Good temperatures are here! We can finally put away the hoodie to put our summer clothes. It’s also time to take out your lawn umbrellas, your chairs and tables on the balcony to invite a few friends to grab a drink. It’s always good to go to a bar terrace, but it’s better when you are at home! Nothing better than a nice evening with friends to share our lives around a good fire, letting ourselves rock on our favourite chair and snuggling in a throw at night. Receiving friend isn’t always easy, especially when you don’t know what to serve to them… That’s why we have prepared a list of essential cocktails to begin the summer.
CHAMPENOISE SOUP (for four people)
Whether you are four or twenty people on your balcony, Champenoise Soup is a must. Simple to realize, all your guests will like it.
First, you will need.
- A bottle of champagne of your choice;
- 150 mL of Cointreau;
- 150 mL of lemon juice;
- 150 mL of cane sugar syrup.
It’s important to have cold champagne. If you run out of space, you can always put your bottles in ice buckets. To make the recipe, simply mix the Cointreau, the lemon juice and the cane sugar syrup in a salad bowl and let stand. It is only when your guests arrive that you will have to add the champagne to serve them a fresh Champenoise soup! Here, a champenoise soup for four people. Of course, if you expect more people on your balcony, simply adjust the proportions accordingly.
ROSÉ ROSÉ JOSÉPHINE (for three people)
Here is another very simple cocktail to make for your friends who are fanatics of rosé wines.
You will need the following ingredients to make it :
- A bottle of rosé of your choice;
- 450 mL of fresh sparkling water
- 150 mL of strawberry liquor
- Ice cubes
- Mint leaves
- Complete with 2–3 drops of violet extract to add a touch of flowers.
First, pour the rosé, the sparkling water, the strawberry liquor and violet extract. Subsequently, add some mint leaves to make it all look good! You can also add some strawberries or raspberries if you wish. Finally, serve the beverage on crushed ice pieces.
LAST-MINUTE WHITE SANGRIA (for three people)
Who says no to a good White Sangria? Here’s a simple recipe to make if you do not have time to take a quick tour at the local grocery store.
- A bottle of your favourite white wine
- Ice cubes
- Orange slices
- Lemon slices
- Lime slices
- 250 mL of pineapple juice
- 175 mL of grapefruit juice
- Complete with a lime soda.
Simply mix wine, ice cubes, slices, fruit juice in a container. When it’s time to serve the guests, fill the glass with 200 mL of soft drink with lime and top with the sangria!
Very simple to make, but how refreshing! The Whisky Lemonade may quickly become a must on your balcony this summer!
To make it, you simply need:
- 240 mL of your favourite lemonade.
- A soup spoon of honey
- A dash of soda
- Ice cubes
- A mint leaf
- 90 mL of your favourite whisky
Simply put the ice first in a glass. Afterwards, you mix the lemonade with the whisky, the soda and the honey. With a spoon, stir well and add mint leaves!
BLACKBERRY MEYER LEMON GIN AND TONICS
If there is a cocktail that does not go out of style, it’s gin tonic! Although the recipe is literally in the name, we offer a variation of Gin Tonic. If you are one of those who do not like the taste of gin, this variation should please you.
- 12 blackberries
- 20 mint leaves
- 2 lemon
- 15 mL of simple syrup
- 340 mL of your favourite gin
- Ices cubes
- Tonic Water.
Simply press half of the lemon in a glass, add three blackberries, five mint leaves and the simple syrup separately in glasses.
Mix the ingredients so that the blackberries are crushed.
Put ice cubes in your guests’ glasses, then add 88 mL of gin to each glass.
Complete with tonic water and add a slice of lemon, some blackberries and mint leaves.
All you have to do is to get your ingredients and set up your terrace and the table to welcome your guests. If you are lacking chairs, lights or sets of tables, do not hesitate to go to Le Balconier. We have everything you need to beautify your living space.