35 essential drinks that you must absolutely make this summer!

These cocktails are totally irresistible! Let's bet that these recipes will now be part of your essential drinks for your evenings with friends!

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When the temperature skyrockets during the summer season, do you always opt for the same affordable white wine? Trade your usual wine for one of these 35 drinks we suggest you try! Indeed, whether you like sangria, gin or vodka, the recipes we suggest are simple and frankly delicious! You won’t be disappointed to discover this perfect cocktail list for hot weather. 

1. Strawberry and peach wine slush

Hungry Happens

This colourful minty wine requires a bottle of white wine (like sauvignon blanc), strawberries and fresh peaches.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle white wine (like Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 2 peaches, blanched, peeled, sliced and frozen
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced and frozen

Method

  1. In a blender, combine the 2 cups of wine and the peaches.
  2. Pour the mixture into a medium bowl.
  3. Add the remaining strawberries and wine to the blender and purée until smooth.
  4. If the mix is too liquid, place it in the freezer, mixing it every 15 minutes.

2. Grania sangria snow cones

Sugar and Charm

These snow cones are incredible. It has pomegranate juice, orange juice and cinnamon sticks in this recipe.

For 6 small cones

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 10 blackberries (more for garnish)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (more for garnish)
  • 2 cups red wine

Method

  1. In a large pot, mix the sugar and water and heat it up.
  2. Add pomegranate juice, orange juice blackberries and cinnamon sticks.
  3. Bring to a gentle boil, then simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
  4. Let all ingredients infuse together until the blackberries lose their colour.
  5. Remove the blackberries, pour in the wine and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  6. Remove the cinnamon sticks.
  7. Pour into a deep container, like a metal bread pan.
  8. Freeze overnight.
  9. Use a fork to stir the sangria.

3. White wine and peach slush

Dessert for Two

You only need two ingredients for this sweet wine: white wine and frozen peaches.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cold fruity white wine (I used Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 2-3 medium peaches, blanched, peeled, frozen and sliced (or half a bag of frozen peaches)
  • Peaches, sliced for serving, optional

Method

  1. In a blender, combine the wine and peaches.
  2. Place the liquid in the freezer and stir every 30 minutes until the mixture is thick and homogeneous.

4. Strawberry and red wine slush

Hungry Couple

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine
  • 125 grams of syrup (mix 1/2 cup of water with 12 small packs of Sweet N Low sugar).

Method

  1. To make the syrup, add the sweetener and water to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir to dissolve the sweetener. Let cool for a few minutes.
  2. Add the frozen strawberries, red wine and syrup to a blender.
  3. Fill with ice and mix until the ice is completely decomposed. Pour into chilled wine glasses.

5. Peach and mint slush

Heart of a Baker

Ingredients

  • 6 peaches, halved and pitted
  • 4-6 nectarines halved and pitted
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint
  • 2-3 cups sweet red wine
  • 2-3 cups ice cream

Method

  1. Mix the peaches and nectarines and grind them.
  2. In a blender, add mint, wine and ice and blend until you get the perfect texture.
  3. Drink immediately.

6. Slush with rosé wine

Style Me Pretty

This is the most elegant slush that ever existed. There’s rosé, lemonade, ice, lavender and elderflower.

  • A bottle of Rosé
  • 4 oz pink lemonade
  • Ice Cube
  • A little lavender

7. Tropical slush

Twinspiration

Ingredients

  • 4 cups sweet white wine
  • 3/4 bag of frozen peaches
  • 3/4 bag of frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup ice cream

Method

  1. In a blender, combine wine, peaches and pineapple.
  2. Add ice and blend until desired consistency is reached.

8. Frozen sangria

Baking a Moment

Do you like sangria? This delicious drink will refresh you without a shadow of a doubt!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces red wine
  • 2 oz Brandy
  • 2 ounces orange triple dry liquor
  • 3 cups frozen fruit (I used peaches, pineapple and mixed berries)
  • A pinch of ground cinnamon

Method

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Serve and enjoy!

9. Peach and cherry slush

Living Sweet Moments

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 cup peaches, frozen
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups white wine
  • Maraschino cherries to decorate
  • Ice cream

10. Mimosa slush

Climbing Grier Mount

Make this mimosa slush with orange juice, fresh oranges and frozen peaches. This is delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 large orange, flesh removed, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peach slices
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup champagne
  • Orange slices for garnish

Method

  1. In a food processor or blender, add the first five ingredients.
  2. Pour into wine glasses and garnish with orange slices.

11. Island Oasis

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Ingredients

  • 1½ oz Voli Light Lemon and Mango Coconut Vodka
  • 6 blueberries
  • 2 strawberries
  • 1 oz sweet and sour mix
  • 1 oz orange juice

Garnishes

  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries

Crush the blueberries in a glass and add all the ingredients to your fruit. Garnish with blueberries and strawberries.

12. The Savoy

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Ingredients

  • 2 oz SKYY Vodka
  • 3 bunches of white grapes
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz of agave syrup

Garnishes

3 bunches of red grapes

Crush the grapes in a cocktail blender. Add ice and other ingredients. Stir vigorously. Pour the mixture into a glass filled with ice and garnish with three bunches of red grapes.

13. Pretty in Pink

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Ingredients

  • 2 oz Tito Vodka
  • ½ oz pomegranate juice
  • A splash of pineapple juice

Mix all ingredients in a glass filled with ice and stir.

14. Blackberry Berryoska

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Ingredients

  • 2 oz standard Russian vodka
  • 4 blackberries
  • The juice of a lime ½
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • Crushed ice
  • Mix the lime juice, sugar and blackberries in a glass. Add the remaining ingredients and stir.

15. Smooth Operator

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Ingredients

  • ¾ oz of Akvinta vodka
  • 4 strawberries
  • 6 raspberries
  • 2 blackberries
  • 4 tbsp. vanilla yogurt
  • 3 oz apple juice
  • ⅔ oz honey
  • 2 tbsp. oat flakes
  • 3 ice cubes

Garnishes

Apple slices

Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour the mixture into a highball glass. Garnish your mixture with an apple slice.

16. Raspberry Ritzy

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Ingredients

  • 2 oz Cupcake vodka
  • 10 raspberries
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 1 oz lime soda
  • 1½ tsp lime juice

Stir the raspberries and mint leaves in a cocktail blender. Add ice and remaining ingredients. Shake and pour into a glass.

17. Daiquiri

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This drink is one of the oldest Cuban cocktails. Indeed, it dates from the late 1800s. The simplicity of his recipe is perfection.

Recipe

  • Fill a cocktail mixer with crushed ice, 50 ml white rum (preferably Havana Club 3-year-old rum), 20 ml lemon juice and 10 ml sugar syrup.
  • Shake vigorously until frothy.
  • Pour into an iced cocktail glass and garnish with a slice of lime.

18. Hemingway’s Daiquiri

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This drink was invented by Ernest Hemingway in El Floridita, Havana.

Recipe

  • Fill a cocktail mixer with ice cubes.
  • Add 60 ml white rum, 25 ml lime juice, 15 ml grapefruit juice and 15 ml maraschino liqueur.
  • Shake vigorously.
  • Pour your mixture into iced cocktail glass.
  • Decorate with a slice of lime.

Tip

If you double your rum, the drink becomes a Papa Doble.

19. Rum Ranch

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This cocktail is ideal for hot summer days!

Recipe

  • Place a medium-sized piece of hot red pepper in a cocktail blender and stir gently.
  • Add 60 ml aged rum (preferably Havana Club 7 years for this), 10 ml sugar syrup, 20 ml Meyer lemon juice or 10 ml lemon juice and 10 ml orange juice and a pinch of Bitters Pepper.
  • Shake and pour your mixture into cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a piece of lemon.

20. The Dark & Stormy

It would appear that this cocktail is the national drink of Bermuda. All in all, it’s a simple way to feel like you’re in the tropics… at home.

Recipe

  • Fill a glass with ice.
  • Pour 60 ml of Gosling Black Seal Rum.
  • Add ginger beer and a little lime juice.
  • Stir and decorate with a slice of lime.

21. The Mae Nam

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This is a Thai variation of the daiquiri. It’s just as good and refreshing!

Recipe

  • Place 200 g of palm sugar in a saucepan with 200 ml of water, 1 crushed hot pepper and 1 lemongrass stem.
  • Dissolve the sugar over medium heat and set aside to cool.
  • Deform the syrup in a clean pot, eliminating the flavours.
  • To make the drink, fill a cocktail mixer with ice, add 60 ml of Sangsom or 60 ml of amber rum, 30 ml of fresh lime juice and 20 ml of palm sugar syrup.
  • Shake vigorously, then pour the mixture into a glass.
  • Garnish your cocktail with a piece of lime.

22. The El Presidente

Chocotenango

This drink, whose history dates back to the 1920s in Havana, will certainly satisfy you!

Recipe

  • Fill a cocktail mixer with ice.
  • Add 50 ml light rum, 25 ml dry vermouth, 25 ml dry curacao and a little grenadine (optional).
  • Mix and stir.
  • Pour into an iced cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a slice of orange if desired.

23. The Havana Club mojito

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What could be more interesting than a mojito with a touch of Havana Club?

  • Place 200 ml sugar and 200 ml water in a saucepan.
  • Add a handful of fresh basil leaves.
  • Heat gently until the sugar dissolves. Place aside to cool.
  • When your mixture is cold, pour it all into a clean pot, discarding the basil leaves.
  • Place 2 large cherry tomatoes and a large piece of watermelon in the bottom of a cocktail mixer and stir.
  • Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and a drop of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Add 50 ml Havana Club 3-year-old rum, 25 ml lemon juice and 15 ml infused basil syrup.
  • Add some ice.
  • Shake and pour into an iced cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a basil leaf.

24. Classic rum punch

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It’s not a surprise why this cocktail is a classic. Test it for yourself!

  • Fill a cocktail mixer with ice.
  • Add 20 ml lemon juice, 40 ml sugar syrup, 60 ml rum (preferably Appleton V / X).
  • Shake or stir as you wish. It’s a very casual drink.
  • Pour into an ice glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish with a slice of orange or a maraschino cherry if desired.

25. Blue Sangria

  • 1/3 cup ice
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice mixed with Sprite
  • 2 oz Alizé Bleu
  • 2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1.5 oz curaçao
  • A few blueberries to garnish.

26. Champagne Sangria

  • 1/3 cup ice
  • 1/3 cup sparkling wine
  • 1/3 Sprite mixed with kiwi-strawberry juice
  • 1.5 oz Southern Comfort
  • 2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 2 oz spiced Captain Morgan rum
  • 1 oz grenadine
  • A few strawberries to garnish.

27. DEL TORO Sangria

  • 1/3 cup ice
  • 1/3 cup red wine
  • 1/3 cup orange juice mixed with Red Bull
  • 2 oz Grand Marnier
  • A few raspberries to garnish.

28. Apple Sangria

  • 1/3 cup ice
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 2 oz Captain Morgan white rum
  • 2 oz Apple Sour
  • A few apples slices and cinnamon to garnish.

29. Kiwi-Melon Sangria

  • 1/3 cup ice
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice mixed with Ginger Ale
  • 2 oz melon liqueur
  • 2 oz Captain Morgan white rum
  • Cantaloupe, honeydew and kiwi slices to garnish.

30. Martini

There are no cocktails as iconic as martinis. It’s one of James Bond’s favourite drinks.

Recipe

Mix 2.5 oz of gin with dry vermouth (to taste) and ice in a cocktail blender. Add an olive or lemon peel to decorate.

31. Last Word

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Invented in Detroit in the 1920s, this cocktail was recently rediscovered to our delight. The Chartreuse gives it a beautiful green hue.

Recipe

Mix ¾ oz gin with ¾ oz chartreuse, ¾ oz maraschino liqueur and ¾ oz lemon juice in a cocktails blender. Stir and pour into martini glasses.

32. Tom Collins

Vodka for breakfast

If you like gin, but find the gin-tonic mix boring, try a Tom Collins: you’ll be delighted! This delicious drink is very refreshing.

Recipe

Mix 2 oz gin (preferably London dry) with 1 tsp sugar (or sugar syrup) and 1 oz lemon juice in a cocktail mixer with ice. Shake, then pour your mixture into an icy Collins glass. Add soda to taste and garnish with a slice of lemon.

33. Body Reviver #2

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As its name suggests, the Reviver cocktail series belongs to the same family as Bloody Mary cocktails. Absinthe gives it a sublime taste.

Recipe

Mix ¾ oz of gin with ¾ oz of lemon juice, ¾ oz of Cointreau and ¾ oz of Lillet Blanc, plus a shot of absinthe in a blender with ice. Pour into an iced cocktail glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

34. Negroni

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The Negroni was probably invented in Florence in 1919 when Count Camillo Negroni asked a bartender to strengthen his Americano by replacing soda with gin.

Recipe

Mix 1 oz gin with 1 oz mild vermouth and 1 oz Campari on ice in a glass of rock and stir. Decorate with a slice or an orange peel.

35. Sangria punch

  • 1/3 cup ice
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice mixed with Sprite
  • 2 oz Captain Morgan white rum
  • 2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1.5 oz apricot brandy
  • Add fruit to garnish.

Sources:

  • QC Meme
  • The Telegraph
  • Kitchn
  • Dessert for two
  • heart of abaker
  • style me pretty
  • twinspiration
  • baking a moment
  • living sweet moments
  • climbing grier mountain
  • hungry couple nyc
  • Cosmopolitan