Beat the heat with these summer cocktails you can easily make at home

Summer cocktail recipes: Check out these easy summer cocktail recipes by Gaurav Dixit, beverage manager at New Delhi's The Leela Palace. All of them are made using ingredients you can easily find at home

summer cocktails
summer tea

Summer Tea

Ingredients

Absolut Pepper 60ml 

Fresh pineapple extract 60ml

Black pepper 2gm

Jaggery 15gm

Tea masala 2gm

Glassware: Kullhad

Method: Shaken

Garnish: Dehydrated pineapple slice

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marmalade and thyme old fashioned

Marmalade & Thyme Old Fashioned 

Ingredients

Gin 60ml

Agave extract 30ml

Thyme 1 sprig

Cucumber bitters 2 dash

Tonic water 30ml

Glassware: Old-fashioned

Method: Stirred

Garnish: Thyme sprig

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blood orange spritz

Blood Orange Spritz 

Ingredients

Blood orange extract 30ml

Prosecco 150ml

Angostura bitters 2 drops

Glassware: Martini glass

Method: Shaken

Garnish: Dehydrated blood orange chip

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purple patch

Purple Patch

Ingredients

Pink Gin 60ml

Lavender 20ml

Butterfly pea tea infusion 30ml

White flowers 2-3

Strawberry puree 15ml

Glassware: Old-fashioned 

Method: Shaken

Garnish: Seasonal edible flower

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mausam ka ras

Mausam Ka Ras

Ingredients

Absolut Vanilla 60ml

Fresh lychee and berries 50gm

Pomegranate extract 30ml

Basil leaves  6-7

Glassware: Martini Coupe’

Method: Muddled and shaken 

Garnish: Burnt rosemary dust and berries

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baked honeydew melon martini

Baked Honeydew Melon Martini

Ingredients

Vodka 60ml

Honeydew melon 10ml

Vanilla Essence 2 dash

Glassware: Martini

Method: Shaken

Garnish: Homemade vanilla sugar

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very berry sangria sangria for summers

Very Berry Sangria — Sangria for summers

Ingredients

Riesling wine 150ml

Mix berries 45gm

Cointreau 10ml

Glassware: Wine Glass 

Method: Mixing and stirring  

Garnish: 3 berries

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pomegranate fizz

Pomegranate Fizz

Ingredients

Gin 45ml

Homemade Pomegranate syrup 30ml

Prosecco 90ml

Basil leaves 5-6

Creole bitters 2 dashes

Glassware: Wine glass

Method: Shaken

Garnish: Basil leaves

gaurav dixit leela palace

GAURAV DIXIT, Beverage manager, The Leela Palace, New Delhi

Connoisseur, Sommelier, collector and traveller, Gaurav Dixit, is a man of varied interests. Gaurav who handles the additional responsibility of being Manager at Jamavar — Signature Indian restaurant, has been a runner-up in the prestigious Indian Sommelier championship twice in three years. He is also WSET certified level 3 (the highest accreditation in India) and a Court of Master Sommelier. A favourite with guests, Gaurav is an energetic and interactive person who loves encountering new cultures and exchanging ideas with different people

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