Cancel your weekend plans! The camp, glittery spectacle of Eurovision is on. One of the must-see TV events of the year, Eurovision is the perfect night to invite the gang over, decorate your sitting-room in patriotic bunting and have a rollicking fun night in!
The fabulous GastroGays have created some spectacular Eurovision-themed cocktails that combine a deep knowledge of the contest's history with an array of delicious liquors that you can all easily find right here on Deliveroo.
So who will win Eurovision 2017?
Self-proclaimed Eurovision fanatics, they give us their hot tips on this year's contest in Kiev.
"Italy has been a front-runner since they chose Francesco Gabbani as their act – there's a dancing ape on stage! It's fun, colourful and upbeat, so it will do very well! We particularly fancy dark horse potential in Estonia who have a strong contemporary pop duet. Also – host country Ukraine have a fantastic rock floor filler and our neighbours the UK have sent X-Factor alum Lucie Jones. If her staging, vocals and presence all align just right we could see the UK sitting inside the top ten on Saturday night – something that hasn't happened in almost 15 years!"
And while they don't fancy Ireland's chances at success ("it won't light up the scoreboards by any stretch of the imagination"), the guys predict a super night of show-stopping performances, "There doesn't seem to be any particularly wacky or cheesy staging this year so it's set to be a very polished line-up". So grab your snacks, order in your booze, draw your sweepstakes and follow our easy how-to-guide on making these creative Eurovision-themed cocktails below.
GastroGays: "A twist on the classic Godfather cocktail but an ode to the Queen of modern Eurovision if you ask us, Ukraine's Ani Lorak. She may have come runner-up back in 2008, but if there's one iconic Eurovision track we urge you to seek out it's Shady Lady. This sweet, sharp and strong little sip is an ideal marrying of whiskey and amaretto.
- 2 parts Teelings Irish Whiskey (70ml)
- 2 parts Amaretto (70ml)
- A sphere of ice
- Grapefruit peel, to garnish
In a cocktail shaker with some ice cubes add equal amounts of Teelings Irish whiskey and Amaretto, stir for around 20-30 seconds with a long cocktail spoon in one motion to mix and chill. Strain into a wide tumbler glass, pop in a sphere of ice (handy, inexpensive moulds available from Flying Tiger) and garnish with a fresh grapefruit peel. Sip slowly."
GastroGays: "There's nothing like winning and in Eurovision terms, that means getting enough douze points to get there! For that sweet celebratory sip, only bubbles will do. This is an elegant little cocktail to toast, cheers and say sláinte once a winner is crowned – especially if you've gotten them in the sweepstakes!
- Brown sugar cube
- La Jara Organic Prosecco
- Lemon peel, to garnish
Add the sugar cube to the bottom of a tall flute and top up with La Jara Organic Prosecco, then flick the oils of the fresh lemon peel on the top of the glass and garnish. Drink in that moment of victory, or soothe your disappointment – up to you!"
GastroGays: "Did you know you're more likely to win if you're barefoot and also that more performers wearing white have won more than any other colour? There might not be a scientific formula for winning but this is a truly winning cocktail, inspired by Denmark's Emmelie de Forest – the Only Teardrops winner in 2013. Floral, herbal and soft, this is an absolute cinch to make and will impress all your guests!
- Three parts Gunpowder Gin (45ml)
- One part Grenadine (15ml)
- Two parts lemon juice (30ml)
- Rosemary sprigs
- Blueberries and cocktail sticks, to garnish
Chill a coupe glass for about 15 minutes in the fridge before assembling. Add the gin, grenadine syrup and a couple of torn rosemary leaves to a cocktail shaker and allow to sit until you make the cocktail. When ready, add the lemon juice and shake for 15 seconds, which is known as a dry shake, then add a generous handful of ice and shake vigorously for 20 further seconds – a 'wet' shake. Strain into the chilled glass and allow to sit for a second and separate into a pink underneath and a velvety foam top. Pluck a small, fresh rosemary sprig from a bunch and assemble three plump blueberries on a small cocktail stick, both for garnish. Align atop the glass as you wish and enjoy."
What's Another Beer?
GastroGays: "The original J.Lo, Johnny Logan, is Ireland's most successful Eurovision export and is Mr. Eurovision to whoever you're asking around the world as he's won it the most times. Inspired by the What's Another Year crooner, here's a Corona cocktail that's light, fruity and fun but still packs a winning punch with its Bulldog-style upturned bottle detail.
- 330ml bottle of Corona (or any light beer)
- One part spiced rum (35 ml)
- One part fresh grapefruit juice (35ml)
- Slices of fresh grapefruit, lemon and lime
- Straws, to garnish
Add the rum and grapefruit juice to a cocktail glass with lots of ice and shake for 30 seconds to chill and combine. Strain into a large Boston glass and add in the fresh fruit slices. Now for the magic, open the bottle of corona and immediately turn it upside down inside the glass (you might want to practice the first one over the sink or outside). Add in two straws, some crushed ice if you have it and sip away in front of the TV."
GastroGays: "How do you know a Eurovision winner when you meet one? They'll tell you! Linda Martin is Eurovision royalty and deservedly so – this neat, simple little sip is inspired by her winning turn with Why Me in Malmö in 1993. Since she won in Scandinavia, it's fitting that this drink needs to be as cold as the Nordic countries but rest assured it's as sprightly and sharp as her style.
- Two parts Blackwater No5 gin (70ml)
- Two parts vermouth (or dry white wine, 70ml)
- Two olives on a cocktail stick
- A little brine or salt solution
- Garnish of your choice
Freeze your martini or coupé glass for thirty minutes before using. Contrary to popular belief, stirred is actually far better than shaken, so when ready to mix add the equal parts gin and vermouth to a cocktail shaker with lots of ice and stir in one direction for 30 seconds. Strain into the chilled glass and add in your olives on a cocktail stick at the end. Orange, lemon or grapefruit peel also works great here, and we recommend squeezing the peel and rimming the glass with the fragrant oils before adding in. You can make this a dirty martini by adding a dash of the olive brine to the mix, or simply dissolve 5g of fine salt in about 20ml of water and use a tbsp or so in each cocktail before the stirring process."
GastroGays: "No one likes to be at the bottom of the leaderboard, but we've all been there – however, none more so than Norway who has finished last with 'nul points' no less than 11 times! As finishing last can leave a sour taste, this icy little Mule is the perfect spicy and sweet drink to enjoy once the votes are coming thick and fast (or slow and thin, in this case..)
- 35ml Vodka
- 35ml fresh lime juice
- 1 Bottle of Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer
- Lots of ice
Add the vodka and lime juice to a chilled copper jug with chunky ice and stir to combine, top up with as much Crabbie's Ginger Beer as you need and finish with more ice, a slice of lime and some sprigs of mint. Sharp, spicy and very refreshing! Feel free to replace the vodka with something sweeter like Smirnoff Ice."