Summer isn’t summer without a few parties. And, as ever, no party is complete without drinks. Here are a few of our favourites – some alcoholic and some not – that are worth a try this season.
(recipe stolen from my Spanish friend, but with a little twist.)
2 bottles of red wine
125ml of brandy
450ml of prosecco or soda water
Apples, oranges, peaches, lemon
Sliced orange slices to decorate
Half a cup of sugar
First cut the fruit into small, bite size pieces – 1cm cubes is perfect. Pour over brandy, 1 bottle of red wine, and the prosecco or soda water and leave for a minimum of 3 to 4 hours before adding the remaining bottle of red. Add more sugar if needed and lots of ice.
Lastly add a double shot of spiced rum. Warning: drink this one sensibly to avoid being carried out of the party.
Lime Gin Fizz
4-5 ice cubes
2 measures gin
1 measure lime cordial
Lime wedges to decorate
Add ice cubes to a tall glass. Add gin and lime cordial. Lastly add soda water and wedges of lime to decorate. Don’t forget a straw and cocktail umbrella!
250 ml of Pimm’s
Orange, cucumber and lemon slices
Mint sprigs to decorate
Pour the Pimm’s into a large jug. Add ice, fruit and cucumber slices, then lemonade. Serve in tall glasses with mint sprigs.
25ml of sugar syrup
70 ml of lemon juice
180ml of apple juice
0.5 litres of ginger ale
Orange slices to decorate
Mix sugar syrup with lemon and apple juice. Add ice cubes and ginger ale. Decorate with orange slices and serve.
To make a punch with an alcoholic twist, add 200ml Wray and Nephew rum and 75ml of grenadine.
These are just a few of our favourites. Remember to drink responsibly and share this article with someone who would love one of these drinks!