When we finally emerge from our homes without fear of snow or extreme weather, make the most of the sunshine with these fantastic mocktail and cocktail recipes. A few of these require a bit of slicing, dicing, squeezing, and pouring, which means having a few wipes on hand to clear those spills and fruity fingers may be handy. One thing all these drinks share, they’re rich in colour, so don’t spill them on your favourite summer outfit!
3 to 4 fresh strawberries, de-stemmed (hulled) and cut into small pieces
1 lime, cut into quarters
3 sprigs of mint
1 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 oz. (60 ml) rum
Splash of club soda
- In a chilled highball glass (about 10-12 ounces), muddle the simple syrup, strawberries and mint leaves together with the back of a spoon or muddler. Crush the strawberries and mint leaves well.
- Stir in the lime juice and rum. ...
- Garnish with mint sprigs or strawberry slices.
A twist on the classic Mojito. If alcohol is off the menu, you can take out the rum and still enjoy this beauty. Mojitos are a must for them warm spring and summer days.
3/4 oz apricot brandy
1 1/2 oz gin
3/4 oz dry vermouth
1 tsp grenadine syrup
1/4 tsp lemon juice
- Rub rim of cocktail glass with lemon juice and dip rim of glass in powdered sugar.
- Shake all ingredients (except a cherry) with ice and strain into sugar-rimmed glass.
- Garnish with a cherry and serve.
Another classic with a twist, the Gin Martini with added refreshment. Another classic to be enjoyed with friends and family on those long summer days ahead.
4 ounces orange juice
1/2 ounce grenadine
Orange slice for garnish
- Fill a highball glass with ice and orange juice.
- Slowly pour grenadine over the juice. It will sink to the bottom and slowly rise to the top as you drink.
- Garnish with an orange slice.
The alcohol free version of the Tequila Sunrise. Easy to make, easy to enjoy. For those looking to kick the palette, just add Tequila.
2 parts Vodka
4 parts organic tomato juice
½ part fresh lemon juice (to taste)
4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
4 dashes of Tabasco (or hot pepper sauce)
Pinch of fleur de sel (or sea salt)
Pinch of black pepper
Some cubed ice
To garnish: Celery, ground black pepper and fresh aromatic herbs
- Add plenty of ice and all of your ingredients to a shaker or stirring glass
- If you’re using a shaker, tilt it backwards and forwards a few times to mix the ingredients without making the drink frothy. If you’re stirring, you can do so vigorously
- Pour the mix into a glass. Top up with fresh ice if it’s not quite full
- Add your garnishes. Any fresh herbs and a celery stick work well
Ever had one of those days that starts out glorious then the chill takes over? The Bloody Mary is the perfect remedy, just add a bucket load of Tabasco and you’ll soon feel the heat return.
- Half fill Champagne flutes with Guinness, then slowly top them up with chilled Champagne
We wanted a beer, lager, stout cocktail to depart from the spirit heavy list. Black Velvet is renowned and easy to make. It’s also easy on the wallet if you wish to substitute the Champers with something cheaper, then you have a Poor Man’s Black Velvet, but we won’t tell if you don’t.
Don’t fancy any of the above? Try this drink from Britain that is purported to cool you down, even on the hottest days:
1. Boil up some water
2. Put the tea bag inside the cup
3. Pour the water inside the cup
4. Pour some milk
5. Add some sugar
6. Take the tea bag out
7. Mix it
Make it how you like it, black, with milk, 6 sugars, it can be enjoyed any day of the year, yummy.
Or if hot tea with milk isn't for you we suggest this sweet tea recipe for you.
1 pinch of baking soda,
2 cups of boiling water
6 tea bags
6 cups of cool water
3/4 cup of white sugar
1. Sprinkle a pinch of baking soda into a 64-ounce, heat-proof, glass pitcher. Pour in boiling water, and add tea bags. Cover, and allow to steep for 15 minutes.
2. Remove tea bags, and discard; stir in sugar until dissolved. Pour in cool water, then refrigerate until cold.
3. Serve over ice with some lemon.