Cocktail master Jyri Pylkkänen from Beverage Partners Finland gave summer cocktail recipes to Ruokala's readers. His work includes cocktail consulting for restaurants and individuals.

According to Jyri Pylkkänen, when making mixed drinks, one thing to keep in mind is to reserve plenty of ice cubes for your use.

A few ice cubes aren’t enough, as only a few, small ice cubes melt into the drink really quickly, so don’t keep the drink cold. They also water the drink mix quickly.

You can get a box of fast food cheaply

The help of shops and even fast food restaurants can also be used to organize small parties.

- For example, many stores sell ice. In addition, ice cubes can be bought even from the stump, the box costs a few euros. My own styrofoam box is only included for ice shopping, Pylkkänen says.

A big pile of ice stays in the box for a surprisingly long time. In order to maintain hygiene, they are always dispensed with clean containers.

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Fresh wine drink

Milder drink mixes are popular. One good one is a drink with wine and tonic. For example, Pylkkänen recommends 12 cl of wine and tonic water on top of it according to your own taste.

- First pour a glass full of ice, add wine and finally tonic.

You can also get a fresh summer drink from the especially popular rose. According to Pylkkänen, rose wine works well as a foundation.

You can also try flavored tonics. Even in this drink mix, a large amount of ice guarantees the best result.

5 good drinks

Jyri Pylkkänen's instructions include fresh, basil-flavored Gin & Basil Smash. It can be made non-alcoholic, for example, by using cloudy apple juice instead of gin, Pylkkänen says.

The favorite of the summer is Aperol Spritz.

The French 75, which contains champagne, is suitable for summer celebrations. A very fresh summer drink mix for warm days is again Cointreau Fizz.

Traditional gin & tonic is always a viable option.

Gin & Basil Smash

  • 4 cl gin

  • 25 cl fresh lemon juice

  • 1 cl sugar syrup

  • 6-10 basil leaves

Measure the ingredients on a shaker and shake vigorously with ice to get the drink as cold as possible as well as a lot of basil flavor.

After shaking, strain the drink over ice on the rocks in a glass and garnish with a basil leaf.

Basil brings a delicious taste to the drink.

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Aperol Spritz

  • 5 cl Aperol

  • 5 cl proseccoa

  • soda water

Measure, for example, Aperol, Prosecco and a drop of soda water in a wine glass.

Add a glass full of ice and garnish with a slice of orange.

Gin & Tonic

  • 4 cl gin

  • 8 cl tonic water

Measure the ingredients into a glass and fill the glass with ice. Garnish the drink mix with a slice of cucumber.

French 75

  • 3 cl gin

  • 2 cl lemon juice

  • 1 cl sugar syrup

  • 6 cl champagne

Shake all other ingredients except champagne. Strain and lengthen with a bubble drink.

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Cointreau Fizz

  • 4 cl Cointreau

  • ½ lime juice

  • 6 cl soda water

Prepare a jug or one drink at a time.

Remember the water!

When consuming any alcoholic beverage, care must also be taken to drink water.

We mentioned earlier that it is recommended that every other glass of water sit on the terrace to avoid drying out caused by alcohol and the sun.

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