Life is better with a drink in your hand. And what is hot weather without a cool drink to sip on. Summers call for loads of parties, celebrations and bbq’s and they’re all incomplete without cocktails, oh how we love them! From the fruity ones, to the ones disguised as milkshakes, to the extra strong ones there’s one (or maybe a couple) for everyone. Here are 7 refreshing cocktails to stir up this season and well, spice up the party.
Who doesn’t love a glass of chilled wine with a tropical punch on a hot day? Rosé Sangrias are the perfect drink to go with a delicious summer brunch.
1 bottle rosé
½ cup brandy
½ cup grand marnier
2 cups soda
2 sliced oranges
2 sliced limes
1 cup of watermelon balls
Half a dozen strawberries
Method – Add all of your fruit to the bottom of the pitcher and bash it up to release all the goodness. Then pour your wine, brandy, grand marnier and soda over the top, stir it all up and put it in the fridge to chill.
Pro Tip: rim your serving glasses with some sugar to make it fancy and top it up with some boozy fruits.
For all the vodka lovers out there, we have this twist on the classic Pina coladas.
2 oz vodka
4 oz fresh pineapple juice
1 oz coconut cream
Combine all the ingredients with a cup of ice and blend on. Strain it into a tall glass and garnish it with a maraschino cherry.
Pro Tip: add frozen chunks for pineapple for crunch.
Watermelons are legit a summer staple, they go together like Jay Z and Queen B. And we can’t think of anything better than an uber-refreshing watermelon drink.
12 oz watermelon chunks
2 oz vodka
0.5 oz orange liqueur
Juice of a lime
Puree the watermelon and strain it through a sieve. Add the juice to the rest of the ingredients and add some crushed ice, to make it like a watermelon slushy.
Pro Tip: add a bit of soda for a fizzy touch.
Cooling mint, soothing cucumber and a squeeze fresh limejuice. Who said veggies were no fun?
2 oz vodka
1 oz freshly squeezed lime
1 oz agave syrup
3 cucumber slices
Fresh mint sprigs
Muddle up the mint leave, cucumber and the agave syrup in a pitcher. Then go on to adding the vodka and lime juice, and shake it up.
Pro Tip: throw in some flavoured vodka for that extra kick.
A little tequila makes everything better. Sipping on regular beer is so like yesterday and lets be real, it doesn’t taste the best. Try out this drink and we’re sure it’s going to make you fall in love.
A can of ginger beer
A handful of strawberries, raspberries
1 ½ oz tequila
1 ½ oz sour mix
Mix up the berries and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker and pour in the tequila, sour mix and top if off with the beer. Shake, stir, add some ice and sip.
Pro Tip: experiment with different kinds and flavours of beer.
The Love Potion
A little sweet, a little bubbly and a perfect concoction to serve to your crush. Trust us, they will be impressed.
½ cup blackberry syrup
1 bottle prosecco
Sprigs of thyme
Add some blackberry syrup to the bottom of each glass and pour in the prosecco. Top it off with the thyme and serve cold.
Pro Tip: try the exact recipe out with a variety of syrups for a new cocktail each time.
A sweet and sour mix of rum, rounded off with tropical fruits. Need we say more?
2 cups Bacardi Carta Blanco
1 part Triple Sec liqueur
2 cups sweet and sour mix
2 cups orange juice
A fresh orange and handful of cherries
Puts loads of ice in a shaker and fill in it with the Bacardi, triple sec, sweet and sour mix and orange juice. Shake it up, pour it in a glass and garnish the drink with the rind of an orange and some frozen cherries.
Pro Tip: top it off with some crushed mint leaves and serve it in a quirky glass to go with it’s name.
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