From berry sangria to Italian Aperol spritz to the classic New York Manhattan, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite cocktails because, during these long, hot, sticky days, there’s no better way to cool off than with a chilled boozy beverage. Whether you’re looking impress your guests with your wicked mixology skills or just simply looking for new after five pick-me-ups, scroll through our favourite summer cocktail recipes to find one (or a few) that’ll brighten your summer days.
Nothing says summertime like the bursting flavours of the tropics. Perfect for backyard barbecues, we promise you and your guests will love this fun and fruity beverage (video above). Easy to make, all you need is rum (white or dark, whatever kind you have on your rack), orange juice, pineapple juice and for a little creaminess, coconut milk. Finish the drink off with freshly ground nutmeg and get to sippin’.
Sangria’s refreshingly sweet and fruity flavour makes it a summertime favourite. Made with rosé wine, brandy, lemon-lime soda and various berries, this cocktail is best served chilled–preferably on a patio, but no pressure.
Begin a relaxing summer evening with the calming flavours of blackberry and sage (a lot of it). In a tall pitcher, combine and muddle fresh sage leaves, mint leaves, blackberries, lime wedges and agave syrup. Then add and stir together lime juice, soda water, and light rum. Pour the mix in a tumbler and garnish with fresh blackberries and slightly burnt sage leaves. Yum!
With a name like that, this drink pretty much sells itself. Mix rosé champagne, triple sec, and orange bitters for a light, refreshing afternoon pick-me-up. Add a long strip of orange zest and a couple of fresh berries for garnish.
Escape to Tuscany with tall glass of this bubbly cocktail. This Italian classic simply combines Aperol, prosecco, club soda and an orange slice. Pair with prosciutto-wrapped figs or any Italian-inspired dish and, salute!
Celebrate the peak of the summer with this delicious, sunrise-coloured beverage. The Paloma gets its colour from its tequila and grapefruit juice-base. Serve mixture over ice in a tall glass and salt the rim with a little kosher salt to help bring out the drink’s brininess.
Satisfy your thirst this summer with this champagne punch, because there’s nothing more appealing than a sweet, citrus-infused drink on a hot day. The citrus punch of this punch comes from the combination of orange, lime and lemon juices. After mixing the juices, right before serving, stir in champagne or prosecco and serve in champagne flutes.
Had enough of the fruity drinks? If you’re one who appreciates an old-fashioned cocktail, you can never go wrong with a classic Manhattan. Following the whiskey (or bourbon), sweet vermouth and a few dashes of bitters, complete the drink with a maraschino and orange peels.
Not a fan of vodka? Well, this mojito may change your mind. Adding honey to the mix instantly brings down the vodka taste in the most delightful way, especially when blended with basil and Asian pear.
End your weekends with the comforting, bold, delicious flavours of this southern favourite . . . with a Canadian twist. Combine bourbon, lemon juice and, of course, maple syrup, and pour over ice to channel your inner Johnny Cash on the patio.