If you’re not already enjoying beautiful days at the beach and relaxing evenings chilling out on your terrace, sipping lush, refreshing cocktails, then make haste and get going! Below are 10 of our favourite sensational summer drinks – most probably including your favourite cocktail of the summer. Enjoy!
1. Lola Cîroc Vodka
This insanely tasty drink is garnished with a fresh orchid blossom. Impress your friends and family with your sophistication and add some summer zest to your cocktail repertoire. You’ll feel sensational with every sip.
44ml Cîroc Vodka
44ml Pomegranate Juice
7ml Elderflower Liqueur
1 Splash of Champagne
Combine Cîroc Vodka, Pomegranate Juice and Elderflower Liqueur in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Top with a splash of Champagne. Garnish with Orchid flower.
2. Tanqueray & Tonic
Sometimes, simple is best. This is a classic summer drink that will raise your spirits (pun intended) while lowering your temperature.
44ml Tanqueray London Dry Gin
89ml Tonic Water
Place the lime at the bottom of a mixing glass and crush slightly. Pour the Tanqueray over the crushed lime. Fill the rest of the glass with crushed ice and pour tonic water over it. Shake and strain into a highball glass and add a lime slice for decoration.
3. Cîroc Blue Stone Cocktail
Though often a winter drink, we think the touch of lemon combined with vanilla makes this the perfect summer escape in a glass. It is comforting, lifting and refreshing all at the same time.
- 40ml Cîroc Vodka
- 20ml Fresh Lemon Juice
- 10ml Vanilla Syrup
- Soda Water
In a shaker, combine vodka, lemon juice and vanilla syrup and shake vigorously. Strain into an ice-filled glass and top with soda water. Garnish with a slice of lemon.
4. Tanqueray Tom Collins
The Tom Collins is another classic summer refreshment. Though the origin of the drink is based on a riddle from 1874 that asks, “Have you seen Tom Collins?”, its sensational flavour is no joke. This is the drink to pour for a group of friends as you sit to watch the sunset and get the evening going.
37ml Tanqueray London Dry Gin
30ml Lemon or Lime Juice
1tsp Sweet & Sour Mix
1 Splash Club Soda
1 Slice Orange
Fill a shaker halfway with ice cubes. Add Tanqueray London Dry Gin, fresh lemon or lime juice and sweet and sour mix. Shake well and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Add club soda, stir well and garnish with a slice of orange. Want to make it even more sensational? Top it off with a maraschino cherry if you like.
5. Champagne Cosmo
Sensational, fun and flirty. You can’t go wrong with a champagne Cosmo. This is the perfect drink to share with friends as you’re gathering for a beautiful summer brunch or midday leisurely lunch.
- 40ml Cîroc Vodka
- 35ml Champagne
- 10ml Lime Juice
- 45ml Cranberry Juice
Combine vodka, lime and cranberry juice with ice in a shaker and shake well. Strain into a champagne flute and top off with champagne. Garnish with an orange zest if you’re feeling – you know what we are going to say next – sensational!
6. Tanqueray Gin & Juice
With fresh juice and a slice of lime, this drink will pick you up and get you going for summer parties. It is a simple, seasonal and delicious staple for every summer gathering.
- 35ml Tanqueray London Dry Gin
- 57ml Fresh Orange & Pineapple Juices
- Lime Slice
Splash dry gin into a shaker and add the orange and pineapple juices. Fill with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a lowball glass and squeeze and dunk a slice of lime. Et voila!
7. Sweet & Salty Dog
Love grapefruit? This drink is made for you. And it’s not only delicious, it’s also a cute and sexy precursor to fun nights out on the town. Make a batch and share with your friends as you listen to music and get ready to party the night away.
44ml Tanqueray Gin or Cîroc Vodka
88ml Fresh Grapefruit Juice
1 ½ to 2 Cups Ice
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend well. Wet the rim of a glass, coat in salt and serve!
8. Rosemary Lemon Gin & Tonic
Nothing will take you to the shores of the Mediterranean like the scent of rosemary. Combine that with lemon and you’ve found summer perfection in this versatile drink. This cocktail is great with appetizers as a palate cleanser or as a digestive after a long sensational summer evening meal.
Place a few lemon slices and a sprig of rosemary at the bottom of a Copa glass. Add ice and pour in the Tanqueray and tonic. Stir gently and garnish with a little slice of lemon and a small rosemary sprig.
9. Lemonade Cîroc Vodka
There is arguably nothing more refreshing than lemonade in the summer. It is a classic cool-me-down enjoyed worldwide. This vodka-infused twist will take you from daytime to evening all sensational summer long.
44ml Cîroc Vodka
Lemon Wheel Slice
Combine ingredients in a Highball glass filled with ice. Stir. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
10. Cucumber Mint Gin & Tonic
Cucumber is, without a doubt, one of the most refreshing additions to your summer drinks. Combined with mint, it simply takes off and sends you onto a beautiful beach in the Bahamas, swinging in a hammock with your toes touching the white sand.
- 37ml Tanqueray London Dry
- ½tsp Cucumber Bitters
- Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic
- Cucumber Slices
- Mint Sprigs
- Sea Salt
Place a few cucumber slices and mint sprigs at the bottom of a coupe glass. Fill glass 2/3 with ice and pour over Tanqueray, Cucumber Bitters and tonic. Stir gently and garnish with a long cucumber slice, a sprig of mint and a pinch of sea salt. Who knew a sensational summer could be as easy as that!