Food&Drink writers Kitty, Nicole and Chloe share their delicious fruity cocktail recipes, perfect for the summer
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We all love a cocktail, but sometimes opening multiple types of juice for one drink can feel like a waste. This twist on a summer classic is a student favourite, bringing a bit of Lancashire flair to the Floridian favourite.
- 30 ml Vimto
- 45 ml Peach Schnapps
- 45 ml Vodka
- 60 ml Orange Juice
1.Add the vodka, peach schnapps and Vimto to a glass with ice.
2.Top with the orange juice.
3.Garnish with an orange slice, a mini umbrella, or whatever else you fancy to make your drink look gorgeous.
Sometimes I find a normal Pornstar Martini can be over too quickly as it is such a small drink, making it too easy to finish. Therefore, I wanted to create something that tasted very similar but lasted longer. This is a drink I quite often make for friends and it always goes down a treat.
Ingredients for 1 cocktail:
- 25ml Passion Fruit Liqueur
- 25ml Vodka
- A dash of Vanilla Syrup
- A squeeze of Lime juice
- Tropical juice to top-up (or Orange juice; I normally switch to orange juice when I run out of Tropical)
- Wedge of lime (optional garnish)
- Half a Passion Fruit (optional garnish)
1.Fill a highball glass with ice.
2.If using a cocktail shaker, add all the ingredients except the juice to the shaker with a few cubes of ice and shake until frost forms on the outside of the shaker. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, simply add all the ingredients to the glass and give them a good stir with a spoon or straw.
3.Top the glass up with juice.
4.Serve with a straw, and a wedge of lime or half a passion fruit, if you are feeling fancy.
I prefer using fresh limes, however, bottled lime juice is easy to find in most supermarkets and does not go off as quickly as fresh limes. It is an excellent store-cupboard cocktail ingredient to have.
If you find the cocktail too sweet you can leave out the vanilla syrup, or alternatively add extra lime for a zesty kick. Another solution is to use less juice to top up and add soda water instead to mellow the flavours.
If making for a group of friends, this cocktail works well as a pitcher – just multiply the ingredients by the number of people.
Peachy Passion Prosecco
I was never one to opt for a wine-based cocktail, as my attraction to wine is extremely limited to Prosecco (most of the time topped with orange juice). I found that most of the Bottomless Brunches in Birmingham I attended required you to like some variation of a Prosecco cocktail.
Needless to say, it has really grown on me. This recipe encapsulates the kind of drink that you would treat yourself to after a long day when needing a little bit of extra luxury. It’s wonderfully fruity and zingy, and the homemade peach juice adds a special touch. If you are not convinced by straight Prosecco just yet, give this recipe a try!
- 1 Peach/Nectarine, juiced (makes about 15ml juice)
- 15ml Orange juice
- 15ml Passoa (Passion Fruit Liqueur)
- Strawberry (to garnish)
1.Remove the skin from your peach or nectarine and chop it into small pieces. If you have a lemon squeezer, place your pitted, skinned peach or nectarine into the juicer until you have squeezed most of the sweet juice out. I was creative and used a mortar and pestle to extract the juices, which I then strained through a sieve.
2.Fill your shaker (or bottle with lid) with ice, along with half a shot of the peach juice, followed by the same amount of orange juice and Passoa. Shake shake shake!
3.Strain your fruity mix into a Prosecco glass, which should fill up to halfway.
4.Top with Prosecco and garnish with a strawberry sliced almost in half. I find that this cocktail is better sipped, so sip and enjoy!
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