Summer cocktail recipes

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Summer is the time that long cocktails really come into their own. Either as single serve long drinks or sold in pitchers, freshly made cocktails can...

Summer is the time that long cocktails really come into their own. Either as single serve long drinks or sold in pitchers, freshly made cocktails can be a popular and profitable addition to your drinks menu during the summer months.

Perhaps the best-known summer drink of all is Pimm's, the gin-based cocktail mix which, with a dash of lemonade and a garnish of fresh fruit, is synonymous with the English summer. Invented by James Pimm in the 1820s to accompany meals at his oyster bar, the brand has just been relaunched by owner UDV.

Classic combinations using spirits, such as Margarita, Pimm's and Long Island Tea are well known, of course. You can come up with your own mixes just as well - all you need is a bit of imagination and perhaps a good cocktail book. Start out with a list of simple mixes first and add more sophisticated versions as barstaff get up to speed.

To get you started, UDV suggests some classic recipes which use some of its best-known spirit brands, starting with the Classic Pimm's and a variation on the theme. These are single serve recipes - to sell as a pitcher, multiply the basic recipe by the number of people and size of the pitcher to calculate the correct serving.

Classic Pimm's

2 shots Pimm's No 1
1 shot Gordon's Gin (optional)
Lemonade to taste
Garnish with slices of orange, lemon and cucumber plus generous sprig of mint

Pimm's Cooler

1 shot Pimm's
4 shots ginger beer
Fill a tall glass two-thirds full with ice. Pour in the Pimm's, add five raspberries, top with four parts ginger beer, finish off with slices of lime

Classic Margarita

2 shots Jose Cuervo Gold
1 shot triple sec
1 shot lime juice
Salt on glass rim and lime wedges to garnish

Scarlett O'Hara

2 shots Southern Comfort
1 shot lime juice
Cranberry juice to taste
Lime wedges to garnish
Stir in a glass filled with ice

Bay Breeze

2 shots Smirnoff Red
3 shots cranberry juice
1 shot pineapple juice
Mix in a highball glass and stir well

Sex on the Beach

1 shot Archers peach schnapps
1 shot Smirnoff Red
1 shot Chambord black raspberry liqueur
2.5 shots pineapple juice
Shake well with ice

Moscow Mule

2 shots Smirnoff Red
1 shot lime juice
1/2 shot sugar syrup
8 drops Angostura bitters
Ginger ale to taste
Pour into glass half-filled with ice, garnish with lime

Related topics: Spirits & Cocktails

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