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Mix yourself a taste of summer; CELEBRATE summer with some delicious summer cocktails. ANN EVANS mixes up some refreshing drinks to enjoy on warm summer evenings.

Byline: ANN EVANS

WHEN the sun is shining you can't beat an English summertime, so make the most of it with some refreshing summer cocktails. You may not be jetting off to hot and steamy continents, but you can certainly enjoy the spirit of Africa with an Amarula Cream cocktail.

Amarula Cream is uniquely created from the fruit of the Marula tree, which only grows in sub-equatorial Africa. By marrying the fruit of the Marula tree with fresh cream, the unique and velvety taste of Amarula Cream is created.

Amarula Cream is an extremely versatile liqueur that can be enjoyed over ice, in coffee and in a number of delicious cocktails as well as food recipes.

Amarula has linked up with award winning mixologist Ben Reed to create some exclusive cocktails.

Amarula Cream African Bramble cocktail.

INGREDIENTS: 25ml Amarula Cream 30ml probiotic drinking yoghurt (such as Actimel) 2 blackberries METHOD: Squash the blackberries in the bottom of a mixing glass with a spoon. Add the Amarula Cream and probiotic drinking yoghurt. Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir until cold. Strain the mixture into a fresh glass with ice. Garnish the drink with a blackberry.

Amarula Cream Kiwi cocktail.

INGREDIENTS: 50ml Amarula Cream Tbsp caster sugar 2 kiwi fruit (peeled and chopped) METHOD: In a blender, add the ingredients along with a (clean) handful of ice. Make sure the lid is well sealed and switch the blender on. Blend for about 45 seconds per drink.

Pour into a martini glass and serve with a slice of kiwi fruit as garnish.

Amarula Cream RRP pounds 11.99 for 70cl.

.MARRIOTT Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club's signature cocktail is The Ninth - so named because the Oaks Bar at the hotel overlooks the 9th hole of the Arden golf course. To create it, you will need: Absolute Current Vodka, Amaretto, Grenadine Syrup and puree of strawberry. All shaken with cubed ice and poured into a chilled martini glass, garnished with a twist of lemon.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 4, 2009
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