It’s time to wind up the year with poolside entertaining and end of year get-togethers. this year’s best summer drinks are stylish cocktails over ice, brightened up with fresh summer fruit and herbs.
Just right for the holiday season are the peachy fresh Bourbon Smash, berrylicious Bramble, tropical island Sage Collins, citrussy Out of this World and tangy Berry Punch cocktails, blended with fine American whiskey, Bourbon and distilled spirits.
3 Peach slices
10ml Fresh lemon juice
10ml Cinnamon syrup
8 Fresh mint leaves
Place the peach slices into a cocktail shaker and muddle them. Add the Bourbon, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup and mint leaves, then fill the shaker with cubed ice. Shake for 15 seconds, fine strain into the rocks glass, then fill it with cubed ice. Garnish with mint and dried peach.
30ml American Gin
20ml Fresh Lemon Juice
10ml Sugar syrup
10ml Crème de Mure blackberry liqueur (float)
Fresh blackberries, lemon wedge to garnish
Add the American gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker. Shake with cubed ice for 15 seconds and strain into a rocks glass. Fill the glass with crushed ice, float the Crème de Mure and garnish with blackberries and lemon. Serve drink with a straw.
40ml Bourbon/American Rye whiskey
30ml Fresh lemon juice
20ml Pineapple Juice
5 Fresh sage leaves
Sage Leaf, Dehydrated Pineapple to garnish
Add the American whiskey, lemon juice, pineapple juice and sage leaves into a shaker. Shake for 15 seconds, then strain the cocktail into a highball glass filled with cubed ice. Top the drink with lemonade and garnish with sage and pineapple.
Out of this World
10ml Orange liqueur
20ml Fresh lime juice
20ml Grapefruit juice
10ml Orgeat Syrup
Mint Sprig, Grapefruit Wedge, and grated Tonka Bean to garnish
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with cubed ice and shake for 15 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass, fill with crushed ice, then garnish with mint, grapefruit and grated Tonka bean. Serve cocktail with straw.
40ml American Gin
40ml Green tea
20ml Fresh lemon juice
20ml Raspberry Cordial
Mint Leaf and Nutmeg to garnish
Pre-brew green tea (1 tea bag to 1 cup for 4min - chill after brewed). Add all ingredients into a stirring glass and stir for 20 seconds. Strain the drink into a vintage tea up or rocks glass with a block of ice. Garnish with mint and grated nutmeg.
The right glasses can elevate your home cocktails, with different types of glasses originally designed to keep drinks cooler, concentrate their aroma, or make room for ample ice. But it’s the 2020s and all the old rules can be broken, so serve your drinks in any gorgeous glasses, as long as they’re Insta-worthy and feels good to hold and sip from.
What to garnish your drinks with? Bartenders point out that in most cases, the garnish is more than just a pretty decoration – its aroma and flavour tie the cocktail ingredients together and give the drink more depth. Orange zest enhances an Old Fashioned, for example, and a G&T wouldn’t be the same without a twist of lemon zest. But it’s your party and you can improvise if you want to: explore the abundant fruit aisles for colourful berries, gorgeous summer fruit and fresh herbs to add colour, aroma, flavour and flair to your cocktails.