There’s no denying that I love summer and everything that comes with it – BBQ’s, lazy pub afternoon, hours spent sailing and paddle boarding and cocktails. I don’t know what it is but, I always find cocktails taste much better in the summer, although I know the British summer has been a little absent at times this year.
So I’ve pulled together some of my favourite cocktail recipes to make at home and impress with this bank holiday. Nothing too complicated (you know I don’t like too much faffing) but they will definitely wow any guests. I’ve also tried to avoid any of the classics like mojitos etc., although I love them they are a bit ‘done’.
Hayman’s Victorian Mojito
Ok so I know I said I was going to avoid mojitos but this one is a twist on the original, it’s made with my favourite gin so I couldn’t ignore it.
- 50ml Hayman’s London Dry Gin
- 25ml freshly squeezed lime juice
- 20ml sugar syrup (I bought this from Tesco for about a fiver)
- Fever Tree Tonic Water
- Freshly picked mint leaves
- Fill a highball glass with cracked or crushed ice and a few fresh mint leaves
- Pour in the Hayman’s London Dry Gin
- Add the lime juice and sugar syrup
- Mix all the ingredients together
- Top with the Fever Tree tonic
- Garnish with a mint sprig
Watermelon Martini using Mello watermelon juice
I love watermelons and they always remind me of summer holidays and long sunny days on the beach so this Watermelon Martini takes me right back to a Greek beach.
Mello watermelon juice (available in Waitrose)
Sparkling Lemon & Lime water
Juice of half a lime and garnish
In a cocktail shaker add ice, 35ml vodka, 70ml Mello watermelon juice, 35ml sparking lemon and lime water and the juice of half a lime. The shake and shake again for good measure
Pour into a martini glass and serve with a wedge of lime on the side
This one has been shared with me by the fabulous team at Kimpton De Witt which opened in Amsterdam in May. The King Louis WAS inspired by the House Bar’s Lodewijk cocktail.
30 ml Lemoncello
45 ml Gin
30 ml Belvoir Cucumber & Mint Presse
2 dashes of White Grape Juice
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shake and strain over crushed ice in a glass tumbler. Serve with cucumber ribbon (I use a potato peeler to create this) and garnish with a sprinkling of fresh mint
Strawberry and Vanilla Prosecco
This one combines two of my most favourite drinks – gin and prosecco!
Two Birds Strawberry and Vanilla Gin
Pour a 35ml shot of strawberry and vanilla gin into a champagne flute then top up with chilled prosecco. Garnish with fresh strawberries in the glass – I like to use frozen ones to keep it colder.
Let me know which of these you make, i’d love to hear how you get on.