Call it a craze for posting on social media or the notion of living zestfully, today people want to add a touch of art and drama to everything. And drinks are no exception here. Thus, there is a preference for fancy cocktails over beer and whisky like Henry McKenna. These drinks have very little alcohol, and one can sip generously without getting drunk. No doubt, these are popular at weddings, office parties, and even on lazy Sunday afternoons. Moreover, one can always craft exciting flavors and impress the guests. Below we give the list of sizzling cocktails that you can try and relish.
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Pink Fizzy is a light, soothing drink that one can easily make at home. One requires 750 ml of white zinfandel wine, 24 ounces of pink lemonade, and lime soda. You mix all the ingredients in a large punch bowl. Add ice cubes while serving and for garnishing, use lemon wheels. To make it fancier, add 4 oz. of vodka, a few drops of lemon juice, and strawberry syrup and shake the mixture in a cocktail shaker. Pour 2 ounces of dry white wine into the cocktail mixture. Fill the rest of the glass with club soda for the bubbly texture. You can add rose petals before serving to make the drink look fancier.
The Real Mojito
From the farm laborers of Cuba to Hollywood stars, the mojito is one drink that is everyone’s favorite. Today, people celebrate world mojito day on July 11. It has become the go-to summer drink. It is a staple at afternoon poolsides, weekend barbeque parties, or small get-togethers.
For a glass of mojito, one requires around ten mint leaves, half a lemon, one and a half ounces of white rum, two tablespoons of sugar or honey, and soda for the topping. First, crush the mint leaves and lime juice with a muddler in a highball glass. Then add sugar syrup and ice. Pour the drink and fill the glass with soda.
Margarita is one of the most ordered mixed drinks in the United States. Its origin is unclear, and people refer to it as a mystery drink. The recipe is simple, and even the first-time bartender would not spoil the cocktail. You need one and a half ounces of tequila, 1 ounce of triple sec, and 3/4 ounces of lime juice. Pour all the ingredients into the cocktail shaker and give a quick mix. You can also add ice at this stage. Then the drink goes straight into the cocktail glass of any kind. One can also coat the glass rim with lime juice, sugar, or salt. Then enjoy the bitter, sweet, and sour taste of the drink. A salt layer on the glass top can balance the tanginess and is suitable if you prefer a neutral taste.
Sparkling French Martini
With Martini, we associate the famous James Bond dialogue. It is a drink to be shaken, not stirred. But the classic cocktail martini is too clear with just a twist of lemon peel. It is dry, bitter, and not so sugary. It is the best drink at the bar, whereas at parties, one might require something more colorful and flavorsome. People preferring a lite and sweet drink can opt for the French Martini. The ingredients needed are half ounces of Vodka, Chambord (raspberry liqueur), and Pineapple juice. Mix the components in a cocktail shaker along with ice. Strain the liquid into a tall martini glass. The Raspberry liqueur makes the drink sweet and gives the drink a pink tinge. Add an ounce of sparkling wine at the top, along with freshly cut raspberries and pineapple. The nutty and toasty taste of the sparkling wine balances the sweetness of the cocktail.
Sangria is the Spanish contribution to the world of cocktails. It is sweet and has chunks of freshly cut fruits and red wine. Thus, it is a delightful drink to have in the summertime. Moreover, it is suitable for preparing in bigger batches, and you can come up with a customized recipe based on the ingredients available. The required components are a bottle of red wine (750 ml), lime soda (as per taste), 250 ml of brandy, 3-4 tablespoons of brown sugar, and freshly cut fruits. One can add fruits like apples, oranges, peaches, and berries. Add the cut fruits and brown sugar to the punch bowl and muddle well. Then add orange juice or lime juice and give it a mix. At this stage, one can refrigerate the mixture. Pour brandy and red wine into the frozen fruit bowl. Add ice and strain it into cocktail glasses. You can top it with berries or keep wedges of lime or orange on the glass rim for decoration purposes.
Raspberry Vodka Lemonade
It is a simple drink for those random get-togethers. All you need for a single serving are 1.5 ounces of vodka, 4 ounces of lemonade, a few raspberries, and a teaspoon of sugar. Add all the components in the shaker, muddle, and mix them. Now, pour the drink into the cocktail glass with ice cubes.
Given above are a few of the healthy snazzy drinks that one can prepare at home. Mixology offers you a lot of choices, and you can explore them one by one. Adjust flavors, and sugar as per your taste buds and enjoy them whenever.