Friday, 26 August 2016

The Perfect Fruit Drinks For Bank Holiday BBQ's

The August Bank Holiday is the day that we all dust off our barbeques, grab some food and friends have ourselves a great time! (Weather permitting, of course). Got your food sorted, but not sure what to do for drinks? Never fear, our fabulously fruity (and naughtily alcoholic) will be sure to please the masses. Not to forget the little ones, we've included some sweet and juicy recipes for the kiddies too!

For The Adults

Strawberry Gin
Prep - 15mins
Makes - 1.5 litres
Ingredients - 700ml bottle of gin; 400g punet of strawberries, sliced; 100g caster sugar
Method -
  1. Mix the gin with the strawberries and caster sugar in a large bowl and pour into a 1.5-litre sterilised Kilner jar.
  2. Store in the fridge and stir every two days for three weeks. Strain though coffee filters or muslin cloth to serve.

    Red Wine Cooler
    Prep - 5 mins
    Makes - Enough for 8 people
    Ingredients - 750ml bottle of fruity red wine (Rioja is good); 600ml lemonde; lemon slices, to serve; sprigs of mint, to serve
    Method - Stir together red wine and lemonade. Pour into glasses with lemon slices and sprigs of mint.


    Apple Prosecco Punch
    Prep - 5 mins
    Makes - enough to serve 8-10 people
    Ingredients - 400ml cloudy apple juice; 200ml vodka; juice of 2 lemons; 750ml Prosecco; ice; 1 green apple, cored and finely sliced; 1 lemon, sliced
    Method -
    1. Pour the apple juice, vodka and lemon juice into a punch bowl and chill for 1-2 hrs.
    2. When you’re ready to serve add the prosecco, ice and apple and lemon slices to garnish.

    For The Kids

    Watermelon & Strawberry Slushie
    Prep - 10 mins
    Makes - enough for 6 people
    Ingredients - 1 small watermelon; 225g punnet of ripe strawberries, tops cut off; juice of 2 limes
    Method -
    1. The day or morning before you want to drink the slushie cut the watermelon into chunks and remove the skin and seeds. Place half the watermelon wedges into a large freezable bag then pop in the freezer for a few hours.
    2. Once frozen, blitz the frozen watermelon with the rest of the watermelon, strawberries and lime juice until smooth and slushy. Pour into glasses and sip through a straw.

    Homemade Pink Lemonade
    Prep - 10 mins
    Makes - 1 large jug - enough for 6 people
    Ingredients - 8 lemons, plus extra slices to serve; 200g caster sugar, plus extra to tate; 140g raspberry, plus extra to serve; ice, to serve
    Method -
    1. Pare the zest from the lemons with a peeler, removing as little white pith as possible – cut away any pith you can from the strips.
    2. Juice the lemons and mix the juice, zest, sugar and raspberries with 1.2 litres of boiling water. Let cool, then sieve, pressing through juice with the back of a spoon. 
    3. Add sugar to taste and chill in jugs. To serve, add a few lemon slices, raspberries and lots of ice.

    What's your favourite bbq drink? Let us know @office_fruit

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