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MiNDFOOD’s eclectic mixology: Our favourite cocktails

George Clooney's favourite cocktail just so happens to be one of ours.

MiNDFOOD’s eclectic mixology: Our favourite cocktails

We've delved into the cocktail recipe vault (we have one of those) to bring you our favourites from over the years. From George Clooney's personal fave to something that'll warm the cockles on a chilly night, this list has something for every cocktail fan.

MiNDFOOD’s eclectic mixology: Our favourite cocktails

A MiNDFOOD cocktail menu: An eclectic mix

What you’ll find below is a selection of our favourite fruits of mixology, but be sure to check out of our full range of cocktail recipes for further inspiration.

George Clooney’s top pick: Kiwi Mint (pictured above)

60 ml Casamigos Blanco Tequila

30 ml Kiwi Puree

15 ml Fresh Lemon Juice

15 ml Simple Syrup

8-10 Mint Leaves

Top off with Soda Water

Combine all ingredients, except soda water into tin shaker. Muddle herbs, add ice and shake vigorously. Fine strain into a tall glass and add fresh ice and crushed ice at top. Garnish with kiwi slice and mint sprig.

One of the best ways to serve Casamigos is in chilled cocktails and – for a fun twist – in frozen popsicles flavoured with fresh, seasonal ingredients and mixers.

Winter warmer: Mulled Wine Whiskey

Serves 4

⅓ cup caster sugar

½ cup Jack Daniel’s Whiskey

2 cinnamon sticks

6 whole cloves

2 x 5cm strips orange rind

1 vanilla bean, split

2 star anise

750ml bottle dry red wine

4 clementines or 8 cumquats, sliced

Combine sugar, 1/3 cup water, whiskey, cinnamon, cloves, orange rind, vanilla and star anise in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Add wine; cook for 2-3 minutes. 

Divide among glasses. Add clementine slices to serve.

Find a printable version of the recipe here

Sugar-free G&T: Orange & Raspberry recipe

Ingredients

1  punnet fresh raspberries

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

3  shots gin

1 1/2 cups Nexba classic tonic water

1 handful ice cubes

Lime and additional fresh raspberries, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Place raspberries and orange juice in a glass (or cocktail shaker) and muddle using a wooden spoon.
  2. Add gin and mix well.
  3. Place ice cubes in glasses (we’ve used margarita style glasses) and pour the cocktails over it.
  4. Then add tonic water, garnish with fresh raspberries and lime.

Here’s a handy printable version

Angostura Long Island Iced Tea

Serves 2
2 tbsp Manuka or hibiscus tea leaves 
or 2 teabags
2 cups ice cubes
60ml Angostura Caribbean 5 Year Rum
60ml tequila or vodka
60ml peach schnapps
6 dashes Angostura Bitters, to taste
1 whole peach or nectarine, stone removed, sliced thinly
½ cup mint leaves, to garnish

Boil 500ml of water in a kettle. Pour over tea and infuse for 10 minutes. Strain tea, discard tea leaves and allow tea to cool in fridge.

Chill two tall highball glasses. Fill glasses with ice cubes and, into each, pour half of the Angostura Caribbean 5 Year Rum, tequila or vodka, peach schnapps and Angostura bitters. Stir well to combine.

Arrange the peach or nectarine slices on top of the ice. Pour over the chilled tea to fill the glass, gently stir. Garnish with 
mint leaves.

Find a printable version of the recipe here

San Pellegrino: The San Gaudenzio

The San Gaudenzio will not disappoint If you’re looking for an assertive cocktail. The warm and enticing aroma of hazelnuts combines with the acidic boost from the lime, with both of them blending in with the enterprising taste of the Chinotto Sanpellegrino.

9 ml hazelnut liqueur

30 ml fresh lime juice 

1 Sanpellegrino Chinotto

Lime  

Chill the glass in the freezer, then pour in the hazelnut liqueur and filtered freshly squeezed lime juice. Stir with a bar spoon and fill with ice. Add the Chinotto Sanpellegrino and decorate with thin slices of lime.

Love on the rocks

Love on the Rocks will offer you a moment of fullness on the palate, thanks to its rounded, sweet taste. The strong scent of gin contrasts with the delicacy of blood orange Sanpellegrino, together creating a unique balance.

40 ml Gin

20 ml Campari 

70 ml Sanpellegrino Aranciata Rossa

Crushed ice 

Orange slice 

Fill the glass with crushed ice and add the gin. After, add the Campari and blood orange Sanpellegrino. Stir with a bar spoon so that all of the ingredients are mixed together and serve well Chilled.

The Classic Italian 75

The Classic Italian 75 has elegant notes of Prosecco blend with the pungent notes of gin to create a harmonious, headily scented cocktail that opens up the palate with tart hints of lemon.

20 ml Gin

100 ml Sanpellegrino Limonata 

100 ml Prosecco 

Lemon slice or twist 

Fill the mixing glass with ice cubes and wait a moment for the sides of the glass to chill. Remove the ice and add the gin, Sanpellegrino Limonata and Prosecco. Mix gently with a bar spoon and pour the cocktail into a glass.

 
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