Friday, 28 June 2013

Cocktail Hour

Last summer I finally got round to watching Sex and the City I don't know why it took me so long but as soon as I started watching it I was hooked. I spent the summer watching Carrie Bradshaw gulping sipping cosmopolitans in chic clubs and fabulous restaurants.  Naturally when I returned to Nottingham and went to my favourite cocktail bar I had to have one. When I tasted it I was thoroughly disappointed, I didn't understand; it looked so good and Carrie loved them.
Since then I've frequented a fair few cocktail bars and I have established my firm favourites, here are a few of my regulars. These are all perfect girly cocktails to enjoy whilst at a friends house watching Wimbledon. Another thing I love to make in the summer are punches, whenever we have friends round for a BBQ we whip up a jug of punch, Delish has some great punch recipes for me and the girls to drink whilst we lounge in the sun.

Daiquiris are by far my favourite cocktails, I particularly love raspberry ones especially when there's fresh fruit garnished on the top. To be honest I'm not the biggest fan of rum so I was surprised by how much I love this drink. I love the sweetness of this drink, it kind of reminds me of the slush puppies I used to drink when I was younger, just an adult verson. A pitcher of this is perfect on a hot summer's afternoon. BBC good food has an incredibly good recipe for one.

4 fresh strawberries, plus ½ strawberry to garnish
2 tsp white sugar
35ml/1½fl oz white rum
1 tbsp strawberry liqueur
25ml/1fl oz lime juice

Place the strawberries, sugar, rum, strawberry liqueur and lime juice into the base of a cocktail shaker and mash (muddle) with the end of a clean rolling pin.
Place the lid onto the cocktail shaker and shake well.
Strain the mixture into a Martini glass and garnish with half a strawberry.

Singapore Sling
These are a recent discovery of mine and are fast becoming a firm favourite. I think it might be due to the cherry brandy in them as I love cherry flavours and the club soda gives it a lovely little fizz. I'd love to go to Singapore and try an authentic one of these, hopefully one day this will be a reality

 1/2 oz grenadine syrup
1 oz ginsweet and sour mixclub soda 1/2 oz cherry brandy
Shake well.Strain into a shot glass.

Pour grenadine into the bottom of a collins glass, and fill with ice. Add gin, and almost-fill with equal parts of sweet and sour and chilled soda. Top with cherry brandy, and serve unstirred, garnished with a cherry.

Screaming orgasm
 One of my favourite spirits is amaretto; I remembered when I first discovered it I was amazed that it tasted just like Dr Pepper. I love any cocktail that contains this drink but my favourite is a screaming orgasm. It's just so creamy and yummy, perfect for the beach. The amaretto gives it the lovely almondy taste and the cream liqueur makes it perfectly smooth and we all love to laugh at the name when we order it.
1/4 oz vodka
 1/4 oz amaretto liqueur
 1/4 oz coffee liqueur
 1/4 oz Irish cream liqueur
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Now I know all these cocktails have been very girly and unfortunately cocktails are taboo when it comes to males. I was reading Home Wet Bar blog and they have some great ideas for manly cocktails. I think next time I'm on the cocktails I'll have to make my boyfriend try a sidecar and see what he thinks.


1 1/2 oz cognac
1 oz Cointreau® orange liqueur
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
Take a lemon wedge, notch a slice into the middle and use it to moisten the rim of a chilled cocktail glass. Frost the moistened outer rim of the glass with superfine sugar. Shake ingredients together with cracked ice and strain into prepared cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist, and serve.

I also love the sound of the Whiskey Sour, I think any drink which uses whisky should be manly enough for guys to drink and the use of lemon juice makes it sound pretty yummy. 

I hope you've enjoyed the rundown of my favourite cocktails for girls and guys; all we need now is a bit of sunshine so we can sit outside and make a pitcher.

What are your favourite cocktails?

Lots of Love

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