Summer Cocktails


Cocktail was given its name as a metaphor for a rooster heralding the morning. It was originally meant to be a morning beverage.

The lazy days and twilight hours of summertime are made for relaxation. What better way to unwind than with some fruity cocktails and turn your porch into a sunset paradise?

Summer time brings out the tipplers in many of us. The cocktail consumption rises with the temperature. It is the perfect time for the creative juices to mix with the alcohol and for spinning some cooling exotic wonders. Fresh ingredients with simple, straight-forward flavors and easy preparation are the keys to a perfect cocktail.

Here are some of my favorites.

1. Blue: A Red Drink Called Blue

Ingredients:

1 tbsp Whole blue berries

15ml Fresh lemon juice

Ty Ku Liqueur, an Asian inspired liqueur made with sake

30 ml Lemon liqueur

60 ml Pomegranate juice

Mixing Instructions:

In a tall glass, combine the blue berries and lemon juice.

Muddle the berries to extract the juice.

Add ice until the glass is half full, top with the remaining ingredients and stir.

Dark antioxidant pomegranate juice is good for health.

Enjoy!

2. Classic greens: A Summer Cooler

Ingredients:

30 ml Mint Liqueur

60 ml Vodka

7up / sprite-to top up

Mint leaves as garnish

Mixing Instructions:

In a tall glass full of ice cubes, pour 30ml of Mint Liqueur, vodka and top it up with 7 up / sprite.

Garnish with fresh mint leaves.

3. Humming Bird: Desert Cocktail

Ingredients:

1 ounce rum cream liqueur

1 ounce coffee flavored liqueur

1 ounce milk

1/2 ounce strawberry flavored syrup

1/2 banana

1 cup crushed ice

Mixing instructions:

In a blender, combine rum cream liqueur, Coffee liqueur, milk and strawberry syrup.

Add the banana and crushed ice. Blend until smooth.

Pour into glasses and serve.

4. The Fawn (This is for the kids. They would just freak out on this one)

Ingredients:

6 large strawberries

1 scoop of ice

1 oz. simple syrup

75 oz. fresh lemon juice

5 oz. fresh orange juice

5 oz. grape juice

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth in consistency.

Pour over the ice cubes in a highball glass. Garnish with circular “orange” candy.

Serve and relish.

5. Cucumber Cooler

Ingredients:

2 pieces of cucumber

5 mint leaves

30 ml Lychee fruit syrup

10 ml Ginger Ale and Sprite to top up

Dash of grenadine

Mixing Instructions:

Muddle together cucumber and mint leaves in a glass.

Add the Lychee fruit syrup, ginger ale and sprite and dash grenadine.

Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into glass.

Garnish with mint leaves and serve.

Cheers! Have fun and have a lovely summer time.

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