With a holiday just days away now, I’ve been drifting off into regular daydreams about what I’ll be getting up to in Portugal. My mind wanders to thinking what kind of yummy foods we will be eating and where will we be heading off to for evening drinks to top off a day in the warm sunshine. Add this to the fact that I had some gorgeous cocktails whilst out with Dan for my birthday at the weekend, and it got me thinking all about my favourite cocktail recipes! I thought I would pull together some of my favourite cocktails and show you how to make them!

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Strawberry Daquiri

First up is my all time favourite, the Strawberry Daiquiri. I first tried one of these about five years ago when Dan and I went to the Dominican Republic, and fell in love with it’s gorgeous fruity and refreshing taste. Now it’s my cocktail of choice, and is super easy to make.


Handful of fresh strawberries

2 tsp caster sugar

35ml white rum

1 tbsp strawberry liqueur

25ml lime juice

Crushed Ice


– Blitz the strawberries, sugar, rum, liqueur and lime juice in a blender until smooth.

– Pour into a cocktail shaker with crushed ice and shake to mix.

– Serve with a slice of lime and fresh strawberry

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A classic cocktail made famous by Carrie and the Girls in Sex in The City, this is another one of my favourites. One of my go to drinks on a night out is a simple vodka and cranberry juice, and the Cosmo to me is a grown up version of that when I want something a bit more special!


35ml vodka
15ml orange liqueur
1tsp lime juice
25ml cranberry juice
Twist of orange peel to garnish


– Mix the vodka, orange liqueur, lime juice and cranberry together in a cocktail shaker with some ice cubes.
– Pour into a martini glass and serve with a twist of orange peel on the edge of the glass to garnish.

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This is a cocktail that I like, but it’s not one I would order myself, however Dan loves this and I think it’s a great cocktail for guys as it looks a little more macho in the glass than the likes of the the two pretty pink ones I’ve shown above!

1 1/2 limes cut into wedges
20 fresh mint leaves
2 1/2 tsp sugar
handful ice
65ml white rum
soda water to taste
fresh mint to garnish

– Place the limes, mint and sugar into a sturdy glass and mash with the end of a rolling pin.
– Add ice and pour over the rum.
– Add soda water to taste and stir well. Garnish with mint to serve.

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Pina Colada
This is another of my favourites that brings back memories of the Caribbean beach a few years back, and one that can be easily be recreated at home. It oozes sunshine and the smell and taste instantly remind me of summer and holidays.

35ml gold rum
1 tbsp malibu
50ml coconute cream
50ml pineapple juice
3-4 pineapple chunks
2 pineapple leaves
1 cherry

– Pour the rum, malibu, coconut cream, pineapple juice and chunks of pineapple into a blend and blend until smooth.
– Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with the pineapple leaves and cherry.

Voila! Those are four really easy cocktail recipes that can be done at home and would be perfect for a girls night in or get together with friends. I can not wait to sample some of the ones that Portugal has to offer. I can almost taste them now!
These are just a few of the ones that I like, but there are so many more out there! What are your favourites?

Please note: None of the above images are owned by me, and have all been credited with the relevant image source. All recipes were found at BBC Food, although some have been adapted slightly.


  1. I love Strawberry Daiquiris! One of my friends from uni made them when I went to visit her the once but she made them with coulis instead of crushed ice. So so good!


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