Delectable Cocktails

May is the month of bank holidays; a time for gatherings, bringing together friends and family. It’s a time to relax and enjoy the first signs of summer. What better way to kick things off than with a few delicious cocktails?

Our first libation was apparently a favourite of Ernest Hemmingway, a man synonymous not only with great writing, but a fondness for alcohol. The Mojito is a delicious blend of lime, mint and rum. The cocktail originated in Cuba and has become one of the most popular cocktails enjoyed today. As with everything in life its not just the ingredients but the execution that make this drink so delicious.

Mojito Ingredients:
2 limes, copious amounts of mint, sugar, rum, soda, ice

First, squeeze two halves of lime into the glass, releasing all the juice.

Add a good handful of  fresh mint and soda to the glass; a generous amount of mint really makes this cocktail.

The next step is to add two tablespoons of sugar, then add just a splash more of soda water.

Next you need to mix the contents together, grinding the ingredients down until all the sugar has dissolved.

Squeeze one half of the not yet used lime into the glass then drop the second half into the drink.

Add the ice (fill the glass to the brim)

Finally pour in two ounces of rum (you can use light, dark or seasoned rum) and serve!

For something pink and summery try a Gin Cup.  A great way to decorate this is to add rose petals – all roses are edible and the effect is beautiful.

Gin Cup Ingredients:
Gin, sugar syrup, Campari, sweet vermouth, mint, lemon juice, pink grapefruit juice

Place the mint sprigs and sugar syrup in the bottom of a glass. Stir about to bruise the mint slightly.

Fill the glass with ice.

Add the lemon juice and gin and stir a frost should begin to form.

Finally add a measure of Campari and sweet vermouth, followed by a glug of grapefruit juice and serve!

For a refreshing non alcoholic drink try some homemade lemonade and store in on of our Timah bottles with a stylish bottle stop!

Homemade Lemonade Ingredients:
6 lemons, 150g sugar, water

First scrub the lemons in warm water, then take the zest from 3 of the lemons using a potato peeler or zester.

Remove any white pith with a sharp knife – this is important to prevent the lemonade tasting bitter.

Now put the zest in a large bowl and add the squeezed juice of all the lemons and the sugar.

Pour in in 2½ pints (1.4 litres) of boiling water, stir well, cover and leave overnight in a cool place.

Stir again the following day, and taste to check the sweetness, add more sugar if needed.

Strain with a coarse sieve and pour into bottles using sterilised corks, then chill thoroughly and serve.

For inspiration and ideas for the perfect gathering take our look at some our alfresco suggestions.

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