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Sumptuous Summer Cocktails

Graham Hadaway - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

 

With summer in full swing and the sun shining down, now is the perfect time to chill out and cool off with a few refreshing cocktails.

 

Below we’ve listed a some mixes that will not only quench your thirst but keep the party rolling all night long, whether you’re at a barbeque, garden party, or visiting the sights and sounds of the Lake District.

 

Limoncello Collins

The Tom Collins is a gin cocktail famous all over the world, but when gin is combined with the refreshing aperitif limoncello, you get an extra refreshing zing that is not only thirst quenching but enlivening.

 

It is the perfect after-dinner cocktail and your guests will go wild at the taste when served at your garden party.

 

To make a pitcher, simply combine 16oz of limoncello, 12oz of gin and 8oz of fresh lemon juice. Stir and cover the mix, refrigerate for a few hours, and enjoy the ‘Ahh!’ your guests audibly say in unison when they take a sip.


Caribbean Rum Punch

A staple of many a cocktail bar’s menu, the Caribbean Rum Punch is one of the most refreshing drinks out there and is a perfect accompaniment for a summer day.

 

Strong but easy to drink, to create a pitcher for you and your friends you will need 17oz of white rum, 17oz fresh pineapple juice, 17oz fresh orange juice, a splash of bitters, and slices of fresh pineapple to garnish. Combine all of these with plenty of ice and enjoy.

 

Berry Mojito

Everyone loves a traditional mint mojito, but with the sun shining down you might want to make the cocktail a bit more thirst quenching.

 

The Berry Mojito doesn’t reinvent the wheel, it merely involves the addition of a lot of flavours. You want to grab a handful of mint leaves and crush them in your glass with a fork, adding a teaspoon of sugar and a squeeze of lime to the blend. Then mix the base with 2oz of white rum, ¼oz of raspberry liqueur and ¼oz of blue curacao liqueur. Top up with soda water and enjoy the lip-smackingly great zing!

 

Mango-Peach Fizz

This pureed cocktail is bubbling with all kinds of tropical flavours, and will send your taste buds into overdrive!

 

Use a blender to puree a ripe melon and a ripe peach before adding 0.50c of pure orange juice to the mix. Add a tablespoon of sugar to the puree to suit your taste and then store the mix in the fridge. For each individual cocktail add two scoops of the puree with a shot or two of peach schnapps and ice. Yum!

 

Esmeralda Slushy

The Esmeralda cocktail is one with a thousand different variations to its mix and a rarity on a lot of cocktail menus, but trust us – with its zingy taste, your guests will be coming back again and again for a top up.

 

Mix 2oz of tequila with a dash of bitters, 1oz of fresh orange juice and a squeeze of lime juice. Add the mix with 8oz of ice and throw it all in the blender on a high speed until the ice is completely crushed and blended to your desired slushy consistency. Don’t forget the straws and novelty umbrellas!


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