Fun & Fresh

Here at F&W we know how hard it is to resist a tempting cocktail at this sunny time of year, which is why we have crafted these fun and fresh recipes low in added sugar and syrups yet bursting with fruits and veggies for uplifting, tasty and (almost) guilt-free summer drinks.

August Cocktails

Ginger Perk Up

Serves 6-8

  • 450g carrots, chopped
  • 350g pineapple, chopped
  • 1½ lemon, peeled
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger or 1 inch fresh
  • ginger, peeled and grated
  • 125ml vodka, or to taste
  • 125ml aloe vera juice, or to taste
  • 450ml club soda

Method:

  1. Combine chopped carrots and pineapple with the peeled lemon, orange and ginger. Juice.
  2. Strain contents into large sealable jar half filled with ice. Add vodka and aloe vera juice. Seal and shake for 30 seconds. Pour juice into mason jars filled with ice. Add splash of club soda to each glass before serving.

Robust Red

Serves 2

  • 100ml tomato juice
  • 1 teaspoon jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 2-3 drops of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 dash horseradish, or to taste
  • 1 sprinkle of black pepper, or
  • to taste
  • 1½ pints Tom Crean’s Fresh
  • Irish Lager
  • 1 lime, halved

Method:

  1. Combine the tomato juice and jalapeno. Juice until smooth. Add Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, and black pepper to taste and blend together. Refrigerate for one hour to allow flavours to infuse.
  2. Slowly pour lager into chilled glass at an angle until about two-thirds full. Top with tomato juice mixture. Mix. Add lime to garnish and serve.

Teeny Bikini

Serves 2

  • 125ml fresh coconut milk
  • 125ml water
  • 450g kale or spinach, stemmed and chopped
  • 350g pineapple, chopped
  • 1 ripe banana, chopped
  • White rum, to taste
  • 1 cherry, optional garnish

Method:

  1. Combine the coconut milk, water, kale, pineapple, and banana in a blender and purée until smooth. It should take roughly one minute.
  2. Slowly add white rum until the mixture reaches desired consistency and top with a cherry to serve.

Drinks that inspired us this month

Tom Crean’s Fresh Irish Lager

The Dingle Brewing Company, where this refreshing Irish lager is crafted, is nestled at the base of Conor Pass in the old creamery building just on the outskirts of Dingle. They say that the rugged landscape surrounding the brewery is the perfect inspiration for brewing with only the finest natural ingredients used, namely the natural spring water that gives their lager that unmistakably slightly bitter, crisp, and smooth taste. The amber lager can be purchased at pubs nationwide and some independent retailers such as The Black Sheep, Supervalu, and Baggot Street Wines.

Coconut milk

Coconut milk is actually made from finely grating the flesh found along a coconut’s inner walls, steeping it in hot water, and squeezing it through cheesecloth rather than simply draining the liquid within the fruit (which is called coconut water). Even though coconut milk is high in saturated fat, it is considered by many to be healthier than other saturated fat products because it is more readily metabolised by the body. Coconut milk is believed to have many health benefits including being rich in many vitamins and minerals, anti-carcinogenic, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral. Coconut milk is available at most grocery and health food shops.

Aloe vera juice

Aloe vera is a prickly, green plant native to Africa but cultivated around the world. It has leaves that can grow up to two feet long, and bear yellow spikes and orange blossoms. This pokey plant is known for its incredible external and internal medicinal benefits. The juice made from the clear sap found within aloe vera leaves is thought to aid in detoxification, digestion, alkalisation of the body, energy revitalisation, weight loss, and boosting your immune system. Aloe vera juice can be ordered online but it is also offered at most whole food shops.