Saturday, 2 August 2014

The Easy Summer Cocktails you HAVE to Try

From weekend exploring to dining al fresco, everything is so much better in the summer. So, invite your friends over and try your hand at making these easy summer cocktails! It’s the summer edition of Fiorelli’s favourite cocktails.

Sweet and Sour Cherry Fizzers

Cherries are so rich and delicious, but they’re tricky to get hold of during the colder months of the year. That’s why when summer rolls around we like to have a stash of them to enjoy in puddings, salads and of course, drinks. They look so stylish perched on the top of a glass, too.

This cherry-infused cocktail is so refreshing and the lemon gives the drink a kick of bitterness. Serve with black forest mini puddings and slow roast tomato tatins.

-2 vodka shots
-1 squeeze of lemon
-Cherry syrup
-Soda water
-Fresh basil garnish
-Jam Jars

Place a couple of ice-cubes in the jam jar and add the vodka, lemon juice and cherry syrup. If you can’t get hold of cherry syrup you can just crush up a bunch of cherries with a mortar and pestle or blitz them in a food processor and add to the drink. Fill the glass with soda water and arrange a lemon wedge, basil leaf and cherry on top for effect. Voila!

Watermelon Coolers

Watermelon is the perfect summer fruit; it’s packed with antioxidants, keeps you hydrated and looks amazing too. This cocktail is ideal for the health conscious drinkers out there and you could even omit the alcohol if you feel like being extra good. The mixture of lime, honey and mint juxtaposed with subtle watermelon gives the summer drink a tangy zest. It’s impossible to just have one.

- Mint sprigs
- 12 watermelon cubes
- 1 tbsp Honey
- 1 Lime
- 1 shot of gin
- Cucumber garnish
- Ice

Blitz the watermelon cubes in a blender and transfer to a large jug. Squeeze in a large tablespoon of honey, the juice of a lime and a good handful of fresh mint. Add as much gin as you desire and garnish with cucumber. Serve with ice. Summer in a glass.

We’d love to know your thoughts on the most refreshing summer drinks out there. Share your favourite summertime tipple with us by leaving us a comment below or tweeting us @Fiorelli_Bags.

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