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Easy Cocktails Pitchers to Impress your Guests!

Everyone loves a cocktail. No one wants the hassle. The Lifestyle Guide guarantees these cocktails will impress - with minimum effort - and jug size - yay!


Top tip - Grenadine. Makes everything look fancy and adds great colour.

Pimms

Okay so I'm sure that everyone in the world knows about Pimms. This quintessentially British summer drink had to go first on the list. It's a classic! And the easiest drink to make in large quantities to ensure you don't have to fill up again any time soon!

Forever one of my favourites, make by putting 1/3 Pimms and 2/3 Lemonade with all and any fruit you can find - Lemons, oranges, strawberries, cucumber, mint. Add some ice and bobs your uncle! (Official Pimm's recipe below)

Along with the classic flavour, you can also try the Pimms Strawberry! More recipes found on the Pimms website.


Signature Serve:

  • Highball glass filled with ice

  • 50ml PIMM'S No. 1

  • 150ml Lemonade

  • Add strawberry, orange & cucumber

  • Finish with a sprig of mint

Summer Fruit Punch

The beauty of fruit punch is that you can make it into anything you'd like. Set the tone with a base spirit such as rum, vodka or gin, then work up your flavours by adding in your favourite fruit juices and lots of fruit! Use flavoured spirits if you're feeling fancy and add Prosecco for a bit of bubbles in your life!

Below are some official recipes by the Craft Gin Club:


Pink Gin Lemonade Punch (serves 8)

15 fresh raspberries

280ml gin (Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin)

800ml rose lemonade

120ml elderflower liqueur

40ml lemon juice

Lemon slices, to garnish

Combine all your ingredients in a punch bowl with ice and stir well


Strawberry and Pineapple Punch (serves 8)

350g strawberries 320ml gin (Crabbies Gin) 1l pineapple juice 160ml lemon juice 60ml simple syrup Mint, to garnish

Begin by chopping and puréeing 300g strawberries in a blender. Add them to a punch bowl or jug with lots of ice. Pour over your gin, pineapple juice and lemon juice. Stir until the jug or bowl feels cold to hold. Garnish with your mint and remaining strawberries.

Cider Mimosa

Stay with me here. It sounds weird, but tastes refreshing and amazing.

Add spiced apple cider for a smooth transition into those Autumn drinks.


Recommended British Cider:

Thatchers

Aspall Cider


Recipe by Olive:

Fill a large jug halfway with ice

Pour in 800ml of dry sparkling cider with 100ml smooth orange juice and a few orange slices in a large jug

Mix well, then pour in 1-2 tbsp of grenadine before serving

Rum Punch

Rum punch is another cocktail that you can make however you'd like. Whatever flavour you vibe with - it will work. Dead Man's Fingers has a selection of flavoured spiced rums, including: Raspberry, Lime, Mango, Pineapple, Hemp, Coconut & Spiced that would be ideal as the base of the cocktail.


Recipe by Olive:

Fill a large jug 3/4 full with ice

Add 300ml golden rum

100ml lime juice

A dash of Angostura bitters

200ml smooth orange juice

200ml pineapple juice

Stir well

Pour in 200ml grenadine syrup just before serving

Frozé

Ahh Frozé, my newly found true love. I first had Frozé when I was on holiday (sigh....so long ago) and I couldn't get enough, so I decided to make my own. And it was amazing. Easy to make, refreshing and a total crowd pleaser! (As long as you remember to make it the night before your gathering).


Suggested Rosé: Off The Line

Ingredients:

1 Bottle Dry Rosé

300g Strawberries, hulled and halved

50g Caster sugar

Juice of 1 lemon


Recipe from BBC Good Food:

Pour the bottle of Rosé into a freezable container overnight.

The next day, mix the strawberries with the sugar and leave to sit for 30 mins until the strawberries begin to release their juices.

Blend the frozen rose, strawberries, sugar and lemon juice together

Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Mojito

Mojito's remind me of holiday, SO refreshing!

Jamie Oliver has a great recipe, perfect for those British sunny days.


Ingredients: (Times by 6 for a pitcher that serves 6!)

60ml White Rum (we suggest Morvenna White Rum)

½ fresh lime

12 fresh mint leaves

2 heaped bar spoons of caster sugar

Dash of soda water

Cubed ice

Crushed ice

To Garnish: Sprig of Fresh Mint


Instructions:

Put the four lime wedges into a glass, then add the sugar and muddle (squish everything together) to release the lime juice

Put the mint leaves on one hand and clap. This bruises the leaves and releases the aroma. Rub the mint leaves around the rim of the glass and drop them in. Use a muddler, bar spoon (or even a rolling pin) to gently push the mint down into the lime juice

Half fill the glass with crushed ice and pour in the White Rum (Morvenna White Rum). Stir the mix together until the sugar dissolves

Top up with crushed ice, a splash of the soda water and garnish it with a sprig of mint

A little "how to" clip for the perfect Mojito from the one and only Jamie....how convenient !!!

You are welcome!


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