Love it or hate it, the Eurovision Song Contest is a cultural phenomenon that draws in an astounding 200 million or so delighted (and horrified) viewers across the globe. Basically, whether you’re a fan or not, you can’t escape Eurovision… but whichever camp you fall into, these Eurovision-themed cocktails are definitely going to make your viewing experience a more pleasurable one! So get the gin out, whip up a few cocktails and get ready to dance, sing and cry along with the rest of the world. Salute!
Get your party off to a swinging Swedish start with this pretty cocktail In honour of the ultimate Eurovision song! The winning entry in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, ABBA’s debut single went on to become a no#1 hit around the world and sold nearly six million copies. “Waterloo” was officially named as the best song in the competition's history at the 50th anniversary celebrations in 2005.
15ml elderflower liqueur
Dash of raspberry liqueur or grenadine, to taste
Stir the gin and elderflower liqueur with ice and strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top up with champagne and the raspberry liqueur or grenadine. Garnish with a raspberry, if liked.
GINNY BUCK’S FIZZ
When the boys in the band whipped the skirts off the girls to reveal the daring miniskirts beneath, Buck’s Fizz sealed their place firmly in Eurovision history. Here, we pay tribute to one of the only UK entries ever to win the Eurovision Song Contest - and a super-catchy no#1 hit to boot - with a classic cocktail: the Gin (Buck’s) Fizz.
Juice of half an orange (or approx 30ml orange juice)
Half a teaspoon sugar (optional)
Champagne (or prosecco)
Add the orange juice, sugar (if using) and gin into an ice-filled shaker and shake for about 15 seconds. Strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne and stir gently. Garnish with an orange peel twist or cocktail cherry.
As the soaring vocals of Conchita Wurst belted out the chorus to “Rise Like a Phoenix” in a world-first at the 2014 contest, hearts lifted, tears were wept, and the Eurovision Song Contest was catapulted firmly into the 21st century. The song triumphed, but we were all winners that year. Here, we give homage to this rule-breaking icon with a drink as unique as the singer herself: the Phoenix - or in other words, colour-changing gin.
30 dried butterfly pea flowers
Pinch of baking soda (optional)
Clean and dry the container you’re going to use – any residue can affect the colour of your gin.
Pour the gin into the jar and add 10 butterfly pea flowers for each 250ml of gin. Screw on the lid, shake well, and leave to steep overnight.
Once your gin has reached a dark blue colour, strain out the flowers and decant the gin into a bottle. If the colour is more purple than blue, you can use half a pinch of baking soda to raise the pH and bring out the blue.
To show off your colour changing gin, add it to a glass with ice, fill the glass with tonic and watch it transform from blue to purple!
Bump up the wow factor by mixing in edible shimmer, or dying your ice cubes to create a longer colour change.
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