Friday night means Cocktail Night

Caribbean, Cocktail, Drink, Glass, Lime

We at Learning, Science and Society earnestly believe in the old saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. It was a sentiment forcefully expressed by the Jack Nicholson character in the old Stanley Kubrick film The Shining.

Therefore, what better way to relax after a hard week of lock downs, virology, and economic gloom, than a good cocktail? Although today we have some much needed rain in Sussex, I think it’s high time to talk about summery, fruity cocktails, that fit so beautifully with lawns, birdsong and the blue, blue sky of the halcyon season.

We would welcome your ideas! But, to start the ball rolling, here is an old favourite to accompany any summer night .


Properly called the “Singapore Gin Sling”, it’s a fruity mix of colours and flavours, but that doesn’t mean you can use it as part of your five a day.

What you ‘ll need: I measure fresh orange juice. 1 measure fresh lemon juice. 3 measures ordinary gin. 1 measure of cherry brandy. 3-5 drops of angostura bitters (small but vital!)

How to do it: put at least six biggish ice cubes in a shaker and give them a good shake first, to break the ice a little. Now add the ingredients one by one and shake again.

The glass: Hurricane glass, and let the cubes go in. Decorate with 2 straws, slices from the orange and lemon, and maybe a pair of cherries. A paper umbrella, if you want to add the common touch. Many people like to top up a bit with fizzy water, but it had better be icy cold!

Shaker, Bar, Cocktail, Drink, Summer

What did the Giraffe say when he walked into the hotel Bar?

-The Highballs are on me

#Cocktails #gin #cherrybrandy #SingaporeSling #giraffe

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