Sunday cocktail sweets

Posted on: June 27th, 2010 by admin No Comments

It’s been so hot here lately that we hardly feel like baking (well scones in the morning, but it’s still cool then!) so we thought our sweet treat for this weekend should definitely be in the form of a refreshing summer cocktail.  Those of you in winter never fear- we already have you covered with hot toddy’s, mulled wine and pimm’s winter cups…  Just click the links!  If you want more cocktail recipes, just look in the cocktail section to the right.

Frozen mango margarita

You can check out how to prepare a traditional margarita glass here.

serves 4

  • 300 g frozen mango cheeks (they need to be frozen)
  • 125 ml (1/2 c) tequila (silver is good)
  • 80 ml (1/3 c) fresh lime juice
  • 80 ml (1/3 c) Cointreau liqueur
  • 50 g (1/4 c) caster sugar
  • 1 c ice cubes

Place the mango, tequila, lime juice, Cointreau, sugar and ice in the jug of a blender and blend until smooth. Pour evenly among the serving glasses.  You can do this in two batches if your blender isn’t super powerful.

Blackberry breeze

Serves 4

  • 150 g punnet blackberries
  • 250 ml (1 c) lemonade
  • 125 ml (1/2 c) vodka
  • 125 ml (1/2 c) raspberry cranberry juice
  • Crushed ice, to serve

Place the blackberries in the bowl of a food processor or the jug of a blender and process until pureed.  You can mash them by hand if you have no machines!  Strain through a fine sieve into a jug or bowl.

Stir in lemonade, vodka, raspberry cranberry juice and lots of ice until combined.

Harvey Wallbanger

Legend has it that this drink was named after a Manhattan Beach surfer who was a regular patron of Duke’s ‘Blackwatch’ Bar on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood during the early 1950′s.  It is reported to have been invented in 1952 by three-time world champion mixologist Donato ‘Duke’ Antone, who is also credited for inventing, the Rusty Nail, Flaming Caesar and the White Russian.

serves 4

  • Ice cubes
  • 12 thin orange slices
  • 750 ml (3 c) fresh orange juice
  • 120 ml vodka
  • 60 ml Galliano liqueur

Place a few ice cubes in four serving glasses.

Divide the orange slices, orange juice, vodka and Galliano among the glasses. Stir to combine. Serve immediately.

Watermelon Breeze (non alcoholic)

serves 4

  • 400 g seedless watermelon, chopped (to give about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 60 ml (1/4 c) lime juice
  • Ice cubes, to serve
  • 250 ml (1 c)  pink grapefruit juice
  • 250 ml (1 c) tonic water

Place the watermelon and lime juice in a blender and blend until smooth.

Half-fill 4 tall glasses with ice cubes. Divide the watermelon mixture and grapefruit juice among glasses and top up with tonic water. It’s nice to serve with some chunks of watermelon in the glass.  This works well with a shot of vodka also…

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