Refresh Yourself – feat. Naughty Summer Nights Drink

Anyone else feels like melting into a puddle right now? I don’t know for you, but it’s so humid and hot, and it’s not even noon.

Last time it was this hot, the Girlfriend and I decided to make a few summery cocktails to keep the heat away. Just thinking about these drinks makes me feel a few degrees cooler.

If you’re looking for a new cocktail to try, or a new drink to mix at your next party, this is the one! Light, bubbly, sweet but tangy at the same time, it’s perfect for those hot summer days.

Formally known as the Diablo drink, this Gingerale based drink has several names, and a few variations. Here is my favourite version of it, and I’ll also give you a way to make it non-alcoholic for those that are underage, or those that rather not have alcohol.

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You will need

  • squeeze of lime juice
  • gingerale
  • 3/4 oz  to 1 oz tequila
  • 1/4 oz liqueur de cassis (blackcurant)
  • ice

In a cool shaker (I like putting my shaker in the fridge for a few minutes before using), put in your ice, tequila, cassis, lime juice, and shake it up.

Pour in a glass of your choice, and top up with gingerale and serve with ice and a slice of lime.

A cool trick, if you have extra limes and lemons laying around, cut them up into quarters or eighths and freeze them! You can then add them to your drink instead of using ice cubes: that way they don’t dilute your drink and keep giving you that zesty taste.

For the non-alcoholic version, if you can find non-alcoholic blackcurant liqueur, use that, if not, a splash of grenadine does the trick. Obivously, ommit the tequila!DSC_0096

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