Summer Cocktails to Sex Up Your BBQ

Whether the sun’s shining bright or you’re just longing for a bit of summer boozy action, these cocktails are perfect for making at home. Fill up a jug and share with your mates or just get a straw and tackle them on your own… f*ck it, it’s summer.

Paloma

This Mexican take on the Margarita is a great and easy cocktail to make for when you’re dreaming of being beachside…

60ml tequila

60ml grapefruit juice

15ml lime juice

8ml agave

Ting grapefruit soda

Shake the tequila, juices and agave together with ice then strain into ice-filled glasses. Top with Ting and pretend you’re in Mexico.

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Cucumber Gin Mojito

You can’t move for Mojitos when the sun’s out but mix it up with gin and some super fresh cucumber instead...

10 mint leaves

3 cucumber slices

2 tbsp sugar

½ lime cut into wedges

28ml gin

Soda water

Ice

Muddle together the sugar, lime wedges, cucumber and mint until all the juices have been released. Pour in the gin and shake it up.

Fill your glasses with ice and pour in the mix. Top with soda water and give it a good stir until all the sugar’s combined. Garnish with mint and lime!

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Mai Tai

Mai Tai means “good” in Tahitian but knock back more than two of these and it’ll start to mean “really p*ssed”. Luckily, they’re super easy to make...

32ml white rum

32ml dark rum

14ml Cointreau

7ml lime juice

32ml pineapple juice

32ml orange juice

Grenadine

Shake together all the ingredients with ice until chilled (about 20-30 seconds). Strain the mix into glasses over ice and garnish with limes if you’re feeling tropical.

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Blood Orange Margarita

Tequila and blood oranges are the perfect combination for a sticky day and the agave practically makes it healthy…

84ml fresh blood orange juice

56ml tequila

28ml triple sec

Agave nectar syrup

If you’re feeling the margarita salt flex, get your rims salted first by rubbing the tops of your glasses with juice then dipping in salt (we go for chilli salt). Shake all the ingredients together with ice until chilled and strain into ice-filled glasses.

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Caiprinha

It takes some muddling but this Brazilian babe sure is refreshing - and very easy to drink…. If you can only get your hands on vodka then replace the cachaça to make a caipiroska!

3 limes, cut into wedges

6 tbsp golden caster sugar

50g crushed ice

350ml cachaça

Squeeze the lime juice into a large jug then throw the wedges in too. Add the sugar and muddle until it’s all a bit of a mess… fill half the jug with ice then muddle again. Pour the cachaça over the top then stir well. Adjust lime and sugar to taste then top up with the rest of the ice. Pour them into glasses and get involved.

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Bramble

This fruity number was created by Mr Espresso Martini, Dick Bradsell in the mid-80s and in those hot months it just keeps on giving...

60ml gin

30ml lemon juice

15ml sugar syrup

15ml creme de mure

Shake together the gin, juice and sugar syrup and strain into a glass filled with crushed ice. Drizzle the liqueur over the top and garnish with lemon and blackberries if that’s your flex…

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Pisco Punch

This boozy, fruity, fizzy drink has got it all!

2 cloves

60ml pisco

30ml pineapple juice

15ml orange juice

15ml lemon juice

15ml sugar syrup

15ml Champagne

Muddle the cloves in a cocktail shaker then add the pisco, juices and sugar syrup. Shake it all up with ice and strain into an ice filled glass. Top with Champagne and garnish with pineapple leaves if you’re feeling fancy.

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Pina Colada

This is one guilty pleasure cocktail that doesn’t just belong in music videos with Wham. Too embarrassed to order one? Here’s how to make your own…

120ml pineapple juice

60ml white rum

60ml coconut cream

Blend all the ingredients together with ice until smooth and chilled. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with pineapple. Additional paper umbrella and sparklers optional..

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Rebuijto

Move over Aperol, there’s a new Spritz in town…

Dry fino sherry

Lemonade

Mint leaves

Pour one part sherry and one part lemonade into an ice filled glass, garnish with mint and get the fiesta started.

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Daiquiri

Forget your slushy strawberry mix, you can’t beat the original classic Daiquiri!

60ml white rum

20ml lime juice

2 tsp sugar

Stir the sugar with the lime juice until it’s dissolved then fill with ice and the rum. Shake it hard for about 30 seconds and strain into a glass. Sit back, enjoy and never touch a fruity daiquiri again…

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