No matter what the party or event is, or if you're looking for a hot or cold beverage, we've put together a list of the perfect drinks for every occasion!
Hazelnut Hot Chocolate
This hot chocolate has the rich flavour of hazelnut and all the chocolate-y goodness you'll ever want! Perfect for those park picnics or camping trips with the kids, this drink is one the whole family will love.
- 4 cups milk
- 1/2 cup of Nutella or another chocolate hazelnut spread
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
1. Warm the milk to a simmer in a small saucepan but DO NOT let it boil.
2. Add the hazelnut spread and whisk until combined.
3. Add the vanilla and cream and stir until heated.
4. Remove from heat and serve immediately or pour into an insulated travelling flask to drink later.
5. For an added little something-something, top with marshmallows, a dash of cinnamon or for an adult version, add a splash of Frangelico.
Almond Milk Chai with Whiskey and Orange
This deliciously wicked vegan option is sure to warm you up this winter! If you're looking for a drink that's perfect for sharing with friends around an open fire or for telling ghost stories on your annual camping trip, we recommend this one.
- 4 cups sweetened vanilla almond milk
- 6 tsp loose leaf chai tea (or 4 tea bags)
- 1/2 cup whisky (your preference)
- 1/2 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
- slice of orange and cinnamon stick for garnish, optional
1. Heat almond milk in a medium saucepan until it's just beginning to bubble, DO NOT let it boil.
2. Remove from heat and stir in the tea. Let it be for 2 - 3 minutes. While waiting, pour the whisky and orange juice into a mug, or if you're planning on taking it with you, into an insulated flask.
3. When the tea has soaked for the suggested time, strain over a fine mesh strainer or remove the tea bags. Pour the chai over the whiskey and orange juice.
4. Stir well and top with a dash of cinnamon and garnish with an orange slice and cinnamon stick (it'll still taste as good if you don't though).
Hibiscus tea has a fruity, almost berry-like flavour so it's perfect for garden parties, BBQ's or summer picnics. Get making and get drinking!
- 60 mint tea leaves + sprig for garnish
- 4 tsp sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 cup light rum (your preference)
- 3 cups hibiscus tea *(see below for recipe)
1. In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves with the sugar and lime juice.
2. Add the rum, hibiscus tea and a few ice cubes, and shake well.
3. Strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish with a mint sprig and serve.
4. Drink up.
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup loosely packed dried hibiscus flowers
- 1 cup sugar
1. Bring the water to boil. Remove from the heat, then steep the hibiscus flowers for 2 to 3 minutes.
2. Add the sugar, stirring until fully melted, and allow the hibiscus flowers to soak for another 5 minutes.
3. Strain out the flowers and allow it to cool at until it's at room temperature.
4. Have it chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours or until it's ready to drink.
Classic Red Sangria
Best shared with friends, sangria is festive, fruity and fun. Sangria is undeniably great on hot, Summer days but its red wine base and versatile seasonal fruit options make it a good, refreshing choice on colder days too.
- 4 oranges
- 2 lemon
- 1 apple, unpeeled, core removed, diced
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup brandy
- 750ml bottle Pinot Noir (or red wine of choice)
- 1/4 cup caster sugar
- 750ml bottle soft drink (lemonade, soda water or ginger ale)
1. Thinly slice 1 orange and 1 lemon. Cut each slice into small wedges and place in a large bowl.
2. Add apple, cinnamon and brandy. Stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
3. Juice remaining oranges and lemon. Combine 1 1/2 cups wine, 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, 1 1/2 cups soft drink, 1/4 cup orange juice and 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice in a jug.
4. Add half the apple mixture. Stir to combine and repeat the process with the remaining ingredients.
5. Spoon crushed ice into glasses, pour the sangria and enjoy but be careful, too much of this stuff and you'll be booking a one-way ticket to Spain and telling your friends you know how to salsa dance.
Lemon and Thyme Fizz
Thyme for a drink? We think so! Let this tasty and refreshing beverage cool you down. Best served with a loved one by your side.
- 3/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish
- Ice cubes or crushed ice
- 3/4 cup vodka (your preference)
- 1 cup tonic water
1. Place the lemon juice, sugar and thyme leaves in a glass. Muddle until the thyme leaves become fragrant. You can use a wooden spoon for this if you don't have a muddler.
2. Add some ice to the glass. Pour the vodka and tonic water over and stir gently.
3. Garnish with a few sprigs of fresh thyme leaves and serve immediately.