Cool Cocktail Ideas for Hot Summer Days – We’ve got another burst of hot weather on the horizon apparently, and I can’t think of a better way to cool down than with a delicious cocktail. I’d never considered using a dessert wine for summer cocktails, but a recent visit to review a restaurant in Kew (Hawthorn if you were wondering – review to come very soon) started me thinking: At Hawthorn, I was offered a white port spritz – delicious and very refreshing.
So, inspired by the idea of using a sweet wine for summer cocktails, I was delighted to discover that Brown Brothers Orange Muscat & Flora (a delicious Australian sweet wine) was already on the case!
With its brilliant gold colour, zesty citrus note and a hint of honey and spice, it’s already one of my favourite ‘stickies’.
Brown Brothers Orange Muscat & Flora is a surprisingly inexpensive wine – £8.50 for a 37.5cl bottle in Tesco and it’s as versatile as it is delicious. It’s fabulous with blue cheese or summer desserts, as well as being such a refreshing cocktail ingredient.
So here are a few ideas for you to try:
Orange Muscat & Flora & Fizz
Glass: Chilled Glass Champagne Flute 8-10oz
25ml Orange Muscat & Flora
100-125ml Pre-Chilled Regular or Lime Soda in Day Time or 100-125ml Champagne
Add Orange Muscat & Flora
Add Preferred Fizz
Drop Sugar Cube seasoned with drops of aromatic bitters
– Orange Twist
– Sugar Cubed angostura bitters
Glass: Tall Glass or Wine Glass 14oz
50ml Orange Muscat & Flora
25ml Fresh pink grapefruit juice squeeze
Soda roughly 100ml (Use glass rim as gauge)
Build Ingredients into a glass with cubed ice
Topped a highly charged soda a few inches from top
Light Stir and Swizzle with a long bar spoon add more ice & straw