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.
200ml cherry juice
100ml Pimm’s No 1 Cup
100ml soda water
Fresh cherries, for garnish
-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.
1kg frozen mango
250ml Blanco tequila
125ml freshly lime juice
60g sugar (and some extra for the rim)
3tbs mint leaves
Limes, as garnish
-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.
2tbs coconut liqueur
2tbs raspberry liqueur (eg Chambord)
1 passionfruit (just the pulp)
-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!
300g raspberries or hulled strawberries (plus extra for garnish)
Juice of 1 lemon
1 bottle chilled Prosecco (or Champagne if you’re feeling decadent!)
-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.