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    Summer Cocktails

    Three delicious cocktail recipes perfect for summer

    Difficulty

    Easy

    Serves

    1 person

    Prep Time

    15 minutes

    Cooking Time

    N/A

    "Summertime is cocktail time! Just think of all those fresh fruits that are begging to not only be eaten, but added to fabulous drinks. Just as I believe in seasonal food (you know, stews in winter and salads in summer), I believe that some drinks are better suited to certain seasons. When you add things like strawberries, apricots, pineapple and limes to a drink, it firmly belongs to summer, right? Just like mulled wine belongs to winter."

    So, I wanted to put together 3 different cocktails, one tropical, one elegant and one fresh summer party drink. Admittedly, I’m not an expert on cocktails, so I have to go by what my taste buds tell me combined with some basic knowledge. The Piña Colada is sweet and creamy as expected, the Martini really flavoursome and to be handled with care, and the fizz is refreshing with a hint of sourness from the lime. My test people liked them, so I hope you will too. Remember to crush your ice cubes before adding to the blender!

    PiƱa Colada with Passion Fruit

    • 60ml white rum (coconut rum)
    • 60ml passion fruit liqueur
    • 60ml coconut cream
    • 120ml pineapple juice
    • 30ml double cream
    • Puree of 2 passion fruits
    • 1 handful of crushed ice
    • Piece of fresh pineapple and a slice of passion fruit for decoration

    Put all the ingredients except the ice into the blender and whizz for around 30 seconds on high speed. Add the crushed ice and whizz for another 10 seconds. Pour through a sieve into a large glass, decorate with the pineapple and passion fruit and serve.

    Strawberry & Vanilla Martini

    • 5 fresh strawberries + 1 for decoration
    • 50ml vanilla vodka
    • 25ml triple sec
    • 1tbsp sugar cane syrup
    • ¼ tsp vanilla bean paste
    • 2 crushed ice cubes
    • pre-frozen martini glass

    Cut the strawberries into slices and put into the blender with the sugar syrup and the vanilla bean paste. Process the strawberries until you have a smooth puree. Add the vodka and triple sec, whizz for another 10 seconds. Now add the ice and whizz yet again for another 10 seconds. Strain through a sieve into the cold martini glass, decorate with a strawberry half and serve.

    Apricot & Lime Fizz

    • 3 fresh apricots
    • 60ml lime cordial
    • 60ml tequila
    • prosecco to top (around 200ml)
    • 3 crushed ice cubes + 3 whole ones
    • slice of fresh lime for decoration

    Quarter the apricots and put into the blender together with the lime cordial. Blend until completely smooth. Add the tequila and the crushed ice and blend for another 10 seconds. Strain through a sieve into a large ball glass. Top with prosecco and add the 3 whole ice cubes. Serve straight away.

    I hope you’ll enjoy these as much as my taste testers and I did!

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