Sun is shining, weather is sweet! Well, mostly. Despite the odd shower and grumbling clouds, this month the signs all point to one thing: SUMMER IS COMING. And in celebration of this fact, we have decided to hold a little giveaway in honour of one of our favourite things about the season – delicious summer cocktails. Enter your details in the app at the end of this post for your chance to win our NuCasa vintage cocktail dispenser summer giveaway and give your next BBQ a dash of retro cool.
The Kilner vintage cocktail dispenser
We’ve got a bit of a soft spot for kitsch and vintage homeware – maybe it’s because I’m in the process of buying a house which seems to signify the move into being a proper grown-up who talks about things like kitchenware, furniture and trips to B&Q on a regular basis. It is also a rather lengthy process which has called for buckets of patience. And buckets of booze ought to help too!
NuCasa’s range of cute Kilner cocktail dispensers comes in a variety of pretty rainbow colours to appeal to your inner unicorn, but I think there is something to be said for keeping it simple and showing off the brew you’ve whipped up. This cocktail dispenser has a capacity of a comfortable 5 litres, plenty of party juice for your next gathering.
We’ve got a few favourite summer drinks that we’ve developed a taste for, both at home and on our travels. From Spanish sangria to a long, cool G&T on a sunny English day, there’s a tasty cocktail to suit everyone, whether you’re the type that likes pina coladas and getting caught in the rain or the sort that likes your espresso martinis like you like yourself – sweet, strong and super cool. However, one of our all-time favourites (and one which we’ve sampled all over the world) is the classic mojito! Fortunately, this is ridiculously easy to whip up in a large batch – here’s how we did it:
Saints do Mojitos
A few bunches of mint
A bottle of white rum
2 litres of soda water
16 chopped limes
Lots of ice on standby
1. Muddle the mint leaves with a dash of sugar syrup and the limes – this releases the lime and mint oils and lets the flavour flow.
2. Sieve into the Kilner jar.
3. Add a few larger wedges of lime and chunks of ice (not too many or it will water down).
4. Add the rum and soda water and give it a stir.
5. Add sugar syrup to taste.
Top tip: Watch out for any little bits of garnish getting caught in the spout when the drink level runs low – we found it worked well to add pots of mint leaves or berries on the side so people could liven up their drinks to their own taste.
So, raise a glass, drink to the hope that we get a decent British summer this year and, for a chance to win, enter our cocktail dispenser giveaway in the form below. Cheers!