Sundowners – 3 Refreshing Cocktails to sup as the BBQ cooks!

The name “Sundowners", harks back to Britain’s colonial past, but don’t let that put you off! It is the collective name for a range of long cool drinks typically served at sunset, marking that point between the end of a long hot day and sitting down to formal dinner.  It reminds me of my folks who used to drink a whiskey and soda (from a soda syphon –  remember? ) and a glass of sherry before supper.  Different times! 


3 of the best “Sundowner” cocktails – refreshing and ice-cold.

Here are three recipes for ice cold alcoholic refreshers that will go down a treat at any BBQ whilst you wait for your gourmet sausages to cook…


Ice-cold, crisp, refreshing Sundowner cocktails

Lime Rickey


Ice-cold, crisp, refreshing Sundowner cocktails.


Fill a glass with ice cubes

Pour in 2 oz of gin and a squeeze of lime juice. 

Top up with club soda.

Stir and garnish with a wedge of lime. 


Simple but deliciously refreshing.


Here are two more for the Barbecue.


Mint Julep


In the bottom of the glass, mix together 3 oz of bourbon, 6 crushed in the glass

Sprigs of fresh mint

2 tbspn of simple sugar syrup. 

Add the ice and top up with club soda, stir and garnish with mint leaves


Moscow Mule


Fill your glass with ice and pour on 1 ½ oz vodka and 1oz of lime juice

Top up with ginger beer, stir and garnish with a lime wedge.


Have a taste while you finish off cooking your hot spicy sausages on the Barbecue..



Delicious Spicy Barbecue Sausages a great pairing with cocktails!

Now, turn to the West, admire the sunset  – then go eat!


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