Refreshing Summer Cocktail Recipes To Beat The Heat

From Mandarin delights to tropical tipples, find out the most invigorating cocktail recipes to battle the summer
A mixologist prepares a pink grapefruit and rosemary gin cocktail
A mixologist prepares a pink grapefruit and rosemary gin cocktail Shutterstock

The height of summer is here, and what better way to add to your leisure time than by discovering a delightful cocktail recipe to enjoy? Whether relaxing by the pool or hosting a laid-back get-together, finding a new and delectable cocktail can truly enhance the experience. Picture the refreshing blend of flavours, the perfect balance of sweet and tangy, mingling with the warmth of the season. So, rest your doubts and pounce upon the opportunity to explore new flavours and enjoy the simple pleasure of preparing a delicious drink that embodies the spirit of summer. We have collated a list of some fun cocktail recipes that will surely set the mood for your summer soirees.

Camikara Dark and Stormy: Refreshing Rum Ginger Beer Cocktail

Camikara Dark and Stormy
Camikara Dark and Stormy

If you're looking to create a refreshing rum-based cocktail that can help you beat the heat, then you'll need a few key ingredients. Start by getting 2 ounces of Camikara 3YO rum, 3 ounces of ginger beer, and optionally, 1/2 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice for an extra zesty kick.

To make this cocktail:

  • Begin by gathering all your ingredients, including a lime wedge for garnish.

  • Pour the ginger beer into a highball glass filled with ice cubes.

  • Carefully layer the Camikara rum on top of the ginger beer. Add the freshly squeezed lime juice if you like a touch of citrus. Once you've built your cocktail, it's time to garnish and serve. Add a lime wedge to your drink for an extra burst of flavour, and serve immediately. Enjoy the crisp and invigorating taste of this easy-to-make summer drink.

Absolut’s Aligatorad: Tropical Pineapple Coconut Cocktail

Absolut’s Aligatorad
Absolut’s AligatoradShutterstock

Escape to a tropical paradise with this refreshing cocktail infused with pineapple and coconut flavours, featuring Absolut Citron and a hint of bitters. Gather the ingredients ranging from 1 slice of fresh pineapple, ⅔ part lime juice to three parts coconut water, 1½ parts Absolut Citron, three dashes of bitters, ice cubes, and a pineapple leaf for garnish.

For the perfect potion, follow these steps:

  • Prepare the Pineapple: Begin by muddling a slice of pineapple in a shaker to release its sweet, tropical flavours.

  • Mix the Cocktail: Add lime juice, coconut water, Absolut Citron, bitters, and ice cubes to the muddled pineapple. Shake vigorously to blend all the flavours together.

  • Strain and Serve: Strain the mixture into a rock glass filled with fresh ice cubes, allowing the flavours to shine.

  • Garnish with Pineapple: Complete your cocktail by garnishing with a pineapple leaf for a touch of island elegance. Sip and savour this delightful brew that transports you to a sunny beachside in one sip.

Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Scarlet Spritz: A Bright and Bubbly Citrus Delight

Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Scarlet Spritz
Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Scarlet Spritz

Indulge in the burst of citrus with this effervescent Mandarin Sparkler, made with Jacob's Creek Sparkling wine, mandarin orange juice, and grenadine syrup. The ingredients for the Mandarin Sparkler include 75 ml of Jacob’s Creek Sparkling wine, 75 ml of Mandarin orange juice, 5 ml of grenadine syrup and a garnish of orange quarter moon.

Here are the steps to create your Mandarin Sparkler:

  • Chill your ingredients: Make sure to chill the sparkling wine and mandarin orange juice for optimal freshness.

  • Mix in a chilled glass: Pour the chilled Jacob’s Creek Sparkling wine and mandarin orange juice into a chilled flute or tulip glass, combining the bright flavours.

  • Add grenadine syrup: Gently pour the grenadine syrup into the glass to add a delightful hint of sweetness and a beautiful colour gradient.

  • Garnish and serve: Complete your Mandarin Sparkler by garnishing it with an orange quarter moon for a visually appealing touch. Serve immediately and enjoy this elegant cocktail's lively combination of sparkling wine and citrus flavours.

Ballantine’s Cinnamon Old Fashioned: A Warming Classic with a Twist

Ballantine’s Cinnamon Old Fashioned
Ballantine’s Cinnamon Old Fashioned

If you're looking for a sophisticated cocktail, you might want to try making a Spiced Whisky Old Fashioned. To create this flavourful drink, you need Ballantine's 7 American Barrel Whisky, cinnamon syrup, orange bitters, ice cubes, and an orange peel for garnishing. 

Here are the steps to make your own Spiced Whisky Old Fashioned: 

  • Prepare Your Glass: Start by adding Ballantine's 7 American Barrel Whisky and cinnamon syrup to an Old Fashioned glass containing a few ice cubes.

  • Add Orange Bitters: Pour the orange bitters over the ice and whisky mixture.

  • Stir and Infuse: Gently stir the contents of the glass for about 30 seconds to blend the flavours and chill the cocktail.

  • Garnish with Orange Peel: To finish, garnish your Spiced Whisky Old Fashioned with a twist of orange peel. Express the peel over the glass to release its citrus oils and enhance the aroma. Finally, sit back, relax, and enjoy this classic cocktail's rich, spiced notes.

Jacob’s Creek Unvined Riesling Strawberry Fling: A Refreshing Floral Blend

Jacob’s Creek Unvined Riesling Strawberry Fling
Jacob’s Creek Unvined Riesling Strawberry FlingShutterstock

Make a delicious Strawberry Lime Riesling Martini using fresh strawberries, lime juice, and Unvined Riesling for a unique twist on a classic cocktail. You will need 2 fresh strawberries, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 30mL of lime juice and 120mL of Unvined Riesling. For garnish, you can use a Hibiscus flower or half a strawberry.

Here are the steps to create your Strawberry Lime Riesling Martini:

  • Muddle Strawberries and Sugar: In a shaker, muddle two fresh strawberries with a teaspoon of sugar to release their sweet flavours.

  • Add Lime Juice and Unvined Riesling: Pour the lime juice and Unvined Riesling into the shaker with the muddled strawberries and sugar.

  • Shake Well: Shake the mixture vigorously to blend all ingredients.

  • Double Strain into a Martini Glass: Double strain the cocktail into a chilled martini glass to ensure a smooth texture without strawberry pulp.

  • Garnish Your Martini: Enhance the presentation by adding a hibiscus flower or half a strawberry to the side of the glass. Enjoy the vibrant and refreshing taste of this Strawberry Lime Riesling Martini, perfect for a summer gathering or a relaxing evening. The combination of strawberries, lime, and Riesling creates a delightful balance of flavours that will impress your guests or elevate your own cocktail hour.

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