10 Cocktails You Should Be Ordering This Summer

10 Cocktails You Should Be Ordering This Summer

We’re suckers for a cocktail (all it takes is the tiniest hint of sun and we’re gasping for an Aperol Spritz - slice of orange, hold the ice) but if, like us, you’re thinking Mojitos are a bit Sugar Hut, we’re here to sort you out with our round up of this Summer’s top ten shame-free cocktails.

1. The Close Shave

What's in it? 1 oz vodka, 1.5 oz elderflower liqueur, 1 dash prosecco, garnish with fresh rosemary
Why order it? Sounds a bit dodgy, but The Close Shave is actually bang on trend for this Summer’s (and our) obsession with botanical bevvies. Fashion forward cocktails? Don’t mind if we do!

2. Watermelon Margarita
What's in it? 1.5 oz pale tequila, 1.5 oz lime juice, 1/4 oz agave syrup, 1 slice watermelon
Why order it? It may have a bad reputation but tequila is back with a vengeance. Update the classic margarita with a tropical twist of watermelon.

3. Southern Cola
What's in it? 1.5 oz Amaro CioCiaro liqueur,
1tsp lime juice, 4 oz Coca-Cola, ice
Why order it? A quick and easy update on the classic Cuba Libre and a little more exotic than asking for a single rum and coke thanks mate.

4. New York Sour
What's in it? 1tsp sugar, ¾ oz lemon juice, 2 oz rye whiskey, ½ oz cabernet sauvignon
Why order it? More Betty Draper than Don Draper, this is NY’s answer to Sangria. The Key? A dash of cabernet sauvignon.

Orange Mint Julep

5. Orange Mint Julep
What's in it? 1oz orange syrup, 1 slice fresh orange, handful of fresh mint, 1tsp orange bitters, 2 oz bourbon whiskey, ice.
Why order it? Whiskey in hot weather? True story. Ice cold, super refreshing and with a zingy mix of orange zest and bourbon, this will earn you proper respect from the barman.


6.  Appletini
What's in it? ½ oz fresh granny smith apple juice, 2 oz vodka, ¾ oz honey syrup, ½ oz lemon juice, 1 cinnamon stick grated for garnish
Why order it? A classy update on a slightly old school choice, this season’s Appletini goes au natural. Forget Kermit-colouring and get the barman to use actual apple juice. Genius!

Pimms and Ginger Ale

7. Pimms (with a twist!)
What's in it? 2 oz Pimm's No. 1, 3 oz ginger beer or ginger ale, 1 cucumber slice, 1 sprig fresh mint, ice
Why order it? Whether watching tennis or watching the world go by, lets face it, we don’t need much of an excuse to crack open the Pimms. Swap lemonade with ginger ale for a Summer tipple with just the right amount of fire power.

Mint Choc Chip Hardshake

8. Mint Choc Chip Hardshake
What's in it? Chocolate chip ice cream, milk, crème de menthe, vodka, Oreo cookie to garnish
Why order it? Why not?! Jumping on the trend for all things American, we dare you not to embrace your inner child and fall in love with this cocktail confection.


9. Negroni
What's in it? 1 oz gin, 1 oz red vermouth, 1 oz Campari, ice, orange peel
Why order it? It sounds cool. Need we say more? Make yours 2014 proof with artisan vermouth and cucumber and rose infused gin for a softer take on this classic cocktail.

Vodka Pizza Cocktail

Photo c/o Bunga Bunga

10. Vodka Pizza Cocktails
What's in it? The clue’s in the name. Everything from a basil-infused vodka base to mozzarella cheese foam and porcini powder
Why order it? Quite possibly a terrible idea, but this savoury sup is set to do big things in the cocktail world. Did anyone say liquid lunch?

By George Driver

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