Lockdown Cocktails

Cocktail making. The perfect way to spend an evening. Why not try these out on Zoom with friends or family?

Aperol Spritz

Ingredients

  • ice
  • 100ml Aperol
  • 150ml prosecco
  • soda, to top up

Method

  • STEP 1 Put a couple of cubes of ice into 2 glasses and add a 50 ml measure of Aperol to each. Divide the prosecco between the glasses and then top up with soda, if you like.

 

Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

Ingredients

  • 500g strawberries, hulled
  • 200g ice
  • 100ml rum
  • juice ½ lime
  • Garnish
    • 1 strawberry, halved
    • 2 slices of limes
    • 2 cocktail sticks

Method

  • STEP 1 Blend the strawberries then push the resulting puree through a sieve to remove some of the seeds. Tip the sieved puree into the blender again and add the ice, rum and lime juice. Blend again and divide the mixture between 2 Martini glasses.
  • STEP 2 Thread the lime slices and strawberry halves onto the cocktail sticks and place onto the edge of the glass, serve immediately.

Passionfruit Martini

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe passion fruits (they should have a crinkly appearance), halved
  • 60ml vanilla vodka
  • 30ml passoa
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp sugar syrup
  • prosecco, to serve

Method

  • STEP 1 Scoop the seeds from one of the passion fruits into the glass of a cocktail shaker, add the vodka, passoa, lime juice and sugar syrup. Add a handful of ice and shake well, strain into 2 martini glasses, top up with prosecco, then add half a passion fruit to each. Serve immediately.

Espresso Martini

Ingredients

For the sugar syrup

  • 100g golden caster sugar

For the cocktail

  • ice
  • 100ml vodka
  • 50ml freshly brewed espresso coffee
  • 50ml coffee liqueur
  • 4 coffee beans (optional)

Method

  • STEP 1 Start by making the sugar syrup. Put the caster sugar in a small pan over a medium heat and pour in 50ml water. Stir, and bring to the boil.
  • STEP 2 Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool. Put 2 martini glasses in the fridge to chill.
  • STEP 3 Once the sugar syrup is cold, pour 1 tbsp into a cocktail shaker along with a handful of ice, the vodka, espresso and coffee liqueur. Shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker feels icy cold.
  • STEP 4 Strain into the chilled glasses. Garnish each one with coffee beans if you like.

One for the Dry Janers and non-drinkers;

Apple Mojito

Ingredients

  • lime 1, halved and sliced into wedges
  • caster sugar 1 tsp
  • mint leaves 6, plus extra to garnish
  • apple juice 3-4 tbsp
  • almond extract a dash
  • sparkling water for topping up

Method

  • STEP 1 Use the end of a rolling pin to muddle the lime wedges with the sugar in a highball glass. Add the mint leaves and lightly muddle again. Fill the glass with ice and pour over the fruit juice and almond extract. Stir, then top up with sparkling water and garnish with more mint leaves.