Cocktail of the week: Drake & Morgan’s royal summertime – recipe | Cocktails

A refreshing, tropical fruit cocktail that’s perfect for a sunny evening outdoors. The popsicle garnish is an ingenious way to use up the ends of champagne and lemonade bottles that have lost their fizz.

Royal summertime

Serves 1

For the champagne popsicle (optional)
40ml flat champagne
20ml flat lemonade
1 pinch sugar

For the drink
40ml orange vodka
– I like Ketel 1 Oranje
20ml Aperol
25ml passionfruit puree
15ml lime juice
15ml sugar syrup
1 edible flower
, to garnish (optional)

If you want to make the popsicle, ahead of time, gently mix the flat champagne, flat lemonade and sugar, stirring to make sure the sugar dissolves. Pour into a popsicle or small, thin lolly mould and freeze for four to six hours, until solid.

To make the cocktail, put all the liquid ingredients in a blender with two or three scoops of crushed ice and blitz to combine. Pour into a wine glass, garnish with an edible flower and the popsicle, if using, and serve immediately.