These tasty cocktails are perfect for your next party. Image by: Janis Nicolay
Learn to make these tasty signature cocktails for your next holiday party.
You may not be a mixologist, but these signature drinks will have guests convinced you’ve been taking secret bartending lessons. Word to the wise: Leave the fancy bottle spins to the professionals.
1 The Welder
Pour the whisky, Aperol, lemon juice and chili syrup into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled lowball glass and top with the chili pepper.
2 Brandy Crusta
Prepare a rock glass by moistening the rim with a touch of the lemon juice and dipping it in the sugar. Combine the cognac, curaçao, more lemon juice and the bitters in a shaker. Shake and strain into the glass. Add 1 ice cube and the lemon peel garnish.
3 Jamaican Honey Soother
Directions: Pour the rum, honey and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, strain into a coupette cocktail glass.
4 Dark & Stormy
Directions: Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add the spiced rum and then top it off with the ginger beer. Stir, and garnish with the lime wedge.
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Blackberry Lime Fizz cocktail recipe.
Blackberry Lime Fizz cocktail recipe.
Serve this fresh and flavourful champagne cocktail at your upcoming holiday party.
1 Place 6 blackberries on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and freeze until solid (the frozen fruit will help keep your cocktail nicely chilled).
2 Place the lime juice, simple syrup, elderflower liqueur, basil leaves and remaining blackberries in a cocktail shaker and muddle to release the flavours.
3 Add some ice and shake well. Strain into two coupes and top with the champagne.
4 Garnish with the frozen blackberries, and an extra fresh basil leaf if desired.
Tip: *To make the simple syrup, boil 1 cup sugar with 1⁄2 cup water for 3 minutes, until the sugar crystals have dissolved. Simple syrup can be infused with lemon zest, orange zest or ginger to add extra flavour. Keeps well in an airtight container.
Makes: 2 servings.