5 Cool Mixers

5 Cool Mixers

Serving a selection of mixed drinks will get your party going! If you don’t know how to bartend, fret not!

We come to your rescue with our tips for bringing delicious alcoholic drinks to your home, complete with a party shopping list, and not to forget – recipes!

 

1. The Sunny Spritzer

Ingredients:

Fresh seasonal fruits, preferably strawberries, kiwi, mandarin, and pomegranate

15 ml sugar syrup

20 ml lime juice

90 ml apple juice

15 ml coconut rum

45 ml white rum

Garnish:

A few fresh mint leaves

 

Method:

  1. Chop all the fresh fruits.
  2. Soak them in the rum overnight, a night prior to your party.
  3. To assemble the drink at the party, mix the fruits with the pineapple juice, and sugar.
  4. Serve chilled with a wine glass, and garnish with a few mint leaves.

 

2. Mandarin Rooster

Ingredients:

2 drops bitters

2 cloves

10 g brown sugar

20 ml citrus juice

60 ml vodka

A few cubes of ice

Garnish:

A slice of mandarin

2 basil leaves

 

Method:

  1. Muddle the brown sugar and cloves together in any glass.
  2. Mix it with vodka, orange juice, and citrus juice.
  3. Pour all the ingredients in a bar shaker along with ice, and shake it up until chilled.

 

3. Very Berry

Ingredients:

90 ml tonic water

20 ml simple syrup

20 ml citrus juice

50 g mix of fresh blueberry, raspberry, and strawberry

A few cubes of ice

Garnish:

Lemon slice wheel

 

Method:

  1. Mix all the berries with the citrus juice, simple syrup, and gin in a serving glass.
  2. Add ice and top it up with tonic water.
  3. Garnish with the lemon slice wheel and serve.

 

4. Caribbean Spiked Coffee

Ingredients:

30 ml sugar syrup

90 ml black coffee

60 ml fresh cream

60 ml dark rum

A few cubes of ice

Garnish:

Cinnamon, a stick and powder

 

Method:

  1. Pour the dark rum, black coffee, and sugar syrup in a mixing glass along with the ice cubes.
  2. Mix well and pour it into a short serving glass.
  3. Top it up with the fresh cream.
  4. Place the cinnamon stick in, sprinkle some cinnamon powder on top. Serve chilled.

 

5. Runny Nose

Ingredients:

10 ml lemon juice

90 ml hot water

20 ml honey

10 g mix of star anise, cinnamon, and black pepper

60 ml brandy

Garnish:

  1. Mix all the spices with the honey and brandy, stir well.
  2. Strain the mixture in a glass and pour the hot water over it.
  3. Top with the lemon zest and serve hot.

 

Bonus Drink

Aloha!

Food and drink have the power to transport us to places we’ve never travelled to, or places we hope to get to in the near future. Sometimes, all it takes is a mocktail to get us dreaming.

Take, for instance, this Blue Lagoon that will instantly take you to Hawaii! Isn’t it an easy way to transform an ordinary evening, into an exceptional night?

Blue Lagoon

6. Blue Lagoon

Ingredients:

1 maraschino cherry

¾ cup soda

1 tsp ginger juice

¼ cup Blue Curacao syrup

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 strips of lemon rind

10 mint leaves

Ice cubes, to serve

 

Method:

  1. Crush the mint leaves between your fingers.
  2. Put the lemon rind strips, mint leaves, lemon juice, blue curacao syrup, and ginger juice in a glass, and top with ice cubes.
  3. Pour in the soda and mix with a stirrer.
  4. Garnish with a maraschino cherry, and serve immediately.

 

Check Off This List

Before you start partying, take a minute to decide what mixed drinks you’d be serving, and accordingly make a list of the supplies. Our checklist includes:

#1 Liquor

Choose the spirits your guests will love. If you’re unsure what mixed drinks to serve, buy a few basics: vermouth, rum, tequila, vodka, gin, whiskey, and Scotch.

 

#2 Mixers

Some basic mixers include ginger ale, lemon-lime seltzer, tonic water, and carbonated water.

 

#3 Garnishes

Top off the mixed drinks with garnishes. Lemon wedges, fresh fruits, lemon peels, olives, and Maraschino cherries are popular drink garnishes.

 

#4 Ice

To keep your cocktails cool, have about half a kg of cubes per person.

 

#5 Bar glasses

You don’t need a huge selection of glassware. Ten-ounce-all-purpose glasses will work for nearly every alcoholic drink.

 

#6 Various Bar Tools

Keep essentials like a wastebasket, sponge, small towel, cocktail napkins, corkscrew, and a bottle opener handy.

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