Love it or hate, this Saturday 22nd May the Eurovision Song Contest Final is returning to our screens after last year’s show was cancelled. But whether that inspires delight or dread, it’s practically impossible to escape Eurovision. Either way, a good drink will definitely make your night more enjoyable, or at the very least, bearable. That’s why Drinks&Co have put together a compilation of 5 Eurovision cocktails inspired by some of the competition’s most iconic performances. Let’s check them out!
1. Waterloo Sunset
What better place to start this compilation of Eurovision cocktails than with a boozy tipple inspired by ABBA?! Arguably the most famous of all Eurovision hits, ABBA gave Sweden its first win in 1974 with the ridiculously catchy Waterloo. The globally-adored pop quartet was catapulted to fame when they wooed the world with their now-infamous outfits, infectious lyrics and feel-good beats.
In honour of the pop foursome, let’s make a fruity and refreshing Waterloo Sunset that’s perfect for sharing. We’ve given the recipe to make enough for four, but you can easily scale it up or down.
Ingredients (Makes 4):
- 100 ml of Absolut Vanilia
- 50 ml of peach schnapps
- 250 ml of chilled peach juice
- chilled soda water or lemonade, to fill
- splash of grenadine
- Fruit of your choice to garnish. (Raspberries and fresh peach both work well).
How to make a Waterloo Sunset
- Mix your Swedish vodka, peach schnapps and chilled peach juice in a jug.
- Add some ice cubes to your four glasses and divide them mixture evenly between them.
- Add soda water or lemonade to fill.
- Gently pour a little grenadine into each glass over a teaspoon down the inside of the glass so it settles at the bottom.
- Garnish with fruit of your choice.
Another Swedish winner, Loreen’s Eurodance hit Euphoria is completely infectious. Relying only on impressive vocals, raw emotions and some rave-inspired lighting, Euphoria achieved 17 number ones and is the most downloaded Eurovision song of all time.
To pay tribute to this feel-good dance tune, let’s make some sweet Swedish Saft. This non-alcoholic, fruit-infused drink will leave you feeling euphoric on both Eurovision night and the day after.
Ingredients (Makes 4 servings):
- 200g of raspberries
- 150 ml of water
- 100g of sugar, plus more as needed
- 4 sprigs of rosemary or fresh mint to garnish
How to Make Euphoria Raspberry Saft:
- Bring raspberries and water to a simmer in a large pot.
- Cook until fruit is soft for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Allow to cool slightly before straining through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a large saucepan, pressing on fruit.
- Discard fruit and add sugar to taste until you’ve reached a good level of sweetness.
- Bring juice mixture to a gentle simmer, stirring often until sugar dissolves.
- Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until liquid reduces to a light syrup.
- Allow to cool completely.
- Transfer saft to sterilized bottles or airtight containers. It will keep for up to 3 months when refrigerated.
- Mix one part lemonade with one part saft for a sparkling alcohol-free cocktail!
3. Buck’s Fizz
It’s easy to forget that the UK has actually won the Eurovision song contest five times! One of its most notable wins is undoubtedly Bucks Fizz’s 1981 hit Making Your Mind Up. The pop quartet was formed exclusively for the competition, but their super catchy song became a number one in 8 countries and went on to sell over four million copies. Aside from the song itself, Bucks Fizz made an iconic moment in Eurovision history when the male singers ripped off the female singers’ skirts to reveal mini-skirts. Shocking!
This one was too easy, it has to be Buck’s Fizz. Of all these five Eurovision cocktails, this is the easiest to make. As it’s relatively low in alcohol, this would make a great Eurovision breakfast cocktail.
Ingredients (Makes 4):
- 200 ml of freshly squeezed orange juice
- 400 ml of sparkling wine (Champagne, cava or prosecco would all work).
- Slice of orange to garnish
How to make Buck’s Fizz
- Pour 50ml of orange juice into each glass.
- Top up each glass with sparkling wine.
- Garnish with a slide of orange.
What’s Eurovision without skin-tight catsuits, lots of glitter, ethnic instruments and FIRE?! Representing Cyprus in 2018, Eleni Foureira’s Fuego took the country to 2nd place with 436 points, giving Cyprus its best-ever result. Sure it didn’t win, but the pop goddess’s irresistibly upbeat and highly danceable tune captures the feel-good and sassy spirit of Eurovision so well, we feel we should drink to it.
To celebrate Fuego, (“fire” in Spanish) let’s heat things up with a flaming shot!
- One shot of sambucca
- 2-3 coffee beans (optional)
How to make Fuego:
- Pour the sambuca and coffee beans (if using) into a shot glass.
- Set the sambuca on fire with a long lighter or match stick.
- Extinguish the flame by putting a coffee mug or cocktail shaker over the shot.
- Never try to blow out a flaming shot. Alcohol is highly flammable and you risk blowing flaming alcohol all over the room and your friends.
- Don’t leave the shot burning for more than a few seconds. The shot glass could explode and again send flammable liquid and flying glass across the room.
- Check the glass has cooled before you drink it.
5. Vodka Serduchka
Saving the best till last, the last of our Eurovision cocktails pays homage to Verka Serduchka’s bold and wacky performance which nabbed second place for the Ukraine in 2007. Performed by Ukrainian drag queen, comedian and singer Verka Serduchka Lasha Tambai is a totally out-there performance packed with sparkles, tin-foil outfits, casual bum-slapping, unintelligible lyrics and increasingly manic accordion-playing. In short, this is everything that Eurovision should be. If you’ve never seen this iconic Eurovision performance, you need to watch the video. Trust us, you’re in for a treat!
In honour of this bamboozling and controversial performance (Russia claimed the lyrics were meant to sound like “Russia Goodbye”), let’s make a celebratory shot that combines vodka and champagne that’s just as refreshing, bizarre and bubbly as Verka Serduchka.
- ½ part Absolut Raspberri
- ½ part Champagne (or any other sparkling wine)
- Two raspberries and a few mint leaves to garnish
How to Make the Vodka Serduchka:
- Fill half a shot glass with raspberry vodka and top up with bubbly.
- Add raspberries and mint to garnish.
- Shout “Eins!” and eat the mint, “Zwei!”, eat the raspberries, “Drei!”, down your shot.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this short compilation of some of the song contest’s most iconic performances and that these Eurovision cocktails add a little extra sparkle to your night.