It’s the second of July and summer is here! Well, weather-wise in Sweden – maybe not so much. But I hope that where you guys are the sun is shining and the temperature is nice and warm! I have a few more weeks left in the office before I leave for my holidays, and I hope by then the weather will better.
I am so so looking forward to some time off to spend with friends and family! Sit around, hang out, eat tasty food and have some drinks together! That’s all you need really. Well that, and some sunshine!
I searched around for recipes of tasty cocktails and found a few that sounded very delicious and are easy and quick to make. I thought I’d share them with you guys!
1. Ginger Shandies
This one I have to try on a really hot day! I bet you’ll gulp it down like it was lemonade!
3 bottles chilled Hoegaarden beer
1 bottle chilled ginger beer
1 thinly sliced lemon
Mint sprigs, for garnish
In a large pitcher, combine Hoegaarden with ginger beer. Stir in most lemon slices and mint sprigs. Fill 6 rocks glasses with ice. Add remaining lemon slices to glasses and pour in shandy. Garnish each drink with a mint sprig and serve.
2. Kir Royale
A classic – and ridiculously easy to make!
10 ml crème de cassis blackcurrant liqueur
Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled. To taste.
Pour cassis into a Champagne flute, top with sparkling wine and serve!
3. Thai-Basil Sangria
Ok so maybe not that easy to make and it will take you about 20 min… But I am pretty sure it will be worth it because it seems just soooo nice! I am definitely gonna try and mix this one up!
1/4cup (60ml) sugar
1/4cup (60ml) water
8 Thai basil sprigs
Zest of 1 lemon, peeled in 3-inch(7,5cm) strips
Zest of 1 orange, peeled in 3-inch(7,5cm) strips
2 bottles chilled Pinot Grigio
3/4cup (1,8 dl) brandy
1/2cup (1,2dl) fresh orange juice, strained
Chilled club soda
12 thin orange slices, for garnish
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the basil sprigs and lemon and orange zests. Let the syrup stand, stirring often, until cooled to room temperature, about 20 minutes. Discard the basil sprigs and zest strips.
In a large pitcher, combine the basil syrup with the wine, brandy and orange juice. Pour the sangria into ice-filled glasses, top with club soda and garnish each drink with an orange slice.
4. Melon Margarita
I love watermelon and I have a soft spot for tequila.. believe it or not! So this Margarita with a twist is absolutely something I would like to try.
1-1/2ounces(30ml) Patron Silver tequila
1 ounce (30ml) fresh lime juice, freshly squeezed
1 ounce (30ml) orange juice
1 tablespoon agave nectar
5 watermelon cubes
1 small watermelon wedge
Muddle the watermelon cubes in the bottom of a shaker glass. Add ice, Patron, lime juice, orange juice and agave syrup. Give it a good shake for approximately 10 seconds. Strain and pour into large rocks glass. Garnish with a watermelon wedge.
5. Perfect Pimm’s Cup
1/4 ounce(7,3ml) Simple Syrup
1/2 teaspoon peeled, freshly grated ginger
3 to 4 mint leaves
1 (3/4-inch-thick) lemon wedge (about 1/8 of a medium lemon)
1 ounce (30ml) dry gin
1 ounce (30ml) Pimm’s No. 1
English cucumber, sliced lengthwise into strips with a vegetable peeler
1 1/2 to 2 (30-60ml)ounces ginger ale
Place the simple syrup, ginger, mint, and lemon wedge in a cocktail shaker and muddle gently. Add the gin and Pimm’s and stir to combine.
Fill an 8-ounce glass halfway with ice. Coil 1 to 2 strips of cucumber around the inside top half of the glass. Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into the glass and top with the ginger ale. Stir gently and add additional ice cubes to fill.
Cheers everyone and enjoy your time off!