Don’t go telling me cocktail season is here. I can drink cocktails in any season I want, whether the sun’s out or not, thanks.
But fair enough, even I have to admit that a nice cocktail goes down so much better in the summer. So I’ve put together a list of drink inspiration for you, to give you some ideas you might never have thought of before!
They all use the amazing Unicorn Drink Shimmer syrup, which not only enhances the look of your drink, but also adds an amazing fruity flavour. They’re now available in the Scouse Bird Shop, so get onto these…
1. Pornstar Martini with Passion Fruit Unicorn Drink Shimmer Syrup
Everyone and their ma is drinking the Pornstar Martini at the moment, and you can whip up your own at home! Scoop the seeds from a passion fruit into a cocktail shaker, add 60ml vodka, 30ml passoa, 15ml lime juice and 5ml Shimmering Passion Fruit Drink Syrup. Then add a handful of ice and it shake well! Strain your drink into glasses then top up with prosecco to serve
For the full cocktail bar experience, use Martini glasses and add half a passion fruit to each drink. But for the scouse version, sack off the real passion fruit and just use juice from the Asda and any sexy IKEA glass you want.
2. Blackcurrant Cosmopolitan with Blackcurrant Shimmer Syrup
If you’ve only ever had the cranberry version of a cosmo, you’re missin’ out. To get your blackcurrant unicorn on, fill a cocktail shaker with ice and mix in 45ml citrus vodka, 15ml triple sec, 15ml blackcurrant puree, 10ml fresh lime juice and 5ml Shimmering Blackcurrant Drink Syrup.
Just lash it all in and shake it well, and strain your fab drink into your favourite glass. Garnish with a lemon twist, or whatever, it’s not like anyone will care about the garnish when their drink sparkles!
3. Gin, Elderflower and Prosecco Cocktail with Elderflower Shimmer Syrup
For this delicious gin-based cocktail (and who doesn’t like gin right now?), fill a shaker with ice and add 30ml gin with 15ml elderflower liqueur and 5ml Shimmering Elderflower Drink Syrup and shake enough to combine.
Now this is the fancy bit, so pay attention, okay? Sprinkle some sugar onto a small plate, run a wedge of lime around the rim of a martini glass and press the glass into the sugar. It’s like salting the edge of a Margarita glass but, y’know, delicious.
Then just strain your shimmering cocktail into the glass, top it up with prosecco and garnish with a lime wedge!
4. Blueberry Whiskey Buck with Blueberry Shimmer Syrup
If this doesn’t sound like your sort of thing, just try something new for once, and I know you’ll love it!
Combine a wedge of lemon with 2 teaspoons sugar in a cocktail shaker, then crush in a handful of blueberries (fresh or frozen), pour in 45ml whiskey with 5ml Shimmering Blueberry Drink Syrup and shake it, baby.
Strain your shimmering cocktail over ice, top it up with ginger beer to taste and serve with some blueberries, mint and lemon for garnish.
5. Classic Bellini with Peach Shimmer Syrup
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For the fancy version, peel, de-stone and blend 4 peaches, then strain the puree you end up with. Either that or you can just use 20ml of peach juice for this recipe, it’s up to you.
Anyway, make sure your peachy goodness is nice and chilled, then add 5ml each of sugar syrup and 5ml Shimmering Peach Drink Syrup, plus 20ml of the peach puree mix to a champagne flute, then top it up with prosecco. Mix well to serve and you’re done!
6. Mojito with Lychee, Mixed Fruit or Mojito Mint Shimmer Syrup
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We all know how to make a mojito taste boss. Crush together the juice of a lime, 1 tsp sugar and mint leaves with some ice, pour over 60ml white rum, top it up with soda water, mix and garnish with more mint.
But to get it looking as fab as it tastes, add in 5ml Shimmering Mojito Mint Drink Syrup to the mix! For different flavoured mojitos, give Lychee or Mixed Fruit flavour Shimmering Drink Syrups a go too!
7. Raspberry Daiquiri with Raspberry Shimmer Syrup
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For a raspberry daiquiri that looks and tastes to die for, first sugar your glass like I taught you with the Elderflower cocktail. That’s a game changer, isn’t it?
Next, lightly crush a handful of raspberries with ½ a teaspoon of sugar and the juice of a lime in a cocktail shaker with 60ml rum and 5ml Shimmering Raspberry Drink Syrup. Shake it well and then serve in your sugared martini glass with a lime twist. SO good!
8. Cherub’s Cup with Strawberry Shimmer Syrup
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If you’ve never heard of a Cherub’s Cup before, I’m telling you, it’ll be your go-to summer drink once you’ve tried it.
Crush a strawberry, and add 5ml Shimmering Strawberry Drink Syrup and 20ml lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Add in ice, 60ml of gin, and shake it well. You can also add elderflower liqueur to make it more boozy and boost the flavour. Strain into a glass over fresh ice, top it up with sparkling rosé and add a strawberry for garnish. Because strawberries weren’t just born for strawberry bellinis y’know!
9. Aviation Gin Cocktail with Cherry Shimmer Syrup
This might sound a bit old fashioned, but trust me it’s a classic gin cocktail you’ll want to try.
Combine 15ml lemon juice with 15ml cherry liqueur and 60ml gin in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake it up to chill the mixture, then strain into a cocktail glass. Drizzle in a touch of Crème de Violette and 5ml Shimmering Cherry Drink Syrup, and garnish with a lemon twist or cherries.
This would also go boss with Violet flavour Shimmering Drink Syrup, just swap the cherry liqueur for violet flavour!
10. Prosecco Cocktail with Candy Floss Shimmer Syrup
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We all know that you can add pretty much any liqueur or syrup to a glass of prosecco and call it a cocktail. But if you really want to mix it up, try adding 5ml Shimmering Candy Floss Drink Syrup to your prosecco to get it looking amazing, feeling fancy and tasting great!
Green Apple, Coconut, Pineapple, Banana and Lemon Unicorn Drink Shimmer syrups are also available in the Scouse Bird Store. So if you come up with a worldie of a cocktail using these Shimmer Syrups, make sure you let me know with a Comment!