This weekend is a bank holiday, and the last one before Christmas for England and Wales. However the late summer bank holiday does not call for warm weather and sunny skies – which may put a dampener on any plans for Britons.
However, this does not mean celebrations or relaxing drinks are out of the question.
Although many of us may opt to go out and enjoy the bank holiday in bars, coronavirus restrictions may make some less than happy to do so.
But cocktails are easily made at home, and often for a fraction of the price.
So Express.co.uk has compiled a list of the three best cocktails to make at home this bank holiday.
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Zesty and full of flavour, mojitos are refreshing and can be switched up with flavourings like raspberry and passionfruit.
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- small handful mint leaves, plus extra sprig to serve
- 60ml white rum
- soda water, to taste
- Optional add in – raspberries or passionfruit juice
First, muddle the lime juice, sugar and mint leaves in a small jug, crushing the mint as you go – you can use the end of a rolling pin for this. If you’re adding raspberries, add them at this step.
Pour into a tall glass and add a handful of ice.
Then, pour over the rum, stirring with a long-handled spoon. If you’re adding the passionfruit juice, add it at this step.
Top up with soda water, garnish with mint and serve.
Tropical and fruity, pina coladas can evoke memories of sun soaked beaches and relaxing holidays.
- 120ml pineapple juice
- 60ml white rum
- 60ml coconut cream
- wedge of pineapple, to garnish (optional)
Pulse all the ingredients along with a handful of ice in a blender until smooth.
Pour into a tall glass and garnish as you like, a wedge of pineapple and even a pineapple leaf can look good.
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Amaretto sour is a short but flavourful cocktail, with cherry notes and an almond taste.
- 200ml amaretto
- 3-4 lemons, juiced (you will need 120ml)
- 1 egg white
- small jar or can of cherries in syrup
Put the amaretto, lemon juice, egg white and four teaspoons of the cherry syrup into a blender (you can also do this in a large cocktail shaker, you will just need to shake it very hard without adding any ice).
Whizz up the mixture a few times at a high speed until it is pale and starting to increase in volume.
If your blender is suitable for use with ice, add a few handfuls and pulse just twice more to chill the mixture.
Alternatively, just stir in the ice until the outside of the jug feels cold.
Pour into glasses and garnish with cherries to serve.
Espresso Martini recipe
Give yourself a caffeine boost and tasty drink with the classic espresso martini.
For the sugar syrup
- 100g golden caster sugar
For the cocktail
- 100ml vodka
- 50ml freshly brewed espresso coffee
- 50ml coffee liqueur (we used Kahlua)
- 4 coffee beans (optional)
tart by making the sugar syrup. Put the caster sugar in a small pan over a medium heat and pour in 50ml water. Stir, and bring to the boil.
Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool. Put 2 martini glasses in the fridge to chill.
Once the sugar syrup is cold, pour 1 tbsp into a cocktail shaker along with a handful of ice, the vodka, espresso and coffee liqueur. Shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker feels icy cold.
Strain into the chilled glasses. Garnish each one with coffee beans if you like.
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