Written by Christine Braganza
Summerís here, exams are over and itís time to celebrate! Rather than splashing the cash at a swanky bar, why not have a go at making some cocktails yourself? Lounge in the garden with your best friends and a couple of cocktails and youíve got a summer to remember! You can thank us later.
Lemon Mojito (Level of Difficulty: Easy)
The easy way to get that summer vibe is through a fresh, homemade jug of lemon mojito to share with your friends. And itís really simple to make oo!
80g of sugar
12 fresh mint leaves
Ĺ or 1 lemon Ė chop delicate slices (according to taste)
300ml fresh lemon juice
1 cup of rum
1 cup of crushed ice (small pieces)
Chilled soda water (to serve)
These measurements provide at least six servings. So try your best to stay true to the mentioned amounts or adjust according to desired quantity.
Step 1: Split the sugar and six mint leaves among your serving glasses. Use a spoon to crush the sugar and mix it with the mint leaves.
Step 2: Split the remaining mint leaves and lemon slices among the required glasses.
Step 3: Mix the rum and lemon juice in a jug. Pour and divide the mixture equally in the serving glasses. Add a bit of soda water and ice to serve.
Bloody Mary (Level of Difficulty: Super Easy)
Did someone say Bloody Mary? Well in this case thereís no need to be scared Ė just excited to taste this flavour-filled cocktail!
Chilled tomato juice
1 lemon sliced to perfection
Fresh lemon juice
Sugar (according to taste)
Ground black pepper
Tabasco sauce (according to taste)
Celery sticks with leaves to serve (adds an extra touch to an already tasty drink)
You can decide to measure up or reduce the ingredients as per the amount of people being served.
Step 1: Fill the glass with ice cubes (three quarters full)
Step 2: Add 1 Ĺ tablespoons of vodka and roughly ľ of a cup of tomato juice till you nearly fill the glass.
Step 3: Add one lemon slice to each glass with one tablespoon of lemon juice included, along with a drop of Worcestershire sauce.
Step 4: Last but not least stir in a pinch of sugar, ground black pepper, Tabasco sauce to taste and a celery stick to each glass.
Pimmís (Level of Difficulty: Easy)
A flavour to be reckoned with, enjoyed by all itís the perfect summer start-up. Serve in a tall glass on a hot summerís day.
4 equally measured cups of ice
1 lemon, finely sliced
160ml Pimmís mixture
125ml chilled lemonade
125ml chilled ginger ale
Ĺ a cucumber cut into small strips
Top hint Ė get a 1 litre jug. These measurements should roughly serve 4 glasses.
Step 1: Place half of the ice into a jug. Then add the lemon slices, Pimmís, lemonade as well as the ginger ale. Make sure to stir the mixture.
Step 2: Add the other half of the ice along with the cucumber slices to your serving glasses. Pour the cocktail mix into the glasses and voilŗ.
Step 3: You can add a few strawberry slices to each glass (optional).
Sparkling Berry (Level of Difficulty: Easy)
When youíre a student, it always feels like youíre in a rush. So when you finally get some time off during the summer, this is definitely considered the ideal alcoholic beverage for you; as itís quick and easy to make.
1 litre berry sorbet
2 cups of strawberry sparkling wine
2 tablespoons Bacardi rum
Step 1: Mix the berry sorbet, strawberry sparkling wine and rum in a blender. The texture should be silky smooth.
Step 2: Pour into tall glasses and enjoy.
Rocky Slope (Level of Difficulty: Easy)
If itís a more luxurious and creamy cocktail youíre after, youíre in for a treat with this one!
1 large peeled banana
ĺ cup of milk
Ĺ cup of thick cream
Ĺ cup Malibu liquor
Ĺ cup of ice
Coconut shavings (dry or fresh depending on taste)
Step 1: Mix the banana, milk, cream, Malibu and ice in a blender. Wait tuntil all the ice is blended in the mixture.
Step 2: Serve straight away, with a dash of coconut shavings on top of each drink.
Donít be afraid to experiment with your own creative cocktail mixtures this summer - adventure awaits you in your kitchen! Good luck and have fun.
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