Best Cocktails To Beat The Heat

If the weather right now is any indication, I’m going to have to quote Ace Of Base and say this is going to be a ‘cruel summer’. Hot humid, sweaty and sticky is what it will be like and the only thing on anyone’s mind will be cool, chilled ways to beat the heat. Restaurants and Bars will go out of their way to dish up some of the tastiest and most refreshing cocktails they can and though they might sound clichéd ,these drinks are not only delicious but will help you simmer down and relax

Margarita- Thanks to Sex And the city, this tequila and cointreau based Mexican cocktail is a hit with almost everyone! It's served either shaken with ice, on the rocks or with blended ice (frozen ice pieces) and in a salted rimmed glass. The flavours available are endless from orange, strawberry watermelon even grapefruit or pomegranate! Whichever flavour and however it's served, this is one cocktail that will certainly cool you down and let the party begin!

 

Pina Colada -

On a bright hot summer's day all you can think about is cooling off at the beach. The closest you'll get to the beach is the coconut in your cocktail and that's where a pina colada comes handy. This sweet rum based cocktail, with cream of coconut and pineapple juice is served blended (frozen pieces) ice or shaken with ice. The garnish is almost always a wedge of pineapple and a bright little umbrella which reminds you of some fun in the sun. Interestingly the Pina Colada is the official drink of Puerto Rico.

 

Mojito- This Cuban speciality consists of 5 main ingredients- white rum, lime juice, sugar, sparkling water and mint. Muddle it all together and you get a perfect concoction of sweetness, citrus and mint flavours. The Mojito’s claim to fame is that it was the favourite drink of author Ernest Hemmingway. He made a bar called “la Bodeguita del medio” in Havana Cuba famous by being one of its regular patrons and writing on the walls “ my mojito in la bodeguita, my daiquiri in El Floridita “ The bar still has the writing on its walls today. The original is famous but its flavoured counterparts are equally popular specially orange and lemon flavours.

Read the recipe here

Martini – it is one of the most popular cocktails around the world and not just because it’s James Bond’s favourite drink. Traditionally made with gin and vermouth and a lemon twist or an olive but could also be vodka based. Considered an extremely stylish choice of cocktail the martini is also available in a range of flavours but is known more for its own variation - the dirty martini.

Read the recipe here

Sangria- Sangrias are usually red wine based but you could even have it with white wine. It gets its name from the Spanish word ‘sangre’ which means blood, because of its deep usual red colour. Chopped fruits, a little sugar and sometimes a dash of brandy is added. It’s the perfect summer cocktail and a favourite with most ladies. This drink can have fruits such as chopped apples, pears, lime, lemon, kiwi, peach, grapes and even oranges.

Read the recipe here

 

Best Cocktails To Beat The Heat

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If the weather right now is any indication, I’m going to have to quote Ace Of Base and say this is going to be a ‘cruel summer’. Hot humid, sweaty and sticky is what it will be like and the only thing on anyone’s mind will be cool, chilled ways to beat the heat. Restaurants and Bars will go out of their way to dish up some of the tastiest and most refreshing cocktails they can and though they might sound clichéd ,these drinks are not only delicious but will help you simmer down and relax

Margarita- Thanks to Sex And the city, this tequila and cointreau based Mexican cocktail is a hit with almost everyone! It's served either shaken with ice, on the rocks or with blended ice (frozen ice pieces) and in a salted rimmed glass. The flavours available are endless from orange, strawberry watermelon even grapefruit or pomegranate! Whichever flavour and however it's served, this is one cocktail that will certainly cool you down and let the party begin!

 

Pina Colada -

On a bright hot summer's day all you can think about is cooling off at the beach. The closest you'll get to the beach is the coconut in your cocktail and that's where a pina colada comes handy. This sweet rum based cocktail, with cream of coconut and pineapple juice is served blended (frozen pieces) ice or shaken with ice. The garnish is almost always a wedge of pineapple and a bright little umbrella which reminds you of some fun in the sun. Interestingly the Pina Colada is the official drink of Puerto Rico.

 

Mojito- This Cuban speciality consists of 5 main ingredients- white rum, lime juice, sugar, sparkling water and mint. Muddle it all together and you get a perfect concoction of sweetness, citrus and mint flavours. The Mojito’s claim to fame is that it was the favourite drink of author Ernest Hemmingway. He made a bar called “la Bodeguita del medio” in Havana Cuba famous by being one of its regular patrons and writing on the walls “ my mojito in la bodeguita, my daiquiri in El Floridita “ The bar still has the writing on its walls today. The original is famous but its flavoured counterparts are equally popular specially orange and lemon flavours.

Read the recipe here

Martini – it is one of the most popular cocktails around the world and not just because it’s James Bond’s favourite drink. Traditionally made with gin and vermouth and a lemon twist or an olive but could also be vodka based. Considered an extremely stylish choice of cocktail the martini is also available in a range of flavours but is known more for its own variation - the dirty martini.

Read the recipe here

Sangria- Sangrias are usually red wine based but you could even have it with white wine. It gets its name from the Spanish word ‘sangre’ which means blood, because of its deep usual red colour. Chopped fruits, a little sugar and sometimes a dash of brandy is added. It’s the perfect summer cocktail and a favourite with most ladies. This drink can have fruits such as chopped apples, pears, lime, lemon, kiwi, peach, grapes and even oranges.

Read the recipe here

 

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