With the dog days of summer finally upon us, we wanted to share with you some of our most favourite and delicious summer cocktail ideas. Â Whether you prefer fun and fruity cocktails or more classic bevvies, we have a little something here for everyone. Â So grab a recipe and head to the nearest dock, deck or patio and give a toast all that is great aboutÂ Canadian summer!
The Summer Sunset
A blend of passionfruit liqueur, vodka and juices, the Summer Sunset is a great option as a welcome drink for cocktail parties and weddings. Â This coral-hued cocktail is always a hit at our events and can be pre-made in pitchers for ease of service.
Â 1 oz. vodka , 1.5 oz. Alize GOLD (passionfruit liqueur), 1 oz. of each cranberry cocktail, orange juice and passionfruit juice/nectar, starfruit for garnish
Mix all ingredients together in pitcher. Â Serve over ice, garnished with slice of starfruit.
The Gin and Tonic
This entry may seem a little old-fashioned, but the classic G&T is elevated to new heights with a stellar, Canadian-made gin we’ve discovered: Â Victoria. Â As the name implies, Â this small-batch distillery hails from the BC coast and the hand-crafted spirit they produce is full of personality. Â Simply mix it with your favourite tonic and a slice of cucumber. Â Delicious!
Â 3 oz. Victoria Gin, Â 4 oz. tonic (our fav in a blind taste test was Canada Dry), Â cucumber for garnish
Pour gin over ice-filled rocks glass. Â Top with tonic and slice of cucumber.
Photo courtesy of Makers & Brothers
The sweet and sour allure of the caipirinha, Brazil’sÂ national cocktail, is really hard to beat on a steamy summer night. Â It’s made with cachaÃ§a (pronounced ka-SHAH-suh), lime and sugar.
That’s it. Â Simple right?
Unfortunately the cachaÃ§a, which can be hard to find, is often substituted with rum. Â Although both are derived from sugarcane, the subtle smokey/spicy aroma of cachaÃ§a is really what makes this drink.Â Thankfully, most liquor stores now carry a small selection of cachaÃ§a and it’s well worth your time tracking it down. Â We guarantee this will be a crowd-pleaser at your next gathering.
1/2 a lime, cut into quarters, Â 1 tablespoon superfine sugar, 2.5 oz. cachaÃ§a, crushed ice
Squeeze lemon wedges into rocks glass. Â Add sugar and muddle with limes. Â Top with cachaÃ§a and ice. Â Stir before serving.