What better way to get ready for the long hot summer than by brushing up on your mixology skills with these delicious cocktail recipes!
Of course, every budding mixologist needs their very own professional cocktail shaker so make sure you pick up a Kil 1 Litre Cocktail Shaker next time you visit your local Harvey Norman store.
- 100g golden caster sugar
- 100ml vodka
- 50ml freshly brewed espresso coffee
- 50ml coffee liqueur (we used Kahlua)
- 4 coffee beans (optional)
- Start by making the sugar syrup. Put the caster sugar in a small pan over a medium heat and pour in 50ml water. Stir, and bring to the boil.
- Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool. Put 2 martini glasses in the fridge to chill.
- Once the sugar syrup is cold, pour 1 tbsp into a cocktail shaker along with a handful of ice, the vodka, espresso and coffee liqueur. Shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker feels icy cold.
- Strain into the chilled glasses. Garnish each one with coffee beans if you like.
- 50ml bourbon or rye whiskey
- 25ml rosso vermouth
- 5ml syrup from a jar of maraschino cherries (we used Luxardo)
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- maraschino cherry
- a twist of pared lemon
- Stir the ingredients with ice in a mixing glass, then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish and serve.
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- small handful mint leaves, plus extra sprig to serve
- 60ml white rum
- soda water, to taste
- Muddle the lime juice, sugar and mint leaves in a small jug, crushing the mint as you go – you can use the end of a rolling pin for this. Pour into a tall glass and add a handful of ice.
- Pour over the rum, stirring with a long-handled spoon. Top up with soda water, garnish with mint and serve.
- 50ml tequila
- 1½ tbsp lime juice, plus extra for the glass (1 lime should be sufficient)
- 1 tbsp triple sec
- salt and slice of lime, to serve
- of your martini glass with lime juice. Turn the glass upside down in the salt and twist to coat.
- Stir the ingredients and a little ice together or put them in a cocktail shaker to combine. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Serve with a slice of lime.
The above recipes were sourced from BBC Good Food.