Summer-cocktails

5 Easy Cocktails For Beginners

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.

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Caipirinha

Ingredients: 3

Create this tasty cocktail, which is easier than it seems! Combine cachaca, lime and one teaspoon of white sugar and serve over ice.

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Paloma

Ingredients: 3

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.

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Greyhound

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.

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Gin and tonic

Ingredients: 3

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!

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Pimms

Ingredients: 3

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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August 22, 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

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.

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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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July 22, 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!

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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.

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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.

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Blackberry Champagne

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

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Blackberry Bramble

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

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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.

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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.

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July 17, 2015

3 Sangria Recipes For Summer

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!

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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.

3 Sangria Recipes For Summer

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.

3 Sangria Recipes For Summer

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!

3 Sangria Recipes For Summer

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June 15, 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.

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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!

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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

Fruit Cocktails

Watermelon Fruitini

Sexy cocktails for cool summer parties is the order of the day! ABSOLUT VODKA, the world’s finest premium quality vodka, has enlisted the talents of leading Australian bartender Grant Collins to create ABSOLUT FRUITINI.ABSOLUT FRUITINI is a series of refreshing and innovative summer cocktails incorporating a selection of luscious fresh fruits including watermelon, raspberries, pineapple and grapefruit.

Get into the definitive taste of summer. Here’s how…

ABSOLUT WATERMELON FRUITINI

45ml ABSOLUT VODKA

15ml Midori melon liqueur

4-6 pieces of fresh watermelon

Dash of sugar syrup

Muddle watermelon, add ingredients then shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

ABSOLUT RASPBERRY FRUITINI

45 ml ABSOLUT VODKA

15ml Chambord

6-8 fresh raspberries

Dash of

Rasberry Fruitini

sugar syrupMuddle raspberries well, add ingredients then shake and strain into a well-chilled martini glass. Garnish with two speared raspberries.

 

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