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Top 10 summer cocktails to make at home

From easy summer champagne cocktails to tropical rum punch these simple and delicious summer cocktail recipes from McCarthy Stone will go down a treat.

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Posted 14 July 2021
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Top 10 summer cocktails to make at home 

Celebrate warmer weather and long light evenings spent with friends by treating yourself to one of our carefully curated, simple and delicious summer cocktail recipes. All recipes make one drink. You’ll need a cocktail shaker and ice.

Summery tequila cocktails

Tequila sunrise cocktail 2

1. Get a 70s vibe with a classic Tequila Sunrise

Ingredients

  • 50 ml white tequila
  • 100 ml orange juice - fresh is best
  • 2 tablespoons Grenadine (pomegranate syrup)
  • Orange slice/cherries on a cocktail stick to decorate

Instructions

  1. Add ice, tequila and orange juice to two tall glasses
  2. Pour the grenadine syrup over each glass – don’t stir - it will sink to the bottom creating the sunrise effect. Add garnishes as desired.

Make it a mocktail – swap  tequila for lemonade.


2. Elderflower Margarita – a summer twist on an old favourite

Ingredients

  • 60 ml tequila
  • 35 ml St-Germain Elderflower Liquor
  • 30 ml fresh lime juice juice, plus a slice for decorating

Instructions

  1. Add to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well.
  2. Strain into a small glass with a salted rim if desired (simply dip a moistened glass into salt) and decorate with a slice of lime

Fun summer rum cocktails

Stawberry daquiri cocktail

3. Strawberry daiquiri – seasonal, fruity and fresh

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 large strawberries plus more to decorate
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 30 ml fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp Bols strawberry liqueur
  • 35ml white rum

Instructions

  1. Mash – or muddle- the ingredients together
  2. Add to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well.
  3. Strain into a small glass and decorate with the remaining strawberries.

Want it frozen? Watch this video on how to make strawberry daiquiri slush. 

4. Dark and Stormy – despite the name this is a totally tropical punch

Ingredients

  • 80g chopped pineapple
  • 30ml fresh lime juice
  • 50ml dark rum 100ml
  • Fiery ginger beer
  • Lime and pineapple slices for garnish

Instructions

  1. Mash – or muddle- all the ingredients except the ginger beer together
  2. Add to a tall glass, top up with ginger beer, stir and garnish.

Breezy easy summer champagne cocktails

bellini cocktail

5. The brilliant Bellini – so simple and so delicious

Ingredients

  • 30 ml Peach juice
  • 100 ml chilled champagne or prosecco

Instructions

  1. Add peach juice to a champagne glass
  2. Top with your choice of sparkling wine

6. The French 75 – so sophisticated as a sundowner!

Ingredients

  • 30 ml lemon juice
  • 50ml gin
  • Sugar syrup to taste
  • Chilled champagne or prosecco

Instructions

  1. Add the lemon juice, sugar syrup and gin to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well.
  2. Strain into a champagne glass and top with sparkling wine

Easy summer cocktails with gin

Bramble cocktail

7. The Bramble – super-easy, but also sweet and pretty

Ingredients

  • 25ml sugar syrup
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 50ml gin
  • 20 ml crème de mure - or cassis
  • Fresh blackberries to garnish if you like.

Instructions

  1. Add the sugar syrup, lemon juice and gin to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well.
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with more, preferably crushed, ice and top with crème de mure and blackberries.

8. The Gimlet – even easier, zesty and refreshing

Ingredients

  • 75 ml gin
  • 25 ml lime cordial

Instructions

  1. Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well.
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass

Hot weather whisky cocktails

mint-julep-cocktail

9. Think of whisky as wintery? This cool Mint Julep recipe will prove you wrong.

Ingredients

  • 60ml bourbon
  • About 8 mint leaves
  • 5ml sugar
  • Sparkling water

Instructions

  1. Muddle the bourbon, mint and sugar together in a glass
  2. Add ice and top with sparkling water to taste.

Brown Derby – another American classic for sipping at sunset

Ingredients

  • 60 ml Bourbon
  • 25 ml Grapefruit Juice
  • 25ml runny honey

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass

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