Tasty ideas for summer cocktails

Have some fun in the sun with these delicious drinks…

29 May 2020

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If you’re in the mood for a cheeky summer drink, you’re in the right place. Just for you, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite cocktail recipes - designed for sipping in the sun with a smile on your face.

 

Summer Fruit Punch

This is the perfect summer punch drink to make in small batches, giving you more time to sit back and relax.

Ingredients (serves 4):

Ice
1 litre bottle lemonade
250ml orange juice
250ml pineapple juice
250ml vodka
1/2 bottle prosecco
Handful of sliced strawberries
Handful of raspberries
Fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish

Method:

Easy. Add everything to a large mixing jug and stir to combine. Then when someone wants a drink, pour some of the punch into their glass and garnish with some more mint.

This recipe is fine for four people to share. If you’re making it for just two people, simply halve the quantities above. That should give you enough for two or three refills.

Make it a mocktail: Leave out the vodka, and throw in a few glugs of grenadine instead.

Freshly squeezed juice takes this drink to the next level. Check out our range of juicers here.

Tom Collins

If you haven’t had a Tom Collins on a sunny day before, you’re in for a treat. Words almost fail us when it comes to describing how amazing this drink is, but not quite. Think fizzy, tangy, and oh-so lemony. The exact details of who Tom Collins might have been are lost in the mists of time unfortunately. But a Collins cocktail recipe from the 19th century listed an ‘Old Tom’ gin as the main ingredient, so there’s a chance the name came from that.

Ingredients (serves 1):

Ice
50ml gin
25ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
25ml sugar syrup
125ml chilled soda water

Method:

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add your gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and soda water. Stir lightly and add the lemon to garnish.

 

Espresso Martini

As the long hot day turns into a summer evening, you might want to round things off with a drink that’s all about sophistication. An espresso martini isn’t difficult to master, yet it always looks and tastes fantastic.

Ingredients (serves 1):

25ml Kahlúa liqueur
25ml freshly made espresso coffee
50ml vodka
Three coffee beans to garnish

Method:
Put all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with lots of ice. Shake vigorously about a dozen times. Then pour into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with three coffee beans on top.

Check out our range of coffee machines

 

Aperol Spritz

This amazingly refreshing summer drink is perfect for sipping while you watch the sun sink lazily over the horizon. You’ve got the Italians to thank for this one.

Ingredients (serves 1):

Ice
50ml Aperol
150ml Prosecco
Soda water to top up
Half a slice of orange and olive to garnish

Method:

Put two or three ice cubes into a glass, and add your Aperol. Pour in the prosecco, then top up with a small amount of soda water. To finish things off, stick a small cocktail stick through your orange and olive, and place it in your glass. Give it a little stir and you’re good to go.

 

The Real Shirley Temple

Not everyone drinks alcohol of course, so let’s round things off with a legendary mocktail. According to the story, this drink was first served to the Hollywood child star by a Beverly Hills bartender when she first hit the big time in the 1930s. It's one of the most popular mocktails around because it's sweet and simple, yet incredibly tasty.

Ingredients:

  • Ice
  • 180ml ginger ale
  • 45ml grenadine
  • Slice of lemon to garnish

Method:

Add the grenadine and ice to a tall glass. Then pour in the ginger ale, stir, and garnish with the slice of lemon.

Make it a cocktail: Replace the ginger ale with an alcoholic ginger beer. Cheers!

 

 

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