5 Cocktail Recipes To Give You That Holiday Feeling

Put down your passport & pick up a cocktail shaker

 Sometimes all you need to get that holiday feeling is a bit of inspiration... and a lotta booze.

Metaxa Frappe Collins

Picture this: You're on a Greek island, looking out over the Aegean seas, livin' the chill Grecian way of life with an epic cocktail in hand. Sounds heavenly, right? Well, this Metaxa Frappe Collins created by the crew at The Clumsies will get you halfway there...

  • 40ml Metaxa 12 Stars
  • 25ml Antica Formula vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Pour all ingredients one by one into a glass filled with crushed ice, stir gently and garnish with a slice of dried orange. Find a body of water to enjoy this next to (the sea / a pool / your bathtub) and picture yourself in Greece.

"Cheats" Aperol Spritz

You know that moment when you're feeling an Aperol Spritz (AKA the ULTIMATE holiday drink) but don't have all the ingredients... we've got a hack for that. Take it from us... No prosecco, no problem.

  • 30ml Aperol
  • 20ml gin
  • 20ml white wine
  • Sparkling water

Turn that white vino into a fizzy number using sparkling water (we've been making magic with our SodaStream), then just add it to your Aperol & gin (for a bit of extra something something) in an ice-filled wine glass and garnish with an orange slice. Congrats, baby, you've hacked the system.

Manila Made

Is there a spirit that tastes more like a holiday than rum? The flavours of Don Papa are given a summer kick using a combo of Sam Ross from Attaboy in New York's "Maid Cocktails" recipes, and man does it hit good.

  • 50ml Don Papa
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 20ml honey syrup (1:1 honey and water - v. easy to make yourself)
  • Cucumber slices
  • Handful of mint
  • 2 dashes Tabasco

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and gently muddle together to release the flavours. Add ice and hard shake for 10 seconds, then double strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Make it fancy with a cucumber ribbon and mint garnish. 

Roséy Gimlet

For when you can’t decide between a crisp glass of rosé or a refreshing gin cocktail, the Mirabeau fam have perfected an elegant rosé gin made with Riviera botanicals, and it’s tres bon, yo! When we want that holiday in the south of France feeling, we shake it up in this stunning Roséy Gimlet.

  • 25ml Mirabeau Rosé Gin
  • 75ml rosé wine (we love the Mirabeau Pure - keep it in the fam)
  • 25ml fresh lemon juice

Shake over ice and strain into your favourite glassware. This is what Provence tastes like.

Devon Shandy

Craving a taste of vitamin D? The Salcombe Brewery have basically bottled it in their gluten-free and vegan-friendly dry-hopped "Sun Drop" ale. Pair it with some crisp, cheek-suckingly sharp Sicilian lemonade and you've made yourself the ultimate holiday refreshment... even if you drink it in your back garden.

Pour the beer into a tall glass (if you have a beer glass, great - if not, a highball will work, too) and top with the still lemonade. Float a lemon wheel in the top if you feel fancy. Make sure you have enough to make another, 'cos one won't feel like enough.