Long summer days and evenings always call for a cocktail or two. So I thought I would run a series of chalkboards highlighting some of my favourites and one or two that I liked the sound of. It was a good opportunity to practice and try out different styles and typefaces. Some perhaps are more successful than others. But I‘ve had fun doing them.
Don’t forget as with all cocktails the fresher your ingredients the better the end result will be. Why not try out a couple this weekend? Fingers crossed the sun will come back.
Lets start with a pink champagne margarita.
This sounds so good. I already think a margarita is one of the most perfect drinks, but if it’s pink and fizzy that perhaps takes it to another level? Rim the glasses with granulated sugar.
Next up the classic Pornstar Martini. Passion fruit is the main ingredient in this cocktail. Passion fruit liqueur or Passoã is made in Brasil from fresh passion fruit juice. Deep red in colour with a vibrant sweet tangy flavour. Invented by Douglas Ankrah from the LAB bar in London in 1999. The Pornstar martini is traditionally accompanied by a shot of Prosecco. However you feel about the name, it’s still a great cocktail.
How about a Mexican Mojito. So simple, no shaking required, but absolutely use the freshest ingredients you can. Especially the mint. I would even go so far as to say grow your own. You could even grow the authentic Mexican mint Mentha x Villosa. Also don’t muddle the mint too much, you really only want to bruise it as it’s never nice to slurp sludge through your straw!
My next cocktail is one for the end of the evening. Whilst in winter I do quite like the old favourite an Irish coffee, the Espresso Martini is the summer evening equivalent. Cold and frothy, and a shot of caffeine to keep you going all night! Shake the three (yes three!) ingredients vigerously with ice to create that creamy top. Strain into a classic martini coupe, garnish with 3 coffee beans if you have them and serve. If you like your coffee a bit sweeter add a tablespoon of sugar syrup.
This makes 2: 100ml vodka, 50ml fresh espresso, 50ml Kahlua (coffee liqueur). Optional tablespoon of sugar syrup. Shake in a cocktail shaker with a good handful of ice until the shaker is icy cold, strain into chilled coupe glasses.
My last cocktail, and probably my favourite is the Aperol Spritz (who am I kidding I love them all!) but this one is just summer in a glass. Fresh, orangey, tangy and light. I like to twist the orange slice over the glass to release the orange oils in the skin to give that super fresh orange flavour.
All these boards were created with POSCA pens. They are amazing and so easy to use. Do let me know which ones you try this summer.