Summer is here at last and it’s all about entertaining. And what’s a summer party without some refreshing drinks. With a healthy repertoire of recipes and the right ingredients at your disposal, you have the tools to turn yourself into the life of any gathering.
So here are some simple summer bartending tips that will not only quench your thirst but impress your party guests. These 5 summer drinks will make you host with the most this summer.
Dubbed the national drink of the Cuba, this sweet and refreshing cocktail is a sure-fire hit for anyone looking for Havana heat with a cool, refreshing twist.
- 12mint leaves
- 4tsp (18 mL) lime juice
- 4tsp (18 mL) granulated sugar
- Crushed ice
- 2oz (57 g) club soda
- 1 1/2 oz (43 g) white rum or amber rum
In tall glass, mash mint leaves with lime juice and sugar; stir until dissolved. Fill the glass half full with crushed ice. Add soda and rum and stir to combine it all.
Brilliant in color and taste, show your depth and distinction with the masterful mixology of this vibrant combination of color and flavor.
- 2 oz Blue Ice American Vodka
- 3/4 oz sweet and sour mix (Sweet and sour mix is a commonly used mixer made of sugar and lemon and/or lime juices. Pre-mixed sour mix can be found almost anywhere alcohol is sold.)
- 1/2 blue Curacao
- 1/2 oz pineapple juice
Pour the vodka, sour mix, blue curacao and pineapple juice into a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Subtle, simple, and sophisticated, it’s great for those lazy Sunday afternoons in the backyard or a savvy way to add spice to the start of a wild night.
- 1 ½ oz. Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey
- 2 oz. Lemonade (not concentrate)
- 2 oz. Tea
- Splash of Sprite
Mix with ice and pour.
4. Black Velvet
Smooth, sexy, tall, dark, and handsome is always popular. Full of depth and 100% refreshing, serve it up ice cold and let the good times roll.
- 3/4 pint Guinness
- 1/4 pint champagne
Pour Guinness in a tall glass and top it off with champagne.
No list would be complete without the most classic version of this iconic drink. Shaken, stirred, dry, or dirty, it’s
- 3/4 cup vodka or gin
- 2 teaspoons dry vermouth
- Cocktail olives
In a cocktail shaker half full of ice cubes, combine gin or vodka and vermouth. Shake well, and strain into martini glasses. Garnish with olives, and serve.
What’re your favourite summer drinks? Let us know in the comments. Make sure to share the recipe if you have one.
By Chantele Theroux and Patrick Ogunnaike
As a bonus, use some flair, add some finesse, and learn how to flip to pour.