Drinks

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TGIF: 7 Delicious Prosecco Cocktails

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!

RELATED: The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Cranberry and orange

Enjoy a chilled cocktail of fresh orange juice and cranberries mixed with ice-cold prosecco. Serve with a wedge of orange.

7 Delicious Prosecco Cocktails

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.

7 Delicious Prosecco Cocktails

Strawberry and prosecco sangria

Use dry, white prosecco in your favourite sangria recipe – it tastes so amazing! Serve with slices of strawberry and lemon.

7 Delicious Prosecco Cocktails

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.

7 Delicious Prosecco Cocktails

Pineapple and mint

Make your own fresh pineapple juice and garnish with mint before adding some prosecco to taste!

7 Delicious Prosecco Cocktails

Watermelon and mint

Juice some watermelon, add some crushed ice and season with mint for this light and tasty prosecco cocktail.

7 Delicious Prosecco Cocktails

Prosecco margarita

We’ve saved the best until last! This is a modern take to a classic margarita recipe. Just swap the tequila with chilled prosecco.

7 Delicious Prosecco Cocktails

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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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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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TGIF: Sour Green Apple Margarita Recipe

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.

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Ingredients

30ml white tequila

30ml vodka

2 green apples (peeled and cored)

2 limes

30ml sugar syrup

4 tablespoons cloudy apple juice

1 green chilli (optional)

Ice cubes

Method

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Tepache: The New Summer Drink You’ll Love

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.

RELATED: 5 Modern Gin Cocktail Recipes

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.

Tepache beer

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.

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

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.

Tepache - The New Summer Drink You'll Love

Tepache margarita

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 - The New Summer Drink You'll Love

Tepache and Bourbon

Combine teach, lemon juice, crushed ice and bourbon into a cocktail shaker, and serve ice-cold with mint and lime. Yum!

Tepache - The New Summer Drink You'll Love

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TGIF Chamomile Margarita Recipe

This Friday afternoon indulgence is perfect as a pick-me-up and calm-me-down all at the same time. Tea lovers will be especially fond of it!

Ingredients

4 chamomile tea bags

1 cup caster sugar

1 cup water

Juice of 1 lemon

1 ½ shots Tequila Blu

45ml chamomile simple syrup (mix of equal parts sugar and chamomile tea)

You will also need

½ cup salt (to rim glasses)

1 lemon cut into wedges (to garnish)

Method

  1. To make chamomile simple syrup: Mix 1 part sugar and 1 part water in a saucepan over the stove to melt sugar. Once boiled, remove mixture from heat and add 4 chamomile tea bags. Leave these in for approx. 30 mins for tea to steep before refrigerating.
  2.  Rim cocktail glasses in salt by placing salt on a shallow plate, moistening the rim of each glass and dipping in salt.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until liquid is chilled. Strain into each glass, decorate with fresh lemon wedges and enjoy!

7 Unique And Refreshing Lemonade Recipes

Cool down this summer with an ice-cold glass of yummy lemonade. Rather than buying the same bottled drink from the supermarket, make your own at home with these refreshing recipes infused with fresh fruit.

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Lavender lemonade

Ingredients: soda water, sliced lemon, lavender simple syrup

7 Refreshing Lemonade Recipes

Watermelon lemonade

Ingredients: lemon, crushed ice, soda water, watermelon

7 Refreshing Lemonade Recipes

Raspberry lemonade

Ingredients: fresh raspberries, cold water, ice, lemon, pink lemonade

7 Refreshing Lemonade Recipes

Mint lemonade

Ingredients: lemons, fresh mint leaves, sugar, cold water, ice

7 Refreshing Lemonade Recipes

Pineapple lemonade

Ingredients: lemons, lime, pineapple, pineapple juice, soda water, ice

7 Refreshing Lemonade Recipes

Blueberry lemonade

Ingredients: blueberries, sliced lemon, pink lemonade, ice water

7 Refreshing Lemonade Recipes

Strawberry Lemonade

Ingredients: crushed ice, strawberries, soda water, lemon and lime juice

7 Refreshing Lemonade Recipes

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Creative Punch Recipes For Summer

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!

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Sherbert Punch

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.

5 Punch Recipes For Summer

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.

5 Punch Recipes For Summer

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.

5 Punch Recipes For Summer

Mummers Punch

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.

5 Punch Recipes For Summer

Rum Punch

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.

5 Punch Recipes For Summer

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5 Cocktails You’ve Never Heard About: Until Now

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!

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Champagne Margarita

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.

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May Day

A classic lavender cocktail with a twist of Remy V, Combier triple sec and fresh lemon with a sugar rim. Yum!

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Basilico

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.

5 Cocktails You've Never Heard About: Until Now

Clean Sweep

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!

5 Cocktails You've Never Heard About: Until Now

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.

5 Cocktails You've Never Heard About: Until Now

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6 Tasty Spritzer Recipes

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.

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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.

TGIF: 6 Tasty Spritzer Recipes

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.

TGIF: 6 Tasty Spritzer Recipes

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.

TGIF: 6 Tasty Spritzer Recipes

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.

TGIF: 6 Tasty Spritzer Recipes

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!

TGIF: 6 Tasty Spritzer Recipes

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!

TGIF: 6 Tasty Spritzer Recipes

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TGIF: 4 Delicious Pineapple Cocktail Recipes

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.

RELATED: 5 Unique Margarita Cocktails

Pineapple Lime Chelada

Ingredients: 4

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.

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Foaming Pineapple Cocktail

Ingredients: 4

White rum, coconut cream, frozen pineapple juice cubes

Bittercube Jamaican

Combine all of the ingredients and mix well until you have a thin consistency. Pour into a champagne glass and fill to the brim.

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Pineapple Mojito

Ingredients: 5

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.

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Pineapple Margarita

Ingredients: 4

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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Easy Cocktail Recipes With Santa Vittoria Mixers

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.

RELATED: TGIF – 5 Unique Margarita 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.

Vittoria’s Secret:

A fun and flirty cocktail made with Santa Vittoria’s pear nectar and Aranciata Rossa soda which perfectly complements the elderflower syrup.

Not only can you enjoy Santa Vittoria water to hydrate during the day, but the large selection of mixers are great for making new and interesting cocktails.

Ingredients

30ml Santa Vittoria Pear Nectar

45ml 42 Below Passionfruit Vodka

10ml Aperol

15ml Monin Elderflower Syrup

90ml Santa Vittoria Aranciata Rossa

Method

  1. Shake and strain the Pear Nectar, Passionfruit Vodka, Aperol, and Elderflower Syrup, then pour over ice.
  2. 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.

Easy Cocktail Ideas With Santa Vittoria Mixers

Ingredients

Ice cubes

45ml Santa Vittoria Nectar

15ml Belvedere Citrus Vodka

5ml lemon juice

Prosecco wine

Lemon zest

Method

  1. Combine the apricot nectar, vodka and lemon juice over ice.
  2. Top up with your favourite prosecco wine and garnish with lemon zest for extra flavour.

Recipes and Images via Santa Vittoria

TGIF: 7 Modern Martini Recipes

Although a classic martini cocktail is usually made from gin and vermouth, we’re changing the game a little and suggesting a few variations which everyone can enjoy.

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Create these delicious cocktails for a dinner party, casual drinks, or even a get-together, and impress your friends at the same time!

Lavender Martini

Ingredients: Creme de violette, gin, vodka, St. Germaine, lavender

If you prefer your beverage on the sweeter side, this lavender martini certainly won’t disappoint. Add all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, throw in some ice and shake well for at least 30 seconds. Don’t forget to garnish with a few sprigs of fresh lavender as well.

7 Tasty Martini Recipes

Pineapple Coconut Martini

Ingredients: Pineapple juice, gin, coconut rum, vanilla extract, lime juice, lillet

Try this fruity martini cocktail featuring delicious pineapple juice, which is sure to please everyone’s taste palette. Serve with something on the salty side such as pretzels or mixed nuts.

7 Tasty Martini Recipes

Marshmallow Martini

Ingredients: Fluffed marshmallow vodka, Tres Leches liqueur, white chocolate Godiva liqueur, half and half, gin

Okay, we know it’s not quite Christmas yet, but this yummy marshmallow martini just couldn’t wait until December (or even July). Made with delicious marshmallow vodka, it’s a rich beverage that isn’t exactly ideal if you’re watching those calories.

7 Tasty Martini Recipes

Grapefruit Martini

Ingredients: Gin, St Germain liqueur, grapefruit juice, grapefruit wedge, thyme

Combine all of the ingredients into a shaker with some ice, then pour through a strainer directly into a martini glass. If you’re feeling extra creative, rim the glass with the wedge for additional flavour.

7 Tasty Martini Recipes

Raspberry Limeade Martini

Ingredients: Raspberry or plain vodka, lemonade, raspberry garnish, lime or lemon slice

With only 4 ingredients, this is the perfect cocktail to create if you just don’t have time on your side. Pour the vodka and lemonade into a shaker with a few ice cubes. Strain into a martini glass, and garnish with raspberry, lime or lemon.

7 Tasty Martini Recipes

French Pear Martini

Ingredients: St Germain elderflower liqueur, pear vodka, champagne, granulated sugar, lemon wedge, pear

The perfect party cocktail which takes less than 5 minutes to create and tastes absolutely amazing. If you can’t get your hands on pear flavoured vodka, use something which is equally as fruity – no one will even notice the difference!

7 Tasty Martini Recipes

Bachelor’s Button Martini Cocktail

Ingredients: Sugar, water, carnation petals, gin, Lillet Blanc, simple syrup, lemon juice, egg white

So, we’ve left the best until last. This springtime cocktail features all the best parts of a classic cocktail – gin, egg white and carnation petals.

7 Tasty Martini Recipes

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The Tea Guide: Benefits Of Different Teas

Are you a coffee or a tea person? I’m both. Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon. And while I love coffee a little bit more, I have to admit that tea is much better for me, or anyone.

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Not all teas are the same, of course  some have more health benefits than others, but it seems as if there is a tea for every problem you may have. Here is a little tea guide:

Green Tea: This common and popular tea can lower cholesterol and help to burn fat. It can even prevent the clogging of arteries!

Lemon Ginger Tea: Lemon combined with ginger are said to be natural immune-boosters and can even help to fight bacteria. This tea can therefore support your body during cold and flu season. Ginger is also recommended when feeling nauseous.

Peppermint Tea: This tea is not only very refreshing (especially when cold), but it also helps you when you feel bloated as it relieves muscles.

Chamomile Tea: The flowers of the chamomile plant have a calming effect, which is why chamomile tea is recommended before going to bed or if you are struggling with insomnia.

Rooibos Tea: Listen up, ladies! This tea will make your skin glow as it is full of antioxidants. Moreover, it contains Vitamin C; the perfect health-kick-tea!

Dandelion Tea: This one’s not as common, but you might want to look out for it during your next visit to a health store as dandelion tea has detoxifying qualities and supports a healthy liver function.

White Tea: White tea contains the least amount of caffeine and can boost your metabolism.

The bottom line is that your body will benefit from any kind of tea, but knowing the effects of different teas will make it easier to make a smart choice when it’s tea time.

5 Delicious Mint Cocktail Recipes

Whether you’re into a mojito or a classic julep, there’s no denying that mint is the finishing touch to any classic cocktail recipe.

RELATED: TGIF Mint and Cucumber Vodka Cocktail Recipe

Recreate some of these delicious mint cocktails at home, which not only look good, but taste amazing! Serve with light nibbles such as pretzels, crackers or a tasty cheeseboard with a side of fruit.

Sparkling White Wine Sangria

Ingredients: Sparkling white wine, cucumber, melon, mint, basil, lime, sugar, grapes, basil, rum, sparkling water

Who can say no to a delicious glass of sangria, especially on a warm, sunny day? Not us! Create this tasty version of a classic  which is on the lighter side  and is perfect for anyone who doesn’t love red wine.

5 Delicious Mint Cocktail Recipes

Pineapple Mojito

Ingredients: Pineapple, mint, sugar, white rum, lime, club soda

Try this sweet mojito featuring pineapple, mint and a hint of white rum. Great if you have a major sweet tooth, or simply want something a little naughty for an afternoon cocktail. The mint keeps the entire drink cool and fresh, especially amongst all of the sugar.

5 Delicious Mint Cocktail Recipes

Champagne with Lemon Sorbet and Mint

Ingredients: Champagne, mint, lemon sorbet, mint leaves, soda water, ice cubes

Give a standard glass of champagne some flavour with lemon and mint sorbet. The result? A refreshing drink which is easy to create and doesn’t take longer than 5 minutes!

5 Delicious Mint Cocktail Recipes

Cucumber Mint Gimlet

Ingredients: Peeled cucumber, mint, agave nectar, lime, gin

What could be better than a cucumber and mint cocktail? Not much! This refreshing beverage is made with gin, but you could substitute the alcohol for cold water to hydrate during the day.

5 Delicious Mint Cocktail Recipes

Mint Gin and Tonic

Ingredients: Gin, soda water, mint, cucumber, ice cubes

Finally, we’re wrapping it up with a refreshing mint gin and tonic. Don’t forget to add a handful of ice cubes and remember to tear the mint so the entire drink is infused with its flavour.

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Behind The Scenes At Batlow Cider

Ever wondered what the story is behind some of Australia’s favourite cider?

SHESAID recently chatted with Rich Coombes of Batlow Cider to find out some of their delicious new flavours, how the cider is actually created, and some sweet collaborations just around the corner.

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Tell us, how did Batlow Cider get started?

Batlow Cider was born on a sunny Sunday arvo having a few (as many a great idea is born!). We were drinking imported brands of cider asking ourselves why we couldn’t readily find great local cider made from top quality apples and the best cider-making practices.

It’s a partnership between Sam, myself and Batlow Apples, growers of Australia’s Favourite Apples in the Snowy Mountains.  We approached them with the idea and they were excited about it. The rest is history!

How important is it to use local, homegrown produce in your ciders?

It’s super important, we only use Batlow Apples and locally grown pears in our cider production. What surprised us when we started out was the lack of companies in Australia doing this. It makes total sense, our farmers and growers are responsible for some of the best produce in the world, so not only are we supporting local businesses but we’re using the best available inputs.

What are some of the best dishes to complement your cider?

One of our favourites is a whole roast suckling pig (delicious and the experience and process of the spit is a sure crowd pleaser).

Any white meats such as chicken and a variety of seafood partner well with cider. The sweetness and acidity balance in our cider partners well with these meats. 4 Fourteen in Sydney has a great dish steaming their mussels in our cider and that’s absolutely delicious too. It’s also suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and cider like ours is gluten free for those intolerant.

For those of us who don’t know, how does the cider process actually work?

Cider production is very similar to wine, we actually do our cider production at a winery. The production methods vary from producer to producer: craft producers like us (Batlow Cider) crush fresh fruit (mainly apples) add a specific cultured yeast and then transform the apple juice into alcoholic cider. It’s very simple.

The mass market brands will generally use apple concentrates that come in a syrup like format (mainly from China), add water then ferment that as their base juice. That’s taking shortcuts and usually driven by financial motivations, whereas as we only use fresh fruit. Our motivation is to produce a top quality product and pay respect to the apples we use!

 Do you have anything special coming up for winter 2015?

Mulled cider has worked very well for us over the years, so that’ll be happening again this year with some tweaks on past years. We’ve just done a collaboration beer with a local craft brewer using apple juice in the ferment and have some other plans that you’ll have to watch out for!

Where are some of the best places our readers can shop the new collection of ciders?

Online at www.beerbud.com.au or www.ciderinsider.com.au and many independent bottle shops with a craft focus. Our major products are available more widely – Batlow Premium Cider in selected BWS outlets and Batlow Cloudy Cider in Dan Murphys and both are available in selected independent stores nationally.

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