5 Classic Holiday Cocktail Recipes That Will Take You Back To Summer
There’s no need to feel blue about summer coming to a close when you have a cocktail in your hand. Here are five classic recipes that will transport you to sunnier climes and some classic summer holiday destinations
The Jamaican Breeze – Jamaica
One of the key ingredients of any Jamaican holiday is rum! This laidback country is one of the world’s foremost producers of the sugary spirit, so as soon as this delicious drink hits your lips you’ll be right back at the beach. To make a pitcher of Jamaican Breeze you will need 13oz of rum, 6oz banana liqueur, orange juice, pineapple juice, blueberries for each glass and some mint leaves to garnish. Stir your concoction well and make sure to pour over ice. Jamaican rum is known for its quality so go for the real deal if you are mixing up this easy, breezy cocktail.
Tequila Sunrise – Mexico
Not many things say Mexico quite as much as the faint hum of tequila, salt and lime in the air. And if you’re not keen on the boozy jolt of a tequila slammer you can take the edge off with this popular cocktail. To make a tequila sunrise you’ll need 2oz tequila, 4oz orange juice, grenadine syrup and plenty of ice. Combine the tequila and orange juice in a cocktail mixer and strain the prepared liquid into a highball glass, finally pour in the grenadine. Stir before drinking and pop on a sombrero.
Greece – Greek Hammer
Ouzo: one whiff of Greece’s most iconic spirit is enough to bring back the holiday vibes. Many a party has been started with this wild beverage and many a hangover has been suffered after going a bit too hard. Bring back happy memories of decadent Greek evenings with a classic cocktail, the Greek Hammer. To make this firey little number you will need 1⁄3 ounce ouzo, 1⁄3 ounce blue curacao and 1⁄3 ounce banana liqueur. No fancy mixing needed, just pour into a shot glass and enjoy.
Bulgaria — ‘The Cloud’
Known as ‘oblak’ to the locals, meaning ‘the cloud’, this cocktail is just as powerful as it is tasty. Made with a Bulgarian aniseed spirit called mastika and a crème-de-menthe-style liqueur called mentofka, 25ml of each are combined with 30ml of vanilla ice cream. Poured over crushed ice, the result is a creamy, refreshing cocktail that lives up to its name and dances on the palate. Although you’re supposed to garnish the drink with two straws, you may find yourself wanting to keep it all to yourself!
Tenerife – Mojito
Originally a Cuban creation, this mint, lime and rum cocktail has been exported all over the world. When he wasn’t polishing off a Bellini, Hemmingway also loved one of these after a hard day’s writing. Mojitos are extremely popular in the Canary Islands and if you have been there you’ll no doubt agree that an icy mojito is a great way to cool off in the heat. To make at home you’ll need lime, sugar, mint leaves, 2oz rum, soda and ice. Mixing techniques vary.
Throw back a summery cocktail to remind yourself of warmer days this winter or, even better, book a holiday to one of these places to experience the real thing.