Cocktails: Five Simple Summer Recipes

Now that the weather’s looking up, the long summer evenings were made to be savoured in the garden, with a cocktail in hand. We’ve got all your favourite spirits covered with these five simple recipes for cocktails, perfect for making your own concoctions at home.

 

Lanique

Lanique and Lime

The lime’s bitterness is a great balance with the sweet Lanique tones.

Ingredients

50ml Lanique

Crushed ice

Fresh lime juice

Quarter lime

Method: Pour the Lanique in a small glass filled with crushed ice. Pour in the fresh lime juice, stir and garnish with a quarter lime.

Vodka

The Lemon Drop

The adult equivalent of your favourite childhood sweets, and bound to impress anyone with a sweet tooth.

Ingredients

50ml Vodka

50ml Lemon Juice

1 tablespoon Sugar

Lemonade

Method: Shake all of the ingredients together with ice apart from the lemonade. Pour into a martini glass and top up with lemonade.

Gin

The Gimlet

A classic cocktail which was originally served to sailors to combat scurvy, and is now a gin lover’s drink of choice.

Ingredients

50ml Gin

25ml Lime cordial or fresh-squeezed Lime juice

wedge of Lime

Method

Shake ingredients together with ice cubes and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

Rum

The Cuba Libre a Casa

The perfect cocktail to elevate a simple Rum and Coke.

Ingredients

50ml Dark Rum

Coca-Cola

1 Lime

Method

Squeeze the lime into a highball glass over ice. Add the double shot of rum and then fill the glass with Coca-Cola. Stir and add a quarter of the lime.

Tequila

Tequila Lime Spritzer

The spritzer is a refreshing, zingy cocktail if you’re looking for something sour.

Ingredients

50ml Tequila

Lemonade

Sparkling water

Lemon or Lime

Method

Pour the tequila over ice in a tall glass and top with lemonade and sparkling water. Add more lemonade for a sweeter flavour. Garnish with a slice of lemon or lime.

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