Whether you’re celebraing Valentine’s Day with a beau or doing more of a Galentine’s Day with friends, making tasty, yet simple drinks should be at the heart of your celebrations.
The refreshing recipes below, from Fever-Tree’s book Easy Mixing, each take less than three minutes to prepare and guarantee a good time. Best of all, you don’t need to be a professional or own any special equipment to make these fun, fresh and delicious cocktails at home.
This darker, richer spin on the Paloma is the perfect way to explore the smoky depth of tequila’s smoldering cousin, mezcal.
- 2 tablespoons mezcal
- 3 teaspoons Cointreau
- 1 teaspoon agave syrup
- 1 pink grapefruit wedge, plus an extra to garnish
- 2 limes
- Fever-Tree Sparkling Pink Grapefruit
Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add the mezcal, Cointreau and agave syrup. Squeeze in the juice from the grapefruit wedge. Stir gently to make sure the agave syrup is incorporated. Top with Sparkling Pink Grapefruit. Halve the limes and squeeze in the juice. Garnish with the pink grapefruit wedge.
The shandy is a much-loved way to temper the strength of a lager or beer and is a wonderfully refreshing drink. The name comes from the old London term “shandygaff,” which was slang for beer mixed with lemon soda or ginger beer.
1 bottle (6.8 oz) Fever-Tree Sparkling Lemon
Premium lager to top
A pinch of good salt
3 lime wedges
Add the salt and Fever-Tree Sparkling Lemon to a beer glass. Top carefully with the lager so that the foam does not spill over the top. Squeeze the lime wedges into the drink, then drop them into the glass to garnish.
Mezcal Mule Pitcher (Makes 4 large drinks in a 2-liter pitcher)
This mule has a kick! It combines the earthy spice of Fever-Tree Ginger Beer with the deep smoky depth of mezcal. This cocktail unleashes the full fruity/nutty flavor of the Mexican spirit. Finished with fresh sharp lime, it creates a party in a pitcher.
- 7 oz mezcal
- 2 limes cut in half, plus extra lime wedges to garnish
- 27 oz Fever-Tree Ginger Beer
Fill a pitcher three-quarters full of ice cubes. Add the mezcal and squeeze over the lime halves, then discard the shells. Top with Fever-Tree Ginger Beer and serve in rocks glasses filled with ice cubes and garnished with lime wedges. Add a few red chili slices to the pitcher for an even mightier kick to this Mule.
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