Hot on the heels of Bournemouth bartender James Fowler‘s success in the World Class UK Bartender of the Year, Buzz decided to take a look at some summery cocktails to keep you cool and accompany the five minutes of sun you might be lucky to see this season. There are a whole host of fantastic cocktail bars in and around Bournemouth, but who doesn’t like a homemade tipple with a cheesy Dorset-based pun in the name?
35ml lime juice
Handful of ice cubes
Chuck the Tequila, Cointreau and lime juice into a cocktail shaker, add a handful of ice cubes of and give it a good shake.
Strain the margarita into a salt-rimmed glass and slip on a slice of lime to garnish.
Sex on the (Bournemouth) Beach
75ml peach schnapps
200ml cranberry juice
100ml fresh orange juice
Stick all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake it up well.
Pour into a tall glass with a few ice cubes, and sip through a straw.
This one takes a bit of effort, but trust us, the results are worth it for the perfect summer drink. We’ve gone for strawberries, because there’s nothing more summery, but any fruit will do.
4 fresh strawberries
2 tsp white sugar
35ml white rum
1 tbsp strawberry liqueur
25ml lime juice
Throw all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, and mash them all together with the end of a rolling pin or something similar.
Shake the mixture up real good, and strain it into a cocktail glass. If you’re feeling extra fruity, slide a strawberry onto the rim of the glass to garnish.
Bloody Mary Shelley
The perfect hangover cure, we chose this one purely on the strength of the pun in the name (Thanks to Rosie Lord).
2 ice cubes
vodka, double shot
½ lemon, juice only
6 dashes Worcestershire sauce
3 dashes Tabasco sauce
150ml tomato juice
pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper
Chuck the ice and the vodka into a tall glass.
Add the lemon and tomato juice and the Worcester and Tabasco sauce into the glass, and give it a good stir.
Season to taste. If you’re feeling really fancy, put in a stick of celery (trust us) to garnish.
The Cherries Bakewell
1 shot cherry brandy
2 shots amaretto
2 shots cranberry juice
2 shots cherry juice
Stick it all in a short glass and mix it all together. Serve with a swirl of squirty cream and a cherry.
Lower Gardens Iced Tea
20ml white rum
20ml fresh lemon juice
1 tsp sugar syrup
2 handfuls crushed ice
Stick the vodka, gin, rum, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker and give it a good shake.
Fill a tall glass halfway with crushed ice, pour in the mixture and top up with cola.
Another complicated recipe, another fantastic pun. You’ll love both (right?).
35ml gold rum
1 tbsp coconut-flavoured rum
50ml coconut cream
50ml pineapple juice
3-4 pineapple chunks
Chuck both rums, the coconut cream, pineapple juice and chunks of pineapple into a blender and whizz it all up until smooth.
Pour into a cocktail glass, throw on your best Hawaiian shirt and enjoy.
Old Harry on the Rocks
As much whiskey as you think is appropriate
Grab some ice, stick it in a whiskey glass, pour in some whiskey (and then some more when no one is looking), sit in front of a mirror and bathe in the sophistication.
Key Lyme Regis Martini
60 ml vodka
30 ml triple sec
30 ml key lime cordial
30 ml double cream
Throw all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker half full with ice and shake it up.
Strain into a cocktail glass. If you really want to impress, line the cocktail glass beforehand with honey and biscuit crumbs to give it that key lime pie authenticity, you fancy little thing you.
15ml orange liqueur
squeeze fresh lime juice
25ml cranberry juice
Place all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, and fill with ice.
Shake it like a polaroid picture, and strain into a cocktail glass.
After James Fowler was named best bartender in the UK this week, Buzz’s Beth Graham and Jodie Packwood went and spoke to James behind the bar of The Larder House, to ask him about the experience of the competition, and how he got into mixology.
Which one of our hilariously punny (sorry) cocktails tickles your summer fancy? Vote below!
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