With the pub still closed, it's been left to us to make our drinks for now. And the sunny weather has got us craving a margarita or two!
Are you missing nights out sipping cocktails at your favourite bar? Or are you craving sunny afternoons in beer gardens, margarita in hand? Well it may be some time before we can enjoy those things again BUT you may be pleased to know that many are your favourite cocktails are super easy to make at home with just a few ingredients and some basic equipment.
Even the best cocktail bartenders will tell you that the best cocktails are the classics that have stood the test of time, and been perfected over many years. In fact, most innovative new cocktails are based on a classic - most are easy to customise, making them incredibly versatile. Here are five cocktail recipes you can make in your own home...
Who knows, you may even be a master mixologist by the time you're able to invite your friends over for drinks again!
In case you haven't heard, we're aiming for total body confidence for all this summer! BUT we love a nice afternoon cocktail in the sun. We think you should still be allowed a treat once in a while, so here's a secret for you: not all cocktails were created equal! Here are our favourite healthier guilt-free cocktail recipes to make at home...
Cucumber & Elderflower Spritz
1.5 shots of gin
0.5 shot of elderflower liqeur
Juice of half a lemon
5 slices of cucumber, chopped into quarters
Soda water to taste
Cucumber wheel to garnish
Add all ingredients except for soda to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with soda to your preferred level. Garnish with cucumber wheel.
Skinny Grapefruit Margarita
1 shot of triple sec
1 shot of gold tequila
Juice of half a grapefruit
Juice of half a lime
Half a cup of sparkling water
Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a short glass either neat or on the rocks as you prefer.
3 wedges of lime
1 teaspoon of stevia
8 mint leaves
4 strawberries, sliced
2 shots of white rum
Place lime wedges into a tall glass and muddle. If you don't have a muddler, squeeze them in instead. Add the stevia, mint and strawberries. Add the rum. Top with crushed ice, then fill the glass with soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a strawberry.
You know we love to be ahead when it comes to beauty, and the same applies to the drink in our hand. Whilst we love a classic cocktail, we're always keen to see what England's top mixologists will think of next. Rumour has it there's some very exciting cocktail trends coming our way this year.
Firstly, we can expect to see a serious upgrade to mocktails, with a larger section of menus dedicated to them. Not only that but they'll use more exciting flavours and techniques, commanding the same care and attention as their alcoholic counterparts. Fantastic news for designated drivers, ladies who are expecting, or really anyone who wants to cut down on their drinking in 2019.
2018 saw a large shift towards sustainability and reduction of waste, even spreading into bars with a movement towards reduction of plastic straws. Bartenders plan to take this even further this year, so we can expect edible garnishes and more creative ways to cut down waste by 80%. No need to feel bad about sipping martinis til 2am now!
It's also rumoured that the fine line between food and cocktails will get even skinnier. Many of us have sampled a lemon cheesecake cocktail or chilli infused drink (or several!) but this year we can expect to see more and more ingredients coming from the kitchen, and more drinks inspired by our favourite dishes - delicious! One surprising food that we may expect to see creeping into our cocktails this year is mushrooms - yep, you read that correctly. Look for mushroom-infused vodka or mushroom tea mixed with sparkling wine - well, it's worth a try... in fact, unexpected ingredients and pairings will be everywhere so be ready to tantalise your taste buds.
For those of us who love the classics, here are some of the cocktails expected to be the most popular this year:
Time to arrange a girls night out at the cocktail lounge? We think so...
After sipping on cocktails in beer gardens all summer, it feels a little sad that this must come to an end with the onset of the colder weather. But not to worry - we can continue to drink cocktails throughout autumn, we just need to change up our habits. Mojitos and cosmos were ideal for hot summer days, but not so suited for autumn. Swap up the beer garden for your living room with tasty snacks and a warm fire, and switch out your summer favourites for our delicious autumn cocktail recipes.
1. Warm Apple Pie Cocktail
1 bottle of apple cider
1 cinnamon stick
I tablespoon of nutmeg
2 shots of spiced rum
Whipped cream, 1 cinnamon stick, an apple spice, and ground cinnamon to garnish
Pour the cider into a saucepan, and add the cinnamon stick and nutmeg. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, strain out the spices, and add the rum. Pour into glasses, top with the whipped cream, pour over a little cinnamon, and place the cinnamon stick and apple slice on top to garnish.
2. Cranberry Margarita
1 cup of cranberry juice
1 shot of tequila
1 shot of triple sec or cointreau
I lime wheel and fresh cranberries to garnish
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, squeezing the juice out of the lime. Serve straight up in a martini glass or over ice. Garnish with the lime wheel and fresh cranberries.
3. Bourbon and Thyme Cocktail
2 shots of bourbon
2 teaspoons of maple syrup
Half a lemon, cut into wedges
A couple of sprigs of thyme
Lemon twist and thyme sprig to garnish, and ice to serve
Muddle thyme and lemon wedges in a glass. Add bourbon and maple syrup. Stir to combine. Add ice. Garnish with lemon twist and thyme sprig.
Grab some tasty snacks, book your Bliss nail appointments, and call up the squad for a cocktail party!
We've had our first glimpse of summer for the year and we loved it. What better way to celebrate sunshine than to invite your squad over for a cocktail party?! Margaritas are one of our favourite classic cocktails that have stood the test of time, and always promises to be a crowd-pleaser. But if you want to go beyond the classic, there's plenty that you can do with this delicious drink. So here it is - our top five margarita recipes...
1. Classic Margarita
What you'll need: tequila, cointreau, limes and sugar syrup.
Chill martini glass, then run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass, then coat rim with salt. Shake up 50ml of tequila with 25ml of cointreau, 25ml of lime juice and 12.5ml of sugar syrup, for about ten seconds. Strain into the martini glass and garnish with a lime wheel.
2. Vanilla Margarita
What you'll need: Tequila, Licor 43, limes and sugar syrup.
This recipe is exactly the same as the classic, except that you're switching out the Cointreau for licor 43 (vanilla liqueur). If you really want to be fancy, instead of rimming the glass with salt, mix a few drops of vanilla essence with some granulated sugar and rim the glass with vanilla sugar instead.
3. Cucumber and Mint Margarita
What you'll need: tequila, cointreau, limes, sugar syrup, a few mint leaves, cucumber.
Exactly like the classic, except you'll add a few mint leaves and a few slices of cucumber to the shaker. This one is best served over ice and garnished with cucumber and mint.
4. Frozen Margarita
What you'll need: tequila, cointreau, limes, sugar syrup, ice.
The perfect summer drink! Put all ingredients into a blender with a scoop of ice. Blend thoroughly, adding more ice if desired. The finished product should be slushy consistency. Serve in a martini glass and garnish with a lime wheel.
5. Strawberry Frozen Margarita
What you'll need: tequila, cointreau, limes, sugar syrup, ice, a few strawberries.
Exactly the same as above, except with the strawberries added in. Garnish with a strawberry. Just like a grown ups slush puppy! This also works well with mango, raspberries or pineapple.
What are you waiting for - call the girls, book in your gel nails appointment and host your own cocktail party!
With sunny days just around the corner (next week hopefully!), it's inevitable that most of us will be heading to our favourite beer gardens and rooftop bars to enjoy a few cheeky drinks in the sun. Sure, we know alcohol is bad for us but it provides such a lovely summer pastime - something about those rays just makes us yearn for cocktails. So, if you're concerned about your skin, let us fill you in on which drinks are the worst for your skin, and which aren't so bad, so you can at least make an informed decision.
Due to it's lower sugar content compared to other drinks, our lovely little 3am treats are less likely to cause a breakout. It's also less likely to leave you with a hangover compared to darker spirits like rum or whisky. Skip the salt for best results. Margaritas all round, please!
On the one hand, beer has a relatively high salt content, which is not great for your skin. On the other hand, it contains antioxidants and even has anti-ageing benefits. It can also be less dehydrating than other drinks as it has a lower alcohol content and tends to be drunk slower - good for the skin AND the hangover.
Gin and Vodka
Gin and vodka are low in both salt and sugar, meaning that they are not as bad for your skin as other drinks. They also produce less of a hangover! HOWEVER if you mix your spirit with sugary soft drinks all night (including in cocktails) the effects on your skin will be considerably worse. For best results, mix with water, soda water or diet soft drinks.
Winos look away now - you will not like what you're about to read! Unfortunately your favourite glass of savvy b is high in sugar, causing cell damage and skin ageing. There are no benefits for your skin, just damage (sad face).
We hate to say it, but this delicious classic cocktail is loaded with sugar. Long term this leads to increased wrinkles and acne. But if you can't give up this tasty, rum-based treat, you could always ask the bartender to make it with half as much sugar as usual...
Unfortunately our favourite winter tipple is just about the worst drink for your skin. Maybe we can justify it by remembering all the health benefits of red wine...
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