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.
This Mexican take on the Margarita is a great and easy cocktail to make for when you’re dreaming of being beachside…
60ml grapefruit juice
15ml lime juice
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.
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
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!
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
7ml lime juice
32ml pineapple juice
32ml orange juice
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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...
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…
This boozy, fruity, fizzy drink has got it all!
30ml pineapple juice
15ml orange juice
15ml lemon juice
15ml sugar syrup
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.
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..
Move over Aperol, there’s a new Spritz in town…
Dry fino sherry
Pour one part sherry and one part lemonade into an ice filled glass, garnish with mint and get the fiesta started.
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…