Whether sitting on the patio, by the lawn, near the barbeque, chatting with friends, family, sexy loved one; these drinks are a real treat to celebrate the Australian summer.
The classic Martini is one of the drinks that everybody can easily make. There are many ways to make a Martini: gin or vodka, little or no vermouth, stirred or shaken, and an olive or lemon twist garnish. One drink, so many options.
If you are opting for the olive garnish, use either one or three olives skewered on a cocktail pick. Some people say that an even number of olives is bad luck, though I think it just looks better.
- Main alcohol: Gin or Vodka
- Ingredients: 10ml Dry vermouth, 60 ml Gin
- Preparation: Pour all ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain in chilled martini cocktail glass. Squeeze oil from lemon peel onto the drink, or garnish with olive.
- Served: Straight (or on the rocks)
- Standard garnish: Olive, Lemon twist
- Drinkware: Cocktail glass
Bahamas Rum Punch
- Pineapple Juice
- 15ml Rum
- 15ml Malibu Rum
- 30ml Campari
- Orange Juice
Mix it up varying the ingredients to taste. Balance the Orange and Pineapple, add a little Malibu rum till you can slightly taste the coconut, then enough Campari to redden it and then make up the rest with rum. A delicious and authentic island drink that will make you very drunk if you aren't careful ('cuz its so good to drink!).
Alabama Slammer Cocktail
An Alabama Slammer is a cocktail made with amaretto, Southern Comfort, sloe gin, and orange juice. It is served in a Collins glass. It is also sometimes known as a Southern Slammer.
- Main alcohol: Amaretto, Sloe gin
- Ingredients: 20ml Amaretto, 20ml Sloe Gin, Orange juice, 20ml Southern Comfort
- Served: On the rocks; poured over ice.
- Drinkware: Collins glass
As you might guess from the name, the Bellini is an Italian classic. The original recipe came from Venice and was simply two parts Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) to one part white peach puree with a touch of raspberry or cherry juice, which gave the drink a unique translucent pink hue. Since then, the recipe has developed a number of variations, largely because white peaches weren’t available everywhere at all times.
- 1 tablespoon white peach puree
- Fill with Prosecco
The classic Bellini recipe is very simple. Just put one tablespoon of white peach puree into the bottom of a chilled flute glass. Now fill the glass slowly with Prosecco or champagne so it stirs up the puree.
For a non-alcoholic treat, use non-alcoholic sparking wine in place of the champagne.
Bellini for 2 (without fresh fruit)
If you haven’t got access to peaches and raspberries to puree, here’s a version of the drink that uses all bottled and canned ingredients. Remember: this one will pack a much bigger alcohol wallop than the traditional version.
- 60ml of peach nectar
- 30ml peach schnapps
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 90ml of chilled Prosecco
Mix everything but the champagne together in a chilled flute glass. Add the champagne, stir and serve for two.
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