Holiday season is just around the corner and who doesn’t love a refreshing cocktail on a summer afternoon? There are a lot of succulent fruity, fizzy, boozy or exotic recipes that you can make at home and bring home an exotic island paradise experience to your lounge. Whether you are having your girlfriends over or want to impress someone with your barman skills these are the ultimate cocktail drinks to enjoy for a summer soiree.
Get ready to dip your toes, or should we say your tongues in this scenario with these five exotic cocktails to try this summer.
Tropical Fruit Punch with Rum Jellies
This tropical drink is just perfect for picnics or excrusion trips or even sipping at home on a lazy summer afternoon. The good thing is that it can easily be prepared before hand and stored in a cool box. The drink is a perfect mix of fruity punch and a hint of booze. To make this drink:
You need: a bottle of tropical fruit punch, 1 tablespoon of gelatin, about 120 ml of dark rum and some diced tropical fruits such as: mango, papaya and pineapple.
Heat the fruit punch by pouring it into a saucepan and put on medium flame for about 3 minutes. Once heated, remove from flame and mix in the rum. Leave this mixture to cool.
Stir the gelatin in about 4 tablespoons of hot water. Let it soak for a while. Then place it over a pan of hot water and stir till the gelatin is dissolved completely.
Then remove from flame and let it cool.
Once it is cool mix with the rum mixture and pour this mixture into shot glasses. Place in the fridge to set.
At the time of serving top with the chilled diced fruit of your choice and enjoy.
- Pomegranate Punch
The pomegranate punch is a feast to your taste buds and the eyes as well. If you have some guests over whom you want to impress this is just the cocktail to try. A bit of clear fizz combined with vibrant pomegranate seeds will tickle anybody’s taste buds. To make this drink:
You need: 4 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2.5 teaspoons of sugar, 3 teaspoons of fresh pomegranate seeds, 25 ml of Tam ova vodka, Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc and some lemon zests for decoration.
Put lemon juice, sugar, pomegranate seeds and the vodka in a cocktail shaker. Stir to dissolve sugar, and then shake by putting the lid on. You can shake it and keep your cocktail shaker in the fridge to chill and take it out just before serving.
Pour into tall glasses with crushed ice at bottom.
Top with sparkling sauvignon Blanc.
Add some lemon zest and few pomegranate seeds on top for a dash of color.
3. Lychee Martini
If you ever traveled to the Far East, you must have had this refreshing cocktail for sure. You can relive your travel. This will for sure impress the sophisticated cool chic ones in your circle. The drink is super easy to make and super refreshing at the same time. To make this:
You need: 4 oz. of lychee juice, 6 oz. of vodka, some ice cubes, a splash of vermouth and 1 or 2 lychees for garnish or you can even use an orchid if you want.
Simply pour vodka, ice cubes, vermouth and lychee juice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well till all combine and are chilled.
Pour into martini glasses and garnish with lychees and orchid for a dash of color.
Think of tropical paradise exotic beaches and you think of Bahamas. With this flavorsome Bahaman cocktail you can bring the Bahaman feel to wherever you are. Though this is served in coconut in the Bahamas but for the lazy ones who want to enjoy a summer afternoon, you can even serve it in a glass and bring Bahamas to you. To make this drink:
You need: ½ oz of coffee liqueur, 1 oz. of dark rum, 1 oz. of coconut liqueur, juice of a lemon 9 freshly squeezed), 8 oz. of pineapple juice , cherries for garnishing and some ice cubes.
Pour all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker or even a blender and shake vigorously.
Put a layer of crushed ice in the bottom of your serving glass and pour over the cocktail.
You can use a slice of pineapple or cherries for garnishing.
5. Blue lagoon
Believe it or not you can make this exotic high life drink at home. The drink is made from the laraha fruit grown on Curaco Island which gives the cocktail its distinct electric blue color. If you like to live the high life and would like to get transformed into the Caribbean try your hands on this simple exquisite cocktail right now. To make this:
You need: 2 oz. of vodka, 2 oz. of blue Curaco liquor, some readymade lemonade, ice cubes and cherries for garnishing and off course tall Collins glasses for serving.
Fill half of the glass with ice cubes. Pour over vodka and Curaco liquor. Then slowly pour in the lemonade. Garnish with a cherry on top. Off course this is to be served immediately while all the distinct colors are still visible.
These thirst quenching cocktails are must try this summer. You can find all the ingredients easily and trust me these can impress even the most difficult of the guests and make you the coolest hostess in town. Even if you want to impress a certain special someone as you cuddle on a summer afternoon nothing beats these exotic cocktails.