Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:49

Fruity Cocktails for the Festive Season

Things are starting to warm up and with Christmas right around the corner, what better time to showcase some of your favourite summer cocktails?

This year, we’ve decided to break from tradition and bring some fruity flavours to your favourite festive tipples. Whether you’re looking for a delicious berry Bellini, or a fast and funky punch, or just a way to use up your leftover fruit and bottles of Prosecco, we’ve got the perfect drink to wow friends and family!

And you can grab your fresh summer fruits at the markets.

1. Cherry Pimm’s Cup

Strawberries, take a back seat – this Christmas, it’s all about the cherries! This Cherry Pimm’s Cup recipe is the ultimate summer aperitif – refreshing and not too strong, it’s perfect for long, lazy afternoons.

Ingredients CherryPimms

200ml cherry juice
100ml Pimm’s No 1 Cup
100ml soda water
100ml lemonade
Fresh cherries, for garnish
Ice cubes

Method

-Choose a serving jug and fill it to half way with some ice.
-Add Pimm’s and cherry juice.
-Add soda water and lemonade, pour into glasses and decorate with cherries. Et voila!


2. Frozen Mango Margaritas
 

A tropical take on a contemporary classic – if you’re looking for something smooth, sweet and summery, look no further than this frosty mango margarita.

Ingredients Mango Margaritas4 180x240

1kg frozen mango
250ml Blanco tequila
250ml water
125ml freshly lime juice
60g sugar (and some extra for the rim)
3tbs mint leaves
Limes, as garnish

Method

-Combine all the ingredients (except lime wedges) in a blender, and blitz until smooth.
-Dampen the lips of the margarita glasses with a lime wedge, then dip in a saucer of sugar to coat the top rims.
-Add the mixture to glasses and garnish with a slice of lime.

3. Passionfruit Punch

Add some pizzazz to your Christmas party with this funky festive passionfruit punch! If you don’t have raspberry liqueur, fear not – this recipe works just as well with grenadine.

Ingredients passionfruit cocktail 19087 2v2

60ml vodka
2tbs coconut liqueur
2tbs raspberry liqueur (eg Chambord)
Orange juice
1 passionfruit (just the pulp)
Blueberries
Mint sprigs
Ice cubes

Method

-Combine vodka, coconut liqueur and ice in a jug.
-Pour into 4 tall glasses and top up with orange juice to taste.
-Add passionfruit pulp, a drizzle of raspberry liqueur, and top with blueberries and a mint sprig.


4. Red Berry Bellinis

Easy to whip up, these sparkling summer Red Berry Bellinis are guaranteed to bring Christmas cheer. Whilst the berries give it a gorgeously festive finish, you can easily swap the berries for another seasonal fruit – melons, peaches, you name it – so it’s a great excuse to head to your local market and see what’s on offer!

IngredientsBerrybelliniv2

300g raspberries or hulled strawberries (plus extra for garnish)
65g sugar
100ml water
Juice of 1 lemon
1 bottle chilled Prosecco (or Champagne if you’re feeling decadent!)

Method

-Blitz the berries, sugar, lemon juice and water until smooth in a blender.
-Strain the mixture to remove any pips or pulp.
-Pour 2 teaspoons of the mixture into a Collins glass or Champagne flute, and top up with Prosecco.
-Garnish with berries.

 

Sources:

http://www.waitrose.com/content/waitrose/en/home/recipes/recipe_directory/c/cherry_pimm_s_punch.html?wtrint=1-Content-_-2-Recipes-_-3-perfect_pimms-_-4--_-5-hotspot-_-6-cherrypimms

https://www.lifeloveandsugar.com/2016/04/06/mango-margaritas/

http://www.delicious.com.au/recipes/passionfruit-cocktail/85acdb51-f902-4168-80ae-bd2c72d589ad

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/a14775/berry-bellini-recipe-ghk0614/

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