Now that the sun has really got his hat on and we can start to enjoy our gardens, balconies, or if you’re lucky enough, roof tops, we thought this would be a great time to explain to you all a bit more about one of our loves over here at Butterfly Twists. Of course our main common loves are ballet pumps, sandals, sneakers and all things flat shoes wise, but we also have a huge soft spot for cocktails in the sun (well who doesn’t), which is why we have put our heads together and come up with the 5 most tastiest, interesting and most importantly, cooling down cocktails! But be warned, if you’re making these for a party, after a few you will most probably ditch your heels and need some sturdy ballet pumps instead.
Photo courtesy of: https://uk.thebar.com/recipe/mojito
Of course, we couldn’t leave out a worldwide favourite, the Cuban classic… MOJITO!
Half a lime (cut into 4 pieces)
5 fresh mint leaves
A tablespoon of sugar 50ml golden rum (Morgan’s spiced or Havana Club)
And if you feel like it, some strawberries and raspberries
Put the lime, mint leaves and sugar into a glass and mash them together with any utensil you can find. Then add and stir the rum in and top with soda water. And if you’re feeling extra TASTY add a small handful of strawberries or raspberries at the start, for a burst of yum!
2. Vodka Sunset:
Photo courtesy of: http://www.gogogogourmet.com/friday-at-five-clearwater-sunset-martini/
Perfect for those who love a zingy and refreshing drink, and don’t be fooled by the name, this doesn’t have to be drank at sunset, any time in the sun is acceptable... I mean… it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!
25ml of raspberry cordial
Shake up the orange juice and the vodka, pour it in a glass over ice and drop in the cordial, letting it sink to the bottom, just like a sunset…
3. Berry Daiquiri:
Photo courtesy of: https://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/frozen-strawberry-daiquiris.html
For the berry (and rum) lovers amongst us, this berry daiquiri will be sure to keep you feeling cool in the summer heat!
175g ripe strawberries or 200g/8oz raspberries (or use a mix of 100g/4oz strawberries and 100g/4oz raspberries)
Roughly 6 ice cubes
The juice of ½ a lime
1 tbsp lemon juice
100ml white rum
1 Small lime
Fruit to serve
If using raspberries, blend these first to a purée then rub through a sieve to extract the pips. Put a handful of ice cubes in a powerful blender and crush. Add the berries or pulp, plus the lime and lemon juice and rum. Whizz again and pour into a chilled cocktail glass straight away. Decorate with fruit and enjoy!
4. Piña colada:
Photo courtesy of: https://uk.thebar.com/recipe/pina-colada
Now this list wouldn’t be complete without the famous Piña colada! For a truly tropical beverage, this coconut-y, pineapple-y, delicious treat was made for those with creamy tastebuds. And yes you can enjoy this drink in this sun and not when getting caught in the rain…
120ml pineapple juice
60ml white rum
60ml coconut cream
A wedge of pineapple, to garnish (optional)
Pulse all the ingredients along with a handful of ice in a blender until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and garnish as you like.
5. Watermelon Slushie:
Photo courtesy of: http://www.recipeshubs.com/watermelon-slushies/27873
To refresh you on the hottest of summer days, this delicious cocktail is easy to make and definielty a crowd pleaser.. I mean watermelon, vodka and lots of ice? What’s not to love!
4 pounds of seedless watermelon
1 oz. vodka per 8 oz. slushie
2 oz. Prosecco per 8 oz. slushie
Cut, peel, cube, and freeze watermelon. When frozen, blend until smooth in a blender or food processor. Then add vodka and Prosecco, and viola..
So there you have it, our top 5 cocktails this summer... but remember, always drink responsibly, and if you can’t manage that, just try to keep a pair of Butterfly Twists ballet pumps at hand just in case.