Heart London Magazine’s Sexy Summer Cocktails

Warm summer days and hot summer nights go hand in hand with a lovely cool cocktail. Heart London Magazine have tried and tested some Sexy Summer Cocktails just for you, I know the things we do for you lovely readers 😉

If one drink brings summer to mind, then Piña colada is it. Made with Tiana Raw Organic Coconut Goodness, Havana Club Rum and pineapple juice served over crushed ice, this drink ensures those British summer nights have a tropical feel. The mix blends well together and the coconut flakes add to the wonderful texture.

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TIANA & HAVANA CLUB RUM PINA COLADA

2 measures of Tiana Raw Organic Coconut Goodness

4 – 6 crushed ice cubes

3 measures of pineapple juice

Double shot of Havana Club Rum

Method: Put the ice cubes into a blender or food processor; add pineapple juice and coconut cream. Blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and decorate with pineapple wedges.

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Tiana Raw Organic Coconut Goodness £9.99

Staying with Havana Club, the only white rum aged for three years, Havana Club ‘3 Anos’. This drink is also divine, it is light and refreshing and low on calories too.

For the true taste of Cuba try the Havana Club Mojito, the fresh ingredients ensure it tastes divine.

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Mix Sugar and Lime – Squeeze the juice of half a fresh lime into a glass & add two teaspoons of white sugar. Stir with a spoon or swirl the glass around until the sugar is dissolved.

Muddle The Mint – Tap two whole fresh mint sprigs on the back of your hand to release the fragrant aromas. Fold the mint & place in your glass. Gently muddle (press) the mint a few times with the end of a wooden spoon.

Mix Havana Club, Ice and Sparkling Water. Fill the glass with ice. Use your Havana Club Tres Años bottle cap to pour four caps of rum over the ice, then top up with sparkling water.

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HAVANA CLUB SHORE SKINNY

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120ml Ocean Spray Cranberry Classic, Light Juice Drink
Lime wedge, garnish
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Havana Club Rum £20.00

Ocean Spray Cranberry Classic, Light Juice Drink £1.25

The Ely Gin Company have created some innovative fruits gins, perfect for sunny or rainy days and gin lovers everywhere. If you are a cherry lover mix the Sloe with Cherry Gin with sparkling Prosecco, taking a winter drink forward a few months. This tastes great mixed with Aldi’s Freeman’s Bay sparkling Sauvignon Blanc (available at Aldi), this sparkling Marlborough wine adds to the prominent cherry flavour. The raspberry is great for a twist on the original Gin and Tonic, as is the lemon, bur for extra flavour add the Fentimans Rose Lemonade.

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£15.50 a box

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Freeman’s Bay sparkling Sauvignon Blanc £8.99 (available at Aldi)

Bottlegreen Elderflower adds a freshing flowery taste to the sweet citrus taste of Limoncello.

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HEART LONDON ALL FLOWERED UP

Double shot of Limoncello (available at Aldi)

Lemon Juice ½ Lemon

Bottlegreen Elderflower

Method: Pour over ice in a highball glass

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Goccia D’oro Limoncello £7.99 (at Aldi)

Bottlegreen Elderflower £3.15

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Ciroc have an amazing range of vodkas from the traditional to Ciroc Berry and Ciroc Pineapple. Unlike most other vodkas, which are made from grain, Ciroc Ultra-Premium Vodka is gluten-free and crafted from fine French grapes, distilled a fifth time at the Distillerie de Chevanceaux in Southern France. The Pineapple is the newest in their wonderful range and can be enjoyed as a cocktail, but the flavour is so smooth and sweet, take your time to enjoy the fresh taste of this vodka over ice. As you savour each sip, you also enjoy the distinct pineapple smell. Ciroc Berry adds to the natural fruit flavour of cranberry in the Berry Cape Codder, a delightful summer drink for fruit lovers to enjoy. If you prefer a classic Cape Codder swap the Ciroc Berry Vodka for the Original Ciroc Vodka.

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CIROC BERRY CAPE CODDER

Double shot of Ciroc Red Berry Vodka

120ml Ocean Spray Cranberry Classic, Light Juice Drink

Method: Pour over ice in a highball glass.

Ocean Spray Cranberry Classic, Light Juice Drink £1.00 (1L)

Ciroc Pineapple Vodka £29.99

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Ciroc Red Berry Vodka £38.00

Ciroc Vodka £38.00

Sorbets and alcohol? You couldn’t hold us back on trying these. No need to make your own drinks, you can just open and savour. They are low on alcohol so can be enjoyed any time of day and you can even have a sneaky one on your lunch break in the park!

Lushice – Pina Colada Sorbet. A subtle taste of pineapple and Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 10.18.45 PMcoconut, with no diary and a lovely warm taste of rum. A fanfastic summer find, for those hot British days and Lushice is a perfect name, as they are completely lush and totally amazing. WE ARE BIG FANS!!

Lushice – Pina Colada Sorbet £4.95

Luschice – Strawberry Daiquiri Sorbet. Refreshingly sweet taste of strawberry, with a hint of coconut and a beautiful aftertaste of rum. The amount of rum is perfect, enough to give it a kick without being overpowering.

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Luschice – Strawberry Daiquiri Sorbet £4.95

Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 10.21.56 PMLuschice – Margarita sorbet. A fresh tangy taste of lime, with fresh lime rind and a welcome taste of tequila. A refreshing and welcome change to the norm. Very tasty, innovative and refreshing. Great for a dinner party surprise and for picnics (if you can keep them frozen).

Luschice – Margarita sorbet £4.95

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31 Dover – Lovo – Sparkling Coconut Water and Premium Vodka Cocktail is a beautiful blend of pure Thai coconut water and premium Vodka, with less than 1% natural sugar. Each 250ml serving contains 128 calories, with absolutely no refined sugar, artificial colours or flavours. We love this drink! Sparkling coconut water and vodka, not only is it extremely freshing, it tastes healthy too. This is an exciting new vodka cocktail that comes ready made with a light coconut taste and low calorie to, so you can enjoy a night on the town, without the guilt.

31 Dover – Lovo – Sparkling Coconut Water and Premium Vodka Cocktail £2.95

For a drink that will send your tastebuds into overtime try the Licor 43, when mixed with Havana Club Rum you are in for a real treat. The smooth taste of rum is met with the sweetness of Liquor 43 and orange juice, a match made in cocktail heaven.

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SPANISH SUNRISE 43

25ml of Licor 43

Double shot of Havana Club

50 ml of Orange Juice

Method: Shake in a cocktail maker and pour over ice in a highball glass.

Licor 43 £17.50

Jägermeister can be an acquired taste, but mixing it with Old Jamaica Ginger Beer will make you a convert. This tasty drink goes down well, has a light ginger taste and entwined the classic taste of Jägermeister, you could easily drink it all night.

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ROOT 56

Double shot of Jägermeister

50 ml of Old Jamaica Ginger Beer

Method: Pour over ice in a highball glass

Jägermeister £18.95

Sipsmith’s Summer Cup is a London Dry Gin base complemented by fresh cucumber, hints of cherry, Earl Grey tea and lemon verbena amongst other things – it is the definition of a summer cocktail! It is best served over ice, topped up with lemonade and with a lemon wheel on the glass.

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Sipsmith’s Summer Cup, Available from Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Ocado, RRP £30 1ltr.

If you are on a budget ALDI have a great range of reasonably priced drinks, including Tamova Vodka at only £9.99 and it is delicious with fresh orange juice.

​Vermouth is one of the biggest drinks trends this year and Belsazar is shaking up the vermouth category, due to the quality of its base ingredients. The Red, White, Dry and Rose Vermouth are blended using six wines, infused with homegrown peels, botanicals and petals and Schladerer Fruit brandies. Here are some new cocktails you can make with this tasty mixer.

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BELSAZAR ROSE & TONIC: A pink twist on the classic G and T

50ml Belsazar Rosé

Fever Tree Tonic Water

Method: Pour Belsazar Rosé into a highball glass, fill with ice cubes and top up with tonic water. Serve with lemon zest.

BELSAZAR ROSE SPRITZ: An alternative to Aperol Spritz

50ml Belsazar Rosé

80ml Sparkling Wine

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Belsazar Vermouth £30-35

For tonic lovers there is no need to make your drink as Pedrino Alcoholic Tonic is a ready made cocktail, which is best served chilled over ice.

Pedrino alcoholic tonic £2.45

For gin lovers all roads lead to Tnmqueray Gin, you may perfer for classic G&T – but we love the fresh taste of Tanqueray Gin with Bottlegreen Elderflower Cordial.

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Fill a chilled glass with cubes of ice

Add 50ml* of Tanqueray Gin and 5ml of bottlegreen Elderflower cordial

Squeeze a wedge of lime into the glass and add a choice of fresh cucumber, mint or strawberry

Top up with fresh tonic and stir to release the refreshing taste

Tanqueray Gin £25.00

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Echo Falls have a range of beautiful fruity wines that give you the taste of a summer cocktail without a shaker in sight. The Echo Falls Raspberry and Cassis is a red wine with a very fruity taste, it is almost like drinking fruit juice with a kick and it smells divine. The Peach and Mango is light, smooth and tropical. As you sip away you can imagine you are laying on white sand and dipping your toes in a blue sea. It also tastes great with fruit as white Sangria.

Echo Falls Fruit Fusion White Wine (Peach and Mango) £5.49

Tea cocktails are all the rage and we made this beautiful refreshing cocktail with Teapigs Darjeeling Earl Grey Tea. This cocktail is fresh and fruity, but not too sweet and is the perfect taste of summer. It is one of favourites at Heart London Magazine, maybe because we made it up ourselves.

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HEART LONDON LEMITA

Single shot of Teapigs Darjeeling Earl Grey Tea

Double Shot of Lemoncello (from Aldi)

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Teapigs Darjeeling Earl Grey Tea £3.99 tea temples x15

Herencia de Plata Tequila is far too good to mix, so sip IT over ice or drink it as a shot. The Herencia de Plata Blanco Tequila is smooth, clean and crisp, perfect for the classic shot alongside a sprinkling of salt and a slice of lemon. The Herencia de Plata Reposado Tequilla is hard hitting yet smooth to taste, it definitely has a kick without any aftertaste. The agave aroma is melted nicely into the citrus and does not overwhelm the glass at all. The Herencia de Plata Anejo Tequilla is sweeter and smoother to enjoy over ice, a must for all Tequila connoisseurs.

Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 10.42.07 PMHerencia de Plata’s 100% agave tequila is produced by Tequilas del Señor, a fourth generation family-run business in Jalisco, Mexico. It was originally produced in 1997 to commemorate the wedding of Juan Garcia, son of the of the company founder, Manuel Garcia.

Herencia de Plata Tequila

So get out that cocktail shaker and make some of these delicious cocktails, Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 4.20.12 PMor like we did make up a few of your own!

Bundaberg Ginger Beer is great to mix in cocktails, but it is s
o tasty we decided to drink it on it’s own.  The smooth taste slides down well and had just the right amount of ginger.

Bundaberg Ginger Beer 4X375 Ml £2.99n (at Tesco)

Cat, Heart London Magazine

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