Fed up of partying on wine and beer? Want street-easy party cocktails that are simple to create and will make your Queen’s Jubilee celebrations go with a real swing? Don’t want to spend your bank holiday weekend searching for the ingredients either. End of.
Not a problem. Everything you require to make these street-easy party cocktails are on the shelves at Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, The Co-operative, Morrisons and Waitrose.
Don’t want to invest in a cocktail shaker or elegant shaped glasses? Although they are essential for a cocktail bar, at home any drinking vessel will serve the purpose and a pint glass with your hand on top will work as a cocktail shaker.
The Street Easy Party Cocktails:
A mint-flavoured sipper that slips down quickly.
Glass: large tumbler/old-fashioned
Ingredients: vodka (your preferred brand), white crème de menthe and ice
Method: pour 50ml of vodka and 25ml of crème de menthe into an ice-filled glass and stir. Serves one.
I created this for Scotland on Sunday’s Summer Wine Guide. It’s a refreshing cocktail that combines three of Britain’s preferred ingredients in such a harmonious manner that you will be blissfully unaware of the alcohol content.
Garnish: twist of orange
Ingredients: vodka, blended whisky, Red Bull/Irn-Bru, crushed ice and an orange
Method: half-fill a chilled glass with crushed ice, add 75ml of vodka (clean grain vodka works best), 25ml of blended whisky, and top up with 150ml of Red Bull/Irn-Bru. Stir, then garnish with a twist of orange. Serves one.
A sparkling long drink with a bite, perfect for quenching your thirst.
Garnish: lime wedge
Ingredients: tequila (check the label: only use brands that have been produced from 100 per cent agave), freshly squeezed orange juice, freshly squeezed lime juice, sugar syrup or gomme sirop (available from Oddbins) and soda water or club soda
Method: pour 100ml of tequila, 50ml of the freshly squeezed orange juice, 50ml lime juice, and 25ml of sugar syrup or gomme sirop into a cocktail shaker. Shake over ice, then pour into ice-filled glasses and top up with soda water. Garnish each with a lime wedge. Serves two.
Gin Garden Martini
The flavour combination of apples and cucumber adds a refreshing zing to this palate-pleasing gin-based drink.
Ingredients: cucumber, gin, freshly squeezed apple juice (not concentrate) and elderflower cordial
Method: blend two inches of peeled cucumber and pour into a cocktail shaker over ice; add 100ml of gin, 50ml of the apple juice (fresh juice works best), and top up with 25ml of elderflower cordial. Shake, pour into iced glasses and float a slice of peeled cucumber on the top of each. Sip slowly. Serves two.
Don’t forget to ask your street-easy party guests to bring spirits rather than beer or wine! Happy shaking and enjoy your Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.
ASDA Scotch Blended Whisky
Want a cheaper alternative to the leading brands? It’s difficult to tell the difference from the brands in a cocktail or with a mixer. If the size and price fits – put a bottle in the trolley. Competing Brands: Famous Grouse, Bell’s, Teacher’s & Grant’s
Waitrose London Dry Gin
Pronounced juniper notes on the nose, palate and finish, but not as assertive as Gordon’s or Beefeater. It’s difficult to tell the difference from the brands in a cocktail or with a Schweppes tonic. Competing Brands: Bombay Sapphire, Gordon’s, Beefeater & Plymouth