Summer is finally upon us, and the cocktails are calling. While it’s not so acceptable to suggest that everyone goes for a piña colada after work on a winter Tuesday evening, once the calendar hits June you can pretty much get away with cocktails at your desk as soon as the temperature gets above 20 degrees.
Talk of summer drinks on balmy outdoor evenings has got us excited to experiment with some of our new on board spirits, so we’ve rounded up our pick of the best cocktails that we’ll be playing barman with over the warmer months. With a little something for gin connoisseurs, rum devotees and vodka lovers, there’s a cocktail (or two) for everyone.
The classic fruity Cosmo will get those summer vibes flowing, and we’ve found the dreamiest recipe…
- 35ml Grey Goose Vodka
- 15ml orange liqueur
- Squeeze of fresh lime juice
- 25ml cranberry juice
- Twist of orange peel
Place vodka, orange liqueur, lime juice and cranberry juice into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake hard and then strain into a small Martini glass. Garnish with orange peel, or carefully flame it if you’re feeling fancy.
Crisp and refreshing, a Tom Collins will be sure to hit the spot on hot days. Get the girls round and enjoy a long drink with a long gossip!
- 50ml Bombay Sapphire Gin
- Juice of half a lemon
- 100ml soda water
- 2 tsp caster sugar
- Lemon wedge
Add the lemon juice, sugar and gin to a highball glass and stir. Add in plenty of ice and stir again. Top with soda water and give it a final stir, then garnish with a lemon wedge to have it looking all pretty for Instagram.
Nothing screams summer quite like a piña colada, with a creamy and fruity taste that always goes down well. Why don’t we have one in our hand yet?
- 6-7 chunks of pineapple
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tbsp coconut cream
- 50ml Bacardi Rum
- 50ml fresh pineapple juice
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with a pineapple triangle – easy peasy!
Which cocktail has got you in the mood for a bit of summer sunshine? We might just have to test out all three, for research purposes…