Cheers to hot summer cocktail days

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Cheers!

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

The Ama-lekkerlicious

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

  1. Take a whiskey glass and dip the lip into orange sherbet.
  2. Combine brandy, peach syrup, cranberry juice, lemon juice and bitters in a metal shaker.
  3. Shake and strain contents into the sherbet-lipped whiskey glass.
  4. Garnish the lip with an orange rind twist.

 

Whiskey bru

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 T good-quality Earl Grey tea leaves
  • 4 tots whisky
  • fresh lemon or orange juice, to taste
  • dehydrated citrus slices, to garnish
Method
  1. Steep the tea leaves in 4 cups boiled water, then set aside to infuse and cool completely.
  2. 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

Ingredients

  • 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

Method
Pour in a festive glass and top off with a straw.

 

Tequila-and-strawberry rosé punch

INGREDIENTS
  • 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
Method
  1. Place all the ingredients except the strawberries and salt into a large punch bowl and stir.
  2. Serve with ice cubes and strawberries in pink salt-rimmed glasses.

 

 

Blueberry Infused Vodka 

Ingredients

  • 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

Method:

  1. 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.)
  2. Add the lemon peel and thyme.
  3. Pour the vodka over the top of the ingredients.
  4. Seal the jar and shake it up to distribute the lemon peel and the thyme.
  5. Set the jar in a cool place.
  6. Gently turn the jar end over and side to side once a day for 3 days.
  7. On the third day it’s time to strain and bottle your blueberry vodka.
  8. Pour the contents of the jar into a large strainer that has been placed over a bowl or pitcher.
  9. Gently push on the solids to get most of the liquid out.
  10. Throw away the solids.
  11. Line a funnel with a double layer of cheesecloth.
  12. Pour the blueberry vodka slowly through the cheesecloth into the bottle (you can use the original vodka bottle for this).
  13. Cap up the bottle and let it sit overnight.

 

Enjoy!

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