If you are hosting an event why not add a fun competitive spin to your drinks with cocktail making competitions. There are a few varieties to the way you can play you can set up some ingredients at a table for cocktails and canapes and whichever team creates the tastiest cocktail and canape combo takes home the prize or if you are looking for a bit more of a challenge you can put the team in pairs one stands in front of the cocktail ingredients with their hands behind their back. The other half of the pair will be acting as the arms of the waiter to make the cocktails, by standing behind the first hugging them from behind. The person behind will not be able to see what they are doing. They will be required to make the cocktail using the front partners voice to guide them. This is a great addition with one of our strip of meat waiters (because who doesn't want to put their arms around a ripped man)
So if you are going to be indulging alone or with a crowd this Summer, here are a few easy cocktail recipes to cool you and your friends off that make the most of the fruitful season.
Pear MojitoEveryone enjoys a traditional mojito and this twist on the classic is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
- 2 1/2 cups sliced pears
- 1 cup mint leaves
- 1/4 cup sugar syrup
- 5 Tbsp lime juice
- 1 cup vodka
- 5 cups soda water
MethodIn a jug place the pears, mint, simple syrup, and lime juice. Muddle the ingredients together really well then add the vodka and soda water before serving in a tall glass with ice and a slice of pear to garnish.
Watermelon Tequila CocktailWatermelon season comes and goes pretty quickly sot we’ve got to make the most of this juicy thirst quenching fruit while it’s around.
- 1/4 cup sugar syrup
- 8 cups seedless watermelon
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves
- 1 1/4 cups white tequila
MethodBlend the watermelon in a blender until smooth. Discard the pulp after straining the juice. In a jug combine the sugar syrup, the lime juice and the mint leaves and muddle together. Add the watermelon juice and the tequila to the jug with some ice and garnish glasses with mint and a small slice of watermelon.
Sour Cherry Gin SlingAt Christmas time you’ll find someone selling cherries all over the place so this recipe for one is a great way to make the most of the abundant cherry season.
- 6 sour cherries
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 Tbs lime juice
- 4 Tbs Gin
- ginger ale
MethodIn a cocktail shaker, combine sour cherries and sugar cube. Muddle until the cherries release their juice and the sugar dissolves. Add the lime juice and gin then fill the shaker with ice; shake it up before straining into a glass filled with ice. Top the concoction up with as much ginger ale as you please, and garnish with a wedge of lime.
There you have it. Some of our favourite summery cocktail recipes that make the most of popular seasonal fruit while they are available. These recipes don’t require many ingredients and are super easy to make.