As the temperature starts to shift towards warmer days, chill out with some light and refreshing cocktails and mocktails.
Cucumber-Rosemary Gin and Tonic
When it comes to gin and tonics, we love the assertive taste of Hendricks (and judging by the gin survey, we know we aren’t alone on this). Adding a slice of cucumber is classic, but throw in a sprig of rosemary to enhance the gin’s herbal flavours to a whole new level.
What you need:
- 1 cucumber
- 1 lime
- 3 sprigs of rosemary
- 2 oz. Hendrick's Gin
- 4 oz. tonic water
- Simply peel half a cucumber, and slice a lime into 8 wedges.
- In a highball glass, add 3 slices of peeled cucumber, 1 sprig of rosemary, and juice from a lime wedge before adding 1 ounce of gin.
- Muddle with the back of a spoon before straining the liquid through a mesh strainer into a second highball glass.
- Add several cubes of ice, and 3 slices of unpeeled cucumber.
- Top with remaining gin and tonic, and serve garnished with rosemary sprigs.
Icy-Cool Green Tea Mojitos
Looking for something cool and thirst-quenching with a twist? How about this fresh spin on the Mojito, made with a healthy measure of ice-cold green tea! This recipe is light and refreshing without being too boozy. Perfect for a late spring afternoon.
What you need:
- 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
- 4 large mint leaves (I substituted 1 shiso leaf, torn into several large pieces)
- 2 teaspoons of sugar
- 1/2 cup of brewed green tea, chilled
- 1 ounce of white rum
- Add lime juice, mint (or Shiso) and sugar together in a Collins glass.
- Mix gently till the leaves bruise lightly and flavours are released.
- Add ice until glass is about ¾ full before adding rum and green tea.
- Finally, stir thoroughly before serving.
Watermelon Strawberry Cooler
One of our favourite thirst-quenching concoctions for this spring would be the super refreshing, non-alcoholic yet beautifully hued watermelon strawberry cooler. Perfect for a picnic or a day out at the beach!
What you need: Makes 2 approximately 8-ounce drinks
- 4 cups of cubed watermelon
- 1 cup of strawberries
- ½ a peeled lime (or juice from ½ a lime)
- 2 teaspoons of chia seeds
- 6 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
- Ice (optional)
2 different ways to prepare
Juicing – to ensure that there’s no pulp.
- Juice the watermelon, strawberries, and lime according to juicer's instructions.
- Discard the pulp.
- Pour into glasses and serve.
Blender or food processor:
- Blend the watermelon, strawberries, and lime until smooth.
- Strain through a sieve, pushing the juice through with a spatula.
- Discard the solids.
- Mix the chia seeds into the juice and refrigerate for about 15 minutes to let the chia seeds swell.
- Muddle 3 mint leaves in the bottom of each glass.
- Fill glasses with ice (optional).
- Stir the juice to break up the chia seeds, pour into glasses, and serve.
Blackberry Elderflower Spritzer with Mint
A delightfully refreshing drink for spring sips. It's sweet, delicious, and refreshing.
What you need: Makes about 1 litre
- 1 litre of soda water, chilled
- ½ a cup elderberry flower syrup, chilled
- 1 lime, juiced
- About 1/3 of a cup of blackberries, washed
- 1/4 of a cup of mint leaves, bruised
- Add soda water, elderberry flower syrup and lime into a pitcher, whisking well.
- Stir in the blackberries and muddled mint leaves before serving immediately.
Special note from our amazing staff at Island Café & Bar - lemon juice and strawberries are great alternatives to blackberries and lime juice.
Chase the heat away with these concoctions!