8 Best Summer Cocktails made with Fresh Fruit.
But that aside, it's the way the sweetness and acidity of fresh fruit play off each other that makes them such rewarding accompaniments to summer.
You don't need to be a super-star mixologist - like The Bearded Alchemist profiled in this recent column - to mix up a cooler-full of winning summer hits. Just stick to the one essential ingredient, fresh fruit.
No need for artisanal gins and obscure bitters - standard gin, rum, vodka or tequila, when combined with fresh fruit, result in magical concoctions.
A pineapple daiquiri made with fresh pineapple rather than the syrupy canned variety is a wholly different creature - invigorating and buzzing with vitality. The less said about the canned version the better.
They require a bit of preparation - buying the fruit - and a little time to prepare, but the show's part of the entertainment at a pool-side party.
So shake, stir or blend a few of these enticing cocktails for your friends this coming holiday weekend.
Hemingway Daiquiri Punch
An expansion of the renowned El Papa Doble
15 oz Caliche Rum
5 oz maraschino liqueur
8 oz fresh grapefruit juice
6 oz lime juice
Build with a lot of ice in punch bowl and stir.
Serves 5-7 people.
Fresh Watermelon Margarita
4 ounce Tequila Don Julio Blanco 12
6 ounces seedless watermelon
juice 1/4 lemon and 1/4 lime
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
Sprig of mint for garnish
Blend together tequila, Grand Marnier, watermelon, lemon and lime juice.
Pour into shaker filled with ice and shake well.
Rim two glasses with salt or sugar
Pour in margarita mixture and garnish with mint.
Croft Pink Punch
The best summer punch I've ever tasted.
24 ounces Croft PINK Port
3 ounces Flor de Cana 7-Year Old Rum
6 ounces fresh orange juice
3 ounces fresh lemon juice
1.5 ounces simple syrup
Mix all ingredients in a tall pitcher with ice and add soda to taste; serve over ice, garnish with slices of orange, lemon, or any fruit you desire.
Makes 12 servings
Campari Cucumber Cocktail
Campari's distinctive sharp bite makes this cocktail especially refreshing
4 slices cucumber
1.5 oz Campari
3 oz gin
Juice half a lime
2 tps sugar
Muddle together lime juice, cucumber and sugar in a cocktail shaker
Add ice, gin and Campari
Shake well and pour into highball glasses
Add seltzer to taste
Garnish with cucumber wheels
15 fresh mint leaves
24 fresh raspberries
juice A1/2 lime
3 tps sugar
3 oz Beefeater gin
1.5 oz Cointreau
Place mint leaves, raspberries, lime juice and sugar in cocktail shaker and muddle together till they're all mush.
Add Beefeater Gin and Cointreau and stir.
Pour into highball glasses filled with ice till they are two thirds full.
Stir well and add soda to taste.
The fresh pineapple perfectly balances the tangy aniseed of the absinthe.
8 mint leaves and one mint sprig for garnish
Juice A1/2 lime, with peel chopped fine
3 oz. Lucid Absinthe
4 oz. fresh pineapple chunks
Sprite or 7-UP
In shaker muddle mint leaves, lime juice, lime piece and pineapple
Add Lucid Absinthe
Add ice and shake briefly.
Pour into highball glasses and top with Sprite or 7-UP and garnish with sprig of mint
The cayenne gives it its firecracker punch, but make sure you only use a pinch; any more and you'll be breathing fire as you dump the lot and start again.
2 oz SKYY Vodka
3/4 oz Cointreau
Juice of A1/2 lime
1 tps simple syrup
5-6 oz chunks of seedless watermelon
A pinch of Cayenne Pepper
Blend together watermelon, vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and simple syrup.
Pour into a shaker filled with ice.
Add Cayenne pepper and shake.
Strain and pour into highball glasses filled with crushed ice.
Top up with soda if desired.
Makes 2 servings.
Pineapple and Sage Gimlet
Pineapple and Sage Gimlet
7.5oz Bombay Sapphire gin
3.75oz lime juice
3oz simple syrup
7 sage leaves
5oz pineapple juice
Build with ice in punch bowl and stir.
Serves 5 people.
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|Publication:||Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra, Ghana)|
|Date:||Nov 1, 2018|
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