ESSENTIAL SUMMER COCKTAIL RECIPES
Britain is currently enjoying a summer heatwave with temperatures soaring above 30 degrees. British summertime typically consist of a deluge of rain so we can be forgiven for wanting to make the most of this glorious weather while it lasts.
What better way to enjoy the beautiful sunshine than to sit back and relax with a nice cooling cocktail? We've compiled our own personal favourites including a few non-alcoholic alternatives meaning the teetotal and youngsters needn't miss out - who doesn't love a Mocktail anyway - all of the taste without the hangover!
Long Island Ice Tea
A true classic. The list of ingredients may have you wincing at first glance but this drink is surprisingly drinkable.
20ml Dry Gin
20ml White Rum
20ml Triple Sec or Cointreau
50ml Lemon Juice
Cola to serve
Method: Shake the spirits together with the lemon juice and a generous amount of ice. Strain the mixture over crushed ice into a long glass and top with cola.
Passion Fruit Martini
A very sweet and fruity drink perfect for the long hot summer months.
25ml Vanilla Vodka
1tbps Lime Juice
1tbps Sugar Syrup
Prosecco to serve
Method: Remove the seeds from the passion fruit into the glass of a cocktail shaker, add the vodka, passoa, lime juice and sugar syrup. Add a handful of ice and shake well, strain into 2 martini glasses, top up with prosecco, then add half a passion fruit to decorate. Serve immediately.
Alcohol free take on a cuban classic.
Small handful of fresh Mint
Juice of 3 limes
Method: Muddle the sugar together with the mint using a cocktail muddler or pestle and mortar. Divide the lime juice between two long glasses with the mint mix and top up with soda water. Add a fresh slice of lime and mint to decorate.
Watermelon & Orange Blossom Lemonade
A deliciously refreshing cocktail/smoothie hybrid.
4-6tsp Caster Sugar
Juice 2-3 lemons
2tsp Orange Blossom Water
Crushed Ice to serve
Method: Chop up the watermelon into small pieces removing the skin and seeds. Blitz in a food processor with the sugar, lemon juice and orange blossom water, adding extra sugar to taste. Strain through a sieve to remove any remaining seeds, then pour into a large jug. Top with a few spoonfuls of crushed ice, pour into long glasses, and serve.