For all you cocktail lovers out there (like me!) I’ve created a list of quirky cocktails and their recipes so you can give them all a try (… just don’t try them all at once!)
1. Absolut Peppar Bloody Mary – One for the brave!
2 Parts Absolut Peppar
3 Parts Tomato Juice
3 Dashes Hot Sauce
¼ Lemon Juice
¼ Lime Juice
2 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce
1 Pinch Ground Black Pepper
1 Pinch Salt
1 stick Celery
1 Wedge Lemon
Add all ingredients into a highball glass and garnish with celery and a lemon slice.
2. Banana Split Martini – One for those with a sweet tooth
2 ounces whipped cream vodka
1 ounce banana liqueur
½ ounce triple cream liqueur
1 teaspoon grenadine
1 teaspoon white crème de cacao
Prepare a martini glass rimmed with multicolored sanding sugar. In a cocktail shaker half-way filled with ice combine all ingredients, shake well then strain into prepared martini glass. Garnish with a strawberry halve, banana slice, and maraschino cherry.
3. Blueberry Lavender Mojito – fragrant and refreshing
8-10 mint leaves
1 ½ parts Rum
1 ounce lavender syrup
1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
Pinch of ground Cardamom
In tall glass, muddle mint leaves, Lavender syrup, lime juice, blueberries, pinch of ground cardamom and rum. Muddle just enough to combine flavors, being careful not to over-muddle. Fill glass with crushed ice. Top with club soda. Stir. Garnish with blueberries on a cocktail pick.
4. Frozen Spiked Strawberry Lemonade – keep this one away from the kids!
1 cup ice
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/3 cup frozen pink lemonade concentrate
1/4 cup rum
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until slushy. Divide among two glasses and garnish with a lemon wedge if desired. Serve with a spoon or straw if desired (drinking it out of the glass would work fine too.
5. Fruity Pineapple Sangria – Super Fruity, this tastes a little too good so watch out!
1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, juice included
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 orange, sliced into rounds
1 (750ml) bottle sweet white wine
Juice of 1 orange
1 cup mango pineapple vodka
2 cups Sprite
Add pineapple chunks and juice, strawberries, and oranges to the bottom of a pitcher. Stir in wine, orange juice, and vodka. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until completely chilled. Stir in Sprite right before you’re ready to serve.
6. Sea Monster – A simple, easy tipple for the blokes!
1 ounce Spiced rum
3 ounces Grapefruit juice
2 ounces Ginger beer
1/2 ounce Grenadine
Pour the spiced rum over ice cubes in a glass, add the grapefruit juice, stir and add your ginger beer, top with grenadine. Enjoy!
7. Smoking Martinis- One for the show offs!
30ml Lime juice
30ml Lime juice
1 ½ Tablespoons granulated sugar
Dash of angostoria bitters
Dry ice (optional)
Take a cocktail shaker and fill it with crushed ice. Then pour in the brandy, lime juice. Lemon juice and sugar. Secure the lid of the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosty and beaded with sweat. Strain the contents of the shaker into your serving glasses and then add a couple of drops of angostoria bitters on top. If you have access to dry ice, then why not add some for quirky effect.
8. Sour apple and green chilli margaritas – Spice up your life! (People of the world)
1oz/30ml white tequila
1oz/30ml good quality vodka
2 apples, peeled and cored
Juice 2 limes
1oz/30ml sugar syrup – see below
4 tablespoons cloudy apple juice
1 green chili, finely sliced plus extra to serve
Add 1 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar into a saucepan and bring to the boil, stir often then reduce heat and simmer until all the sugar has dissolved into the water – approx. 10 – 12 minutes. Allow to cool thoroughly. Note this will make enough for a few cocktails.
Roughly chop peeled and cored apples and place in the bowl of a food processor along with the juice of 1 lime. Whizz on high until the apples resemble a very fine pulp. Transfer to a cocktail shaker. Add the tequila, vodka, juice of remaining lime, sugar syrup and apple juice and a handful of ice. Shake well and pour into chilled glasses containing a small handful crushed ice, add 2 – 3 fine slices green chili.
9. Sweet Tea – A twist on our favourite Yorkshire drink
6 ounces (3/4 cup) brewed orange pekoe tea, cooled
3 ounces (1/3 cup) whiskey (preferably American Spirit white whiskey)
1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) Simple Syrup
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 lemon slices, preferably organic, for garnish
Combine the tea, whiskey, Simple Syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain the cocktail into 2 glasses filled with fresh ice. Garnish each with a lemon slice.
10. Vanilla Daiquiri – Sweet and simple
2 oz (60 ml) vanilla flavored white rum
2/3 oz (20 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice
1/3 oz (10 ml) gomme syrup
Scrape the inside of three vanilla pods into a bottle of rum. Replace the cap and leave for a week. Shake occasionally. Pour all ingredients into shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain vanilla daiquiri into a cocktail glass.
As I said before don’t try them all at once! As these cheeky cocktails all pack a punch I know the fact there soooo delicious makes it hard to believe, but trust me I know how it ends! – Let us know how you get on! (After you’ve sobered up!)