Summer cocktail recipes: Seven simple and delicious cocktails to make at home

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To celebrate the arrival of sunshine and warm weather, why not throw a virtual cocktail party via Zoom or other online video chats. There are plenty of options when it comes to fresh cocktails, from tequila sunrise and fruity punches to flavoured gins and spritzes. Here are six recipes for summer cocktails to try out this weekend.

Summer punch

  • Ingredients: 125ml lemon juice, 50g caster sugar, 250ml elderflower liqueur, 250ml vodka, 500ml apple juice, 125ml sparkling water, ice, fresh summer herbs like lemon verbena, mint and basil (optional), lemon slices (optional)

Mix the lemon juice and sugar until the sugar dissolves in a bowl.

Pour into a large serving bowl, add the other liquid ingredients, fill to the top with ice and stir gently.

READ MORE: How to make a classic Mojito – and the fruity variants you can try 

Pimm’s iced tea

  • Ingredients: 4 tea bags, 20g pack mint, 100g caster sugar, juice 2 large oranges, plus slices to serve, juice 2 lemons, plus slices to serve, 400ml Pimm’s No 1 a few sliced strawberries and plenty of ice, to serve

Put the tea bags and half the mint into a large jug, then pour over 1.2 litres boiling water from the kettle.

Leave to infuse for 10 mins, remove the bags and stir in the sugar.

Once cool, remove the mint, add the orange juice, lemon juice and Pimm’s, and chill thoroughly. Serve with ice.

Pineapple Coladas

  • Ingredients: 2 pineapples, tops sliced off, 4 oz light rum, 1 oz dark rum, 4 oz coconut cream, splash of pineapple juice, splash of coconut milk, ice

Using a pineapple corer, remove top 3/4 of inside pineapples and chop one cored pineapple into large chunks and add to a blender with light and dark rums, coconut cream, pineapple juice, and coconut milk.

Fill blender with ice and blend until slushy and pour drinks into cored pineapples.

Peach Spritz

Beefeater, the World’s Most Awarded Gin, has launched a new flavour – Beefeater Peach & Raspberry. And the firm has a delicious cocktail you can try to really bring out those delicious spring flavours. 

You’ll need:

  • 50ml Beefeater Peach & Raspberry
  • 50ml lemonade
  • Sparkling wine or prosecco
  • Fresh thyme
  • Slices of fresh peach


  1. In a wine glass, add the gin and two to three fresh peace slices and stir
  2. Fill the glass with ice and add the lemonade
  3. Top with sparkling wine and stir
  4. Garnish with a sprig of thyme and another peach slice. Fresh raspberries go great too!

Desmond Payne MBE, Beefeater’s Master Distiller, said: “We love to experiment and James Burrough’s historic recipes provide us with a wealth of inspiration we are lucky to have.

“Adding just a hint of peach and raspberry to Beefeater’s classic recipe, produced in our iconic London copper stills, has created another approachable flavour with a twist that’s both light and fresh, perfect for the warmer months ahead. The new Flavoured Gin is clearly part of the award-winning Beefeater family, whilst there is a prominent fruit aroma the overall taste is discernibly still that of classic juniper.”

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