Let's be honest, nothing says summer quite like an ice cold refreshing cocktail on a hot day.
Whether you're putting your feet up and treating yourself, or hosting a summer barbecue, these easy-to-follow cocktail recipes require just a few steps to whip up at home.
So forget splashing out in expensive bars and start the party at home! Every hour can be happy hour with these warm-weather concoctions.
1. Berry Mojito
Give the traditional Cuban Mojito cockail a berry twist with blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, mixed in with brown sugar, mint leaves, lime juice, soda water and white rum. It's sure to bowl guests over at your next barbecue!
Originally from Cuba and dating back as far as the 1500s, the original Mojito cocktail recipe uses five ingredients: white rum, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice), lime juice, soda water, and mint.
2. Prosecco Granita
Cool down this summer with this frozen prosecco. Sweetened and frozen to the texture of crushed ice, sparkling wines make a refreshing summer dessert. This genius and fool-proof granita recipe uses just two ingredients (sugar and prosecco), and doesn't involve any complicated equipment. All you need is a pan, a tupperware container and a freezer.
3. Gin fizz
This fruity and botanical inspired drink is made with gin, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, raspberry & lemon cordial, and elderflower & rose presse. Aside from being delicious and refreshing, it's also a super simple and quick drink to make when your friends walk through the front door! Definitely one to add to your summer drinking bucket list.
4. Turmeric & Honey Margarita
Pimp your margarita with an unexpected spice. Tumeric not only adds a beautiful colour to this cocktail favourite, it also infuses it with a warm spicy flavour (it's part of the ginger family) which is sweetened by the honey. To really wow guests, wet the rims of cocktail glasses and roll them in salt or sugar to give them a frosted looking edge, before pouring in your drink and garnishing with a twist of lemon zest.
5. Campari fizz
Quench your thirst and imagine you're in Italy with this easy Campari fizz cocktail. Just mix four ingredients together (orange juice, Campari, gin and lemonade), and serve.
Bitter gin pairs perfectly with sweet blackberries in these bramble cocktails. Perfect for a late summer BBQ when blackberries come into season, this drink combines Bombay Sapphire Dry Gin with crème de mûre or crème de cassis liqueur and zingy lemon juice. Garnish with whole blackberries for guaranteed wow-factor.
7. Pimp your Prosecco
When in doubt, pimp your Prosecco! Whether you're adding orange juice to make Mimosas, adding a fruit purée (blitz a can of peaches to make an instant peach puree) to make fruity bellinis, or adding a dash of Limoncello to the bottom of your glass for a Southern Italian style drink, you can't go wrong with a Champagne flute of crisp, cold sparkling prosecco.