With everyone’s favourite season right around the corner, it’s time to start planning how to enjoy it to its full potential. If this summer is anything like last year’s, it’s going to be filled with glorious sunshine and relaxing days in the garden. And what’s the most important thing to have at hand when lounging in the summer heat? A personally handcrafted cocktail, of course! Here are six of the best that you can make at home.
A Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is considered to be one of the world’s greatest novels. Originally published in 1925, it has continued to have a great influence in literary circles ever since and was also made into feature films on numerous occasions. Jay Gatsby is a character that many would aspire to be like, and they can do so by enjoying the drink named after him. The Great Gatsby is made with vodka, Lillet Blanc, and pink grapefruit juice. Add a slice of orange peel to finish.
If you’re someone who likes to play online casino games while outside in the garden, you wouldn’t be alone. Thousands of people log on to sites like Genesis Casino to play a vast range of slots, virtual games, and live dealer games. The live casino experience brings the bustling atmosphere to players in their own homes, and the atmosphere can be enhanced by accompanying it with the right drink. What better, then, than the tipple of choice of one of the world’s best-known gamblers? James Bond famously ordered a Vesper in Casino Royale. It’s made with gin, vodka, and Kina Lillet, and garnished with a simple twist of lemon peel. You can even whip up a mocktail version if you prefer.
A margarita is arguably the best way to enjoy tequila. The simple concoction sees the Mexican spirit mixed with orange liquor and lime juice and is served with a complimenting hit of salt on the rim of the iconic glass. This hugely popular drink came about in 1936 and was a twist on the Daisy cocktail which was popular in Mexico at the time.
A Long Island Iced Tea
Who needs iced tea when you can have Long Island Iced Tea? This strong option has the power to knock people off their feet, so be careful with your measures. It includes an eclectic mix of vodka, tequila, light rum, triple sec, gin, and cola. The drink originated at a competition in 1972 and was invented by barman Robert Butt.
One of the most famous drinks on the planet, the mojito is an instant hit on a hot day. The highball rum cocktail also features sugar cane juice, lime juice, soda water, and mint. The drink is known to have originated in Havana, Cuba, and it dates back as far as the 1600s. However, there is debate over who invented it, with some believing it was the great explorer, Sir Francis Drake.
A Pina Colada
Would it really be summer without a Pina Colada? Of course, it wouldn’t. Always make sure that your liquor cabinet is stocked with the ingredients that you need to make this tropical treat. All you need is rum, coconut milk, and pineapple juice. Blend it up with some ice for an extra cool glass of refreshment.
Whatever your preference, there should be something to suit everyone here. Just make sure you have the key ingredients ready to go, so you can toast the beginning of summer in style.