The Best Summer Cocktails For Med Season
by Kelly Sullivan
We are rolling into Med season with longer days and warmer temperatures and there's nothing better in these climes than a well-crafted cocktail, unless you're a rosé person, of course. Life in lockdown is allowing more of us time to experiment with our cocktail making skills, only recently did crew members blow us away with their the Quarantine Cocktail Competition creations for our Virtual Boat Show! But now it's your turn and we've rounded up some easy recipes for you to whip up wherever you are.
This is a great cocktail if you're looking for something tropical and out of the ordinary. Created using a host of unusual ingredients, including kumquat puree, Hibiki Harmony whisky and peach puree, this sophisticated cocktail is far more impressive than your average G&T.
- 35ml Hibiki Harmony
- 25ml Fair Kumquat Liqueur
- 25ml lime juice
- 10ml sugar syrup
- 20ml egg white
- 35ml peach puree
- Rose petal to garnish
- Shake all ingredients together
- Strain into coupe or wide stemmed glass
- Garnish with a rose petal
Credit: The Chester Hotel
The Summer Striker
Designed by the team at the IX Bar in Aberdeen's chic Chester Hotel, this fresh and fruity gin cocktail blends raspberry, cranberry and lime for a deliciously tart summer cooler.
- 50ml Brockmans Premium Gin
- 25ml Raspberry Puree
- 50ml Cranberry Juice
- 12.5ml Lime Juice
- 2 dashes Chocolate Bitters
- All ingredients are shaken and double drained into a brandy balloon.
- Garnish with three raspberries and two sprigs of mint and finish with a dusting of icing sugar.
Credit: Grey Goose
Le Grande Fizz
This light and zesty cocktail created by master mixologist and Grey Goose ambassador Myles Donneky takes inspiration from the traditional French pressé for a refreshing drink perfect for the end of a long day of swimming and sunbathing.
- Add vodka and St Germain to glass
- Squeeze juice of two lime wedges into glass and discard
- Top up with soda
- Garnish with three more lime wedges
For the perfect sundowner that refreshingly sweet and addictively more-ish, a Lychee Martini is a fail-safe option for all. For a low alcohol option, switch out the lychee liqueur for lychee syrup.
- In a cocktail shaker, pour the vodka over ice
- Add the lychee liqueur and vermouth
- Add a splash of lychee syrup from the tinned lychees
- Shake and serve, garnish with a whole lychee
Credit: The Starlino
The Starlino Rosé Spritzer
A wonderful new vermouth from Piedmont, The Starlino Rosé makes a lovely base for spritzers and it's one you can rustle up in no time. This drink is perfect for those looking for something light and refreshing that's not too high in ABV.
- In a tall glass with ice, stir in all the ingredients
- Garnish with grapefruit
The English 75
This elegant cocktail created by Pepijn Vanden Abeele, bars director at London's sketch restaurant, aims to offer a British take on the classic French 75 by marrying Tanqueray gin with English sparkling wine. The perfect alternative to champagne.
- 25ml Tanqueray London Dry Gin(1 unit)
- 10ml lemon juice
- 15ml St Germain elderflower liqueur
- 10ml pink grapefruit
- Rosé sparkling wine
- Combine gin, lemon juice and pink grapefruit in a champagne flute.
- Top with sparkling rose wine.
Credit: Rémy Martin
Rémy Martin Grand Tonic
If you've finally tired of the traditional Aperol Spritz then Rémy Martin's take on the original grown up summer drink could be just the thing. Suitably impressive when entertaining guests and easy to make in large numbers, this is the ideal drink for superyacht soirees.
- Mix Rémy Martin and vermouth in a burgundy wine glass
- Top up with tonic water
- Garnish with a lemon wedge
Credit: Don Papa
A twist on the classic Dark and Stormy, made all the more exciting with the addition of Calamansi juice and bitters, though it's the aged rum that's the jewel in the crown. An ideal isolation libation for rum drinkers and easy enough to whip up in a matter of minutes.
- 45ml Don Papa
- 15ml Calamansi juice (optional)
- 45ml Ginger beer
- 2 Dashes of bitters
- Lime wedges
- Fresh mint to garnish
- In a high ball glass filled with ice, squeeze the juice of half a lime
- Add Don Papa and top with ginger beer and a couple dashes of bitters
- Stir and garnish with mint leaves
Moose Chilli & Maple Daiquiri
Newly launched Moose is an Alpine spirit bursting with sweet maple flavours and delicate herbaceous ones, so this daiquiri brings out the best of its flavours. Whether you're enjoying a cocktail on board your superyacht or poolside at home, you can bring a taste of the alps to you with this cocktail.
- 50ml Moose
- 25ml Fresh lime juice
- 15ml Maple syrup
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice
- Shake with your heart's content
- Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a twist of lime rind