Whilst, undeniably, there is a lot of artistry involved in crafting the perfect cocktail, the most enduring recipes are not only delicious, but also so easy that anyone could make them. All of these summer drinks taste great and are pretty much fool proof- the perfect way to set off a gathering with friends! See which takes your fancy;
Dark and Stormy
This drink, very popular in Bermuda, is one for the rum fans, pairing the intense complexities and natural spice of a dark rum with the fiery taste of ginger beer. It packs a punch, but it’s still very refreshing. Simply combine one part dark rum with five parts ginger beer. You can shake things up by either adding some fresh lime juice, or by trading the dark rum for white rum to create a ‘light and stormy’.
This is such a refreshing drink that even those who don’t normally find whisky to be to their taste may want to give it a go. You’ll need a bourbon or sour mash whiskey, triple sec, and sour mix, all of which are used as one part each against four parts of bitter lemonade. Add the lemonade last and stir well. Serve with crushed ice, garnished with a few maraschino cherries.
This Cuban cocktail combines a number of ingredients which come together to perfectly compliment the rum base. White rum is used, along with sugar, mint, lime juice and soda water.
The exact method to follow (and even the exact ingredients that should be used) to make an authentic mojito are subject to much debate, but the following steps should do the trick;
Place four mint leaves in a tall glass and then squeeze in the juice from your lime. Add a tea spoon of sugar and use the back of the spoon to mash the leaves, juice and sugar together. Next, add your rum before topping off with soda water.
This Mexican concoction is something of an acquired taste, but for those who enjoy a bit of spice, it’s the ideal refresher. In some parts of Latin America it’s even used as a hangover cure!
Take a glass, rim it with salt by running lime around the edge of the glass and placing it upside down on a plate with salt spread across it. Squeeze in the juice of a lime, then add a dash of Tabasco, a dash of Worcestershire sauce and a dash of soy sauce, before filling to the top with your Mexican larger of choice.
Vodka and Cranberry Juice
Okay, so this isn’t so much a cocktail as a single spirit with a single mixer, but then it’s so good, why add anything else? Of course, there are a number of ways you can build on this drink. Pineapple, orange, lime and grapefruit juice can all agreeably enter into the equation, and if you want to throw in something a bit weightier, try using peach schnapps as well as vodka.
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