Get into the holiday spirit(s) with a cocktail for every mood

Like I need a reason for a good cocktail. Birthday month, Festive Season, out with the old year, in with the new. Life is too short for boring drinks, so try one (or all) of these.

Gin cocktail

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Gin Basil Smash Cocktail

Ingredients

50ml Hendrick’s Gin
25ml Fresh Lemon Juice
12.5ml Sugar Syrup
8 Torn Basil Leaves

Preparation

Add basil to base of cocktail shaker and muddle gently. Add remaining ingredients and shake hard over ice. Strain over your ice-filled Hendrick’s teacup, or rock glass.

Need a Hendrick’s teacup? Get a¬†Hendrick‚Äôs Gin gift box from your nearest retailer at R 399.00

Vodka coctail

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New Maid Cocktail

Ingredients

3/4 parts Simple Syrup
1 part Lime Juice
Small handful of mint leaves
3 slices of cucumber

Method

Shake and fine strain into iced rocks glass. Garnish with a mint sprig poked through a cucumber wheel.

Reyka Vodka retails for R299.95

Ginger Brewsky Cocktail

Ingredients

25ml Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
20ml Ginger Syrup
20ml Fresh Lemon Juice
Top Beer

Method

1. Add all ingredients other than beer to shaker.
2. Shake well with ice.
3. Strain into glass and top with beer.

Whisky cocktail

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Top tip

Open a bottle of beer and place your thumb over the end. Shake it as if you’re about to do a Formula One spray. Turn the beer upside down over the Ginger Brewsky and top it with a mousse beer spray by releasing your thumb slightly from the bottle. With one bottle you should be able to mousse four Ginger Brewskys. Be careful, it‚Äôs best to practice this cheeky tip as it takes quite a bit of dexterity to perfect!

Pick up a Monkey Shoulder Whisky gift box from your nearest retail for R369.00

Whiskey cocktail

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McCabe’s Brew Cocktail

Ingredients
45ml Tullamore D.E.W. Original Irish Whiskey
5ml Apple Liqueur.
1 dash Angostura© Bitters
2 dashes Angostura© Orange Bitters
2 barspoons White Granulated Sugar
30ml Green Tea (strongly brewed).
Chilled Champagne

Method

1. In a shaker, add sugar, bitters and green tea.
2. Stir to dissolve sugar.
3. Add apple liqueur, Tullamore D.E.W. and ice.
4. Hard shake and strain into a coupe glass.
5. Top with chilled champagne and garnish with a fan of apples.

Tullamore D.E.W Original Irish Whiskey also has a Christmas gift box at R269.00

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