What is better than lying on the sand by the sea all day in the middle of summer? Doing it with a cool cocktail in hand.. Instead of indulging on the usual cool cocktails we enjoy by the beach or pool, why not expand your cocktail vocab and try these equally refreshing cocktail treats this season?
1.) Pomelo-Mansi Mojito: This Pinoy take on the Classic Lime Mojito is not only refreshing, but also quite easy on the budget. Perfect for newbie cocktail makers; this just might make it big in the country real soon. Here is how you make this gourgeous Rum-tinged drink:
a. In a cocktail shaker, muddle together six mint leaves and two pieces of calamansi.
b. Add one and a half ounces of White Rum and some ice and shake until the drink is well blended.
c. Pour over a highball glass and top with Pomelo Soda.
2.) Watermelon Margarita: Not many people have tried this tropical treat yet but one taste is enough o convince any cocktail connoisseur to make this a staple at their bar. Here is how you can make this refreshing cocktail:
a. Cut up a ripe Watermelon and remove seeds.
b. Liquefy the fruit in a blender and measure out sixteen ounces. Transfer this to ice cube trays and freeze.
c. Once the Watermelon juice is frozen, pop the cubes out into a blender and add the juice of half a lime (or that of three pieces of Calamansi), six ounces of Tequila, three ounces of Triple Sec, and a table spoon of Powdered Sugar.
d. Blend until you get a smooth slush.
e. Transfer to a Margarita glassed with sugar or salt on the rim and garnish with a Watermelon wedge.
3.) Lychee Martini: This opaque cocktail is starting to make waves in the city thanks to more and more establishments finally realizing the potential of this nut fruit for cocktails. This Asian take on the classic Martini is interesting and refreshing especially when served ice-cold. The floral-citrus taste of the lychee is best enjoyed with clean-tasting Vodka and some great company.
a. In a cocktail shaker combine one and a half ounces of Lychee Liqueur, an ounce of Vodka, and a dash of Lychee-flavoured Syrup (the syrup that comes with canned Lychees) with some ice cubes until cool and well-mixed.
b. Pour the mixture in a Martini glass and garnish with some canned Lychee fruit.
4.) Malibu Bay Breeze: This cocktail is deceivingly simple. It looks like a regular juice drink but packs the kick and edible interest that the Coconut Rum brings. Create this easy cocktail to celebrate the season of the sun. here’s how:
a. Grab a highball glass or any tall glass you have at home.
b. Fill one-fourth of the glass with Cranberry Juice.
c. Pour the same amount of Pineapple Juice to fill half of the glass.
d. Add a shot of Coconut Rum.
e. Stir and top with some ice.
f. Garnish with a piece of Pineapple
5.) Mango Bellini: This festive drink combines the Philippines’ favorite fruit with some bubbly. This creates a cocktail that is both fizzy and velvety. Here is how to make the Mango Bellini:
a. In a champagne flute combine an ounce of chilled Mango Juice with two ounces of chilled Champagne.
b. Garnish with a slice of Mango
6.) Pina Colada: The national cocktail of Puerto Rico—The Pina Colada just might be the most popular Summer cocktail in the world. The taste of Pineapple and Coconut definitely reminds us of lazy days by the beach and the more enjoyable summers of our past. To remember all those wonderful seaside memories, make this cocktail by following these simple steps:
a. In a blender, combine two ounces each of Coconut Cream, Canned Pineapple Juice, White Rum, and half a cup of crushed ice.
b. Pour over a Pina Colada glass and garnish with a piece of cherry or slice of Pineapple.