6 showstopping summer cocktails

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6 showstopping summer cocktails


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In a sip:

Fun & fruity cocktails: Pina Colada, Cherry Margarita, Strawberries & Cream

After-dark Classics: Negroni, Margarita, Mint Julep

Summer Cocktails

They call it 'cocktail hour' for a reason: that lazy, hazy stretch of early evening when peeling yourself from the sun lounger, park bench or office wheelie-chair is only bearable with the promise of something bracing to sip at the end. Our Society staff have come up with the vibrant summer cocktails to help you shake off sun-induced laziness as sweltering days drift into twilight. So whether you're after a sophisticated classic or a quirky curiosity-quencher, we've got the summer cocktail for you.

Vicki's Pina Colada

'This is one of my favourite poolside drinks when on holiday and it's usually accompanied by a little sing of 'The Pina Colada Song'. Vicki, Campaigns Manager.

Blend with ice and serve in a tall slender glass. Tiny umbrella and flamingo sunglasses not optional.

Pina Colada

Thom's Strawberries and Cream

'Not only is this perfect for Wimbledon, this classy cocktail keeps the strawberries-and-cream vibe going all summer long.' Thom, Fine Wine and Digital Merchandiser

  • 60ml The Society's Gin
  • 30ml Liqueur de Framboise
  • 30ml White crème de cacao
  • 15ml Whole milk

Simply shake it all together and serve with a slice of strawberry.

Catherine's Mint Julep

'A mint julep is the ultimate summer evening cocktail; it's very refreshing in the evening after a hot day as it isn't sickly sweet and the bourbon will keep you warm as the night gets cooler.' Catherine, Member Services Adviser

  • 6-8 leaves fresh mint (or more if you want it super-tingly!)
  • 1 tsp demerara sugar
  • 85ml Ezra Brooks Kentucky Bourbon
  • Crushed ice
  • A short tumbler
Catherine's Mint Julep

Muddle the mint and sugar together in the bottom of the glass you're using so the leaves become bruised and the mint releases its fragrant oils. Pack the glass with crushed ice. Pour over the Bourbon and stir until the glass frosts (only hold the rim so the warmth of your hand doesn't prevent the magic taking place!) Pack in a bit more ice (and a splash more Bourbon if you're feeling daring), before giving a final stir and garnishing with some mint. Enjoy!

Justin's Margarita

'Drinking these outside with friends, dining on spicy fish tacos listening to Buena Vista Social Club is summer back home in the USA for me.' Justin, Digital Project Manager

Shake the tequila, triple sec and lime juice together with a few ice cubes. Meanwhile, use some water to wet the rim of a martini glass and roll in salt for a half dipped effect. Strain the liquid into the glass and garnish with lime.

Laura's Cherry Margarita

'Cherries are beautifully in season at this time of year and they also work brilliantly with the citrus flavours and pleasing tang of a margarita. This is a great cocktail to make in batches for a crowd – fill a pitcher and top it up with plenty of ice and slices of lime and it's great for an evening in the garden with friends. Laura, Social Media and Community Manager

  • 2 big handfuls of cherries, stones removed
  • 30ml lime juice
  • 60ml tequila
  • 30ml triple sec
  • 30ml sugar syrup
  • Rock salt and lime juice, for the glass rims
Laura's Cherry Margarita

Pop the cherries, lime juice, tequila and triple sec in a blender and whizz until the cherries are as juiced as possible. Sieve the mixture into a cocktail shaker and add the sugar syrup a spoonful at a time until it matches your desired sweetness. Sprinkle some salt on a plate, wet the rim of a cocktail glass with a lime wedge, and roll the glass in the salt to coat the glass' rim. Put a couple of ice cubes into the shaker, put the lid back on, and give it all you've got for a few seconds. Strain into the glass and serve.

Drew's Negroni

'My go-to holiday cocktail is definitely a grown-up Negroni, with Society Gin. There's nothing better than a refreshingly bittersweet cocktail after a long day of cooking in the sun.' Drew, Wine Adviser, Member Services

Mix the gin, Campari and vermouth together with ice before straining into a chilled glass. Add a slice of orange or a sliver of peel for garnish.

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