Put your feet up with one of these refreshing summer inspired cocktails
Whether your looking for a injection of summer into your cold winter lockdown weekends, or your out in the sun quenching something fruity and refreshing, these classic and twist on classic cocktails will have you and your friends salivating.
So no matter where you are, it’s time to log off, check out or hang up, shut down your emails and head to the kitchen to whip up a few of these.
We’ll start off with a classic. What says summer beach holiday more than a Piña Colada? The combination of creamy coconut and fresh pineapple juice make this classic almost too drinkable.
75ml (2 1/2 oz). White rum
90ml ( 3 oz) freshly squeezed pineapple juice
30ml (1 oz.) coconut cream
- Combine rum with freshly squeezed pineapple juice and coconut cream* in a blender.
- Blend on high with a cup or so of crushed ice, or 5 to 6 ice cubes.
- Pour into a tall glass. Garnish with whatever a slice of fresh pineapple.
*Substitute coconut water for a lighter, less creamy version.
Now if a Piña Colada is a bit over done in your books, why not try this twist on the classic recipe. Known as the Painkiller, make this one as strong as you feel game.
90ml (3 oz) dark or gold rum
75ml (2 1/2 oz) freshly squeezed pineapple juice
30ml (1 oz) freshly squeezed orange juice
30ml (1 oz) coconut cream
- Shake ingredients well with ice in cocktail shaker.
- Strain into a large hurricane glass over fresh ice. Optional - Garnish with grated nutmeg.
If sharing is caring then a jug full of Sangria can make you a saint. Perfectly refreshing, Sangria is the perfect summer time indulgence.
1 bottle red wine of your choice
1/2 cup. brandy
1/2 cup. orange juice
1/2 cup. pomegranate juice
2 cup. sparkling water
1/4 cup. simple syrup
Fresh mint leaves
- Stir all of the ingredients together in a large jug or pitcher.
- Put the pitcher in the refrigerator and let stand overnight.
- Pour sangria into glasses. Garnish with an orange wedge and fresh fruit of your choice and top with a few crushed mint leaves.
Sangria is the lifeblood that fuels a lazy afternoon party in the summer, when it's too late for Mimosas but too early for hard liquor.
How you make it varies wildly from recipe to recipe, from palate to palate. This version leans on orange, apple, blackberry, and pomegranate to create a lush backdrop to the alcohol. Ideally steeping the fruit t for 24 hours will give you a deep fruit background to the mix, however if you are like me (last minute Larry) you still won’t be disappointed with a freshly mixed batch.
And now for the finale. The hurricane was fist popularised in New Orleans. The fruity, rum based cocktail is a great introduction to the subtle and not so subtle flavours of dark rum, even for those of you non-rum-drinkers.
You won't want to make your Hurricane with bad rum, but that's basically why the cocktail was invented. Like a lot of great drinks, it has roots deep in New Orleans, where shipments of Caribbean rum were plentiful in the '40s, but whiskey was not.
60ml (2 oz) dark rum
30ml (1 oz) passion fruit syrup
30ml (1 oz) fresh lemon juice
- Combine rum, passion fruit syrup, and lemon juice with ice in a shaker. Shake until frosty.
- Pour into a hurricane glass filled with more ice cubes.
- Garnish with orange slices and maraschino cherries.
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