Perfect Summer Cocktails

Are you planning a get-together with friends and need some ideas for drink recipes?

I talked last time in “Thinking Out Loud”, about the importance of being to make a great cocktail, so if you need a few ideas…you’ve come to the right place!

I hunted down (and tested out) a few popular and delicious drink recipes for you and your friends to enjoy.

Woo Woo

60ml vodka
15ml peach schnapps
Lime wedge
Cranberry juice
Ice cubes
Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Squeeze in lime, then add the vodka and schnapps. Shake, then strain into an old-fashioned glass half filled with ice. Add the squeezed lime wedge and top up with cranberry juice.

Espresso Martini

45ml White Rum
30ml Espresso (or any other coffee)
15ml sugar syrup
Shake all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into a
martini glass, or over ice in your jar of choice.

Angel Food Cake

15ml Vanilla Vodka
15ml Amaretto
1 splash Cranberry Juice
1 splash Pineapple Juice
Mix together over ice and shake until frothy. Strain into shot glass.

Lemon Drop Martini

45ml Vodka
25ml Lemon Juice
15ml Triple Sec
1 tsp Superfine Sugar
Mix the vodka, triple sec, sugar and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice cubes. Shake well to make sure sugar is blended. Pour strained liquor into a sugar-rimmed martini glass and garnish with a twisted peel of lemon.


Sounds terrible…tastes great
300ml limeade concentrate
180ml tequila
3 cans beer
1 lime, cut into wedges
Pour limeade, tequila, water, and beer into a large pitcher. Stir until well blended and limeade has melted. Add plenty of ice, and garnish with lime wedges. Adjust with additional water, if needed.


15ml peach liqueur
30ml peach juice or nectar
Chilled champagne or sparkling wine
Pour liqueur and juice into a chilled champagne flute. Slowly top up with champagne or sparkling wine.

Bahama Mama

15ml Malibu
15ml Kahlúa
15ml each dark and white rums
Pineapple juice
Pineapple wedge
Mint sprig
Ice cubes
Crushed ice
Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add the Malibu, Kahlúa, and rums. Shake vigorously and strain into a highball glass half filled with crushed ice. Top off with juice; garnish with pineapple wedge and mint.


60ml white rum
8 mint leaves
Half a lime, chopped
15ml sugar syrup; club soda
Ice cubes
Mash up mint, lime, and sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add a scoop of ice, then the rum. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled tumbler 1 inch from the rim; top up with club soda.


15ml gin
15ml lemon juice
Dash of Pernod
Dash of blue curaçao
Chilled champagne or sparkling wine
Lemon twist
Pour gin, then lemon juice, Pernod, and blue curaçao into a chilled champagne flute. Slowly top up with champagne or sparkling wine; garnish with a twist of lemon.

Ginger Shandy

3 bottle(s) chilled Hoegaarden beer
1 bottle chilled ginger beer
1 thinly sliced lemon
Mint sprigs, for garnish
In a large pitcher, combine Hoegaarden with ginger beer. Stir in most lemon slices and mint sprigs. Fill 6 rocks glasses with ice. Add remaining lemon slices to glasses and pour in shandy. Garnish each drink with a mint sprig and serve.

Pomegranate Daiquiris

150ml pomegranate juice
70ml plain light rum
70ml cassis or cranberry liqueur
15ml fresh lime juice
Ice cubes
Pomegranate seeds, frozen green grapes, or kiwi slices, for garnishCombine pomegranate juice, rum, cassis, and lime juice. In a blender, combine juice mixture and ice cubes. Blend until slushy. Pour into large martini or wine glasses; garnish as desired. Repeat with remaining juice.

The Classic Margarita

45ml tequila
15ml Triple Sec
30ml fresh lime or lemon juice
Salt (optional)
Shake all ingredients with cracked ice. Use the fruit rind to moisten the rim of the glass, then spin the glass around upside down in salt to salt the rim. Strain the cocktail mix into the glass. You can also serve it over the rocks.