Your Essential Guide to the Sexiest September Cocktails

The British summer is a much misunderstood thing. People every year malign the poor state of this time of year, complaining that this one is worse than the last in terms of the weather. However, the keen eyed amongst you will have realised that it does more or less follow the same pattern one year into the next – a couple of nice weeks at the end of the spring, followed by rubbish up until late August/September when the sun comes out to play once more before we dive into the autumn – the perfect time of year, in my book, to pull out the liquors, fizzers and shakers and start enjoying some of the best cocktails our sun-kissed minds can think of.

Cocktails are a great way to enjoy an alcoholic beverage during these early autumn days. By mixing your preferred tipple with any number of softer drinks, you can turn your booze into something altogether more refreshing and satisfying.

So, without further ado, let us present to you your essential guide to the sexiest September cocktails.

Margarita

·         ¼ cup salt

·         Lime wedge

·         2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

·         2 heaped teaspoons superfine sugar

·         1 tablespoon Cointreau

·         ¼ cup tequila

·         2 cups ice cubes

Use the lime wedge to moisten the rim of the glass and then dip it into the salt to lightly coat it.

Stir together the lime juice and sugar then add the remaining ingredients (including half of the ice cubes) and shake vigorously for 25 seconds. Strain into the glass and then fill with the remaining cubes.

Mint Julep

·         2 tablespoons club soda

·         2 heaped teaspoons superfine sugar

·         15 fresh mint leaves

·         5 small mint sprigs

·         6 tablespoons high-quality whisky

·         2 cups crushed ice

In a julep cup, stir mix the club soda and sugar together. Using the back of a spoon press the mint leaves into the syrup until darkened but not crushed. Add the whisky and crushed ice and stir. Garnish with mint sprigs.

Daiquiri

·         2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

·         2 heaped teaspoons superfine sugar

·         ¼ cup white rum

·         1 cup ice cubes

·         Lime slices

Mix lime juice and sugar together in a shaker then add rum and ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into glass and add lime slices for garnish.

Mojito

·         2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

·         2 heaped teaspoons superfine sugar

·         1 cup crushed ice

·         12 fresh mint leaves

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·         ¼ cup white rum

·         2 tablespoons club soda

Stir lime juice and sugar together in a highball glass. Then add ¼ cup of crushed ice. Rub the mint leaves around the rim of the glass, then tear in half and add to the glass. Stir then add rum, club soda and the remaining ice and continue to stir. Garnish with mint sprigs.

Sangria

·         1 tablespoon brandy

·         1 tablespoon orange liqueur

·         2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

·         ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice

·         7 tablespoons light-bodied red wine

·         1 cup ice cubes

·         2 tablespoons club soda

·         1 teaspoon sugar

·         Apple and orange slices

Stir together the brandy, orange liqueur, orange juice, lemon juice and wine in a large wine glass. Add the ice, top up with club soda and stir. Add sugar if needed and garnish with the fruit slices.

Michelada

·         ¼ teaspoon piquin pepper

·         ¼ teaspoon hot sauce

·         1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

·         ½ teaspoon salt

·         1 can Mexican larger

·         Lime wedge

Stir all ingredients together in a tall beer glass and garnish with the lime.

Manhattan

·         Dash Angostura Bitters

·         Dash orange bitters

·         1 tablespoon sweet vermouth

·         5 tablespoons rye whisky

·         1 cup ice

·         1 strip orange peel

·         1 cherry

·         1 wooden skewer

Chill a cocktail shaker and combine the bitters, vermouth and whiskey. Add ice and stir until chilled. Strain into glass and squeeze the orange peel over the drink. Skewer cherry and garnish.

Aviation

·         2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

·         ¼ cup gin

·         1 tablespoon Maraska maraschino liqueur

·         ¼ teaspoon simple syrup

·         1 cup ice cubes

·         Fresh cherry

Combine the lemon juice, gin maraschino liqueur and syrup in a shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Garnish with cherry.

·         1 lemon

·         3 tablespoons gin

·         1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice

·         1 tablespoon simple syrup

·         1 cup ice cubes

·         ¼ cup champagne

Peel lemon into a long thin spiral. In a shaker combine the lemon juice, syrup and gin. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled flute and top up with Champagne. Fashion lemon peel into a twist and use to garnish.

El Diablo

·         1 cup ice cubes

·         ¼ cup reposado tequila

·         6 tablespoons ginger beer

·         1 teaspoon crème de cassis

·         1 lime wedge

Combine ice and tequila into a highball glass. Top up with the ginger beer and then slowly add crème de cassis so that it settles at the bottom of the glass. Squeeze in the lime wedge then use to garnish.

There you have some of our favourite cocktails to keep you refreshed this September. Please let us know your favourites, especially if we have missed it off our list.

 

Have fun.