The changeable Spring weather with its longer evenings, random showers and teasing sunshine is a perfect excuse for a cocktail.
We've got tasty recipes to cover everything the weather can throw at us:
Mix the colours of a sunset in this alcohol-free super-simple brew.
Ingredients: 3 tablespoons lime cordial, 200ml orange juice (or squeeze two oranges), 1 tablespoon grenadine syrup. Optional: straws, cocktail umbrellas, the full works!
Method: mix the lime and orange juice, then carefully pour in the syrup.
Variation: add a spritz of your favourite fizzy drink.
Back from that soggy run and need to dry out? Light the fire (possibly for the last time?) and enjoy this mulled wine variation.
Ingredients: 1 bottle red wine, handful of cranberries (defrosted if frozen), lemon juice, 1 stick of cinnamon, a small piece of thinly sliced ginger root
Method: very simple – put everything into a saucepan, bring to a gentle simmer, leave for 30 minutes. Pour and enjoy.
There are still a lot of colds lurking around. Fend off those spring sniffles with a dose of vitamin C and a little something to help you sleep.
Ingredients; 50ml blended whisky, 25ml lemon juice, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 small slice fresh ginger, splash single malt whisky (optional)
Method: mix the blended whisky, lemon juice and honey until smooth, then drop in the ginger slice. Leave for five minutes to infuse, then top carefully with the single malt.
Mix refreshing iced tea with delicious creamy flavours.
Ingredients: 2 parts iced tea, 1 part chocolate vodka, tablespoon whipped cream and some grated chocolate for the topping.
Method: Shake up the iced tea and vodka to make up the quantity you need, then decant into glasses. Top each carefully with the whipped cream so that it floats on the top, and sprinkle with the grated chocolate.
Here’s an unusual variation on a Bloody Mary, using the power of horseradish for spice and health.
Ingredients: 25 ml vodka, 1 bottle tomato juice, 1 teaspoon horseradish sauce, 6 splashes Worcester sauce, pepper, pinch of celery salt (optional)
Method: Put everything except the vodka into a shaker and mix well. Add the vodka, shake again, pour and enjoy.
As always, ‘please drink responsibly’. Too late? Try our top anti-hangover tips.
real ale as a health drink - I must investigate this. It is going to be iced drink weather this weekend so some taste testing is definitely called for.
I have some toffee vodka left over from Xmas and used this in The Indulgent One. it was sooooo nice, and I would never have thought of using it with iced tea as a cocktail. Fab!
a fitness site that talks cocktails - gets my vote! Claire - Grenadine is a non-alcoholic syrup and should be in the squashes/juices bit at the supermarket.
These look wonderful, however my recent attempts at combining post-exercise rehydration with carbohydrate and protein supplementation, have led me to draft IPA real ale, with a whey protein supplement. OK, it gets a bit frothy, the pub looks at you oddly, and the sweetened versions can be a bit sickly, but I seem to have lost 6kg in a month on this diet. Beer and strength. ;) What more do you want? (I do also eat solid food.)
Am off to buy some grenadine syrup for the top recipe. Hang on - what is it?! where can I buy it?