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Summer Cocktail Recipes

The summer is the perfect time to enjoy a cocktail or two. Whether you like to cool off with a Tom Collins or you’re more of a Gin Fizz fan, our recipes will help create the perfect summer beverage, perfect for serving up in your establishment or in the comfort of your home. 

Take a look through our tantalising summer cocktail recipes, with ideas on food to serve alongside your delicious drinks. 

Watermelon Tequila

We love tequila! It makes us happy! And this modern twist on a classic will quench your thirst this summer. 

Ingredients 

  • 60ml water
  • 30g granulated sugar 
  • 450g watermelon 
  • 60ml lime juice 
  • 350g blueberries 
  • 150g mint leaves, plus 8 leaves for garnish 
  • 300ml tequila 
  • Ice

Method

  • Step 1 - Simmer the water and sugar in a saucepan and stir until the sugar has dissolved to make the syrup. 
  • Step 2 - Puree the watermelon until smooth and strain using a fine-mesh strainer until you are left with just the juice from the watermelon. 
  • Step 3 - Combine the sugar syrup, lime juice, mint leaves and blueberries in a pitcher. Muddle the blueberries with the mint and add the watermelon juice and tequila. 
  • Step 4 - Put the pitcher in the fridge and let it chill for a couple of hours. 
  • Step 5 - Pour the mixture into glasses with ice and garnish with mint leaves. 

Serve With 

Watermelon is a great match for anything sour due to its highly sweet flavour. A greek salad, made with feta cheese, red onion, tomatoes, cucumber, olives and olive oil is a perfect meal to serve with your watermelon tequila. 

summer cocktail recipe
Limoncello Collins

Bring the taste of an Italian summer to your bar with this lemon flavoured twist on a Tom Collins. 

Ingredients

  • 450ml limoncello
  • 350ml gin
  • 230ml lemon juice
  • 450ml club soda

Method 

  • Step 1 - Pour the limoncello, gin and lemon juice into a pitcher and place in the fridge to let it cool for 2 hours. 
  • Step 2 - Add the sliced lemon to the glasses as a pre-garnish and press against the inside of the glasses and place in the fridge. 
  • Step 3 - Pour the mixture into the glasses with the club soda and garnish with mint. 

Serve With

Lemon pairs really with fish dishes, so why not serve your Limoncello Collins with a delicious salmon tartine. 

limoncello cocktail recipe

Strawberry Mojitos

It’s the season of strawberries! So why not whip up some seasonal mojitos with some of Britain's finest fruit. 

Ingredients

  • 150ml sparkling water
  • 50ml Rum
  • 5 Strawberries
  • ¼ Lime
  • 1tsp Brown Sugar
  • 10 Mint Leaves

Method

  • Step 1 - Combine the mint and sugar in the bottom of the glass and mash with a rolling pin
  • Step 2 - Add the strawberries and lime to the glass and pour in the rum
  • Step 3 - Add some crushed ice and the sparkling water and mix. 

Serve With 

Strawberry and blue cheese is a fantastic coupling. Whip up a bowl of pasta and top with stilton for the perfect accompaniment to your Strawberry Mojito. 

mojito recipe
Frozen Sangria

Sangria is the ultimate summer drink and this frozen version will definitely keep you cool when we eventually experience that heatwave and is ready in just two easy steps. 

Ingredients

  • 350ml dry red wine
  • 120ml Cointreau
  • 450g frozen strawberries
  • 120ml orange juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Fresh fruit, for garnishing

Method 

  • Step 1 - Mix the red wine, frozen strawberries, orange juice and Cointreau with the lime juice and honey and blend. 
  • Step 2 - Once all the mixture has been pureed, pour into glasses and garnish with some fresh fruit pieces. 

Serve With 

As a Spanish drink, Sangria pairs well with an equally Spanish style dish. Make some tapas dishes or try a chorizo risotto. 

frozen sangria recipe

Margarita Mimosas

Love Mimosas and Margaritas? Why not have both? This combo of two classic cocktails is sure to be a winner at the bar. 

Ingredients

  • 60ml triple sec
  • 230ml tequila
  • 2 tbsp lime juice 
  • 1 bottle of champagne 
  • 700ml orange juice
  • 2 limes 
  • 2 oranges

Method

  • Step 1 - Salt the rim of the glass by running a wedge of lime along the rim of the glass and twisting the glass in some salt. 
  • Step 2 - Mix the triple sec, tequila, lime juice, champagne and orange juice 
  • Step 3 - Slice the limes and oranges into thin glasses
  • Step 4 - Pour the mixture into the glasses and garnish using the oranges and limes

Serve With

A Mimosa is a classic Brunch time drink, so serve your cocktail with some classic brunch dishes such as omelettes, bagels or English muffins. 

mimosa recipe
Raspberry Pina Colada

If you like pina coladas, raspberries and getting caught in the rain, then this drink is for you! 

Ingredients

  • 30g raspberries
  • 50ml water
  • 30g pineapple
  • 50ml white rum
  • 25ml lime juice
  • 25ml Coconut cream
  • 50ml Canned Coconut Milk
  • Ice

Method

  • Step 1 - Blend together the raspberries and water until smooth and put to one side
  • Step 2 - Clean the blender and mix the pineapple, rum, lime juice, cream, milk and ice in the blender until slushy. 
  • Step 3 - Use a silicone brush to paint the raspberry mix down the insides of the glass
  • Step 4 - Pour the pineapple mix into the glasses and garnish with raspberries and a pineapple wedge. 

Serve With 

Pair this sweet Caribbean cocktail with some authentic Caribbean dishes such as jerk chicken skewers and fried plantains. 

pina colada recipe
Frozen Dark and Stormy

This refreshing take on a classic cocktail is ideal for those who aren’t so keen on fruity drinks but still want to enjoy a cool beverage. 

Ingredients

  • 330ml ginger beer
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 110ml dark rum

Method

  • Step 1 - Blend together the ginger beer, fresh ginger, lime juice and ice cubes
  • Step 2 - Pour the mix into two glasses and add 55ml of rum to each drink

Serve With

The ginger beer in this delicious cocktail is a great match for the ginger found in teriyaki sauce. Pair your dark and stormy with some teriyaki salmon and noodles for a tasty dish this summer. 

dark and stormy recipe
Feeling inspired yet? Try some of our summer cocktail recipes and let us know your favourite. Our wholesale cocktail glasses and catering glasses are the perfect way to serve these superb beverages. For more help and advice on food and drink pairings, recipes and cocktail ideas, check back regularly on our blog for inspiration for your establishment.