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Tequila Surprise

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Here’s an easy twist on the once-trendy tequila sunrise that might just bring it back into vogue – or, at least, into Cosmo. (It’s already winning points for its ability to inspire both a terrible magazine pun AND a cocktail pun in one phrase.) Adding orgeat or falernum (use whichever you have on hand) adds a luxurious or tiki vibe, respectively, to this brightly coloured crowd-pleaser.

INGREDIENTS

30ml tequila

15ml orgeat or falernum

5ml grenadine

fresh orange juice (enough to fill the glass)

GLASS

Rocks/tumbler

METHOD

Half-fill the glass with ice. Add the tequila, orgeat or falernum and enough fresh orange juice to fill the glass, and stir. Pour the grenadine over the back of a bar spoon – it should slowly settle into the glass to create the ‘sunrise’ look.

 

RECIPE BY

I really shouldn’t take credit for just adding an ingredient to a classic cocktail…but I will.

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Doctored Pimm’s

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A few weeks ago I foolishly attempted to provoke the weather gods into providing Melbourne with a sunny day by offering them a Sergeant Sunplash. It seems they listened, because today they turned their full vengeance upon me with a horrific heatwave, and I am now trying to placate them with a different offering: a Doctored Pimm’s.

Pimm’s, as you probably know, is a gin-based liqueur. Versions based on other spirits are sometimes also available, but most people are familiar with ‘Pimm’s No.1 Cup,’ the gin-based one that gets abbreviated simply to Pimm’s. It’s terribly British and traditional, dahling, and in my terribly traditional extended family it’s made with equal parts Pimm’s, lemonade and ginger beer, garnished with mint, a strip of cucumber peel and an orange slice, and drunk only on Boxing Day. And you do NOT fuck with this tradition. I once tried cutting the oranges into segments instead of slices. What was I thinking?! (Given it was Boxing Day, I was probably thinking, ‘My God I need a drink.’) That was more than a decade ago and I am still hearing about it.

So I am going to blame the heat for this deviation from the norm (and hope the family don’t read this): the Doctored Pimm’s has bourbon in it, and mandarin vodka, and really not very much actual Pimm’s in it at all. It’s about as far as you can get from a proper Pimm’s and still have Pimm’s in the title, really. It’s light and refreshing and tastes a bit like a cross between Fanta and a mint julep, which sounds disgusting but tastes quite nice. It’s the kind of thing you drink when it’s stinking hot and you don’t have enough bourbon to make a decent julep, or the ingredients to make a decent Pimm’s, or the energy to trundle down to the shops to buy either of those things. It’s a good way to use up the dregs of several bottles that somehow always seem to be taking up space on your bottle shelf. Look, it’s cold and wet and vaguely alcoholic, and right now that’s good enough for me!

INGREDIENTS

30ml bourbon

15ml Pimms

15ml Absolut Mandarin

15ml sugar syrup

10ml lemon juice

good dash of Angostura Bitters

soda water, to top up

orange slice, to garnish

mint sprig, to garnish

GLASS

Old-fashioned

METHOD

Half-fill the glass with ice. Add all the ingredients except the garnishes and stir. Garnish, hope your family isn’t watching, and drink to your non-traditional heart’s content.

RECIPE BY

This one was created out of sheer desperation by the 52 Cocktails crew.

 

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Summer Dreams

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When it’s a sunny spring day and the scent of ripe strawberries is in the air, you can’t help but think all’s right with the world…and that you really want a drink, because hey, you’re only human.

This is the perfect drink for that kind of day, when the sunset burns shades of orange into the sky and you’re dreaming about that long, hot summer that’s just around the corner. It’s like strawberries and cream in a glass and is a sophisticated way to kick off a garden party.

Serves two.

INGREDIENTS
5-10 ripe strawberries, hulled and halved
5 large mint leaves
2 teaspoons caster sugar
30ml strawberry-vanilla infused vodka*
Moscato

*The 52 Cocktails crew was lucky enough to receive a delicious homemade strawberry-vanilla vodka from a fan, who wouldn’t reveal the recipe but hinted they’d let a lot of cut strawberries, sliced vanilla pods and sugar infuse in some vodka for several months before straining the mix and presenting it to us. It’s fantastic and we reckon you could make it, too. And maybe give us a sample, hint, hint. If you don’t want to make your own infused vodka but you do want to try this recipe, substitute 15ml vanilla vodka and 15ml strawberry vodka and let us know how you go.

GLASS
Champagne flute

METHOD
Place the strawberries, mint and sugar in the glass part of a Boston shaker, like so:

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Muddle them together, then add the vodka and half-fill the glass with ice. Pop the metal part of the shaker on top, flip the whole thing over and shake like mad. Of course, if you don’t have a Boston shaker you can use a cobbler instead.

Strain through a sieve into a clean glass. If you really, really don’t like having ‘bits’ in your drink, strain it again. Pour the mixture into two Champagne flutes. It will look like this:

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Top with chilled moscato and serve.

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DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY
Straining the mixture is the hardest part. And that’s pretty easy!

RECIPE BY
This one’s by 52 Cocktails….with a little help from our friends.

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