Five Fantastic Summer Cocktails
At one point it did seem like we would never see summer this year, but fortunately the good old sun has finally made an appearance and we’ve all been basking in plenty of sunshine over the past couple of weeks.
When you’re in the kind of heat we’ve been experiencing it doesn’t take long for thoughts to turn to a nice, cold drink. So with that in mind I’ve chosen five summer cocktails that will go down a real treat when the sun is shining.
The Limon Sunrise is a limoncello-based cocktail and one that is incredibly easy to make, so you shouldn’t have too much problem getting one of these at a bar or even knocking one up yourself at home.
You’ll need; 1 oz of limoncello, 3 oz of fresh orange juice, a splash of grenadine and a slice of orange. Grab a tall glass and some crushed ice, and then add the limoncello and orange juice to the glass with the ice. Add in the splash of grenadine but be sure not to stir the drink or you’ll ruin the ‘sunrise’ effect. Garnish with a slice of orange and you’re good to go! The lemony goodness just screams summer.
While you may associate sangria with family holidays to Spain as a little ‘un it is still a pretty popular drink here, especially in summer. It’s also really easy to make your own which is ideal if you’re throwing a party, BBQ or even heading to a park or beach for the day.
Be sure to mix about 3 parts red wine to 1 part orange juice and 2 parts lemonade, then slice and add whatever fruits you wish to add. Leave this to sit in the fridge overnight so that the fruit soaks for as long as possible, and you’ll have your own take on sangria to offer round at the beach or to drink yourself in the garden all day.
A lot of people love the refreshing coolness of a mojito, but with the recent heat wave I’ll bet that a frozen mojito sounds pretty darn good right now. It’s a little easier than making your standard mojito but if you’ve got a blender then you have no excuse to not already be making one of these by now.
Pop 4 or 5 mint leaves, 1 oz of simple syrupand the juice of 2 limes into the blender and give it a whirl. Add around 2 cups of ice and 3 oz of rum and then blend up until it looks like a nice frozen drink, think a Slush Puppy or something similar, before topping off with a little soda water or lemonade. This has to be pure summer time bliss in a glass.
I’m sure plenty of us have been to a festival and either seen someone or been the person walking around eating a huge slice of watermelon, which as you’ll know if you’ve done it is one of the most refreshing things you can do on a hot day. This watermelon margarita recipe requires a little work but boy will it be worth it.
Put ½ a cup of sugar, some water and orange zest in a small saucepan and bring it to the boil, stirring constantly. It should take around 3-4 minutes for the sugar to dissolve fully. Then remove it and allow it to cool right down. In the meantime pulse some watermelon in a blender until it is pureed, and then stir it into a large jug with the simple syrup, tequila and lime juice. You’re almost there, now just rub a lime wedge on the rim of your cocktail glasses, dip them in some sugar to coat the rim and then finally pour your finished margarita mixture into the glasses. Garnish however you like; lime wedges are a good choice.
Pineapple ‘upside down’ Martini
The martini is a classic cocktail recipe, but this pineapple version offers up a slightly more refreshing take and the upside down part just makes the drink stand out a little more. A definite summer drink and one that deserves the fifth and final place on my list.
Take 2/3 cups of chilled pineapple juice and 1/3 a cup of vanilla-flavoured vodka and pour these into a cocktail shaker full of ice. Give it a good shake and then strain the mix into martini glasses. Add a dash of grenadine, which should sink to the bottom and give a two-tone, ‘upside down’ look to the glass. Slice up some pineapple and grab some maraschino cherries, pop one of each on a skewer to garnish and then enjoy, you’ve earned it!
Got your own summer cocktail recipes? Share them with us in the comments or on our Facebook page!