mix. enjoy. repeat.

Glen Swart

09.18.2020

The NJI Late Summer Cocktail Guide

Curated by NJI’s international team, this post serves as an indispensable atlas of our favorite cocktail recipes — each fully illustrated—for classic and modern drinks, whether shaken, stirred, straight up, or on the rocks. 

2020 demands a stiff drink, and our team is here to ensure you have yours in style. 


Jenna’s
foggy memory maker. 

Ingredients
1,5 oz bourbon
1 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz 2:1 sugar syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1/2 fresh egg white
1/4 lemon’s worth of zest
ice cubes

Garnish
slice of orange
cherry on a stick

Method
Shake all of the ingredients (except for the lemon zest) hard with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.
Squeeze the lemon zest, shiny side down over the drink so the scented oils spray across the surface.
Discard the zest, add the garnish and serve.

Shannon’s
go-go juice. 

Ingredients
2 oz white rum
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz cream of coconut
1/4 oz lime juice
1,5 cups ice

Garnish
maraschino cherry
pineapple wedge

Method
Blend all the ingredients with ice until nice and smooth.
Pour into a glass, garnish, and enjoy!

Glen’s
breakfast of champions. 

Ingredients
2oz vodka
tomato juice
1 tbsp lemon juice
few splashes Worcestershire sauce
wasabi paste
pinch celery salt
pinch black
pepper

Garnish
slice of lemon
stick of celery

Method
Place a few pea sized drops of wasabi (How brave are you feeling?) to a little tomato juice in your glass, stir well to dissolve.
Add vodka, top up with tomato juice and ice.
Add a few splashes of Worcestershire. Serve with lemon wedges and the classic token vegetables.

Pete’s
party starter. 

Ingredients
1 oz vodka
1 oz coffee liqueur (e.g. Kahlúa)
1 oz (n)espresso capsule coffee

Garnish
3 coffee beans

Method
Add ice to a cocktail shaker and pour in your ingredients.
My coffee capsule of choice is Ispirazione Firenze Arpeggio (the purple one).

Shake really well – the better the shake, the better the pour! Pour into martini glasses and garnish with a trio of coffee beans.

Melissa’s
chill pill. 

Ingredients
2oz dark rum
4oz pineapple juice
1oz cream of coconut
1oz orange juice

Garnish
nutmeg
pineapple leaves

Method
Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker, shake and pour over ice.
Kiss the pain goodbye!

Andrés
packing the punches. 

Ingredients
1 cup OJ or passion fruit juice
1 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup light rum
1/4 cup dark rum
1/2 cup grenadine

Garnish
any fresh fruit

Method
Combine juices, rum, grenadine and stir. Can also drop into a blender with ice.
Pour into ice filled/ frozen glasses.
If they’re still standing, keep the punches coming.

Lara’s
good-time tonic. 

Ingredients
1 cup sugar
1,5 tbsp Lavender
1 cup water
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 slice lemon
1/2 cup tonic water
1,5 oz vodka

Garnish
slice of lemon
sprig of fresh lavender

Method
In a small saucepan combine sugar, lavender and water.
Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain out lavender.
Fill the glass with ice and a slice of lemon. In a shaker filled with ice, combine 1 Tablespoon of the simple syrup, lemon juice, tonic and vodka and shake until cold.
Strain into ice-filled glass.

Astrid’s
little helper. 

Ingredients
3 oz prosecco
2 oz Aperol
1 oz soda water

Garnish
slice of orange
little straw

Method
Add all ingredients into a wine glass with a lot of ice and stir.
Garnish with abig slice of orange.
Preferably drank on a hot day, with a small straw.

Nathan’s 
spring & summer collection. 

Ingredients
3 oz Hendricks gin
1/4 oz Chartreuse
1/4 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz lime juice
1 egg white

Garnish
slice(s) of cucumber
sprig of mint/ loose leaves
sprig of fresh dilll

Method
Shake all ingredients vigorously over ice until your hands are nearly frostbitten.
Strain into a champagne coupe or, martini glass.
Garnish with dill, mint and don’t forget a cucumber slice.
This fresh and vibrant cocktail is served regularly at ‘Bar Imperiale’. The beautiful fresh herbs make it a perfect spring or summer libation.

Josh’s
picnic partner.  

Ingredients
11/2 oz Hendrick’s Gin
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
3 oz Champagne or sparkling wine

Garnish
lemon twist

Method
Add all the ingredients except the Champagne into a shaker with ice and shake well.
Strain into a Champagne flute and top up with the Champagne
Garnish with a lemon twist.
Enjoy. Repeat.


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