If you want something to complement your Zooper Doopers and air-con on full blast this summer, it's time to whip out the blender and stock up on refreshing booze and fruit, and make summery cocktails.
Not that we need an excuse to drink delicious cocktails, but in case you do, here's one: the tilt of the earth means the southern hemisphere is experiencing summer right now, it's 'Straya, it's the weekend, and we're all hot and bothered. So... icy cold cocktail time.
From summer spritzers and watermelon frosé, to cider sangria and fancy gin and juice, here are six mouthwatering, icy cold cocktail recipes.
1. Watermelon frosé
Served at Café del Mar.
- 5 cubes seedless watermelon, plus extra to serve
- 120ml Chandon rosé
- 20ml sugar syrup
- 15ml lemon juice
Compile all ingredients into a blender. Add one full scoop of ice. Blend for 30 seconds until you have a perfect consistency. Garnish with a watermelon triangle and enjoy!
2. Summer spritz
Served at Bar Machiavelli.
- 50ml Aperol infused with cardamom
- 15ml pomegranate liqueur
- Dash of apple cider
- Champagne, to top up
- Fresh basil, lemon, orange and strawberries, to serve
Pour ingredients over ice and top with bubbles, fresh orange, lemon and strawberries. Serve in a large bowl-style wine glass and garnish with fresh basil.
3. Belafonte spritz
Served at Bistro Moncur Mosman.
- 30ml Tanqueray gin
- 15ml fresh lemon juice
- 22.5ml Vasse Felix Cane Cut Semillon
- Dash of soda
- Prosecco, to top up
- Dehydrated grapefruit
- Edible flowers
Build all ingredients into glass, add ice, garnish and enjoy!
4. Cider sangria
- 30ml apricot brandy
- 100ml Sauvignon Blanc
- 30ml lemon juice
- 30ml sugar syrup
- Sliced oranges, apple or cucumber, to garnish
- Cloudy cider, to top up
Add all ingredients except cider to a carafe/jug with ice and stir well. Top with cloudy cider. Serve in short glasses filled with ice and sliced fruit.
5. Lazy Sunday
- 45ml strawberry infused vodka*
- 30ml lime juice
- 15ml fresh pressed ginger
- Premium cider, to top up
- Strawberries and mint sprigs, to serve
Shake ingredients and strain into an ice-filled julep cup. Top with premium cider and garnish with a sliced strawberry and mint sprig.
*Strawberry infused vodka
Finely slice half a punnet of strawberries and place in a bottle of vodka (you will need to remove around ¼ cup of vodka to make room for the strawberries). Tightly screw on the lid and leave the vodka to infuse in the fridge for 1-2 days. Strain out the fruit and the vodka is ready to use and serve.
6. Fancy gin and juice
- 30ml gin
- 20ml lemon juice
- 15ml vanilla sugar syrup
- Pulp of 1 passionfruit
- Slices of lemon, to serve
- Cloudy cider, to top up
Shake and strain ingredients into a large ice-filled cocktail glass, then top with cloudy cider. Garnish with a few slices of lemon and the remainder of the cider.
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