The Eurovision Song Contest is happening this weekend! Now in its 60th year, the super cheesy night will feature entries from many different European countries, as well as including, for the first time, Australia as a special guest!
Whatever you think of the competition, it’s a fun event and perfect for an evening of cocktails!
This year’s contest is being held in Vienna, Austria, after Conchita Wurst won the 2014 trophy with her song Rise Like A Phoenix.
To get in the spirit of the event, I thought I’d take a little European tour of my drinks cabinet, and see which nations are represented, even if their song has not made the cut:
The Big Five – these guys sponsor the event, so automatically make the cut
UK – The Botanist Gin (try in a fruity Tom Collins)
France – Chambord (lovely in a French Martini)
Germany – Dooleys (indulgent in a Mudslide – coming soon!)
Italy – Frangelico (stay classy with an Espresso Martini)
Spain – Licor 43 (exotic in a Porn Star Martini)
Austria – Mozart Chocolate Liqueur (discover the White Chocolate version in Talbot’s Dream)
(As last year’s winner, they also automatically qualify)
Ireland – Baileys Cream Liqueur (tops off a Baby Guinness – coming soon!)
Sweden – Cariel Vanilla Vodka (indulgent in a Lemon Bon Bon)
Netherlands – De Kuyper Apricot Brandy (delicious in a Goombay Smash – coming soon!)
So, those are the drinks on my European tour. Which country do you think would be the winner of the European Booze contest? And which country would be left with nil points?
In the spirit of Eurovision, I thought I would try out one of the kitschest cocktails I could think of:
Key West Cooler (makes 2)
- 30ml Midori Melon Liqueur
- 30ml Malibu Coconut Rum
- 30ml Archers Peach Schnapps
- 20ml Absolut Citron Vodka
- 60ml Orange Juice
- 60ml Cranberry Juice
- 1/2 Fresh Lime
This drink is all about the layers, so can be a little tricky, but worth it! Start with tall glasses filled with cubed ice. Shake together the Malibu and Midori with more ice in a shaker, and pour across the two glasses. Next, rinse the shaker and add the Archers and the orange juice, shake again and pour slowly over the ice in the glasses, allowing it to settle on top of the green base. Finally, rinse the shaker again and add the Absolut and the cranberry juice. Shake for a final time and pour, very slowly, over the ice into the glasses. This should give you a nice traffic light coloured drink!
A Key West Cooler is the kind of cocktail affectionately known at Be At One Bar as a ‘Disco’ cocktail – it’s colourful, sweet and fun, but not the classiest of the bunch. For this reason I think it is the embodiment of Eurovision!
How will you celebrate this weekend? Whatever you do, remember to enjoy (responsibly)! x