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.
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.
Highball glass filled with ice
50ml PIMM'S No. 1
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.
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:
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 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
Pour in 200ml grenadine syrup just before serving
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
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'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
To Garnish: Sprig of Fresh Mint
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 !!!
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