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?

Bloody Mary

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.

Raspberry Martini

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!

Peach Bellini

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.

Melon Medley

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!

Gin Basil Smash

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!

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Bloody Mary
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Love it or hate it, the Bloody Mary is a staple of any good cocktail bar. In a mixing glass with ice add all the ingredients. Stir gently to mix before pouring into a lowball glass. Garnish with a stick of celery and serve. ...
Love it or hate it, the Bloody Mary is a staple of any good cocktail bar. In a ...
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Raspberry Martini
Added About 10 years ago
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In a cocktail glass muddle the ten raspberries with the sugar syrup until you've got a nice pulp. Add in the vodka and Chambord and shake with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a Martini glass and garnish with a couple of raspberries on a stick before serving. ...
In a cocktail glass muddle the ten raspberries with the sugar syrup until ...
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Peach Bellini
Added About 12 years ago
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Add all ingredients to a blender with ice. Blend until slushy. Pour into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a peach slice and serve. ...
Add all ingredients to a blender with ice. Blend until slushy. Pour into a ...
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Melon Medley
Added About 12 years ago
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This is a variation on the River Cruise and the Kool Kevin. Put ice into a blender and add the diced melon. Pour in orange juice and lemon juice and blend until slushy. Pour into a chilled highball glass and serve. ...
This is a variation on the River Cruise and the Kool Kevin. Put ice into a ...
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Gin Basil Smash
Added About 6 years ago
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Add the basil and the sugar syrup to your cocktail shaker and muddle. Add the gin and the juice from half an healthy lemon. Add ice cubes and shake well. Double-strain into the glass over ice. Garnish with basil and a slice of lemon peel, and serve. ...
Add the basil and the sugar syrup to your cocktail shaker and muddle. Add the ...
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Suzanna H
Hi, I am Suzanna. I would describe myself as a bit of a foodie with a side-interest in fancy cocktails. Anything sweet and alcoholic and I'm in! I am also an avid writer, proofreader and editor and work freelance through the website People per Hour.

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