Summer Cocktails and Mocktails

You don’t have to be a  mixologist to mix up  some ‘knocking’ summer cocktails!

The spirit of summer is never quite complete without a great ‘spirit’ or two. Afterall, with so much cause for celebrating – Jamaica’s recent celebration of its 54th year of Independence and not to mention the official start of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio – one must absolutely be prepared with atleast three ‘knockin’ cocktail recipes, to partake in all of the excitement and merriment.

With this in mind, I have put together some refreshing cocktails and mocktails that you can easily and quickly stir-up at home – for yourself or while in good company.

Some are meant for your humble abode, others will have you in ‘game spirit’ in no time, like my favourite Jamaican Sprinter or the Island Paradise.

So let’s get to it, then. Get out those shakers and glasses and get right into the mix (pun intended). Oh, and cheers!

Tropical Coconut Mojito

Tropical Coconut Mojito
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Sip on this tropical coconut mojito while you enjoy Rio 2016 from the comfort of home with family and friends. Get the recipe here.

Strawberry Smash (Mocktail)

Strawberry Smash
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A simple blend of strawberries and fresh herbs provides the base for this refreshing, virgin cocktail. While our athletes are smashing the tracks, smash a quick cocktail for the games. This recipe is for one serving, you can multiply the proportions to make more.  Get the recipe here.

Island Paradise

Island Paradise
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This cocktail has in not 1, nor 2 but 4 different layers of drink in one glass! Enjoy the tropical flavours of this simple drink, reminiscent of an island paradise. It may seem hard to make at first but you will be surprised by how simple it is. Raise your glass and let’s cheer for our athletes in Rio.  Get the recipe here.

Gold Rush

Sprinter
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The perfect drink for the Olympic Games! Enjoy the burst of flavours from this combination of liqueur and rum along with the sweetness from the pineapple and orange juices. On your mark, get set, get mixing!!!!  Get the recipe here.

Jamaican Sprinter

Gold Rush
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Get in the mood with this simple mix of Red Bull, ginger ale and a splash of rum. Garnish with grated lemon zest for a nice touch.  Get the recipe here.

Mango-kiwi Mocktail

Mango-kiwi Cocktail
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This non-alcoholic, mango-kiwi cocktail or mocktail, if you may, is the ideal drink for those who may not want liquor. For this recipe I used frozen mango concentrate but you can also use freshly blended mango juice for the same result. Get the recipe here.

RECIPES IN THIS POST
Tropical Coconut Mojito
Strawberry Smash (Mocktail)
Island Paradise
Gold Rush
Jamaican Sprinter
Mango-kiwi Mocktail

 

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Noel Cunningham

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Noel is a Jamaican chef who creates culinary experiences that bring people together with great food.