Smashes are fabulously refreshing and flavourful muddled drinks in which an aromatic ingredient — a herb, berry or peel, for example — is smashed or muddled, often with sugar acting as a kind of sweet grit. A spirit is added, and often the mixture is topped up with something fizzy and lots of crushed or shaved ice. Mint Julep is a classic smash.
Fizzes are shaken cocktails that start with a base spirit, some ice and a flavouring agent or two — simple syrup or fruit juice, for example. Once the shaken mixture is poured into the glass, it’s topped up with something fizzy: tonic, soda, pop or cider. Fizzes are lovely for spring sipping! This modern gin and ginger version is sweet and spicy.
A trendy play on classic Champagne cocktails, cider cocktails consist of a large portion of ice-cold cider (from apples, pears or other fruit; dry or semisweet) — poured over a drop of something stronger or sweeter or more fruity — or all three. These pretty, almost layered drinks are super-easy and elegant. This recipe is a breeze to increase, so it’s great for parties! Save any leftover purée in a container in the fridge for up to four days.