5 Refreshing Summer Cocktails

5 Refreshing Summer Cocktails
04/07/2018 conor

Cool, refreshing and easy to make.

Nothing beats fresh cocktails in the sun! Cool, crisp and so very thirst quenching. To give you some inspiration, we’ve pulled together five of our favourite summer cocktails. We’ve kept it simple to achieve tried and tested deliciously refreshing drinks.

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Cranberry Gin and Tonic

A summertime classic with a twist! With a few simple additions to this already tasty drink, you’re tailoring the taste for an even more summery tipple.

Ingredients:

  • 100g cranberries
  • A few sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 lime
  • Ice cubes
  • 100ml  gin
  • Tonic

Instructions:

  1. Take the cranberries and in a bowl and give them a bit of a smash just to break them slightly.
  2. Add ice, 2 lime wedges and a few rosemary sprigs into two glasses. Divide the cranberries between the glasses.
  3. Add 50ml of gin to each glass (this is a double but if you want it a little weaker just add 25ml per glass).
  4. Top up with tonic and serve straight away.

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The Paloma Picante

A tangy tequila-based cocktail made using an American style IPA known as habanero nectar. Both ingredients are beautifully combined with refreshing grapefruit juice.

Ingredients:

  • 50ml tequila
  • 30ml habanero nectar
  • 85ml grapefruit soda
  • 4 cubes ruby red grapefruit

Instructions:

  1. Muddle the grapefruit juice in a highball glass.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and crushed ice.
  3. Then top with a splash of grapefruit soda.
  4. Finish with a sprig of mint and lemon peel.

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Guilt-Free Margaritas

This drink skips sugary triple sec, instead, gaining its flavour from fresh lime juice, agave syrup, orange zest, and mint.

Ingredients:

  • Juice of 15 limes (about 2 cups)
  • 1 c. añejo tequila
  • c. dark agave syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. dark agave syrup
  • 6 strip orange zest
  • 12 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 34 ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. In a large pitcher, combine lime juice, tequila, and agave syrup. Rub each old-fashioned glass rim with 1 orange zest strip, then place zest in the glass. Put 1/4 teaspoon agave in a small bowl, and combine mint and salt on a small plate. Dip your finger in syrup and rub along glass rims. Dip glasses in mint-salt mixture to coat rims. Put 4 ice cubes in each glass.
  2. Place 5 ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Pour half the lime-tequila mixture into shaker and shake vigorously. Pour into 3 glasses. Repeat with remaining ice cubes and lime-tequila mixture.

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Watermelon Tequila Cocktails

There’s nothing quite as thirst quenching as a watermelon based drink. Combining all of the good things such as tequila, sugar syrup, blueberries, mint and fresh lime juice – this one’s going to be a favourite.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 cups diced seedless watermelon (1 pound)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 3/4 cups blueberries
  • 3/4 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves, plus 8 sprigs for garnish
  • 1 1/4 cups silver tequila
  • Ice

Instructions:

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water to a simmer with the sugar and stir over moderate heat until the sugar is dissolved. Let the sugar syrup cool.
  2. In a blender, puree the watermelon until smooth. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl and strain the watermelon juice, pressing gently on the solids to extract as much juice as possible. Discard the pulp.
  3. In a large pitcher, combine the sugar syrup with the lime juice, blueberries and mint leaves. Using a wooden spoon, lightly muddle the blueberries and mint. Add the watermelon juice and tequila. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
  4. Pour the cocktail into tall ice-filled glasses. Garnish with the mint sprigs and serve.

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Summer Blossom

Floral with a hint of fruit and bergamot – that’s Summer Blossom, full of the hopes and flavours of the early warm months.

Ingredients:

  • 40ml gin
  • 20ml Sauvignon Blanc
  • 20ml cloudy apple juice
  • 15ml Earl Grey syrup
  • 1sprig elderflower

Instructions:

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the gin with a spot of elderflower, Sauvignon Blanc, cloudy apple juice and Earl Grey syrup.
  3. Using a jigger, measure 40ml gin with a spot of elderflower, 20ml Sauvignon Blanc, 20ml cloudy apple juice and 15ml Earl Grey syrup into the shaker.
  4. Shake until cold.
  5. Shake the mixture vigorously in the cocktail shaker until the surface of the shaker feels chilled.
  6. Strain into a long glass.
  7. Strain the liquid into a glass through both a cocktail strainer and sieve. This is to remove any trace of ice or solids, and is a technique known as ‘double straining’.
  8. Garnish with elderflower.
  9. Place a sprig of elderflower on top of the drink to garnish.

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