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When we think of Summer cocktails, we think of long, icy drinks that are sweet, fruity and packed full of colour and today’s Pink Grapefruit Paloma? It’s one that checks all these boxes, and more.

The “Paloma” originated in Mexico, where it contends with the margarita for the ultimate cocktail. It’s got the perfect tequila and fruity blend and with a salted rim Is just the ticket for summer celebrations.

It’s nigh impossible to find grapefruit soda and fresh pink grapefruits for this cocktail here, so we used a favourite pink grapefruit juice and added soda, which gives the same citrus tang. You can also completely switch this up with ginger beer instead of soda, and different kinds of fruit-based juices to add to the mix.

Ingredients

  • 60ml Tequila
  • 60ml Pink grapefruit juice
  • 10ml lime
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • One lime
  • One tablespoon of salt
  • Ice

Method:

  1. Run your cut lime around the edge of your glass and dip into the ground salt to create your salt rim.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine pink grapefruit juice, lime juice, tequila and sugar syrup.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Into your salted glass, add ice and strain your mixture.
  5. Top with soda water.
  6. Garnish with a fresh lime wedge.

As we fall into the long and warm days of Summer, keeping food, flowers and friends cool can become somewhat tricky! These giant ice cubes filled with berries and edible flowers are a gorgeous addition to a Summer soiree, to keep drinks cool and iced water as pretty as it’s ever been.

Working within your colour palette, choose the freshest fruit and flowers possible and be sure to clear out your freezer for plenty of space. You can make these floral ice cubes in advance and store them in trays once they’re frozen, finding giant cube trays at most departments stores. This is a simple way to make your drinks look absolutely lovely, especially for Summer!

What You Will Need:

  • Ice cube trays – the larger the better, as they will take longer to melt
  • Fruit – choose blemish free and fresh fruit
  • Flowers – edible flowers include violets, geraniums, coriander flowers, herbs, and more!
  • Water
  • Sharp knife and cutting board

Step 1. Refrain from washing your selected flowers, gently removing any blemishes with some damp paper towel instead. Pinch off stems and keep flowers cool. Keep some berries whole, but slice up others to create some beautifully coloured ice cubes.

Step 2. You can make every ice cube the same, or mix up each one for a different effect. Once you’re happy with the combinations you’ve created, fill them with water, and pop into the freezer.

Step 3. Leave the ice cubes for approximately 12 hours. If you’re making them in bulk, you can pop them out of the trays into a tray to place back in the freezer, while you make more. If not, place them into a chilled tray to keep the ice cubes as cool as possible until they’re displayed.

Hunt for some gorgeous display trays that you can place these on, topped with your chosen drinks, or stack up tall in glass bowls for your lucky guests to add to their drinks with some tongs and mixers. Keeping cool on a warm Summer’s day at a sublime soiree has never looked so beautiful!

Ms Zebra Says: What a great way to add colour and interest into cocktails and drinks in summertime! Can’t wait to try this next time the girls are over!

About Ms Honeycomb: Hi, I’m Nicola, the florist and crafter behind rubyandjoy. I’m a gardening, fabric loving, mint tea drinking, brownie baking, book obsessed maker! I love a good adventure having just moved back from five years in Scotland (with my lovely Scottish husband).

The wonderful team from The Northerlies Beach Bar & Grill have shared this mouth-watering cocktail – just in time for summer (and mango season)! Coconut and mango turn into the best partners in crime as you blend with ice and we can promise you’ll be back for more!

Mango Weis Cocktail

30ml Malibu,

30ml Mango Liqueur

60ml Mango Puree

15ml Cream

½ short glass of ice

Method: Add all ingredients to a blender and hit GO! Garnish your glass with a coconut rim, pour in blended mix and serve

About The Northerlies Beach Bar & Grill: With a vision to relax, appreciate and enjoy, the Northerlies Bar & Grill is a restaurant and bar with a family friendly feel. No harsh gaming, bright lights or jarring sounds – just mellow natural surrounds with the gentle twinkling lights of the Airlie Beach Township sparkling across the bay.