Liven up your style session with a range of easy-to-make cocktail ideas. Style sessions are casual and meant to be fun so relax with your friends and family. You don't have to go through too much trouble but a light, refreshing drink can really make a difference.
If your style session is in the morning and you’re feeling a little guilty about drinking early try a Mimosa. They are fresh, easy to make and taste delicious!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: Chilled sparkling white wine or champagne, orange juice and strawberries (optional).
HOW TO MAKE: Simply add orange juice to your choice of sparkling white wine or champagne. Adjust the amounts according to how strong you want it. For an extra touch garnish with a strawberry, or orange wedge, it really makes a difference!
For an easy to serve drink you can’t go past the Sangria. A large batch can be made rather than having to make individual drinks, so you can spend less time mixing and more time socialising. The great thing about Sangria’s is that you can’t really go wrong. Serve in a pitcher or a large punch bowl so that guests can help themselves to as many as they like!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: 1 bottle of red wine (any type is fine), 2-3 oranges, 1 lemon, sparkling water or ginger ale, ice
HOW TO MAKE: Poor bottle of wine into a pitcher or punch bowl. Add your choice of sparkling water or ginger ale, add according to the strength you want. Chop 1-2 oranges horizontally in thin slices, so that the pieces are complete circles and add to pitcher. Squeeze the juice of the last orange into the drink. Do the same with the lemon, slicing some and squeezing in the juice of another. Add ice and gently stir. Pour to serve. You can add other seasonal fruit as well such as apple slices and strawberries for extra sweetness.
Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw with the Cosmopolitan – but be careful they can really pack a punch. Traditional Cosmo’s are shaken, not stirred, so a cocktail shaker is needed for the true experience.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: Vodka, cointreau, cranberry juice and limes
HOW TO MAKE: For 2 glasses pour 45ml of vodka, 30ml of cointreau and 150 ml of cranberry juice into a cocktail shaker. Squeeze a dash of lime juice and shake. Pour into a cocktail glass and serve immediately.
Cool guests down with a refreshing Pimm's cocktail. They are perfect for hot summer days but can be enjoyed any time of the year.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED (makes 1L): 160ml Pimm's No.1, 125ml of lemonade, 125ml ginger ale, 1-2 lemons and ice
HOW TO MAKE: Place ice and lemon that has been cut into thin slices into a pitcher. Pour in Pimm's, add lemonade and ginger ale. Gently stir. It's as easy as that!
A party favourite, you can’t go wrong with a good punch. This berry punch is sweet and looks amazing! However, good taste can take time so please allow for an hour previous to serving as the flavours need to develop.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries (sliced), 1.5L of raspberry or cranberry juice (or a mix of the two), 1 cup of vodka, 1.25L of lemonade, 1 lime and ice
HOW TO MAKE: Place blueberries, raspberries and strawberries into a large punch bowl. Add juice and vodka, place in the fridge and leave for an hour to allow flavours to develop. After the hour thinly slice the lime, into wedges or circles, and place in bowl. Lightly stir. Add lemonade and ice. Serve.
If you want something a little fruitier switch the berries to pineapple, oranges and apple and the juice to a tropical fruit juice.
For those who prefer to pass on the alcohol here are a few drink ideas sans spirits.
Sparkling Apple or Grape Juice
If you want something with a little more jazz than normal soft drinks, or a substitute for wine, try a sparkling apple or grape juice. You can find them in most supermarkets from the juice aisle. Serve chilled.
Invented by pro golfer Arnold Palmer the Arnie is sweet, light and refreshing.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: Iced tea (flavour of choice), lemonade, 1-2 oranges, 1 lemon and mint leaves to garnish (optional), ice
HOW TO MAKE: Simply fill a large punch bowl or pitcher with ¾ of iced tea and ¼ of lemonade and gently stir. To dress up the drink slice oranges and lemon with a couple of mint leaves and put in the punch bowl or if serving in single glasses garnish with an orange wedge and lightly crush one or two mint leaves into the drink.
What used to be served to child star Shirley Temple when she was young is now a great cocktail substitute for all adults. It is a sweet treat that can be enjoyed by all.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: Ginger ale, red grenadine (cordial) and 1-2 oranges (optional), ice
HOW TO MAKE: Pour ginger ale into a glass or pitcher. Add a splash of grenadine to taste. Ideally the drink should be a pinkish to light red tone. Add thin slices of orange to the pitcher or glass and serve over ice.