Festive Cheers

These elegant drinks make the perfect start to any summer soirée. Just add great company

Festive Cheers

Bubbly and berry sangria

Makes 4

Ingredients
1 bottle dry sparkling wine or Champagne
2 cups berry juice
2 cups mixed berries
4 limes, quartered

Method
1. Combine all the ingredients in a jug, squeezing the juice out of the limes.
2. Pour into glasses.

White-grape mojito

Makes 4

Ingredients
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water
20 sprigs mint
1 lime, cut in wedges
½ cup white rum
Ice, to serve
1 bunch white grapes
2 cups sparkling water

Method

1. To make simple syrup, place sugar and water in a small pot and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, about 1–2 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely before using.
2. Place the mint and lime in a jug. Muddle together for a minute until all the oils are released from the mint and all the juice is squeezed out of the lime.
3. Add the cooled simple syrup and the rum to the jug.
4. Fill each glass halfway with ice and grapes. Top with mojito mixture and sparkling water.

Litchi and white-wine cooler

Makes 4

Ingredients
2 cups white wine
2 cups tonic water
1 cup litchis in syrup
Ice, to serve

Method

1. Mix the wine, tonic and litchi syrup in a jug.
2. Fill each glass halfway with ice.
3. Top each glass with the wine mixture. Garnish with litchis.

Recipes & styling: Amerae Vercueil; Stylist’s assistant: Jana du Plessis
Photography: Andreas Eiselen/HMimages.co.za

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