I’m planning a little get together this weekend and have been trying to think of some exciting things to do for the food and drink. Especially the drink. Normally I tend to gravitate towards a glass of wine but with the sun promising to shine this weekend I thought it would be nice to try something a bit more exotic .
I found some really good cocktail recipes and have since spent hours trying to narrow my option down; so far I am down to 4 choices – all of which sound delicious!
Fancy trying something new this weekend too? Here’s my selection below – join in the fun!
1½ oz. Voli Light Mango Coconut Vodka
1 oz. light sweet and sour mix
1 oz. light orange juice
Garnish: blueberries and strawberries
Muddle berries in a glass. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Garnish with blueberries and strawberries.
(Perfect to drink whilst dreaming of that tropical island you wish you were on!)
Pretty in Pink
2 oz. Tito’s Handmade Vodka
½ oz. pomegranate juice
Splash of pineapple juice
Combine all ingredients in a glass filled with ice and stir.
(This would look gorgeous served in a vintage china tea cup!)
Red Velvet Shortcake
1½ oz. Red Velvet ZING Vodka
2 oz. cream soda
Splash of lemon juice
Muddle strawberries in a cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredients except cream soda. Shake and strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with soda. Garnish with a strawberry.
(With a name like that do you even need an explanation?)
3 c. Effen Vodka
1½ c. DeKuyper Watermelon Pucker Schnapps
2 c. lemon juice
2 c. simple syrup
Garnish: watermelon chunks
To make simple syrup, mix equal parts hot water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Muddle cherries in a cocktail shaker. Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl or pitcher filled with ice. Stir gently and garnish with watermelon chunks.
(Perfect for sharing with friends – add some straws and treat it as a fish bowl!)
As you can see I seem to have chosen some of the most girly cocktails I could find, some that may not quite be a hit with the more manly members of my weekend party! So, I have decided to introduce a cocktail recipe for men to my shortlist that I found on the Homewetbar blog.
2 oz blended whiskey
1 sugar cube
1 dash bitters
1 slice lemon
1 slice orange
Combine the sugar cube, bitters, and 1 tsp. water in an old-fashioned glass. Muddle well, add blended whiskey, and stir. Add a twist of lemon peel and ice cubes. Add slices of orange and lemon and top with the cherry. Serve with a swizzle stick.
(Featured in Esquire this is sure to be a hit!)
What’s your go-to cocktail for a summers night?
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