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Mojito (no added sugar & low-calorie) image

Mojito (no added sugar & low-calorie)

Adapted from the classic serve by yours truly (Simon Difford) in January 2019. For more recipes, its origins and history, see the Mojito Cocktail.

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Delicately spiced with cacao and coffee sitting atop a basket of fruit (overripe banana, pineapple and lime).

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Clear As Rain

Tequila, kummel and cacao – a trio of powerful flavours diluted and made into a delicate cocktail by birch water.

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Espresso Martini (simple 3 equal parts recipe)

Balanced, tasty and enlivening, this cocktail is incredibly quick and easy to make using just three ingredients that should be every day essentials in

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Strawberry Margarita (frozen)

Slightly sweet but yummy with an interplay between tequila, rich strawberry and tart fresh lime.

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Sid and Nancy

Fruity, sweet 'n' sour. A bite-sized tropical-style Greek-laced cocktail for a touch of island escapism in a glass.

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Pinky red, gin laced delicate red fruit and almond nuttiness with light white wine and lemon acidity.

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Red Earl

This vodka laced, rich (but not overly sweet) raspberry cocktail is a crowd pleaser.

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Watermelon Fruitini

So fruity, you could almost convince yourself this is a health drink.

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Kingston Club

Pineapple juice with herbal attitude. Fernet contributes almost clove-like flavours to this fruity aperitivo cocktail.

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Whiskey Dry & Lime

Irish Whiskey and ginger ale with a couple of squeezes of lime. The hint of lime takes the sweet edge of the ginger ale to produce a light and refreshing

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Bellini (Difford's recipe)

It's hard not to like this blend of peaches and sparkling wine. Lemon juice adds balance and a citrusy bite while peach schnapps boosts peachy flavour.

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Purple Stag

Easy drinking and neither bitter or too sweet, it's hard not to like this rich herbal fruity cocktail.

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Showgirl Cocktail

Wonderfully floral – flavours of rose and raspberry dominate with dry vermouth adding balance and complexity.

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Lekker Lekker

Most unusual with apple, hazelnut and lemon freshness.

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Biblical Quartet

Four different apple products – three of them alcoholic – combined harmoniously in one cocktail, so obviously appley and just on the dry side of balanced.

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Commodore No. 2

Lemon juice balances this bourbon and crème de cacco-based red-coloured cocktail that is perhaps best served as an after-dinner cocktail.

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Basically a Scotch and soda with a delicate hint of ginger spice, the Presbyterian cocktail should be made using Scotch whisky rather than bourbon, rye,

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Sex On The Beach

Sweet fruitiness masks the alcohol in this easy-drinking, long cocktail. Sex is associated with red ( light district) and is represented in this

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Passion Fruit Altern'atini (no added sugar & low-cal.)

A couple of dashes orange bitters helps add a touch of complexity and balance to this vodka-laced fruity cocktail, but beware those bitters may add trace

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Blue Lagoon

Lurid blue, easy-drinking zesty citrusy. This cocktail is also known as The Swimming Pool and lounging beside one, or at least imagining you are, is what

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Great when made with freshly squeezed orange juice, this cocktail is very similar to the Buck's Fizz, which tends to have a higher proportion of champagne.

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Il Viaggio

The ingredients might suggest that this cocktail should be stirred – I tried, but it benefits from the dilution and life that shaking imparts. After

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Carajilo, coffee and liquor or spirit is a popular serve in Mexico. Licor 43 is one of the preferred liqueurs in this cocktail due to its delicately spiced

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