Cocktails to Make Use of Your Harvest
August is the month when farmers get to work harvesting the crops that they have so lovingly tended to over the year. There is an abundance of seasonal fruit and vegetables at farm shops, farmers markets and in personal vegetable patches right now. What better way to use them up than in a variety of cocktail recipes?
When you have more tomatoes than you know what to do with, making tomato juice is an obvious solution. It is easy to do when you have a juicer, but even without one you can still make the base for your Bloody Mary. Simply boil your tomatoes with a tiny amount of water and then strain off the seeds and skin. Finish with a little salt and your juice is ready to go! Add vodka, lemon juice, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, tabasco sauce and celery salt to make the freshest Bloody Mary cocktail.
The prolific nature of the raspberry bush means there is always plenty of these delicious morsels to go around in August. Take a handful and muddle them in the bottom of a cocktail shaker with some sugar syrup. Add vodka and Chambord for the most delicious Martini of them all and include a few raspberry garnishes for good measure!
Is there anything more delicious than a peach fresh from the tree? Well, actually, a Peach Bellini must come close! This easy-to-make cocktail is made up of champagne, white rum and a single peach, all liquidized in a blender with ice and then poured into a cocktail glass. A slice of peach is an essential garnish.
This refreshing summer mocktail makes use of those big juicy melons that can be found everywhere at this time of year. Combining melon with lemon and orange juice makes for a super refreshing beverage that will keep you in the garden party mood without getting you drunk – ideal for the designated driver!
If you have the time and patience, you can actually grow basil on your windowsill for most of the year. If not, however, then August is the best time to enjoy this delicious herb. Muddle some of the green leaves with sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker before adding gin, ice and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Shake and then pour into whiskey glass for a drink that is fresh and incredibly tasty. Don’t forget your basil topping!
Since August is the month of plenty, you can enjoy a whole selection of cocktails based on the freshest seasonal ingredients. Its time to get experimenting!