Beat the blues and the summer heat by sipping on some delicious home made cocktails. One would think, summer is all about sunshine, tan lines, tall drinks, and if you’re lucky, a vacation or two, but as we stay home to stay safe, keep the spirits high by experimenting at your home bar.
Diageo India’s DIY cocktail recipes, by Brand Ambassador Meghana Balaji, help you pick from your favourite tipple, whether its Gin, Vodka, Scotch or a Baileys! A perfect way to enjoy a sundowner is with a classic cocktail by your side.
60ml Gordon’s London Dry
150-180ml Fever-Tree Tonic
2 dashes Bitters
Mosambi Wheel, Sage leaves garnish Ice: Cubed Ice
Glassware: Copa glassware
As prep, chill your glass, the tonic & the gin far ahead of time.
In your chilled glass, pour in 60ml of Gordon’s London Dry Gin. Top up with ice, until ice peaks through the glass like a mini iceberg. Start to pour in 180ml of cold tonic water, you will notice the ice starts to melt.
Top with more ice to keep the carbonation strong, avoid over diluting your drink with mixer and to reduce the melt. Finish pouring in your tonic water as desired.
Dress with2-3 dashes of bitters, and garnish with a mosambi wheel and sage leaves.
Andalusian Summer with Tanqueray
45ml Tanqueray London Dry
20ml Chamomile Honey
20ml Fresh Orange Juice
15ml Lime Juice
Soda to Top Up
Glassware: Copa De Balon, Wine Glass
Take highball, add 60ml Tanqueray London Dry, and all other ingredients until lime juice.
Top up with ice, until ice peaks through the glass, stir and cool your drink down. Place your orange wedge against the glass for a clean garnish look.
Add more ice and then top up ever so slightly with crisp soda.
Dress with2-3 dashes of bitters if you like!
45 ml Ketel One Vodka
100 ml Ginger Ale
Glassware: Mule Mug
Lightly muddle a couple of ginger juliennes in your mule mug,
Juice half a lime,
Add 45 ml Ketel One, top with ice until ice peaks through the mug Top with crisp, fresh, superbly cold ginger ale
Agitate a sprig of mint on the back of your hand. Garnish with more lime wedges, said mint and ginger juliennes.
Melon & Mint
60 ml Smirnoff No.21 Vodka
5 Watermelon Wedges
3 Lime Wedges
15ml Sweet & Sour (a mix of sugar & lime)
Glassware: A highball glass
In a highball glass, muddle watermelon (de-seeded) and 60ml of Smirnoff No.21 Vodka.
Lightly muddle in the lime wedges. Don’t go in too hard, or the lemon oils make the drink bitter. Pour in 15ml of sweet & sour.
Add cubed ice to fill in the glass completely. Add soda water until halfway; you’ll see the ice melt.
Wiggle your bar spoon right to the bottom of the glass, hitting the base, give it a proper stir
Top with more ice and a touch of soda. Agitate a sprig of mint on the back of your hand.
Garnish with more lime wedges, said mint and a watermelon wedge on the rim.
Scotch needs to be in your arsenal of tasty summer drams. Follow along for sweet surprises!
Johnnie Berry Crush
45ml Johnnie Walker Black Label
10ml Lime Juice
Ripe Raspberries / Strawberries
Soda Water to top up
Mint to garnish
Glassware: An Old-fashioned glass
Take an old-fashioned glass, add 3-4 strawberries and a sprig of mint Use a muddler to gently crush the berries & mint
Pour in 45ml of Johnnie Walker Black Label Add crushed ice to the top and add soda water until halfway Wiggle your bar spoon right to the bottom of the glass, hitting the base, give it a proper stir Top with soda
Agitate your sprig of mint by slapping it against your palm Garnish with mint and slurp it up! That’s a fabulous way to go highballing’ into the weekend!