Everyone loves a refreshing summer cocktail. There’s nothing better than lounging in the sunshine with a chilled glass at your side.
According to The Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/06/21/uk-weather-barristers-remove-wigs-gowns-britain-sizzles-hottest), the country recently experienced its hottest day for 40 years – so it’s a good excuse to get the cocktail shaker out of the cupboard!
If you like wine, here are a few refreshing summer cocktails to try out:
Tasty and fruity, this cocktail will wow your guests at any event.
1½oz silver tequila
1½oz pinot noir
1½oz lime juice
½oz agave nectar
2 oz grapefruit soda
Method: Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, then strain into a glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Apple and Pink Julep
A fantastic fresh and fruity cocktail, this will have you asking for a fill-up.
10-15 mint leaves
1½oz apple juice
Method: Place the mint leaves and apple juice in a glass, then gently press the leaves before adding a large measure of Croft Pink Port. Add ice and stir until the cocktail is chilled. Fill with more ice and garnish with mint.
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If you like Pimm’s, you’ll love a Summer Cup. There are several different recipes, some of which include fruit, so why not let your imagination run riot? Here are the basics:
2 oz sparkling white wine
1 oz ginger or orange liqueur
2 oz lemonade or tonic
2 oz cranberry juice
Method: Combine all the ingredients in a glass with ice, stir and serve. Or multiply the ingredients and make a punchbowl a party.
Does what it says in the name! A cooling, fruity, rather zesty drink which will help you chill even on the hottest of days.
2 mint sprigs
½oz lemon juice
½oz simple syrup (to make, mix equal parts hot water and sugar until sugar dissolves)
1¼oz vanilla vodka
1 oz Chardonnay
Garnish: 2 grapes
Method: Put the grapes, syrup and mint into a cocktail shaker. Add ice, vodka, lemon juice and wine. Shake and strain, before topping with Prosecco and garnishing with grapes.