5 Easy Cocktail Recipes with Seasonal Fruits to Keep You Cool This Summer

By Kaveri Jain

Spring is nearing its end and giving way to the hot, hot Indian summer. If you’re hosting a summer party or just want to cool off after a long, hot day, a delicious cocktail recipe is always good to have on hand.

We’ve put together five chilled refreshing cocktails full of seasonal flavour. Gin, vodka, tequila or wine – whatever is your calling, get ready to experiment. Have a chilled out summer!

 

SUMMER SANGRIA 

sangria-1.jpgIngredients (one pitcher):

750 ml white wine
750 ml sparkling white wine
100 ml ginger ale
200 ml sugar syrup
1 red apple thinly sliced
1 orange thinly sliced
200 grams blueberries

Instructions:

Place all the fruit in a large pitcher (what’s a sangria without a gang of friends?) then top up with the remaining ingredients. Give it a quick stir. Refrigerate for an hour or two. Serve chilled!

 

WATERMELON SLUSH WITH A ORANGE COINTREAU

watermelon backupIngredients (serves 2):

4 cups frozen watermelon
20 ml sugar syrup
Few mint leaves
Squeeze of lemon
60 ml Gin
30 ml Orange Cointreau

Instructions:

Blend all the ingredients in a mixer and serve. This fruity slushy drink is light and refreshing on a hot summer day.

 

MANGO JALAPEÑO MARGARITAS

mango-jalapenos-1.jpgIngredients (serves 1):

60 ml jalapeño tequila
60 ml lemon juice
60 ml mango syrup
1/2 mango, peeled and chopped
A few jalapeño peppers, sliced
Salt for the rim
Cubed mangoes for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

For jalapeño tequila: Add 2 sliced jalapeños to a large jar or container and cover with 1 and a half cup of tequila. Let sit overnight or if possible for 24 hours, then strain before using. Keep in a sealed container in the fridge.

For mango: Combine 1 cup sugar syrup + half mango (peeled and cubed) in a blender and blend until combined.

  1. To make the margaritas, rim the ridge of your glass with a lemon wedge and dip in salt.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the jalapeño tequila, mango sugar syrup and lemon juice with ice, and give it a good shake.
  3. Add ice and two slices of jalapeños to your glass and pour over the tequila blend.
  4. Garnish with mango cubes!

 

STRAWBERRY CUCUMBER CHILLED VODKA CUP 

Strawberry Cucumber2Ingredients (serves 1):

1 handful of fresh mint
4 cucumber slices
4 strawberries, sliced
4 lemon slices
60 ml vodka
60 ml ginger beer or ginger ale
90 ml club soda
Some lemon juice
Strawberry and mint for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Fill your glass with ice. Add half the strawberries, cucumber slices, fresh mint and lemon slices. Then add some more ice, layering in the remaining ingredients.
  2. Now pour in the vodka and squeeze in the lemon juice.
  3. Stir the mix and pour ginger beer on top
  4. Finish with the club soda. Again give it a gentle stir.
  5. Garnish with mint and strawberry.

 

COCONUT MARGARITA 

coconut-margarita-2.jpgIngredients (serves 1):

45 ml tequila
25 ml Cointreau
30 ml coconut cream
30 ml coconut milk
1 tsp lemon juice
30 ml sugar syrup
Lemon wedges for garnish

Instructions:

Mix all the ingredients together in a shaker. Give it a good shake, strain into a glass and serve on the rocks. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Kaveri Jain is a home cook, food blogger, vodka connoisseur, and mother of two whose kitchen is her kingdom. Write to her at kaverijain24@gmail.com.

Photographs by Ananya Jain

First published in the April 2018 issue of eShe magazine