Cocktail-ideas

TGIF: Rum Punch Recipe

With those long awaited balmy nights on their way, get ready for the heat by honing your cocktail skills with this delicious rum punch recipe. Sweetened with summer fruits and offset by lime and bitters, this cocktail makes for one perfectly balanced beverage.

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Ingredients

30ml Substation No.41 rum

10ml sugar syrup

10ml lime juice

10ml orange juice

3 fresh orange pieces

3 fresh pineapple pieces

1 dash of bitter (optional)

TGIF: Rum Punch Recipe

Method

  1. Muddle pineapple and orange pieces in a Boston glass.
  2. Add orange juice, pineapple juice, lime juice, sugar syrup, bitters, rum and ice.
  3. Shake all ingredients in a Boston shaker.
  4. Pour into a rock glass and garnish with orange slice.

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September 4, 2015

TGIF: Orange Mojito Recipe

Friday afternoon drinks are a delight with this DIY orange mojito recipe! Just in time for spring, this rum, mint and orange cocktail is a refreshing way to say hello to the weekend – it also photographs a treat on Instagram. Don’t forget to add some extra mint!

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Ingredients

60ml Substation No. 41 rum

4 lime chunks

3 orange wedges

10ml sugar syrup

4-6 mint pieces

Cracked pepper (optional)

TGIF: Orange Mojito Recipe

Method

  1. Muddle lime, orange and mint together in a Boston glass.
  2. Add sugar syrup, rum and ice.
  3. Skake all ingredients in a Boston shaker.
  4. Pour in a tall cocktail glass and garnish with mint and cracked pepper (optional).
August 28, 2015

5 Fresh Watermelon Cocktail Ideas

Cool-off by the pool this summer with a delicious cocktail made from fresh watermelon. Not only are these drinks easy to make, but the entire group will love how versatile they are mixed with a variety of spirits. Serve ice-cold for best results!

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Watermelon margarita popsicles

Usually a cocktail like this is a little too good to be true, but it’s so easy to make! Simply juice your watermelon, add a shot of tequila and serve with sliced lemon. You could go one step further and create the popsicles using the same method. Yum!

5 Fresh Watermelon Cocktail Ideas

Mint, watermelon and St-Germain cocktail

Treat your guests to a fresh summer beverage with mint, watermelon and sweet St-Germain liqueur. Serve with lots of ice, which is perfect for the summer heat.

5 Fresh Watermelon Cocktail Ideas

Frozen watermelon daiquiri

Enjoy this simple drink which features watermelon, lime, rum and a teaspoon of sugar to taste.

5 Fresh Watermelon Cocktail Ideas

Watermelon sangria

You have to try this traditional punch which is perfect for those who enjoy a sweet cocktail. All you need is wine, soda water, fruit and a dash of brandy.

5 Fresh Watermelon Cocktail Ideas

Watermelon caipirinha

Finish off with this tasty caipirinha with freshly squeezed watermelon juice and served ice-cold.

5 Fresh Watermelon Cocktail Ideas

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August 13, 2015

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Who doesn’t love a glass of bubbly champagne? We show you a few simple ways to turn that drink into a delicious cocktail your friends are sure to love! Still not convinced? Just try some of these delicious beverages yourself, and don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @shesaid with your creations!

RELATED: TGIF Champagne Margarita Recipe

Champagne cocktail

Ingredients: 1 cube sugar, Angostura bitters

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Kir Royale

Ingredients: 1/2 ounce creme de cassis

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Mimosa

Ingredients: 1 ounce orange juice

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Black Velvet

Ingredients: 1/2 glass stout beer

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

French 75

Ingredients: 1.5 ounces dry gin, juice of 1/2 lemon, 1.2 teaspoons powdered sugar

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

The Ghost

Ingredients: 1/2 ounce melon liqueur

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

D’artagnan

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon brandy, 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier, 3 teaspoons orange juice, 1/2 teaspoon simple syrup

D'artagnan

Poinsettia

Ingredients: 1/2 ounce cranberry juice, 1/4 ounce triple sec

Poinsettia

Simple Bellini

Ingredients: peach pureé, raspberry grenadine

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Pimm’s Royale

Ingredients: Splash of Pimm’s

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Death In The Afternoon

Ingredients: 1 once Absinthe

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Nelson’s Blood

Ingredients: 5:1 ratio of champagne to tawny port

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Champagne Flip

Ingredients: 3/4 ounce brandy, 3 dashes Cointreau, 1/4 once cream, 1/4 ounce simple syrup, 1 egg yolk, 1 pinch nutmeg

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

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July 28, 2015

7 Summer Cocktails Every Party Needs

Who doesn’t love sipping on a super-cool cocktail in the balmy summer weather? Spruce up your skills and try these delicious beverages which are sure to be a hit at any summer get-together.

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Mojito

There’s nothing more summery than a cool mojito, especially since it tastes so crisp and fresh. Use fresh mint straight from the garden for that authentic taste – yum!

7 Summer Cocktails Every Party Needs

Bellini

Enjoy a fruity bellini made with crushed ice and frozen strawberries for extra flavour. Keep a pack in the fridge and don’t forget to mix and match with blueberries and raspberries for a truly unique taste.

7 Summer Cocktails Every Party Needs

Pimms

Round up all your favourite fruits with a pitcher of Pimms for the entire party. This is the perfect drink to share since it’s so tasty!

7 Summer Cocktails Every Party Needs

Margarita

Bring a new twist to a classic margarita by incorporating some seasonal summer cocktails into the mix. Our favourite has to be watermelon since it’s cool and fresh on a hot day.

7 Summer Cocktails Every Party Needs

Long Island Ice Tea

Who doesn’t love the taste of a Long Island? Make this one into a punch for the entire party to enjoy and make sure to finish off with a glazed cherry.

7 Summer Cocktails Every Party Needs

Mimosa

Enjoy an ice-cold Mimosa which is perfect for those who prefer something light and crisp to begin the evening.

7 Summer Cocktails Every Party Needs

Piña Colada

A delicious Piña Colada is a summertime staple since it combines a fruity pineapple taste with a dash of dry rum.

7 Summer Cocktails Every Party Needs

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July 25, 2015

TGIF: 7 Blackberry Cocktail Ideas

Thank God it’s Friday! Kickback and relax with a few of our favourite blackberry cocktails which are so quick and easy to create – even if you’re a beginner in the kitchen. Start with your preferred liqueur as a base, but don’t be forget to layer them for a truly unique flavour.

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Blackberry Thyme Sparkler

Try this spin on an old classic which gives prosecco wine a burst of flavour and texture. Add a sprig of thyme and rim the glass in sugar!

TGIF: 7 Blackberry Cocktail Ideas

Blackberry Limonata

Add a shot of classic vodka to this fruity cocktail made from fresh blackberries, simple syrup sparkling lemon soda, and granulated sugar to taste.

TGIF: 7 Blackberry Cocktail Ideas

Blackberry Ginger Smash

Whip-up this delicious blackberry cocktail which is infused with fresh lemon and lime for extra flavour. Gin or vodka are both great options for the base of this fruity cocktail.

TGIF: 7 Blackberry Cocktail Ideas

Blackberry Champagne

Infuse your favourite champagne with fresh blackberries, sugar cubes, a splash of bitters, and triple sec for a tasty new cocktail.

TGIF: 7 Blackberry Cocktail Ideas

Blackberry Bramble

The bramble consists of blackberries, lemon juice, and a shot of gin over crushed ice – yum!

TGIF: 7 Blackberry Cocktail Ideas

Blushing Whiskey Sour

If you’re a fan of whiskey, try this sweet cocktail which balances out the strong taste. Top off with soda water and simple syrup for a smooth consistency.

TGIF: 7 Blackberry Cocktail Ideas

Blackberry Margarita

Finish off with a modern twist to an old classic… the fruity margarita. Simple syrup will give you a sweet and tasty consistency which makes a perfect margarita.

TGIF: 7 Blackberry Cocktail Ideas

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July 17, 2015

Delicious Whiskey Cocktail Ideas

Whether you love it or hate it, you have to try these whiskey cocktails the next time you’re entertaining friends and family. Not only do they add the perfect finishing touches to any get-together, but they take less than 5 minutes to create. Enjoy!

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Blushing Whiskey Sour

Ingredients: blackberries, simple lemon syrup, Irish whiskey, crushed ice

Method:

  1. All of the ingredients into a shaker and shake until the blackberries have softened.
  2.  Strain into a glass with crushed ice, then garnish with additional blackberries.

TGIF Delicious Whiskey Cocktail Ideas

Whiskey Sprite Lime Cocktail

Ingredients: ice, Irish whiskey, Sprite, soda water, lime wedge

Method:

  1. Pour the whiskey over ice and add the Sprite and soda water.
  2. Stir, then squeeze a lime wedge into the glass.

TGIF Delicious Whiskey Cocktail Ideas

Blood Orange Whiskey Cocktail

Ingredients: whiskey, blood orange juice, lemon juice, agave nectar, orange bitter, thyme

Method:

  1. Add the whiskey, blood orange juice, lemon juice, agave nectar and bitters into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Strain then pour into a glass, garnish with thyme.

TGIF Delicious Whiskey Cocktail Ideas

Cherry Whiskey Smash

Ingredients: whiskey, cherry juice, Amaretto, Ginger Brandy, cherry cola, maraschino cherries

Method:

  1. Place some cherries into the bottom of a glass, then muddle until they become soft. Add some ice into the glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker add the whiskey, cherry juice, amaretto and brandy. Top off with cherry cola and stir. Add some extra cherries to garnish.

TGIF Delicious Whiskey Cocktail Ideas

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June 6, 2015

TGIF: 5 Unique Margarita Cocktails

The next time you’re enjoying drinks with friends, impress them with these unique margarita cocktails which are sure to be a hit.

Rather than serving the same old salty margarita, we have searched for some of the most interesting cocktails which not only look good, but taste delicious.

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Basil Jalapeno Margarita

Give your favourite margarita recipe a pop of taste with a pinch of jalapeno pepper! Not only is it ready in under 5 minutes, but it’s perfect for those who love to try new and exciting cocktails. The jalapeno is balanced out with basil and mint leaves which give the cocktail a fresh flavour.

5 Unique Margarita Cocktails

Grapefruit Margarita

Perhaps you’re enjoying a drink with a friend who loves fruity cocktails as opposed to something thick and salty. The grapefruit brings a sweet, fruity element to the cocktail, and is ideal with silver tequila for a smooth taste.

5 Unique Margarita Cocktails

Blood Orange Margarita

Enjoy the sweet raspberry/citrus flavour of a blood orange, combined with a salty margarita. Use just 1/2 cup of blood orange juice, and 1/4 cup of lime juice for a tangy flavour that is out of this world.

5 Unique Margarita Cocktails

Pomegranate Margarita

If you ever get your hands on a fresh pomegranate, then you definitely have to try this one for yourself. Create a syrup with lime and pomegranate juice, then add a pinch of sugar before letting it dissolve. This is the secret weapon to a truly sweet/sour beverage!

5 Unique Margarita Cocktails

Frozen Coconut Pineapple Margarita

It has coconut, pineapple and some silver tequila, this one is bound to be a crowd pleaser! Part-slurpee, part-cocktail, blend the coconut and pineapple pieces with some ice, and serve on a glass rimmed with salt.

5 Unique Margarita Cocktails

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March 6, 2015

Cocktail For The Weekend: Rhubarb and Berry Sour

This refreshing cocktail from rooftop hotspot Cafe Sydney is perfect for anyone who likes a touch of sour in their drink.

 

Ingredients
60ml Chambord

30ml Fresh pressed lemon juice

10ml Sugar syrup

Dash of Rhubarb Bitters

Egg White

Method

Dry shake to whisk then shake with ice and single strain into a cocktail flute. Garnish by squeezing lemon zest oils over the drink for aromatics.

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March 9, 2012

Cocktail For The Weekend: Royal Cha-Cha

How delicious (and decadent) does this look? Award-winning bartender Jason Soto serves The Royal Cha Cha cocktail at Sydney’s Wildfire Restaurant – why not try your hand making it this weekend?

Ingredients

30ml Chambord

20ml vodka

10ml egg whites

10ml lemon juice

20ml rhubarb, vanilla & apple puree

Method

Shake over ice and serve in a martini glass.

Garnish with a raspberry powder and melted marshmallow.

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March 2, 2012

Cocktail For The Weekend: Cointreau Caress

What has only 2 ingredients, and tastes like a liquid chocolate orange cake? The Cointreau Caress is just the cocktail when you want something sweet and indulgent.

 

Ingredients

75ml Cointreau

75ml Irish cream liqueur

Method

Pour the ingredients into a tumbler glass. Sprinkle grated dark chocolate over the top.

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January 20, 2012

NYE Cocktail: Chambord Lemonade

With only 3 ingredients, the Chambord Lemonade is the easiest crowd-pleasing cocktail. Stir up a pitcher and greet your guests at the door with a glass in hand – it’s the best way to get the party started!

Serves: 1 45ml Finlandia® Vodka 15ml Chambord Liqueur 90ml lemonade Shake all ingredients with ice and pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge. To make a larger quantity, simply increase the amounts and add to a pitcher. Garnish with lemon wedges and raspberries.

December 30, 2011

5 Favourite Sexy Cocktails

Warning: save these potent drinks for a laugh with friends, not to serve when the in-laws drop by!Screaming Orgasm Generously pour equal parts of Baileys, Vodka, Kahlua. Stir over ice and strain into glass.

Sex on the Beach

1 oz. Vodka, 3/4 oz. Peach Schnapps, 3/4 oz. Chambord. Then add a splash each of pineapple juice, orange juice, cranberry juice. Shake well and serve.

Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against the Wall

3/4 oz. each: gin, vodka, Southern Comfort and Galliano. Add a splash of orange juice Shake and pour in large glass. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry or strawberry.

Slippery Nipple

Equal parts of: Sambucca & Baileys. Layer in a shot glass.

Tie Me To The Bedpost

1/2 oz. each of: Midori, Absolut Citron, Malibu Rum. Shake with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass.

March 1, 2000