When summer comes around, cocktails are always immediately on my mind. Fruity, refreshing and really fun, what’s not to love about them? Myself and my friends love to get together and make cocktails together and I always associate them with amazing summers. And now that I’m at uni, myself and my uni friends love grabbing a cocktail or sharing massive cocktail jugs. Today I thought I would share a few of my favourite cocktail recipes, and believe me, there are a LOT, so I have chosen some good old trusty favourites!
2 ounces (1/4 cup) vodka
1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) triple sec
3/4 ounce (1 tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoons) cranberry juice
1/4 to 1/2 ounce (1 1/2 teaspoons to 3 teaspoons) fresh lime juice
1 2-inch orange peel/twist to decorate
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime juice.
Shake the cocktail shaker for about 30 seconds until well chilled.
Then, strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with orange peel/twist.
2) Strawberry Daiquiri
4 fresh strawberries, plus ½ strawberry to garnish
2 tsp white sugar
35ml/1½fl oz white rum
1 tbsp strawberry liqueur
25ml/1fl oz lime juice
Place the strawberries, sugar, rum, strawberry liqueur and lime juice into the base of a cocktail shaker and mash (muddle) with the end of a clean rolling pin.
Place the lid onto the cocktail shaker and shake well.
Strain the mixture into a Martini glass and garnish with half a strawberry.
For a frozen daiquiri;
Place all the ingredients into a food processor with a handful of crushed ice and blend until smooth.
Pour into a goblet glass, garnish with a fresh strawberry and serve.
3) Blue Lagoon
25ml/1fl oz vodka
25ml/1fl oz blue curaçao
20ml/¾fl oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
scoop crushed ice
twist of lemon peel, to garnish
Pour the vodka, blue curaçao and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker.
Add the crushed ice and shake well.
Strain the mixture into a small wine glass and add a splash of lemonade to fill the glass to the brim.
To serve, garnish the glass with a twist of lemon peel.
4) Pimms Punch
3 handfuls mixed fruit pieces (such as orange, lemon, lime, strawberries)
250ml/9fl oz Pimms
Pour the cider into large jug or punch bowl
Add a couple of straws and the mixed fresh fruit pieces, then gently pour the Pimms on top of the cider to create a separate layer.
I love adapting traditional cocktails and recipes, as well as making some up as I go along! What are your favourite cocktails?