Summer Loving – Cocktail Hour

January 6, 2016

Long days lazing on the beach, basking in the sun and smelling the beautiful fresh, salty air – there is nothing more exquisite!

There are so many things to love about summer and nothing reflects summer more then a delicious, decadent cocktail.



Here are a few of my favourites to inspire and indulge in this summer.

1. Lychee Martini


5mL Paraiso Lychee Liqueur

45mL Stolichnaya Vodka

15mL lychee juice

5mL lemon juice


Add ingredients to cocktail shaker

Shake with ice and fine strain into martini glass

Garnish with a lychee


2. Cosmopolitan


45ml Smirnoff Red Vodka

15ml Triple sec

10ml freshly squeezed lime juice

30ml cranberry juice

Orange zest, julienned or lime wedge, to garnish

Cubed ice


Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker or mason jar

Add cubed ice and shake for 10 – 15 seconds

Strain into martini glass

Garnish with finely julienned orange zest or a lime wedge


3. Raspberry Iced Tea


3 raspberry and peach flavoured teabags

3 cups boiling water

2 cups lemonade, chilled

1 cup apple juice, chilled

1/2 cup frozen raspberries

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

Ice cubes, to serve


Place teabags in a large, heatproof jug. Add boiling water. Set aside for 5 minutes to infuse. Remove teabags. Refrigerate for 30 minutes

Add lemonade, apple juice, raspberries and blueberries to jug. Stir to combine. Add ice. Serve.


4. Sparkling Rose Punch


peaches, sliced

1 bottle (750 ml) rose wine, chilled

2 cups sparkling lemonade (we used Lorina lemonade), chilled

2 tablespoons black-raspberry liqueur (or Chambord)

27 raspberries


Place half the peach slices in ice cube trays, one slice per compartment; add water, and freeze.

Mix wine, lemonade, and liqueur in punch bowl. Add peach slices and some of the peach ice cubes.

To serve, place remaining peach ice cubes in cups, and ladle in the punch; garnish with raspberries.



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