National Cocktail Day

We have some good news! It’s National Cocktail Day on Wednesday 24th March, and what better way to celebrate than to stroodle some cocktails with us?!

With winter finally coming to an end, and warmer weather hopefully just around the corner, National Cocktail Day has come at the perfect time. We can’t think of anything better than stroodling some delicious cocktails outdoors as a little Wednesday afternoon pick-me-up - can you?

 

National Cocktail Day celebrates all types of cocktails, and encourages people to make their own cocktails. That’s why here at Stroodles HQ have put together our top 5 drinks (with easy to follow instructions on how to make them) that we will be Stroodling to celebrate the occasion! Why not get involved with the celebration and stroodle some stroodletastic cocktails with us on the 24th March?

 

Pina Colada

 



A summer staple! If you’re looking for a refreshing, fruity cocktail to highlight your next summer party, this piña colada is it. Grab your favorite tiki glass (or a pineapple!) for this delicious blended drink!


Ingredients:

  • 170ml of white rum (our absolute favourite is Aluna Coconut rum)
  • 170ml of coconut cream
  • 170ml of pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 4 cups ice
  • 120ml of golden rum (Mount Gay rum is the best in our opinion!)
  • Pineapple leaves or wedges for garnish (optional)


Method:

1. Blend! Place the white rum, coconut cream, pineapple juice and chunks, and ice in a blender. Process until totally blended.

2.  Pour! Pour into glasses and top with and top with the golden rum (it should float on top).

3. Serve! Serve with pineapple leaves or slices as garnish if desired.


Our favourite Piña coladas in London are Limin’ Beach Clubs! Limin’ Beach Club is the hottest, most vibrant venue on the South Bank! It’s a beach club that takes you to the shores of the Caribbean, right in the heart of central London! ⁠'Limin' is Trinbagonian for relaxing in good company with food, drink, music and barrels of laughter.

Limin' has plenty of outdoor seating so is the perfect spot to meet up with friends and stroodle some of their delicious drinks (especially their Piña coladas which are served with Stroodles Pasta Straws!).


Mojitos

Irresistibly fresh and punchy, mojitos are a one-way salsa dance to the Caribbean!


Ingredients:

  • 1½ limes, cut into wedges
  • 20 fresh mint leaves
  • 2½ tsp granulated sugar
  • Handful ice
  • 65ml/2½fl oz white rum (we love Doorly’s for our mojitos)
  • Splash soda water, to taste
  • Fresh mint sprig, to garnish



Method:

1. Place the limes, mint and sugar into a sturdy highball glass and 'muddle' or mash with the end of a clean rolling pin, to bruise the mint and release the lime juice.
2. Add the ice and pour over the rum.
3. Add soda water to taste and stir well.
4. Garnish with a mint sprig and serve.


Up there with the best mojitos you can get your hands on is either Tropix (a tropical escape in the heart of Clapham High Street) or of course Laki Kane in Islington - a cocktail bar like no other! Both Tropix and Laki Kane love serving their delicious mojitos with a Stroodle because they are flavourless and last over 1 hour in a cold drink!


Margarita

 

The original margarita is one of the easiest cocktails you can make from scratch! You'll love the refreshing lime flavor backed by your favorite tequila, and this classic recipe inspired every other margarita in the world.

Ingredients (serves 1):

  • Ice
  • 50ml tequila reposado
  • 25ml lime juice
  • 20ml triple sec (we used Cointreau)


For the garnish:

  • Salt
  • 2 lime wedges


Method:

1. Sprinkle a few teaspoons of salt over the surface of a small plate or saucer. Rub one wedge of lime along the rim of a tumbler and then dip it into the salt so that the entire rim is covered.
2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add the tequila, lime juice and triple sec.
3. Shake until the outside of the shaker feels cold.
4. Strain the mix into the prepared glass over fresh ice. Serve with a wedge of lime.

Our favourite Margarita spot in London has to be Hacha in Dalston. A celebration of Tequila & Mezcal, London's only Agaveria and home of the Mirror Margarita - voted Time Out's 7th Best Cocktail in the World!


Cosmopolitan

Image: Punch Drinks

 

Lipsmackingly sweet and sour, the Cosmopolitan cocktail of vodka, cranberry, orange liqueur and citrus is a good-time in a glass!

Ingredients:

  • 45ml lemon vodka (we love Absolut Citron!)
  • 15ml triple sec
  • 30ml cranberry juice
  • 10ml lime juice ice


For the garnish:

  • Orange zest, or a lime wedge on the rim of the glass


Method:

1. Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
2. To make the garnish: hold a 3cm round piece of orange zest about 10cm above your cosmo and very carefully wave it over a lit match or lighter flame.
3. Bend the outer edge of the zest in towards the flame so that the orange oils are released, then drop the zest into your drink.

The best place to sip on a Cosmo in London is The Savoy hotel's legendary art deco “America Bar” where a live jazz pianist plays every night. Did you know that The Savoy's American Bar is the oldest surviving cocktail bar in Britain?

Negroni

This cocktail is easy to make and goes down a treat with its distinctive, pleasantly bitter taste - especially when you drink it with a pasta straw!

It was invented in Florence by Count Camillo Negroni. In the early 20th century he asked the bartender to strengthen his favourite cocktail, the Americano, by replacing the usual soda water with gin. Brave, brave man! But thank you Count Camillo, we love your spiked Americano.


Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce gin (at Stroodles we love Elephant Gin - not only do 15% of their profits go to the endangered African elephant cause, they continuously strive to make their business practices more people and planet friendly!)
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth


Garnish:

  • Orange peel


Method:
1. How to mix: Pour all the ingredients in a glass with ice and stir stir stir until they combine and get nice and cold.
2. Strain into a new glass and add fresh ice, garnish with an orange peel. Enjoy with a Stroodle!

If Camillo was alive today and living in London, he'd go to Emilia's to have a Negroni - and order some fresh pasta along with it too!



At Stroodles we believe that there really is no excuse not to indulge on National Cocktail Day this year. National Cocktail Day is the perfect excuse to make yourself a delicious cocktail and raise a glass with Mr. Stroodles (especially in the midst of this national lockdown, we all need something to cheer us up!).

If you plan to celebrate National Cocktail Day this year, and make yourselves any of our favourite cocktails listed above, please do tag us on Instagram, we’d love to see your creations. Let’s celebrate this fabulous day together, the right way!