A Taste of Bliss: Top three cocktails to keep your summer soiree guests refreshed

After a long day in the heat of the summer sun, we can all be left feeling tired and somewhat parched. So to inspire ideas for keeping you and your guests refreshed when you host a summer soiree in the garden, we explore our top three summer-suited cocktails and mocktails that you can create at home.

 

 

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The Strawberry Daiquiri

What do I need?

Per person you will need 4 strawberries, 1 tablespoon of strawberry liqueur, 2 teaspoons of white sugar, 35ml of white rum, 25ml of lime juice, and ice cubes (which are optional for a super chilled cocktail).

 

How do I make it?

Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and muddle roughly with a rolling pin. Placing the lid on the cocktail shaker, shake well and then strain into a Martini-style glass. For a mocktail, simply replace the rum with lemon-lime soda, or leave out entirely! Garnish the glass with a halved strawberry to add the finishing touch.

 

Why is it refreshing?

The cool, sweet strawberry flavour has an edge of invigorating zestiness due to the lime juice.

 

 

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The Classic Mojito

What do I need?

Per person you will need half a lime, a cup full of ice cubes, 10 fresh mint leaves, 2 tablespoons of white sugar, 60ml of white rum, and a dash of soda water (one big bottle will be useful if you are making multiple mojitos).

 

How do I make it?

Taking the mint leaves in your hand, slap the leaves by clapping your hands together (or you could just muddle with a rolling pin)- this releases the flavour. After cutting the half lime into wedges, place the lime, sugar and mint leaves into a tall glass and muddle them gently. Then add the ice, pour in the rum (or leave this out for a virgin mojito), and top up with a dash of soda. Finish with a sprig of mint and a wedge of lime as a garnish.

 

Why is it refreshing?

Tinglingly fresh mint and soda is finished with a zingy lime kick.

 

 

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The Iced Kir Royal

What do I need?

Per person you will need a raspberry, a handful of ice cubes, half a teaspoon of créme de cassis, and champagne to top up.

 

How do I make it?

Pour the créme de cassis into a champagne flute, and then add the ice and raspberry. Top slowly with champagne to prevent from fizzing up too much. For a cheaper option, try using prosecco instead of champagne!

 

Why is it refreshing?

A cool, rich blackberry flavour is contrasted by light, sweet bubbles.

 

Lastly, our top tip is to chill your glass beforehand for added coolness! Stay refreshed this summer, courtesy of Ravel!

 

 

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