Escape winter’s cold-weather woes with a tropical-themed party. It’s a great way to take a break from reality. At the very least, treat your tastebuds to a tropical escape with the Bahama Mama. The combination of aged rum, coconut, orange and sweet pineapple is balanced by sour lemon to create a fruity rum concoction like no other. So turn up the heat, put on your favourite summer shirt and let the vacation in a glass begin.
1 oz Brugal Anjeo Rum
1 oz Cruzan Coconut Rum
2 oz Orange Juice
2 oz Pineapple Juice
½ oz Lemon Juice
Splash of Grenadine
Garnish with an orange and cherry (optional)
In a shaker with ice, add all ingredients. Shake and pour into a tall glass. Garnish and enjoy.
If you don’t have coconut rum, use white rum and add coconut syrup.
Shaking ensures all the ingredients are mixed together well and creates a nice frothy texture because of the fruit juices.
Whatever life brings us, even through Stormy Weather, our true friends will help us through.
To help us through the long weekend and celebrate, let me introduce you to a great cocktail full of spice and rich aromas.
Make use of that leftover wine, in this case Shiraz, combine it with rich aged rum, a splash of lime, and top with fizz and ginger spice. Cheers!
1.5oz Brugal Anejo rum
0.5oz lime juice
0.25oz simple syrup
1.5oz Shiraz red wine
Half lime wheel for garnish
In a mixing glass filled with ice, pour lime juice, simple syrup, Shiraz and Brugal Anejo rum. Cap with a shaker tin, shake, and pour into a glass. Top off with more ice and then add ginger beer until the glass is full. Garnish with a half lime wheel on the rim.
This recipe works great when you have leftover wine. It can easily be prepared in a punch bowl when serving a large group.
When the sun is bright and the air is hot, you need a drink that is going to satisfy your thirst. The Paloma is that drink. A very cool, refreshing cocktail that has smooth 100 per cent Pure Agave tequila, a blend of citrus juices of lime and grapefruit, topped with a splash of fizz.
2 oz. Hornitos Reposado Tequila
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice or half a lime
2 oz. grapefruit juice
Pinch of salt
Top with soda
Salt rim (optional)
Moisten the rim of a glass with a slice of lime. Roll rim in a plate of salt, add ice and squeeze half a lime over the ice. Leave the lime shell in the drink and add a pinch of salt, the grapefruit juice and top with soda. Stir to mix all the ingredients well.
The traditional Paloma uses a grapefruit soda brand called Squirt. You can use a grapefruit soda as a substitute for the fresh grapefruit juice and soda.
It is not uncommon to find a restaurant in Mexico where they will have a bottle of tequila at your table, some glasses with ice, a bowl of salt, limes, and a bottle of Squirt Grapefruit soda to share among your friends.
I like rimming just half the glass rim with salt. That way, you or your guests have the option to drink with the salt or without.
When searching for that perfectly refreshing drink to help cool you to the core, you must try a Mint Julep. If you have already discovered this traditional cocktail, then allow me to introduce you to another variation: the Apricot Julep. Smooth bourbon with subtle oak flavours mixes with fresh mint and light apricot. Lemon juice adds a contrasting tartness. This cocktail is sure to be a crowd-pleaser on any patio or at any barbecue.
2 oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1/2 oz. Bols Apricot Brandy Liqueur
6 mint leaves
1/4 oz. lemon juice
Place mint leaves In a mixing glass, add lemon juice and press with a bar spoon or a muddle. This will allow the oils of the mint to combine with the citrus juice. Add ice and then Maker’s Mark Bourbon and Bols Apricot Brandy. Shake to mix. Pour into a glass and top with more ice and place a sprig of mint for a garnish.
Place two straws next to the mint you can smell the fresh mint with every sip you take.
This is a light and fresh cocktail that is a perfect indulgence on a warm summer’s day. You can customize your cocktail by adding more Bols Apricot Brandy to enhance the light fruit flavour or by adding more lemon juice if you prefer more tartness.
For those who prefer their drinks a bit sweeter you can add a half ounce of simple syrup to the mix.