10 June 2015

Capture A Taste Of Summer: Holiday Cocktail Medley

Intoxicating hazy summer scents of warm breezes drenched in coconut rich sunscreen, enchanting blue lagoons rippled with jewel toned waters and the sweet scents of vanilla swirling and dancing with your tastebuds. 

Summer is just a time filled to the brim with smile-enducing memories, deep-belly giggles and lots of lots of alcohol. Puuuurfect! Have yourself a cheeky sun-drenched break in your garden and get your lips round one of these tasty tipples!

Sip, Slurp, Enjoy...

Bird of Margarita Paradise

The layered effect is achieved with a great deal of precision, knowledge of the weight density of each liquor, a dash of luck & a 100% clean bloodstream devoid of any alcoholic beverage traces! If that's too taxing then just chuck it all in, mix, slurp & let the blue haze of summer fun fizz!

  • 4oz Malibu Rum
  • 3oz Pineapple Juice
  • 2 1/2 oz Blue Caracao liquor
  • Splash of Grenadine
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • 2oz Agave nectar (or to taste)
  • Sea Salt (to line the rim)

- Chuck all the ingredients in together except for the sea salt & mix together. Pour into two chilled pre-prepared glasses over a frosty bed of ice & slurp away...cheers!

Salt rim: Rub a lime wedge along the outer top edge of two glasses. Grab about a teaspoon of sea salt, pop it into your palm and then roll the outer cup edge into the salt so that it sticks to the sticky lime juice...Voila!

Time to try your hand at the bar with this tongue salivating fruity concoction. Crisp, refreshing and perfect for your Summer garden party happy hour!

  • 2-3 white peaches
  • 3/4 cups peach/ apricot flavoured brandy
  • 1 bottle chilled Moscato wine
  • 1L peach seltzer water 

- In a glass pitcher, place the white peach slices and brandy together, stirring gently. Remember to reserve some peach slices for added garnish at the end!

- Add in the Moscato white wine and peach seltzer water, stirring everything together so it fizzes and bubbles.

- Pour into chilled glasses over ice and top with the remaining leftover peach slices. 

For the perfect icy pitcher drink, feast your eyes on this sparkling number! A sweet and elegant tipple with bubbles aplenty to make you giggle. What more could you want this Summer?

  • 175ml bottle chilled demi-sec rose champagne
  • 3/4 cup Limoncello 
  • 1 medium lemon, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup of fresh strawberries, hulled & quartered 

- Chuck the strawberries and limoncello together into tall, chilled pitcher. Top this with the chilled rose champagne and mix in half of the thin lemon slices and all of the raspberries.

- Pour into chilled glasses filled with ice, scooping a bit of fruit into each cup and garnish with a lemon segment wheel. 

Big, bold and beautiful. Nothing screams summer time tomfoolery quite like a colourful jug of something naughty! Shake up your summer with this refreshing splash of berry madness!

  • 1oz berry-flavoured vodka
  • 1oz chilled rose wine
  • 5oz fresh lemon juice
  • 5oz agave syrup (or to taste)
  • 2 oz cooled berry tea

- Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and pour into a cooled glass over a mountain of ice.

- Whack out the paper umbrellas, pop it into your drink and chillax with this tutti-frutti cooler.

Fruit + Sugar + Alcohol = Summer satisfaction.

Simple Blackberry Syrup...

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup blackberries


  • 1/2 cup simple blackberry syrup
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 8oz Grand Marnier liquor
  • 8oz tequila (blanco)

Garnish: Lime wedges, sugar rim, blackberries 

- To make the simple blackberry syrup, combine the sugar, water and blackberries in a saucepan and bring to the boil over a medium heat, letting the mixture simmer for a further 10 minutes. 
- Using the underneath of a spoon, mash up the blackberries and when done, strain the mixture through a mesh sieve and set aside to cool until ready to use.

- From here, in a pitcher or cocktail shaker, pour in the blackberry syrup, the freshly squeezed lime juice, grand mariner liquor and tequila and shake it like a Macarena. Proceed to pour over ice in a chilled sugar-rimmed tumbler and garnish with some lime wedges.

Knock it back and proceed to shake it off a la good ole' swifty!

Everyone knows that a cheeky glug or two of rum is the obvious answer for a touch of Summer-time fun! Thirst-quenching and bursting with flavour, we dare you to restrain yourself to just one glass!

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (+ more to garnish)
  • 4oz white Bacardi rum
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 6oz chilled club soda

- Mash up your blueberries either in a food processor or in a pestle & mortar until smooth.
In a cocktail shaker or pitcher, drop in your mint leaves and brown sugar and muddle together by using the bottom end of a wooden spoon. 

- Drop in the white rum, lime juice and pureed blueberries and mix together thoroughly. 

- Pour the club soda into two tall, chilled glasses filled with ice, proceeding to pour in the rum mixture and stirring well. 
- To finish, garnish with a lime wedge wheel, extra blueberries and a cheeky sprig of fresh mint! 

Who screams for ice-cream? We all scream for ice-cream! But wait...icecream & alcohol together? We've hit the summer special jackpot! Hallelujah!

  • Good-quality madagascan vanilla-bean ice-cream
  • 20ml dry gin
  • Very chilled bottle of tonic water

- In a tall chilled glass filled with tumbling ice, pour in 20ml of good-quality dry gin. Grab a hearty scoop of vanilla ice-cream and drop it into the centre of your glass. 

- To finish off the bubbly masterpiece, top your glass with chilled tonic water, stirring gently to amalgamate the ingredients into a swirling glass of summer indulgence. Sun's out, cocktails out! 

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