthermore I suggest you SHARE the jug with someone special! I personally prefer for that special person to have a jug of his own. WINK.

Enjoy your cocktails and we would love to hear your comments.

Happy Sipping!

Elles Icebox was started by Chizoba Okpala in 2009 a graduate of University of Lagos and LBS alumni. After working for a multi-national she has the chance of attending an event that lacked in innovative and aesthetically presentable cocktails which introduced the idea of providing this as a service across the country. Six years later this dream has been made a successful reality that is realized every day. Today, Elle Icebox is an indigenous events support service company. We cater to individuals and organizations providing uniquely designed cocktails at each special event. Our services are delivered with our customer’s satisfaction in the forefront of our minds. Our services are of international standard which ensures customer satisfaction at each of our events each and every time.


  1. Mimidoo

    April 12, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Brilliant. Can”t wait to try ’em all. Especially the Sangria… best secrets have always been told over Sangria ladies night hehe.

  2. Daisy

    April 12, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    I’m so trying them both. Cocktail lover!

  3. Kimmy

    April 12, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Brilliant idea! Love it when young people switch it up. Definitely trying the Sangria, she looks pretty too!

  4. Oti Ukpai

    April 12, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    A fresh and Healthy choice. Cool stuff. Elles

    • Dlapikin

      April 13, 2014 at 3:19 am

      The healthy choice would have been to replac the 7-Up with lime juice and agave. 🙂

  5. tt

    April 12, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    This is awesome! can’t wait to try some of them! Great job Elle!


    April 12, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    See my Chizzzzz……well done hon. So proud of u.

  7. Cyril

    April 12, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Nice, will try it, sure looks nice

  8. Gloria Ekpo

    April 13, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Wow! I can’t wait till next weekend. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipes cos am going to try it .

  9. x-factor

    April 13, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Chizzy Cheez weldone!

  10. Daks

    April 13, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Love it! Go Chizz!

  11. woman

    April 13, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    thank you thank you thank you, love cocktails. will definitely try this

  12. C*Witty

    April 14, 2014 at 8:08 am

    WOW, thanks BN, am so doing this!!!

  13. Stephanie

    April 14, 2014 at 8:20 am

    ….Now Thirsty!

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