Happy Hour : DIY Cocktail

Its Friday Night, Happy Hour & Cocktail Time!

 

Happy Hour
Happy Hour

At Spoiled Brat, we know (only too well) just how amazing (and needed) a really good cocktail can be on Friday nights. So we thought, why not share some of our favourite cocktails – DIY girly cocktails to get you guys going for your Friday night!

You can make up these yummy cocktails at home, meaning you can have them at the start of an night out or you just to add a touch of glamour to a night infront of the telly.

Forget shakers , Tom Cruise and bar spoons – it turns out we can give you all the essentials for some good, girly cocktail recipes to make at home, to spoil yourself. We love our cocktail, sweet and sugary!

DIY cocktail tips for beginners

Think about how much ice you need, then triple it – you need plenty of ice to get a drink properly cold.
Don’t buy sugar syrup: you can make your own by mixing half sugar with half water, shaking it in a jar until the sugar dissolves and leaving it in the fridge. It’ll keep for a week.
Always use freshly squeezed juice.
Experiment with your own garnishes using different herbs – mint is most common, but try things like basil or thyme.
Use jams and preserves in place of the sugar syrup for a different, fruitier drink.
Focus at first on one or two key spirits – many recipes only involve one syrup, then just common kitchen items like sugar or juice.

And onto the recipes, let us introduce the Raspberry Cosmopolitan – aka our fav tipple!

Pink Raspberry Cosmopolitan Cocktail
Pink Raspberry Cosmopolitan Cocktail

For the Raspberry Juice:

  • 2 cups frozen raspberries
  • 1 & ½ cups water

For the Cocktail:

  • 2 ounces Raspberry juice
  • 2 ounces Raspberry Liqueur
  • 4 oz good quality vodka
  • Juice from ½ lime
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • Pink sugar crystals Raspberries for garnish

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Makes 2 cocktails – 1 for you, 1 for your BFF? 

Preparation

To make the raspberry juice:

Combine 2 cups of frozen raspberries and 1 1/2 cups of water and bring to a simmer, mashing the berries against the sides of the pain to release their juices. Strain into a cup or bowl scraping the seeds with a spatula along the bottom of the strainer to extract all the juice.

To Prepare the Cocktail:

Fill two standard size martini glasses with ice and water to chill. In a shaker combine the Raspberry Juice, raspberry liqueur, vodka and lime juice over ice and shake a few times until ice cold. Pour out the ice water from the martini glasses and dip the rims of the glasses in simple syrup then into pink sugar crystals. Divide the mixture between the two glasses and garnish with raspberries.

And then drink, repeat!

Enjoy xxxxx

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