Because ladies like a good drink, too.
Looks like… water?!
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.
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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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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!
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)
- 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.
- Rim cocktail glasses in salt by placing salt on a shallow plate, moistening the rim of each glass and dipping in salt.
- 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!
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.
Ingredients: soda water, sliced lemon, lavender simple syrup
Ingredients: lemon, crushed ice, soda water, watermelon
Ingredients: fresh raspberries, cold water, ice, lemon, pink lemonade
Ingredients: lemons, fresh mint leaves, sugar, cold water, ice
Ingredients: lemons, lime, pineapple, pineapple juice, soda water, ice
Ingredients: blueberries, sliced lemon, pink lemonade, ice water
Ingredients: crushed ice, strawberries, soda water, lemon and lime juice
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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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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.
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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.
Create these delicious cocktails for a dinner party, casual drinks, or even a get-together, and impress your friends at the same time!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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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.
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.
Who else thinks that mimosas are highly underrated? You can order one at breakfast, lunch, or even dinner to accompany a salty, pasta dish. If you’re looking to brush up your knowledge of cocktails, then mimosas are an easy drink to create for friends and family, and in all seasons.
Mandarin and Rosemary Mimosa
Ingredients: prosecco, granulated sugar, rosemary, mandarins, lime juice
Perfect for when the weather takes a turn for the worst, this fruity mimosa offers a unique taste which is also really simple to make. Make sure to add the rind of the mandarin for an extra, tangy flavour. Well they are in season, right?
Grapefruit Sage Mimosa
Ingredients: champagne, grapefruit juice, sage
The irresistible taste of a grapefruit only comes by once a year, and we’re making the most of it! Fresh sage helps to tone down the strong acidic taste of the beverage and is perfect for those who love a fruity cocktail after work.
Ingredients: champagne or sparkling wine, cherries, cherry juice
Who wouldn’t love to try this unique mimosa recipe, it only has 3 ingredients and takes about 2 minutes to create. The deep, fruity taste is to die for, but make sure to remove the cherry pit before serving!
Ingredients: oranges, salt, tequila, orange juice, another fruity liquor
Is this actually happening, are worlds colliding? A dash of salt, orange, tequila and ice is all you need to create a mouthwatering cocktail like this. Make sure to serve with something as equally salty like a few crackers, or even some homemade zucchini fries.
Ingredients: chamapgne, strawberries, grapefruit juice, thyme
Finally a cocktail that everyone will enjoy: strawberry mimosas. Shake all of the ingredients together, then pour into a champagne glass. Garnish with thyme for a muted flavour which isn’t too sickly sweet.
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Perfect for any summer occasion, signature serve ‘Applesinth’ is a refreshing mix of Green Fairy, cloudy apple juice and lemonade garnished with a lemon wedge. The history and intrigue of absinth continues to play a prominent role in any absinth cocktail and this signature serve is the perfect mix of tradition and innovation.
Derived from botanicals including wormwood, absinth was originally used for medicinal purposes dating back to Ancient Egyptian times before it became associated with witchcraft.
With many absinth recipes destroyed during 15th century European witch hunts, the strong revival of the spirit wasn’t until the late 19th Century during the French Revolution. Absinth was adopted by the wealthy who survived the turbulent rise of the poor and was drunk by the French Foreign legion as a symbol of patriotism.
Throughout history many prominent creative figures were renowned absinth drinkers including Vincent Van Gogh, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway. Hemmingway’s passion led him to develop his own absinth cocktail ‘Death in the Afternoon’ and all of these creative thinkers firmly believed that absinth was responsible for allowing their imaginative brilliance to flourish and create artistic and literary masterpieces.
In 1915 absinth was banned across much of the world due to myths about hallucinogenic qualities. Green Fairy Absinth was the first legal absinth containing thujone available in Australia since the ban on absinth was lifted only recently.
A timeless beverage continued to be enjoyed the traditional way, from a glass fountain trickled over sugar cubes, it is time for a new generation to experience Green Fairy. The Applesinth cocktail is the perfect reintroduction to this mystical spirit.