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5 Delicious Berry Cocktails To See Out Summer With

12th August 2021

 

 

We’re heading to the tail-end of berry season in the UK. And by now you’ve baked your crumbles, you’ve crushed your Eton messes, and consumed more strawberries and cream than you’d like to mention. But! there are still plenty of fresh summer berries to be had, and enjoyed in, well, liquid form! Whether it’s as a garnish or as a syrup, berries can add the perfect hint of sweetness or sharpness to a cocktail. Check out our favourite 5 summer cocktails that make the most of the summer berries. 

 

Blueberry Spritz

What makes a spritz such a crowd favourite is its versatility. Purists might say you need a vermouth to call it sprtiz, but we’re not that fussy. We’ve used a dry prosecco

Ingredients

  • 50ml Our London Vodka
  • 50ml La Jara prosecco
  • 50g sugar
  • 50g water
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • Soda water

Method:

  1. Combine equal parts sugar and water (50g each) in a small saucepan. And in a handful of blueberries and bring to the boil. With the back of a spoon, squish the blueberries so the flesh is released from the skins. Once all the blueberries have been broken, remove the pan from the heat. Strain the syrup through a sieve, throwing away the skins. Leave to cool for 30 minutes.
  2. Fill a whiskey glass with ice. Pour over 2 tablespoons of the syrup mixture as well as the lemon juice. Muddle together, then add the vodka and prosecco. Top with soda water. Garnish with a few blueberries, a twirl of lemon peel and a sprig of rosemary.

Strawberry Lime Mojito

This British spin on the classic Cuban cocktail uses the best of the season’s fresh strawberries, which pair perfectly with white rum, zesty lime and freshly muddled mint.

Ingredients

  • 2 strawberries
  • 1/2 a lime, sliced into quarter segments
  • 12 mint leaves
  • 50ml white rum
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • Soda water
  • Ice

Method:

  1. At the bottom of a tall glass, muddle together 1 strawberry, 1 segment of lime and 10 mint leaves.
  2. Next add two tablespoons of sugar and another two lime quarters. Muddle the mixture for a a few seconds until everything is well combined.
  3. Fill the glass with ice. Add 50ml white rum, top up with soda water and stir well.
  4. Garnish with the final segment of lime and a strawberry. Give a couple of mint leaves a slap (this helps release the flavour) and add to the glass.

 


Frosé

This easy to make cocktail is the perfect way to cool yourself off in the summer heat. Best of all the you just sit back whilst the freezer does most of the job. Then once it’s ready enjoy the perfect rosé-slushie topped with fresh British strawberries.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle Pinot Noir Rosé
  • 100g strawberries
  • 100g sugar
  • 100g water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Ice

Method

  1. Pour the rosé wine into a sealed container and freeze for at least 5 hours.
  2. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Hull and quarter your strawberries, and add them to the saucepan. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat and leave to cool.
  3. Once cooled, strain the syrup mixture through a sieve. Cover it and pop into the fridge to cool.
  4. Once the container of rosé is at a slushy like consistency, remove it from the freezer and blend in a food processor or blender with half of the syrup, the lemon juice and a handful of ice, preferably crushed. Blitz until smooth. Taste the frosé and add more syrup if necessary. Re-freeze for another hour or so.
  5. Pour the frosé mixture into a martini glass and garnish with a halved Strawberry.

 


Strawberry Lime Mojito

This British spin on the classic Cuban cocktail uses the best of the season’s fresh strawberries, which pair perfectly with white rum, zesty lime and freshly muddled mint.

Ingredients

  • 2 strawberries
  • 1/2 a lime, sliced into quarter segments
  • 12 mint leaves
  • 50ml white rum
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • Soda water
  • Ice

Method:

  1. At the bottom of a tall glass, muddle together 1 strawberry, 1 segment of lime and 10 mint leaves.
  2. Next add two tablespoons of sugar and another two lime quarters. Muddle the mixture for a a few seconds until everything is well combined.
  3. Fill the glass with ice. Add 50ml white rum, top up with soda water and stir well.
  4. Garnish with the final segment of lime and a strawberry. Give a couple of mint leaves a slap (this helps release the flavour) and add to the glass.

 


Blueberry bramble

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Fair Gin
  • 25ml Creme de Mure
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • Handful of blueberry (plus a couple to garnish)
  • 50g sugar 
  • 50g water

 

Method:

  1. Combine equal parts sugar and water (50g each) in a small saucepan. And in a handful of blueberries, bring to the boil, then remove the pan from the heat. Strain the syrup through a sieve, throwing away the berries. Leave to cool for 30 minutes.
  2. Add a tablespoon of the sugar syrup, 50ml of gin, 25ml of lemon juice and a handful of ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Shake for 30 seconds before straining into a rocks glass filled with ice (preferably shaved). Top with 25ml of creme de mure, garnish with lemon wheel and a blackberry.

 


Good and Proper Tea’s Rooibos Punch

This refreshing recipe from Good & Proper Tea is iced tea’s answer to a non-alcoholic Pimms – feel free to add chopped apple, raspberries and mint too! Perfect for a hot summer’s day.

Ingredients

  • 1 Good & Proper Tea Rooibos tea bag
  • 20ml agave syrup
  • 20ml lemon juice
  • 1 strawberry, hulled and cut into 4
  • Basil leaf
  • Ice*
Method
  1. Bring 150ml freshly drawn, filtered water to the boil. Pour over 1 heaped tsp Rooibos tea leaves or 1 tea bag. Allow to infuse for 5 minutes then remove the leaves or tea bag and set aside to cool.
  2. Add the tea, syrup and lemon juice to a shaker with plenty of ice. Shake for 10 seconds
  3. Strain into a glass with fresh ice and your chopped strawberries
  4. Garnish with a basil leaf
  5. Enjoy!

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