Best Fruit Based Cocktail Recipes To Get The Party Started
We are officially in the second half of the year. This means that it’s time to forget all about those new year resolutions you never kept anyway (there is always the next year), and concentrate on all the upcoming holidays and more importantly, your party calendar. You now have the wedding season (read: wild bachelor parties), the numerous Diwali card parties, Christmas and of course New Year to look forward to. And so it is the perfect time to hone your bartending skills. To help you, we roped in the guys who will help you look like hero of any house party – the bartender.
Best fruit-based cocktails to make right now
Being a host or a guest at a house party comes with its own list of unsaid duties. No matter which side you find yourself on, you need to be at your energetic best to be the life of the party and not snoozing the night away on the sofa. And what better ingredient to give you energy than Vitamin C? That is why your best bet is to go the fruit cocktail way. Here, the bartenders of some of our favourite restaurants, divulge their best cocktail recipes:
Blueberry Rosemary Whisky Sour
This cocktail recipe from Jeremie Horowitz, partner at Café Zoe, will have every whisky on the rocks snob in the room converted.
- 60ml whisky
- 1 egg White
- 30ml lime Juice
- 40ml rosemary and blueberry simple syrup
- Rosemary sprig for garnish
- Take all the ingredients and mix it in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a rock glass with four cubes of chunky ice and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.
- 250ml water
- 200g sugar
- 4-5 sprigs of rosemary
- 1 cup blueberry
- Combine blueberries, sugar and water and place it in a saucepan. Wait till the water boils and all the sugar is completely dissolved. Take the rosemary and add it to the syrup. Allow it to boil for one minute. Next, remove it from the stove and let the rosemary steep for 30-45 minutes as the syrup cools. Once it is cool, strain the syrup into a glass jar and refrigerate.
Sukho Thai Fizz
If you want to stay away from the stove and show off your cocktail making skills in front of your guests, then the folks over at Nara have this:
- 50ml citrus infused gin
- 12.5ml lime juice
- 25ml butterfly pea syrup
- Orchid flower for garnish
- Put all the ingredients in a shaker and shake well. Add plenty of ice and shake again. Strain the cocktail into a glass and garnish with orchid flowers.
La Verano Punch
We might have said goodbye to summer a long time ago, but you can always bring the spirit of summer via your cocktails. Say hello to the Verano (which means summer in Spanish) punch. Himanshu Desai, the head mixologist at Kode shows you how to get it right:
- 60ml rosemary infused gin
- 30ml grapefruit syrup
- 20ml fresh lime bitter
- 3 dashes of orange bitter
- Fresh fruit chunks (orange, apple, grapefruit and strawberry)
- Splash of tonic
- Put all the ingredients except tonic water in a punch bowl and add ice cubes. Mix it all properly. Next, add a splash of tonic water.
- Top tip: To add a touch of herbal note to your punch, infuse 2-3 sticks of rosemary to you gin bottle for a couple of days.
Lemon is the key ingredient that helps counteract the dehydrating property of alcohol. This can be your excuse for not feeling guilty before reaching for that second or third glass (who’s counting, anyway?).
- 30ml vodka
- 120ml lemon sorbet
- 30ml champagne
- Slice of lime for garnish
Pour the vodka into a champagne flute, add the lemon sorbet and top it off with the bubbly. Garnish with a slice of lime and you are done.
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 to 2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest
Take the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring it to boil for a minute on medium heat. Allow it to cool for a while. Once it is cool, add lemon juice and zest. Pour this mixture into the ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. For those who don’t have an ice cream maker, opt for a metal baking pan and freeze it. There. You just made your very own adult ice cream float.
The folks over at Hakkasan tell us that this was the drink that helped shape the identity for their drink offerings. Meaning you cannot go wrong with it.
- 40ml gin
- 20ml aperol
- 30ml grapefruit juice
- 5ml lime jucie
- 5ml sugar syrup
- 1 grapefruit twist
- Put all the ingredients in a shaker and muddle it till it’s all blended together. Next, add lots of ice and give it a good shake. Strain the cocktail into a glass and garnish with the grapefruit twist.
Enjoy the benefits of lemongrass, ginger and orange juice but in a cocktail format. The bartenders over at Yauatcha show you how:
- ¼ lemongrass
- 10ml simple syrup
- 35ml gin
- 15ml Campari
- 3 slices of ginger
- 130ml orange juice
- Banana leaf for garnish
Muddle lemon grass in a Boston Glass and then add the rest of the ingredients along with 3-4 ice cubes. Shake well for 5-10 seconds and strain the mixture into a glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a banana leaf inside as shown in the picture. Add more ice till it fills up to the rim of the glass if required.