Three Fun Summer Cocktails To Quench Thirst and Delight
It’s that fabulously hot time of year again – time to put up those hard-working feet, settle in with a long, refreshing drink, and bask in the art of doing very little. Go on, you know you’ve earned it!
But while cocktails are always fun, sometimes their lengthy ingredient list and tedious instructions bore me to tears. I don’t know about you, but if it’s complicated I’m just not going to bother going to the extra effort.
So I’ve done some of the hard work for you. The following recipes have been vetted according to my lazy standards. They’re super-quick and easy to follow; you can thank me later.
So while you’re poolside, balcony-side, or beachside this summer, why not put away your cares, head to the kitchen, and grab those fresh lemons, limes and herbs? Treat yourself to a fruity, thirst-quenching cocktail. There are plenty of vitamins in these little gems, so one could almost argue you’re serving yourself health in a glass.
So red, orange, or green? Why not try them all!
Ready…Strawberry Daiquiri Mocktail
A super-easy, fast mocktail recipe that will please the sweetest tooth. Everything is thrown into a blender with ice, then strained into a cocktail glass. I bet your kids will love this one too!
2 large strawberries
1 Tbs sugar
2 Tbs lemon juice
½ cup water
Steady…Grapefruit Ginger Sparkler
In a glass or pitcher, this refreshing cocktail boasts some wonderful tang. And this recipe couldn’t be simpler. Just combine ingredients in an ice-filled shaker, shake and pour over glass or pitcher filled with crushed ice. Top off with ginger ale according to taste.
4 parts grapefruit juice
2 parts vodka (ginger vodka, or ginger-steeped vodka add more flavour)
1 part triple sec
Dash of ginger ale
Nothing screams Summer! like cucumber, and this cooler will have you sprinting back for seconds.
3 Tablespoons gin
4-6 slices of cucumber
¼ lime sliced
½ cup tonic water
6 mint leaves
1 Tablespoon sugar (optional)
Add the gin, lime, sugar and mint to a shaker and muddle. Add cucumber slices then shake vigorously. Pour over ice-filled glass and top with tonic water.
Text and photos by Rachael Soster-Smith
Rachael Soster-Smith is a writer, photographer and mother of three who is working hard on a new food blogging venture which has her creating and photographing all kinds of strange and wonderful gluten-free recipes and beverages. The blog should be online in autumn 2016.