Cocktail O"clock! What to try, what to buy and how to make them at home


Cocktail O'clock! What to try, what to buy and how to make them at home

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UPDATED:

14:48 GMT, 7 August 2012

With the summer season upon us, a light and refreshing cocktail is the perfect answer to a hard day's work.

Park the wine to one side for another couple of months – summer drinking is all about cocktails. Particularly if you’re outside in the sun. Keep it long, light and refreshing rather than short, complex and strong and while simplicity is key, you can still make an impression in the taste department by combining a few star ingredients.

Here are some new seasonal favourites to perk up your drinks cabinet, tried and tested by drinks specialists The Cocktail Lovers. Cheers.

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Cocktail Lovers are Ms S and Mr G, a married couple who write a blog and magazine about all aspects of cocktail lifestyle. Follow them at cocktaillovers.com
With the summer season upon us, a light and refreshing cocktail is the perfect answer to a hard day's work

With the summer season upon us, a light and refreshing cocktail is the perfect answer to a hard day's work

APEROL

Lighter,
less bitter and more refreshing than its big brother Campari, Aperol
has become one of the coolest aperitivios around. The unique blend of
herbs, roots, bitter orange, rhubarb and gentian is at its simplest and
best in an Aperol Spritz

Aperol has become one of the coolest cocktails around

Aperol has become one of the coolest cocktails around


Try it:
Aperol Spritz, at Frank’s Caf and Campari Bar. www.frankscafe.org.uk).

Buy it:
13 (70cl). www.thedrinkshop.com

Make it:
Aperol Spritz:
100ml Prosecco
75ml Aperol
I splash of soda or seltz
Half a slice of orange
Method:
Pour
the Aperol and Prosecco into a champagne flute or wine glass. Top with a
splash of soda. Garnish with half an orange or lemon twist.





SIPSMITH SUMMER CUP


Think
Pimm’s with extra punch. This recipe from boutique brand Sipsmith is
based on the popular ‘cups’ from the 1800s and combines a perky blend of
Earl Grey tea, lemon

Think Pimms with extra punch

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verbena, cucumber and gin.


Try it:
Sipsmith Summer Cup made with homemade lemonade, at Ben’s Canteen, www.benscanteen.com.

Buy it:
18 (50cl) www.majestic.co.uk.

Make it:
Summer Cup
25ml Sipsmith Summer Cup
75ml Fever-Tree Lemonade
Method:
Pour ingredients over ice and summer fruits in a highball or punch glass. Garnish with a slice of cucumber.


KAMM AND SONS

Made
with 45 natural botanicals this forward-thinking spirit is inspired by
alcohol-infused medicines of the past. It’s fresh and citrusy with a
delicious honeyed bitterness.

Try it:
In
the innovative cocktail, The Professor (Chase smoked vodka, Kamm and
Sons, Cocchi Barolo chinato and dandelion and burdock bitters), at
Pollen Street Social. www.pollenstreetsocial.com.

Buy it:
19.50 (50ml) www.masterofmalt.com.

Make it:
Adam & Eve
50ml Kamm and Sons
75ml lychee juice
75ml grapefruit juice
Method:
Pour all ingredients over cubed ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge and a slice or ribbon of cucumber

THE KING’S GINGER LIQUEUR

While
this aromatic, zesty liqueur created for King Edward VII in 1903 sure
warms up the cockles during the winter months, it makes a wonderful
addition to summer cocktails.

Fruity cocktails are a perfect summer pick me up

Fruity cocktails are a perfect summer pick me up


Try it:
In
The Real McCoy (Woodford Reserve bourbon, The King’s Ginger liqueur,
Punt E Mes, chocolate bitters), at The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy.
www.fairmont.com/savoy-london.

Buy it:
17.50 (50cl) www.drinksupermarket.com.

Make it:
The King’s Ginger Summer Cup
25ml The King’s Ginger
75ml cranberry juice
75ml Fever-Tree lemonade
Method:
Pour first two ingredients over ice in a highball glass. Add lemon wheels and strawberries. Top with lemonade or sparkling wine.


AND ONE MORE FOR GOOD MEASURE: GREEN MARK RASPUTIN

Green Mark Rasputin makes a punchy afternoon treat

Green Mark Rasputin makes a punchy afternoon treat

INGREDIENTS

25ml Green Mark15ml Chambord4 fresh raspberries25ml Pineapple juice2 teaspoons clear honey

METHOD

Shake well over cubed ice and strain.

Add a raspberry to the top layer of foam on the drink

Whatever your vice, make sure the balance is right.

Fresh
fruit and flamboyant garnishes add an element of fun, while some would
say serving the right cocktail in the wrong glass takes away its
classiness.

But
cocktail making shouldn’t be a muddling matter – add liqueurs, juices,
spices and flavourings to your liking for a top tipple.

This Rasputin is best served in a tall, round glass and with plenty of ice for the perfect chilled summer tipple.