The Ultimate Summer Cocktail Guide

The summer holidays are in full swing and whether you are home or away, hanging poolside, beachside, on deck, or barbecuing in the garden, there's nothing better than enjoying your downtime with a summery cocktail in hand.

We've curated our choice of refreshing cocktails drinks that are easy to make, delicious and bursting with fresh ingredients- these cocktails are the epitome of summer in a glass.


Daiquiri

Don’t let the bad PR deter you, this elegant Cuban delight has nothing to do with the syrupy slush you will find at swim-up bars.

Classic Daiquiri. Photo Credit: The Spruce Eats.

Classic Daiquiri. Photo Credit: The Spruce Eats.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. White rum


  • 1/2 tsp. Superfine sugar


  • 1/2 oz. Lime juice

Directions

Squeeze the lime into your shaker, stir in the sugar, and then add the rum. Shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


Margarita

For a slightly sweeter version, try adding agave syrup before shaking.

Margarita. Photo Source: Today Show.

Margarita. Photo Source: Today Show.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Silver tequila

  • 1 oz. Cointreau

  • 1 oz. Lime juice

  • Coarse Salt

Directions

Chill a cocktail glass, and then rub it’s rim with lime juice and dip it in coarse salt. Add tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and ice together in a cocktail shaker. Shake and then strain into the glass over ice. If you prefer them frozen simply add the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.


Classic Mojito

Be sure to thoroughly muddle the mint sprig, sugar and lime juice to release the flavour.

Mojito. Photo Source: Culinary Hill.

Mojito. Photo Source: Culinary Hill.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. White rum


  • 5 oz. Lime juice (squeezed fresh)


  • 1 tsp. Superfine sugar


  • 3 Mint leaves

  • Club soda or seltzer

Directions

In a smallish Collins glass, muddle lime juice with 1/2 to 1 tsp. superfine sugar. Add the mint leaves, mushing them against the side of the glass. Fill glass 2/3 with cracked ice and pour in the rum. Pitch in the squeezed-out lime shell and top off with club soda or seltzer.


The Sidecar

All the sours family have a simple citrus based formula.

Sidecar. Photo Source: Epicurious.

Sidecar. Photo Source: Epicurious.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. VS or VSOP cognac


  • 0.75 oz. Cointreau


  • 0.75 oz. Fresh lemon juice


  • Sugar

Directions

Coat the rim of a cocktail glass with sugar. Add the rest of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and stir. Strain into the cocktail glass and garnish with an orange peel.


Finger-Stirred Negroni

This bittersweet Italian classic is the original 1:1:1 cocktail.

Negroni. Photo Source: Australian Bartender.

Negroni. Photo Source: Australian Bartender.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Tanqueray gin


  • 1 oz. Campari


  • 1 oz. Cinzano Rosso Vermouth

Directions

Pour ingredients over ice into a cocktail shaker. Stir (with your finger) and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with an orange twist.


Moscow Mule

A simple, snappy cocktail. Presentation is everything here, so don't forget the mug.

Moscow Mules. Photo Source: Kitchen Stories.

Moscow Mules. Photo Source: Kitchen Stories.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Vodka

  • 1/2 oz. Lime juice, freshly squeezed

  • 6 oz. Ginger beer

Directions

Squeeze lime juice into a Moscow Mule mug (or a Collins glass) and drop in the spent shell. Add 2 or 3 ice cubes, then pour in the vodka and fill with cold ginger beer. Serve with a stirring rod.


Mint Julep

This bourbon cocktail is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby.

Mint Julep. Photo Source: Honestly Yum.

Mint Julep. Photo Source: Honestly Yum.

Ingredients

  • 2 Large fresh mint bunches

  • 4 Teaspoons (or more) powdered sugar

  • Crushed ice

  • 1 Cup bourbon

  • 4 Tablespoons of water

Directions

In each of 4 short glasses, place 8 mint leaves and 1 teaspoon powdered sugar. Muddle, crushing mint to release oils. Add 1/2 cup (generous) crushed ice to each glass, then 1/4 cup bourbon, and 1 tablespoon water. Stir to blend, adding more powdered sugar if desired. Top each glass with several small sprigs of fresh mint.


The French 75

This sparkling classic cocktail is the perfect accompaniment to brunch. The gin can be easily substituted for rum to suit taste.

The French 75. Photo Source: Australian Bartender.

The French 75. Photo Source: Australian Bartender.

Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 oz Fresh lemon juice

  • ½  oz Simple syrup

  • 1 oz Gin

  • 3 oz Champagne

  • Lemon twist to garnish

Directions

Add all the ingredients except the champagne into a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a champagne flute. Top with the champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.


Pimm’s Cup

If there is one quintessentially British summer cocktail, the Pimm's Cup is undeniably it.

Pimm’s Cup. Photo Source: Christy Major.

Pimm’s Cup. Photo Source: Christy Major.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 oz. Pimm's No.1

  • 5 oz. Lemonade

  • Mint

  • 1 Orange

  • 3 Strawberries

  • 1 Cucumber

Directions

According to the instructions on the bottle "pile all the ingredients in a tall glass, mix and sip."  We recommend scaling up and making a jug full. This cocktail is the best for sharing with good friends.


 

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