6 Easy Lock Down Cocktails

March 30, 2020

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When getting to the supermarket is a struggle and delivery can take up to three weeks, it’s time to get creative with what’s in the cupboard, freezer and even the garden! These easy cocktails require minimal ingredients and many can be made without alcohol.

Boredom banishing Bellini

50ml Drunken Berries Raspberry & Gin
Sparkling wine or champagne

The easiest of the lot! Simply pour 2/3 of a champagne glass or coupe with bubbles, gently pour in the Drunken Berries and stir to mix.

Drunken Berries bellini

Covid-no-more Cosmo

45ml lemon vodka

15ml triple sec
30ml cranberry juice
10ml lime juice
orange zest, or a lime wedge on the rim of the glass.

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

To make the garnish: hold a 3cm round piece of orange zest about 10cm above your cosmo and very carefully wave it over a lit match or lighter flame. Bend the outer edge of the zest in towards the flame so that the orange oils are released, then drop the zest into your drink.

Tonic for the soul Twisted G&T

25ml gin
25ml Drunken Berries
Tonic Water
Berries to garnish

Pour the gin and Drunken Berries into a cocktail glass and top up with tonic. Stir gently to mix and garnish with fresh berries and mint.

Drunken Berries gin tonic

Strong and Mighty Mojito

6 limes
plus 1 lime sliced, to serve
4 tbsp granulated sugar
4-5 mint sprigs
350ml white rum (omit for a virgin cocktail)
600ml sparkling water

Chop each lime into six pieces and drop them into a two-litre jug. Add the sugar and squish the lime wedges with a muddler, or the end of a rolling pin. Keep crushing to get out all the juices.

Pick the leaves of a mint spring and lay them on one of your hands. Clap the other hand on top to bruise the leaves ever so gently, then drop them into the jug. Repeat with the rest of the mint spring.

Fill up the jug about three-quarters full with ice, then add the rum. Stir with a long-handled spoon to mix all the ingredients together gently and top up with the sparkling water. Stir once more, then serve poured into tall glasses with a few extra ice cubes and lime slices.

No-waste white wine Sangria

2 bottles of white wine
300ml ginger wine
80ml elderflower cordial
4 limes (sliced into rounds)
3 peaches (sliced)
large handful raspberries
1l sparkling water

Put all the ingredients (except the ice, water and flowers) into two large jugs and put in the fridge for at least 1 hr to chill. Just before serving, top up with the ice and water

Do you know what day it is? Daquiri

175g ripe strawberries or 200g/8oz raspberries (can be frozen)
25ml of Drunken Berries Summer Berries & Rum
6 ice cubes
juice of ½ lime
1 tbsp lemon juice
100ml white rum
small lime

If using raspberries, blend these first to a purée then rub through a sieve to extract the pips. Put a handful of ice cubes in a powerful blender and crush. Add the berries or pulp, plus the Drunken Berries, lime and lemon juice and rum. Whizz again and pour into a chilled cocktail glass straight away. Decorate with a lime slice.

Drunken Berries frozen daquiri

Image via TescoReal Food

Some cocktails adapted from the BBC Good Food Guide website