The name “Sundowners” , harks back to Britain’s colonial past, but don’t let that put you off! It is the collective name for a range of long cool drinks typically served at sunset, marking that point between the end of a long hot day and sitting down to formal dinner. It reminds me of my folks who used to drink a whiskey and soda (from a soda syphon – remember? ) and a glass of sherry before supper. Different times! Here are three recipes for ice cold alcoholic refreshers that will go down a treat at any BBQ whilst you wait for your gourmet sausages to cook…
Fill a glass with ice cubes, pour in 2 oz of gin and a squeeze of lime juice. Top up with club soda. Stir and garnish with a wedge of lime. Simple but deliciously refreshing!
Here are two more for the Barbecue!
In the bottom of the glass, mix together 3 oz of bourbon, 6 crushed in the glass, sprigs of fresh mint and 2 tbspn of simple sugar syrup. Add the ice and top up with club soda, stir and garnish with mint leaves
Fill your glass with ice and pour on 1 ½ oz vodka and 1oz of lime juice, top up with ginger beer, stir and garnish with a lime wedge.
Have a taste while you finish off cooking your hot spicy sausages on the Barbecue..
Now, turn to the West, admire the sunset – then go eat!