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It's all in the mix; Cat Ellis, from The Spiritualist in Aberdeen, shares her top tips for perfect summer cocktails.

Get fruity The best part of a summer cocktail is using the season's best fruits which are packed full of flavour.

Use a handful of ripe Scottish strawberries or raspberries or try banana slices and pineapple for a tropical twist.

Make it a long drink Summer is all about sipping on a big cocktail in the sun, watching the world go by and chilling out.

You need to stay hydrated whilst catching those rays, so the longer the drink, the better!

Stay fresh Fresh ingredients make any cocktail taste better, especially when it comes to summer drinks.

Fresh fruit, fresh juice (trust me, squeezing your own juice is the tastiest Sangria Serves 4 1 medium apple, cored and sliced Half a medium orange, seeds removed and sliced 3tbsp brown sugar 75ml cherry brandy or sherry 150ml orange juice 750ml bottle of Spanish red wine Add your fruit to the bottom of a jug and muddle together with your brown sugar.

Add your brandy or sherry and orange juice and muddle again.

Finish it off with the bottle of red wine and mix until everything is well combined.

At this point, taste test your drink and adjust any of the ingredients as required.

Some people like their sangria with a bit more of a kick so you can add in some more spirit if you want to, or sugar if it's not quite sweet enough.

option and well worth the effort), slap some mint in there and you're on to a winner.

Ice ice baby The ice you choose for your drink can make or break it.

Crushed ice works well if you want to churn fresh fruit through your drink.

However, if your cocktail is more juice based, then cubed ice is the way to go.

Up your garnish game Yes, the garnish will make your cocktail look pretty, but it can also do a lot more than just please the eye.

Bash a sprig of mint and pop it on top of your drink and it instantly lifts the whole cocktail.

Or an orange peel twisted over the top of your glass can do wonders for a drink as it develops a refreshing aroma. ? Gin and cucumber basil smash Serves 1 8 basil leaves 8 slices cucumber 15ml sugar syrup (to make the sugar syrup, boil 2 parts cold water with 1 part granulated sugar, whilst stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves) 50ml gin 25ml lemon juice Crushed ice Cucumber, peeled into ribbons using a vegetable peeler Basil sprig (garnish) Place the basil leaves and cucumber in a cocktail shaker and muddle until well combined.

Add the sugar syrup, lemon juice, gin and a handful of ice and shake until your cocktail shaker has frosted over.

Fill your glass with fresh ice and your cucumber ribbons and strain your cocktail in.

Garnish with a basil sprig and serve.


Tasty cocktails Sangria, above left, and gin and cucumber basil smash

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Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
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Date:Jun 15, 2019
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