Who’s your money on tonight? (Picture: STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Tonight, the final of the Eurovision Song Contest is being held in Turin Italy.
People across the continent will be gathering to watch the annual display, which is the highlight of the year for fans of camp, cheese, and sequins.
It’s been a tough year for many participating countries, so this lighthearted competition should be a welcome respite from the bad news we’re constantly being bombarded with.
If you’re having a Eurovision watching party this evening and want to impress your guests without the faff, we’ve got some easy cocktail recipes for you.
Using up ingredients you can pick up at the supermarket (rather than fancy syrups that take days to make) as well as some you may already have in the cupboards, they’re easy to mix in batches.
That way you don’t miss any of the catchy tunes or host Mika’s witty remarks.
Trust us, these won’t be rated ‘nil point’ by your guests.
If tequila isn’t your bag, switch the sunrise up with vodka instead (Picture: JJ Whitley)
JJ Whitley has created this refreshing serve to showcase their artisanal vodka, which works beautifully with the sweet pomegranate syrup and tangy citrus.
It takes just three steps to make, and you can set up a cocktail station where guests can top themselves up as the contest goes on.
15ml lime juice
125ml cloudy lemonade
Wedge of lime
Extra raspberries and lime for garnish (optional)
Muddle the raspberries in a highball glass.
Add the grenadine and vodka while squeezing over a wedge of lime and gently stirring.
Top with the cloudy lemonade and add your garnishes.
Apparently Brits are coconuts for Pina Coladas (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
A study by VonHaus recently revealed that one in six (16%) people say the Pina Colada is their favourite cocktail.
These are super easy to make, and you can multiply the ingredients and stick them in the blender to save yourself shaking up multiple batches.
120ml pineapple juice
60ml white rum
60ml coconut cream
Handful of ice
Place all of your ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and do your best mixology impression to combine.
Pour into a cocktail glass and enjoy.
Blood Orange Negroni
This sweeter take on the negroni makes a great nightcap for the results portion of the show (Picture: The Omni Collective)
Prefer something a little stronger to sip on?
Switch up the classic negroni with Italian aperitivo Aperol, which is sweeter than the standard Campari.
This recipe – which serves two – was devised by the team at vegan restaurant The Omni Collective, and is suitable for anyone on a plant-based diet.
2 large ice cubes
Orange peel or dehydrated orange slice for garnish (optional)
Build the cocktail in a rocks glass by adding in half the gin, Aperol and vermouth. Using a cocktail stirrer, mix the ingredients till well combined.
Repeat with the other glass.
Place 1 large ice cube into each rocks glass as a statement piece.
Finish by placing a dehydrated orange slice on top …read more