There is no better way to cool down during the summer months than with a refreshing cocktail. Whether you’re barbecuing, laying poolside or hosting a get together, a delicious cocktail will do just the trick to keep you content. We compiled our favourite summer cocktails below …so sip, relax, and be cool this summer!

 

1.Aperol Spritz

A classic cocktail perfect for a hot day. With only three ingredients its fool proof!

Ingredients
1 1/2 ounces Aperol
3 ounces prosecco
3/4 ounce sparkling water or club soda 

Directions
Fill a wine glass halfway with ice. Add the Aperol, prosecco and sparkling water, and stir twice with a spoon. Serve with an orange slice if desired.

Source: The Food Network

 

2. Basil Limeade Slushies

A grown up slushy is the ideal summer drink great for a pool party. Not only is this recipe tasty but its addictive.

Ingredients
8 cups ice
4 cups water
3 cups fresh lime juice
3 cups lightly packed basil leaves
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups soda water

Directions
In a blender, working in batches, blend the ice with the water, lime juice, basil leaves and sugar until slushy. Pour the limeade into chilled glasses. Top with 2 tablespoons of the soda water, garnish with the basil sprigs and serve.

Source: Food and Wine

 

3. Montenegro Spritz

This Italian liqueur is usually enjoyed after dinner as a digestif, however, rules are meant to be broken. This cocktail is great to serve with hors d’oeuvres or appetizers as it’s fresh and light.

Ingredients
cup Amaro
cup Franciacorta (or any dry sparkling wine)

To Garnish:
2 Castelvetrano olives
1 lemon wedge

Directions
1.Pour the Amaro and sparkling wine into a glass of ice.
2.Give it a good stir and top with a twist of lemon
3.Sip, over and over, until you’re forced to make another.

Source: Goop

 

4. Berry Mojito

If you’re in the mood for something fruity then look no further than the Berry Mojito. This refreshing beverage is “berry” delicious and can be made with fresh local berries in season.

Ingredients
4 raspberries
3 blackberries
3 lime wedges (or 1/4 lime, cut into 3 pieces)
3 fresh mint leaves plus 2 mint sprigs
2 small strawberries, hulled and sliced in half
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
2 ounces silver rum
2 ounces seltzer water 

Directions
In a pint or large glass, combine the raspberries, blackberries, lime wedges, mint leaves, strawberries and sugar and muddle with a muddler or wooden spoon. Add the rum and mix with a spoon. Fill the glass with ice, top off with the seltzer and stir. Garnish with the mint sprigs and serve with a straw.

Source: Food and Wine

 

5. Cucumber-Lime Pops with Gin

Ideal for those humid evenings, this mouthwatering recipe is best enjoyed either for dessert or as an appetizer.

Ingredients
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup coarsely chopped mint leaves
2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup gin
One 12-ounce cucumber—peeled, seeded and pureed (1 1/4 cups)
1/2 teaspoon unflavoured powdered gelatin

Directions
Step 1
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar with the 1/4 cup of water and the mint and bring to a boil. Cover, remove from the heat and let stand for 15 minutes. Strain the mint syrup into a large bowl and let it cool to room temperature. Whisk in the lime zest, lime juice, gin and cucumber puree.

Step 2
In a microwave-safe bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the remaining 1 tablespoon of water and let stand until softened, 5 minutes. Microwave the mixture at high power for 8 seconds, until the gelatin dissolves. Whisk the gelatin into the cucumber mixture.

Step 3
Arrange 10 ounce paper cups on a baking sheet. Pour the popsicle mixture into the cups and freeze for one hour, until partially frozen. Insert a stick in the centre of each cup and freeze for 30 minutes longer, until fully frozen. Tear off the paper and serve.

Source: Food and Wine