Monday, March 1, 2010

Two summery cocktails for a hot night

Dinner at Eloise's place. Must find some nice cocktails. We decided on two fruity ones.

Carpe Diem
10 strawberries, hulled
2 tbsp sugar
1 vanilla pod, split and scraped
90 mL clear apple juice
30 mL lime juice
150mL gin
8 basil leaves, torn
Champagne or soda to serve
Basil leaves - to serve
Cucumber slices

Blend strawberries, sugar, lime juice, apple juice and vanilla bean until smooth. Pour into a 1L capacity jug. Add gin and basil and stir well. Top up the jug with champagne or sparkling water.

Serve over crushed ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a basil leaf and a slice of cucumber.

Ying Sling
This was definitely the favourite of the night. Not too sweet. Nice and strong. A little bitter. Beautiful pale pink. Super easy.

450 mL bacardi rum
300 mL lychee puree (blend a can of strained lychees. Strain the puree to remove gritty bits)
300mL ruby grapefruit juice
Dash of Campari
Mint Leaves, to serve

Mix all ingredients in a jug. Serve in a short glass with plenty of crushed ice. Garnish with mint leaves.

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