Stirling Cocktail Week is kicking off today, offering student-friendly discounts across town for ten days.
Our friends at StirPod were inspired to test their own mixologist skills and invited Brig along to taste-test.
Here are four of our favourite cocktails to make at home. They’ll save you a bit of cash and are ideal for a cosy night in or pres before going out-out.
(Prices accurate at time of writing. They may differ depending on the brand of product used.)
Pina Colada: £1.62 per serving
Creamy, fruity and refreshing, this rum-based drink will make you feel like you’re on holiday whatever the weather.
- 60ml white rum
- 120ml pineapple juice
- 60ml coconut cream
- Half cup/small handful of frozen pineapple chunks
Step one: Pour rum, pineapple juice, pineapple chunks, and coconut cream into a blender along with a handful of ice.
Step two: Blend until fully combined, as smooth as possible.
Step three: Pour into a glass and add pineapple wedge as optional garnish.
Cosmopolitan: £2.06 per serving
The Cosmo feels a bit more classy than other cocktails – a proper sophisticated drink to sip on.
- 60ml vodka
- 25ml cranberry juice
- 22ml Cointreau or Triple Sec
- 22ml lime juice
- 8ml simple syrup
Step one: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well until the outside is cold. Use a clean, empty jam jar if you don’t have a shaker.
Step two: Strain into a chilled glass.
Step three: Add optional orange slice or peel as a garnish.
Tequila Sunrise: £2.30 per serving
Another summery drink to chase the winter blues away. It both looks and tastes gorgeous.
- 50ml tequila
- 11ml grenadine
- 18ml Triple Sec
- 90ml orange juice
Step one: Pour the tequila, triple sec, and orange juice into a shaker filled with ice and shake well before straining into a tall glass with a few ice cubes.
Step two: Carefully pour the grenadine down the side of a spoon or straw in the centre of the glass and watch as it creates a layered effect.
Step three: Add an optional orange slice, cherry, and/or umbrella as garnishes.
Long Island Iced Tea: £2.38 per serving
Don’t be put off by the combination of spirits in this one! I promise it tastes delicious (but not quite like iced tea).
- 18ml tequila
- 18ml white rum
- 18ml vodka
- 18ml gin
- 18ml Triple Sec
- 27ml lemon and/or lime juice
- 27ml simple syrup
- 54ml cola
Step one: Pour all of the alcohol into a cocktail shaker along with the lemon/lime juice and simple syrup.
Step two: Shake and strain into a tall glass.
Step three: Top up with cola and add optional lemon slice garnish.
Listen to Freya taste test these drinks and more in honour of Stirling Cocktail Week with StirPod. More episodes to come throughout the week.
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