I’m reliably informed that a heatwave is on it’s way. I say reliably, because every single customer I’ve seen during the last week’s worth of glorious summer sunshine, has fixed me with a pitying look, asked me if I wouldn’t rather be outside? (yes dear patron, I would. But sadly, there are bills to pay and adulting is a rough gig) and informed me that they hope I’m not working the weekend as it’s going to be a scorcher. They can’t all be wrong!

As luck would have it, I’m not working over the weekend, and the other half is off in Englandshire watching other people play computer games in an exhibition centre. No, I don’t get it either, but as long as he’s happy…

So! I’m having the girls over for drinkies in my ever so slightly overgrown back garden. Since it’s going to be a warm one, I thought I’d round up some tasty frozen drinks to keep us, and you, cooled off and chilled out over the warm weekend.

 

Strawberry Vodka Slushies

 

 

This is a nice big batch that will serve around 6. Perfect for cooling down at summer get-togethers in the garden.

 

You will need:

50g caster sugar

125mls water

125mls vodka (Try Ciroc Vodka)

The juice of two lemons

350mls of Sprite (and extra to serve)

30-35 hulled fresh or frozen strawberries

 

• Add the water and sugar to a saucepan and bring to the boil.

• Add the strawberries, reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes until softened.

• Use a hand blender to reduce the mixture to liquid.

• Remove from the heat and add the vodka, lemon juice and Sprite. Stir well and leave to completely cool.

• Pour the mixture into a sealable plastic container and freeze for at least 8 hours.

• To serve, fill each glass with scoops of the mixture and top up with Sprite. Stir and serve immediately.

 

Tropical Rum Smoothie

 

 

Serves 4. This drink is naturally sweet and fruity but you can add some clear grenadine syrup if you prefer a sweeter drink.

 

You will need:

250mls Caribbean rum (Try Bumbu Rum)

250mls Coconut water

200g Pineapple Chunks

200g Frozen Mango chunks

Handful of ice

Clear Grenadine syrup to taste

Pomegranate seeds to garnish

 

• Place all ingredients into a jug blender.

• Blend on a high speed for 1-2 minutes or until the mixture is smooth and thick

• Pour into 4 short glasses

• Sprinkle a few pomegranate seeds on top of each smoothie and serve immediately

 

G&T Float

 

 

Somewhere between a cocktail and a dessert. You could switch the sorbet for a scoop of ice cream if you fancy something a little richer.

 

You will need:

1 part Gin (Try Daffy’s Premium Gin)

Two parts Fever Tree tonic water

Slices of lemon and lime

Lemon Sorbet

Mint leaves

 

• Add the gin to a tall glass

• Pour in your tonic water

• Add a generous scoop of lemon sorbet

• Garnish with citrus slices and a few mint leaves

• Serve with a long spoon

 

This is also lovely with a flavoured Gin. Try substituting Boe Peach and Hibiscus Gin Liqueur and adding a scoop of peach sorbet instead of lemon for a slightly sweeter, fruity take on this recipe.

 

Summer Fruits Wine Cooler

 

 

This is so easy to whip up in a jug blender and is slightly lower in alcohol than some of the spirit based drinks above if you’re taking it easy. You can make a fairly large batch quite inexpensively so its great for serving at parties and barbeques.

 

You will need:

1 bottle of White or Rose Wine. Choose something quite sweet like White Grenache or Moscato.

300g frozen peaches

300g frozen white grapes

300g frozen strawberries

Fresh strawberries to garnish

 

• Pour the wine into the blender.

• Add the frozen fruit

• Replace the lid and blitz on a high speed for two minutes or until the mixture is smooth

• Pour into mason glasses and garnish with a fresh strawberry and a paper straw.

 

Still feeling the heat? There are loads of ways to add some chill to your drinks this summer:

• Warm beers? Wrap the bottle in a wet paper towel and pop into the freezer for 10 minutes for a perfectly chilled beverage.

• Try freezing edible flowers into your ice cubes for a pretty addition to clear drinks.

• Frozen grapes in a glass of wine will cool it without diluting the flavour like ice would.

• Freeze summer berries in a tupperware box and pop them into drinks, instead of ice, to cool them down and add a fruity flavour.

• At summer barbecues, fill a large plastic storage box with ice and pop in your cans and bottles to keep them cool without taking up fridge space.

• Thermal flasks keep things cold as well as hot. Try decanting your chilled wine into a flask before heading off on a picnic, it will keep your drinks nice and cold for hours.

 

Cheers!