Now that we unlocked to Level 1 (in South Africa), and heading for S.U.M.M.E.R …we can enjoy a drink or two (with a little more than just 0% alcohol).
However, we do support and encourage everyone to stay at home and practice social distancing yet still enjoy your bev, in peace.
To spice things up, here’s a list of just the perfect summer cocktails for you to make right in the comfort of your home.
5 simple and mouthwatering Summer cocktail recipes
- 25 ml brandy
- 12.5ml peach syrup
- 50 ml cranberry juice
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- 3 splashes of bitters
- Slice of orange rind to garnish
- Take a whiskey glass and dip the lip into orange sherbet.
- Combine brandy, peach syrup, cranberry juice, lemon juice and bitters in a metal shaker.
- Shake and strain contents into the sherbet-lipped whiskey glass.
- Garnish the lip with an orange rind twist.
- 1 T good-quality Earl Grey tea leaves
- 4 tots whisky
- fresh lemon or orange juice, to taste
- dehydrated citrus slices, to garnish
- Steep the tea leaves in 4 cups boiled water, then set aside to infuse and cool completely.
- Divide the whisky between 4 chilled tumblers with large ice cubes, then top up with the tea. Add a squeeze of lemon or orange juice. Garnish with dehydrated citrus slices.
Cointreau and Pomegranate Fizz
- About 4-8 blocks of ice
- 2 shots of Cointreau (50 ml)
- A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
- A squeeze of fresh pomegranate juice (optional)
- Some soda water to top up with
Pour in a festive glass and top off with a straw.
Tequila-and-strawberry rosé punch
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 T honey
- 6 tots tequila
- 1 x 750 ml bottle rosé wine
- 200 g strawberries, chopped
- Pink Himalayan salt, to garnish
- Place all the ingredients except the strawberries and salt into a large punch bowl and stir.
- Serve with ice cubes and strawberries in pink salt-rimmed glasses.
Blueberry Infused Vodka
- 500g blueberries (frozen or fresh)
- 2 Pieces of Lemon Peel (peel the lemon with peeler so there is no pith attached – that’s the white stuff)
- 4 Stems of Fresh Thyme (optional)
- 1 Liter Plain Vodka
- In a clean, air tight jar, smash the blueberries. (You need to smash them so that the vodka can penetrate the skins and get all the flavor out.)
- Add the lemon peel and thyme.
- Pour the vodka over the top of the ingredients.
- Seal the jar and shake it up to distribute the lemon peel and the thyme.
- Set the jar in a cool place.
- Gently turn the jar end over and side to side once a day for 3 days.
- On the third day it’s time to strain and bottle your blueberry vodka.
- Pour the contents of the jar into a large strainer that has been placed over a bowl or pitcher.
- Gently push on the solids to get most of the liquid out.
- Throw away the solids.
- Line a funnel with a double layer of cheesecloth.
- Pour the blueberry vodka slowly through the cheesecloth into the bottle (you can use the original vodka bottle for this).
- Cap up the bottle and let it sit overnight.