Summer is around the corner and over the bank holiday weekend we got a good indication of how nice it could be. I really hope we’ll get more sunny days throughout the year. It’s so nice sitting outside on the balcony sipping away on tasty summer cocktails. In all honesty, it’s not often that I make cocktails, mixing a G&T or grabbing a cold beer from the fridge is easier but when I was recently sent a couple of bottles of Pago* juice to try , my first thought was to use them as cocktail ingredients.
You might recognise their juice from the bottles, rather than the name. I did and the bottles are so cute, only 20cl big. I’m tempted to use them as vases when they’re all gone.
Pago has a lot of fun flavours to choose between so picking two was hard but I decided on Cloudy Cherry and Rhubarb & Pear in the end. Red Door in Leeds has closed down so I can no longer enjoy their tasty Bakewell tart cocktail, but with this juice it’s no problem making my own. I’m calling it Cloudy Bakewell and I’m prepared to say mine’s better tasting anyways!
Cloudy Bakewell cocktail
10cl lemon juice
80cl Cloudy Cherry Pago juice
Mix and shake all ingredients together. Poor over a glass of ice. Shaking the ingredients will give the froth look at the top.
I decided on the Rhubarb & Pear juice as rhubarb is the “it” ingredient in drinks and food at the moment. For us in Yorkshire especially, living close to the rhubarb triangle area. I wanted to keep this cocktail simple and like a triangle, combine the juice with two other now popular spirits: gin and prosecco. You’re likely to already have these ingredients at home, only need to get the juice.
Rhubarb Fizz cocktail
40cl Rhubarb & Pear Pago juice
1 Rhubarb Crumble sweet
Mix and shake gin and juice together and poor into a champagne flute. Top up with prosecco and if you want extra fizz, drop in a rhubarb crumble sweet. If you would like a stronger rhubarb taste I’d recommend to mix with a rhubarb gin.
These cocktails are my own ideas and measurements but for more Pago juice cocktail ideas, check out their own recipes here. Have you tried any of the Pago juices before? Which would be your go to flavour? Would you enjoy any of these summer cocktails I’ve concocted?
*PR gift. I was sent two packs of Pago juice flavoured with Cloudy Cherry and Rhubarb & Pear in return for this blog post. Cocktail ideas, words and photos are (unless indicated) my very own.