8 Refreshing Cocktails To Sip While The Sun Sets

8 Refreshing Cocktails To Sip While The Sun Sets

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Cocktails are perfect to enjoy in warm weather, but have you ever tried to make your own? Well now you can because, we’ve collected our favourite, easy-to-make cocktail recipes. You don’t even need a shaker or any of the other fancy bits of kit. You just need anything that can be sealed up with a secure lid before you get shaking, things like a protein shaker bottle, a mason jar or a coffee flask all work well.

Essential Cocktail Equipment and Techniques

For a couple of our recipes, you’ll need a blender rather than a shaker. Blending is essential for some cocktails which need to be a thicker consistency as they’ll crush the ice into the drink.

Some cocktails require stirring or crushing fruit or herbs to release the flavour. This is called ‘muddling’. Professionals will use something that looks like a miniature rolling pin. But there are plenty of alternatives that work just as well like the handle of a wooden spoon or the end of a regular rolling pin.

Most cocktails require straining before serving. This will prevent any dry ingredients finding their way into your glasses - we're pretty sure no one wants to bite into a leaf when enjoying their cocktail. It also stops any shards of ice ending up in the glass. Simply use a tea strainer, mesh sieve or if you're using a mason jar to shake up your drinks, then use the lid to act as a barrier whilst pouring.

Now you're ready, so let's get mixing.

Summer Vodka Cocktails

Appletini

This cocktail recipe is as easy as apple pie. It’s refreshing with a fragrant apple flavour and it's perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. Use Smirnoff Vodka, which is triple distilled, for the ultimate summer drink. The ingredients list below is enough to make one Appletini:

  • 50ml Smirnoff Vodka
  • 50ml apple juice
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • A handful of ice cubes
  • Apple slice for garnishing

Pop all the ingredients into your shaker, except the slice of apple, and shake until the it's cold to the touch, this usually takes 10-15 seconds.

Then just strain your cocktail into a glass to serve up a delightful Appletini. Garnish by cutting a slit into your apple slice and place on the rim of your glass before serving.

Bailey's Espresso Martini

Espresso Martinis have the perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness. Invented by a bartender called Dick Bradsell at Fred’s Club in London in the 1980s, a young model allegedly asked him for something to ‘wake me up, and f**k me up’. The following ingredients list is enough to serve up one Espresso Martini, so adjust your measurements if you’re making more than one:

Brew your coffee into a mug and allow it to cool to room temperature. Once it's ready, add your coffee and all your other ingredients into your shaker and shake away. Then strain into a glass and garnish your Espresso Martini with three coffee beans. It's easy to make and tastes like luxury - the perfect cocktail for any coffee lovers.

Summer Gin Cocktails

Raspberry Gin Lemonade

Nothing says summer like a refreshing twist on a gin & tonic, and this recipe is as simple as they come. The flavours of the gin, lemonade, and raspberry complement each other perfectly.

For this recipe we're going to use Bombay Sapphire Gin. It's slightly more aromatic than other gins thanks to its blend of 10 botanicals: liquorice, cassia bark, coriander seeds, angelica root, juniper berries, iris root, lemon peel, grains of paradise, cubeb berries and almonds. This gives it a slightly more spicy and peppery flavour that lifts any gin cocktail. The following ingredients list serves up one Raspberry Gin Lemonade:

Start off by adding your raspberries and mint leaves into your shaker and give these a muddle by pressing them together to release their juices and aromas. Add in your ice, gin and limonata and give this a shake for 10-15 seconds before straining into a glass. Finish off by garnishing with a spring of mint, and your beautiful botanical creation is ready to serve.

Gin Fizz

Here's a light and refreshing cocktail recipe that's easy to experiment with because you can add whatever you like. We're using Gordon's Gin for this recipe which is a popular choice and has the perfect botanical blend. The ingredients below serves up one Gin Fizz, so adjust your measurement if you're making more:

Making a Gin Fizz is as low effort as it gets. Just pop everything into a shaker except your lemon slice and shake away. Shake for 20 seconds, then strain. Then just pop a slice of lemon into your Gin Fizz for garnishing, and it's ready to serve up.

Summer Rum Cocktails

Piña Colada

Cocktails don’t get more exotic than a Piña Colada. One sip and you’ll be transported to a tropical paradise. For this recipe we're going to use Bacardi White Rum which has a slight sweetness that goes well with the rest of the ingredients in this recipe. The ingredient list below serves one Piña Colada:

Add everything to a blender and pulse until smooth. There's no straining required here, just pour into a glass, serve with a wedge of pineapple on the rim and serve.

Mojito

A mojito is the godfather of a refreshing classic cocktail. It blends the vibrant flavours of lime, mint, and rum to leave you with a cooling cocktail that's perfect to sip on in hot weather. To serve up one Mojito, here are the ingredients that you'll need:

  • 60ml Bacardi White Rum
  • 100ml sparkling water
  • 2 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • A handful of ice cubes
  • For garnishing: lime, sugar, and sprig of fresh mint

Start off by muddling your lime, mint leaves, and sugar in your shaker, do this until the mint leaves have completely crushed. Then top off with your Bacardi Rum, sparkling water, and ice, then just give it a good shake for 10-15 seconds.

Squeeze some lime juice onto a plate, and sprinkle some sugar on another. Then dip your glass onto the juice and then on the sugar to give your glass a sugar rim. Then strain into your glass, add a spring of mint to your Mojito.

Summer Whiskey Cocktails

Irish Mule

An Irish Mule combines the flavours of whiskey, ginger beer, and lime juice to make a punchy drink that’s a great thirst quencher. We'll be using Jameson Irish Whiskey which has a distinct spicey profile that goes well the fiery taste of ginger beer. Here's all you need to serve up one Irish Mule:

In your shaker, add all your ingredients except the garnishes. Give it a shake for around 10-15 seconds, then strain into a glass. Add a slice of lime to the rim of your glass, pop in a spring of mint.

Jack Daniels Slushy

Yep, you read that right - a cocktail slushy. This is probably our most unique recipe and it's one that everyone will want to try, plus it's low effort and so easy to make a big batch at once. The ingredients list is simple with just two things needed, though you will need an ice cube tray and a blender so make sure you're well prepared. Here's all you need to make a batch of Jack Daniels Slushy:

For this recipe, you'll need to use frozen Coca Cola cubes because this is what will give your cocktail that slushy texture. If you used normal ice cubes instead, you’d end up with a diluted cocktail. So, start off by pouring the Coca Cola into ice cube trays and freeze, do this few hours so they’re ready to use when needed. Then in a blender, add all your Coca Cola cubes and the Jack Daniels Whiskey, then blitz until it’s well combined - that's all there is to it. Serve into glasses for the perfect cooling treat on a scorching hot day.

A Wide Range of Refreshing Cocktails

By now you should be spoilt for choice and excited to experiment with all these delicious cocktails. Our guide is a great place to start if you're new to cocktails or just need some inspiration, so get your bartender apron on and get mixing.