Exams are finally over and the sun is shining, so what better way to spend a lazy afternoon than dressing up and showing off your mixology skills with our top summer cocktails!
Long Island Iced Tea, serves 2: My personal favourite, this is light and refreshing and can be lethal after a couple. How about adding an English flavour by using a teapot and teacups instead of glasses.
1 measure (24ml) vodka // 1 measure gin // 1 measure white rum // 1 measure tequila // 1 measure triple sec or Cointreau // 1 measure lime or lemon juice // 2 teaspoons sugar syrup or caster sugar // Coke
Put all the ingredients into the cocktail shaker, with ice in both the shaker and glasses. Shake, strain into the glasses, top up with coke and enjoy!
Lynchburg Lemonade, serves 1: Straight from Tennessee itself, this is one for all you whiskey drinkers.
2 measures Jack Daniels // 1 measure lemon juice // ½ measure (12.5ml) sugar syrup // Lemonade
Put the ice into the glass. Pour in the whiskey, lemon juice and sugar syrup and stir, before topping up with lemonade.
Sex on the Beach, serves 1: Add some colour to your day with this fun, fruity cocktail.
1 measure vodka // 1 measure peach schnapps // 1 tablespoon orange juice // 1 tablespoon cranberry juice // 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Put everything into a cocktail shaker with some ice. Shake and strain into a tumbler: done!
Gin Rickey, serves 1: Straight from the pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ and a favourite of Fitzgerald, the Gin Rickey originally used bourbon until it was replaced by gin during the Prohibition era.
60ml (just over 2 measures) of gin // Soda // Half a lime
Put ice in the glass and squeeze in the juice of half a lime. Add the gin and top up with soda. Then, rub the lime wedge around the rim of the glass and add to the drink.
Article: Vicky Timms
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