Light and Refreshing Cocktails

Cocktails for a lazy Summer Evening

Screwdriver

The Screwdriver is one of the simplest cocktails known.  Just vodka and orange juice.  Nothing more.  But in terms of impact on the cocktail world, the Screwdriver punched well above its weight.  Not only did it spawn a large number of variants,...

Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule is an interesting drink well suited to this blog.  It's not particularly difficult to make.  But learning how it came to be is to open your mind to the history of cocktails.  How and why they came to be invented and...

Sea Breeze

The Sea Breeze is considered by many to be a classic.  Served tall and consisting simply of vodka, cranberry and grapefruit juices it is technically a highball.  A nice, refreshing summery drink which doesn't taste too alcoholic. To my mind it's nothing special.  And...

Mojito

Mojito It is has often been claimed that the Dry Martini is the world's most popular cocktail.  Perhaps this was true in the past.  I'd even accept that it was the most popular cocktail of the 20th century.  But I believe that now the Mojito holds the crown.  In my...

Elderberry Collins

Elderberry Collins The Elderberry Collins is one of my own additions to the Light and Refreshing taste profile.  While not one of my absolute best creations, it has proved enduringly popular over the years in several different bars. I originally created it to fill a...

Cucumber and Elderflower Collins

Cucumber and Elderflower Collins The Cucumber and Elderflower Collins is a popular twist on the classic Tom Collins.  It successfully walks the fine line of adding depth of flavour to a Collins without compromising its purity or refreshing nature. Both cucumber and...

Watermelon Collins

Watermelon Collins In my opinion the Watermelon Collins is the ideal use of watermelon in cocktails.  A soft and succulent fruit whose subtle taste is easily overwhelmed is perfectly suited for a light and refreshing cocktail.  And especially for the minimalist...

Tom Collins: Patriarch of the Collins Family

Tom Collins The Tom Collins is one of those classic cocktails which often leaves people confused by its simplicity.  It is the quintessential example of the light yet refreshing cocktail.  The type to be slowly enjoyed on a lazy summer afternoon. The Tom Collins has a...

Taste Profile: Light and Refreshing Cocktails

Light and Refreshing "Light and Refreshing" is a pretty self explanatory cocktail category.  Cocktails within this category are best described as...light and refreshing.  Duh! But as usual there are subtle nuances within this obvious truth.  Making a drink light and...