For when you want to get buzzed quickly.
Treat yourself to an afternoon drink just in time for the weekend. One of our favourite cocktails is a classic margarita, but this frozen jalapeno version is just as good (if not better!). Feel free to add some of your favourite sweet fruits into the mix, such as mango and strawberry.
3/4 cup tequila
1/3 cup Triple sec
1/3 cup lime juice
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 cups ice cubes
- Chop the jalapenos and infuse them in the tequila for 30-40 minutes. Combine all the rest of the ingredients (with ice), then blend until smooth.
- Rim glasses with salt, then pour in the mixture. Serve with jalapeno rounds and chilli flakes for an extra kick!
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Who else enjoys a fruity cocktail in the summer sun? You don’t have to be a mixologist to create a tasty drink, so put away that vodka lime and soda staple for a few of our easy cocktails for beginners. Feel free to switch-up our recommended liqueurs for something a little more suited to your taste.
Create this tasty cocktail, which is easier than it seems! Combine cachaca, lime and one teaspoon of white sugar and serve over ice.
For anyone who loves their tequila, the Paloma is the ideal cocktail to create for a hot summer day. The recipe only requires tequila, lime and grapefruit soda.
Ingredients: 3 (plus a few ice cubes!)
A classic greyhound puts a traditional spin on a vodka cocktail – without making it boring! Garnish the glass with some grapefruit for extra flavour.
Gin and tonic
Whether you’re watching your weight or want something light, nothing can beat a gin and tonic. Garnish with a fresh lime or add some lemon into the mix!
You don’t need an entire fruit bowl to create a delicious round of Pimms. A shot of Pimms, a mixer of ginger ale and a slice of cucumber is enough to make this tasty beverage.
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A classic gin cocktail often comes second best to a mojito, margarita, or anything infused with a bit of vodka.
Rather than limiting your taste palette, we have tracked down five ways to update the classic gin cocktail (this is a strictly no gin and tonic zone), and make it super tasty for all to enjoy!
Gin and jam cocktail
Ingredients: gin, lemon juice, syrup, raspberry jam
Infuse your drink with a tablespoon of raspberry jam for a truly unique flavour – especially for those who have a sweet tooth! Can’t way to try this one out…
Limoncello and gin cocktail
Ingredients: gin, thyme, lemon, lemonade
Serve this delicious gin cocktail featuring fresh lemon and lime, plus a few thyme leaves for an extra sweet flavour.
If you don’t have time to juice the lemons yourself, a bottle from the supermarket will work just as well.
Grapefruit gin fizz
Ingredients: gin, grapefruit, egg white, honey syrup
If you’re looking for something on the smoother side, opt for a grapefruit fizz which is whipped with a side of fruit on for the garnish. A drink like this works well with salty snacks such as cheese and crackers.
Strawberry gin smash cocktail
Ingredients: gin, club soda, strawberries, mint
Who can actually resist a strawberry cocktail? One of our favourites is packed with strawberry, mint, and some cool gin for a modern twist to a traditional recipe. Oh, and it also photographs really well for Instagram #youarewelcome.
Peach and gin fizz
Ingredients: gin, white peaches, sugar, water, simple syrup, soda, blueberries
And to finish we have picked this delicious peach and blueberry cocktail which looks and tastes amazing!
It is a little more involved than the other recipes (creating a syrup from the sugar, water, and peaches), but is well worth the wait.
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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!
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!
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.
Frozen watermelon daiquiri
Enjoy this simple drink which features watermelon, lime, rum and a teaspoon of sugar to taste.
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.
Finish off with this tasty caipirinha with freshly squeezed watermelon juice and served ice-cold.
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Cool-off this summer with a delicious wine cocktail made from a dry sparkling called prosecco. It makes for the perfect basis of a cocktail because it blends smoothly, has a light texture and is best served cold. Try some of our favourite prosecco cocktails below and/or experiment with your own!
Cranberry and orange
Enjoy a chilled cocktail of fresh orange juice and cranberries mixed with ice-cold prosecco. Serve with a wedge of orange.
Gin and elderflower
Mix a shot of gin with prosecco and a dash of ginger for tasty evening cocktail. Garnish with a wedge of lime and rim the glass with salt.
Strawberry and prosecco sangria
Use dry, white prosecco in your favourite sangria recipe – it tastes so amazing! Serve with slices of strawberry and lemon.
Limoncello and raspberry cooler
Use limoncello as a mixer alongside your prosecco for a super-sweet afternoon beverage. Add some fresh raspberries and mint before serving.
Pineapple and mint
Make your own fresh pineapple juice and garnish with mint before adding some prosecco to taste!
Watermelon and mint
Juice some watermelon, add some crushed ice and season with mint for this light and tasty prosecco cocktail.
We’ve saved the best until last! This is a modern take to a classic margarita recipe. Just swap the tequila with chilled prosecco.
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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!
Ingredients: 1 cube sugar, Angostura bitters
Ingredients: 1/2 ounce creme de cassis
Ingredients: 1 ounce orange juice
Ingredients: 1/2 glass stout beer
Ingredients: 1.5 ounces dry gin, juice of 1/2 lemon, 1.2 teaspoons powdered sugar
Ingredients: 1/2 ounce melon liqueur
Ingredients: 1 teaspoon brandy, 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier, 3 teaspoons orange juice, 1/2 teaspoon simple syrup
Ingredients: 1/2 ounce cranberry juice, 1/4 ounce triple sec
Ingredients: peach pureé, raspberry grenadine
Ingredients: Splash of Pimm’s
Death In The Afternoon
Ingredients: 1 once Absinthe
Ingredients: 5:1 ratio of champagne to tawny port
Ingredients: 3/4 ounce brandy, 3 dashes Cointreau, 1/4 once cream, 1/4 ounce simple syrup, 1 egg yolk, 1 pinch nutmeg
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Who can deny a delicious margarita recipe? With the weekend just around the corner, indulge in a delicious sour-green apple margarita which is super easy to achieve.
If you don’t enjoy the taste of green apples, feel free to use some sweeter varieties instead.
30ml white tequila
2 green apples (peeled and cored)
30ml sugar syrup
4 tablespoons cloudy apple juice
1 green chilli (optional)
- To make the syrup, bring 1/2 cup of sugar into a saucepan and bring it to a slow boil. Make sure all of the sugar has been boiled by continuously stirring the mixture together. Allow it to cool before preparing the rest of the cocktails.
- Place the chopped and cored apples into a food processor, with the juice of one lime. Mix well until you form a fine pulp, then transfer to a cocktail shaker.
- Now add the tequila, vodka, remaining lime juice, sugar syrup and ice into a cocktail shaker. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, simply use 2 glasses to finely shake the mixture.
- Pour into glasses and add 2-3 fine slices of chilli if you want your drink to have a little more body.
Image and Recipe via What Katie Ate
Odds are you haven’t yet heard of tepache; the new cocktail which is made from pineapple rinds and sweetened with piloncillo or brown sugar to taste. This delicious summer beverage is easy to make at home and is ideal for those balmy summer nights.
Try some of your very own tepache cocktails with a little inspiration below! Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram: @shesaid if you make any of these tasty drinks.
Did you know that tepache can also be brewed to create a fruity beer? Combine three pineapples, some brown sugar, cinnamon, water and yeast to replicate that classic taste at home.
Tepache cocktail from Qui
This famous cocktail replicated by Camille Styles is the ultimate way to enjoy tepache with a few of your favourite liqueurs. One shot of Tepache, a splash of pineapple juice, one shot of Balcone’s Rumble, mint and crushed ice is the best way to enjoy your drink.
Enjoy that classic margarita with a twist by substituting tequila for a shot of tasty tepache. The taste isn’t too overpowering and makes for a sweet, fruity cocktail.
Tepache and Bourbon
Combine teach, lemon juice, crushed ice and bourbon into a cocktail shaker, and serve ice-cold with mint and lime. Yum!
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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.
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!
Add a shot of classic vodka to this fruity cocktail made from fresh blackberries, simple syrup sparkling lemon soda, and granulated sugar to taste.
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.
Infuse your favourite champagne with fresh blackberries, sugar cubes, a splash of bitters, and triple sec for a tasty new cocktail.
The bramble consists of blackberries, lemon juice, and a shot of gin over crushed ice – yum!
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.
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.
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Whether you love or loathe gin, it can be an acquired taste when mixed with the right ingredients. This strawberry-mint bramble recipe will do just that! Relatively simple to make, it’s a blackberry-based cocktail that incorporates a balance of sweet and sour to suit almost all taste buds. It’s also versatile enough to exclude the gin in favour of vodka or rum.
6 fresh strawberries, hulled, halved
8 large fresh mint leaves
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 tsp agave nectar or honey
2 tsp Chambord (black raspberry liqueur, optional)
1/4 cup dry gin, clear rum, vodka, or soda water
- In a food processor or blender, grind the ice so that it is very finely crushed and fluffy
- Place strawberries, mint, lemon juice, agave and Chambord in an old-fashioned (rocks) glass and muddle (mash) with a muddler or a pestle.
- Add the gin, rum, vodka, or soda water and stir to blend.
- Stir in 1/2 cup of the crushed ice, and pack more ice into the glass, mounding it well above the rim.
- Serve immediately.
Recipe via Taste
Nothing screams summer more than a fruity punch recipe, so bring together all of your favourite friends and try some of our favourite recipes below. Whether you choose to add the alcohol is completely up to your discretion, but they also taste super-refreshing without it!
Ingredients: frozen fruit, pineapple juice, lemonade, raspberries, strawberries, pineapple, raspberry rainbow sherbert or frozen fruits.
This is the non-alcoholic punch of the bunch and is perfect for the kids! Don’t mix it all together until the party is starting, however, as the ice-cream will melt.
Rainbow Slush Punch
Ingredients: ice pops (a pack of 30), ice, vodka
Empty each layer of ice pops according to colour, add the vodka, then load it up with ice to keep cool.
Strawberry Lime Moscato Punch
Ingredients: moscato wine, frozen limeade, strawberries, lime, lemonade
Combine the wine, frozen limeade and lemonade into a large jug or bowl. Slice the limes and strawberries to serve.
Ingredients: Bacardi, lime juice, lemon juice, pineapple juice, simple syrup, water, grenadine
Combine all of the ingredients into a large bowl filled with ice. Slice the lemons before serving to your guests.
Ingredients: pineapple juice, orange juice, dark rum, coconut rum, grenadine, lime
Pour the pineapple, orange juice and rum into a jug filled with ice. Stir until combined, then garnish with grenadine and lime.
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Kick-back and relax by the pool this summer with a glass (or two) of our favourite sangria recipes. Whether you like white, rosé or red wine, we have all bases covered with a few tasty recipes which will get the party started!
Red wine sangria
Ingredients: dry red wine, brandy, sugar, orange liqueur, strawberries, oranges, limes, lemons, lemon soda
Create a classic jug of sangria featuring dry red wine, chopped fruits and lemon soda for extra taste.
Rosé wine sangria
Ingredients: rosé wine (chilled), triple sec, raspberries, peaches, pears, sugar
Soak the peaches, pears, and raspberries in this delicious rosé wine then season with sugar before serving.
White wine sangria
Ingredients: white wine (chilled), peaches, kiwi fruit, raspberries, sugar, sparking white wine (optional), mint
Although white wine sangria isn’t the most popular choice, this light beverage is perfect if you want to treat yourself!
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Here at SHESAID, we love test-driving new cocktail recipes – especially on a weekend! So rather than sticking with that classic cocktail you know through-and-through, below are 5 new recipes which are worth a shot, or two!
Give your classic margarita a twist by combining tequila and champagne in this delicious cocktail. Serve with some extra salt on the rim of each glass for extra flavour.
A classic lavender cocktail with a twist of Remy V, Combier triple sec and fresh lemon with a sugar rim. Yum!
Part vodka, simple syrup and fruity liqueur – this is the perfect summer cocktail to cool off with. Garnish with fresh mint and strawberry and serve in a short glass.
How can you resist some Pimms when the weather is heating up? Try this amazing cocktail with ginger ale, juiced greens and a shot of Pimms – so naughty, but so nice!
Bruleed Grapefruit and Gin Fizz
Try this stunning cocktail featuring grapefruit, brown sugar, and white sugar with the syrup. To dilute the drink itself, finish off with club soda and thyme for the garnish.
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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!
Blushing Whiskey Sour
Ingredients: blackberries, simple lemon syrup, Irish whiskey, crushed ice
- All of the ingredients into a shaker and shake until the blackberries have softened.
- Strain into a glass with crushed ice, then garnish with additional blackberries.
Whiskey Sprite Lime Cocktail
Ingredients: ice, Irish whiskey, Sprite, soda water, lime wedge
- Pour the whiskey over ice and add the Sprite and soda water.
- Stir, then squeeze a lime wedge into the glass.
Blood Orange Whiskey Cocktail
Ingredients: whiskey, blood orange juice, lemon juice, agave nectar, orange bitter, thyme
- Add the whiskey, blood orange juice, lemon juice, agave nectar and bitters into a cocktail shaker.
- Strain then pour into a glass, garnish with thyme.
Cherry Whiskey Smash
Ingredients: whiskey, cherry juice, Amaretto, Ginger Brandy, cherry cola, maraschino cherries
- Place some cherries into the bottom of a glass, then muddle until they become soft. Add some ice into the glass.
- 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.
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Winter and coffee goes together like summer and the beach, so ditch your vodka cocktail and bring in the weekend with this coffee martini. If you don’t have an espresso machine, create your own by making a small batch of instant coffee – while you may not get the crema, you’ll still get the flavour!
125ml (1/2 cup) freshly brewed espresso coffee, cooled
90ml Tia Maria liqueur
60ml (1/4 cup) vodka
Ice cubes, to serve
- Place the coffee, Tia Maria, vodka and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake to combine.
- Strain the coffee mixture and divide between chilled serving glasses.
Recipe via Taste
Next time you’re having guests over, impress them with your cocktail-making skills and prepare some of these tasty spritzers. While most recipes can use either vodka, gin, or tequila, feel free to tweak the ingredients in order to suit your taste buds.
Cucumber mint spritzer
Ingredients: cucumber, soda water, vodka, mint leaves, ice
Try this refreshing cucumber cocktail which is perfect for those lazy days by the pool.
Plum vodka spritzer
Ingredients: lemon plums, sugar, water, ice, vodka, club soda
Try this yummy drink the next time you’re having a cocktail party. If you’re out of plums, feel free to use strawberries or another super-sweet fruit in its place.
Strawberry mint spritzer
Ingredients: strawberry, gin, mint, lime, club soda
Maybe you want to try out this fresh recipe featuring fresh strawberry and mint? Use gin if you’re feeling a little adventurous, or serve it alcohol-free for a tasty refresh during the day.
Peach basil spritzer
Ingredients: peach, basil, whiskey, soda water, ice
For a slight change of flavour, pair peach with a light whiskey for a stunning afternoon cocktail. Fresh basil and thyme also work perfectly for this sophisticated beverage.
Pomegranate and ginger spritzer
Ingredients: lemon, club soda, ice, pomegranate, sugar, fresh ginger, lime
You cannot go past this delicious pomegranate spritzer the next time you want to cool off after a warm day. Crack your pomegranate in half, then simply infuse the drink as much as you like!
Rosé hibiscus spritzer
Ingredients: lemon juice, water, ice, hibiscus syrup, rosé wine
Nothing screams spring like hibiscus, and you can create this delicious cocktail yourself in under five minutes. Combine the syrup with lemon juice, water and ice, then add some rosé wine for a splash of flavour – like a sangria!
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Who can resist a tasty pineapple cocktail – especially when the sun comes out to play. Make your own with a few simple ingredients and some of your favourite liqueurs, and don’t forget to invite your friends over, too! The best part? Most of these recipes use 5 ingredients or less, so you won’t be in the kitchen all afternoon.
Pineapple Lime Chelada
Limeade, pineapple (cubed), Mexican beer, Gold tequila
Soak the pineapple and lime wedges in tequila and set for 1 hour or even overnight. This is perfect if you have a little time or your hands and would love to have a really strong flavour in the drink. Blend the fruit, remove the rind, and sprinkle with salt and chilli powder before serving.
Foaming Pineapple Cocktail
White rum, coconut cream, frozen pineapple juice cubes
Combine all of the ingredients and mix well until you have a thin consistency. Pour into a champagne glass and fill to the brim.
Pineapple, mint leaves, sugar, white rum, club soda
Place the chopped pineapple, mint leaves and sugar into a cocktail shaker. Mix until it’s combined, then add the ice and lime juice.
Tequila, Triple sec/Cointreau, pineapple juice, lime juice
Combine all of the liquids into a large pitcher, then stir to combine. Dip the rim of each glass into the salt, then serve with ice.
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Not only can you enjoy Santa Vittoria water to hydrate during the day, but the large selection of mixers is a great addition to new and interesting cocktails.
Below are a few different drinks you can combine with Santa Vittoria mixers – perfect for your next pool party, dinner gathering, or even drinks and nibbles.
A fun and flirty cocktail made with Santa Vittoria’s pear nectar and Aranciata Rossa soda which perfectly complements the elderflower syrup.
30ml Santa Vittoria Pear Nectar
45ml 42 Below Passionfruit Vodka
15ml Monin Elderflower Syrup
90ml Santa Vittoria Aranciata Rossa
- Shake and strain the Pear Nectar, Passionfruit Vodka, Aperol, and Elderflower Syrup, then pour over ice.
- Top with Santa Vittoria Aranciata Rossa.
Spring Bling Cocktail:
Try this delicious summertime cocktail which is light and tangy, without weighing you down. Serve with something salty to complement the super-sweet flavour.
45ml Santa Vittoria Nectar
15ml Belvedere Citrus Vodka
5ml lemon juice
- Combine the apricot nectar, vodka and lemon juice over ice.
- Top up with your favourite prosecco wine and garnish with lemon zest for extra flavour.
Recipes and Images via Santa Vittoria
Who doesn’t love a spicy cocktail every once in a while? They taste delicious, bring a different element to a traditional beverage and are so easy to make. So, what are you waiting for? Get started on some of our favourite spicy cocktails below – and don’t forget to tag us in some of yours at @shesaid on Instagram!
Spicy White Peach Lemonade
Ingredients: White peaches, chilli, sugar, water, lemon juice, garnish
Although this is actually an alcohol-free beverage, feel free to add your favourite liqueur into the mix. A splash of vodka, gin, tequila, or even champagne will bring a different level to this drink.
Strawberry Jalapeno Margarita
Ingredients: Tequila, Cointreau, agave nectar, lime juice, strawberries, jalapeno, sea salt
Try this classic jalapeno margarita, which is perfect for a hot summer day if you’re lounging by the pool. Garnish with fresh strawberries or other sweet seasonal fruits.
Mexican Mai Tai
Ingredients: Lime juice, tequila, Cointreau, orgeat, citrus salt
This cocktail provides a little less sweet and a little more sour take on a traditional Mai Tai cocktail. A splash of Cointreau keeps the body looking quite uniform, and don’t forget to add some citrus salt onto the rim.
Chilli Thai Cocktail
Ingredients: Sugar, Thai bird chiles, white peppercorns, dry gin, lemon juice, simple syrup
Now this is one of our favourites! If you like the spicy side of a Thai chilli, try this beverage out as soon as you can. If the gin feels a little too dry, swap it for some citrus vodka instead.
Ingredients: Honey, salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, lime, beer, Worcestershire sauce, hot suace, soy sauce, jalapeno
Finally we’re bidding this list adieu with our favourite breakfast cocktail: the bloody mary – but better! A splash of beer is the perfect way to neutralise the drink if it’s on the spicier side.
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