“It’s like a heat wave, burnin’ in my heart…
Ooh, ooh, heat wave
Ooh, ooh, heat wave”
That’s right – this weekend is supposedly going to be HAWT! So get out the paddling pools and the barbecues and invite your friends round for a garden party.
Although most people serve beer and wine at a barbecue, why not try something new and shake up some summery cocktails for your guest?
We’ve shared some of our favourite summery drinks:
Now of course Pimm’s is a staple in the summertime and this classic British drink packed full of strawberries, mint and cucumber just screams summer.
Why not add a sophisticated touch and top up with Prosecco instead of lemonade?
The classic Spanish beverage is very simple to make and perfect for a summer’s day in the garden.
Just combine one bottle of red wine with 250ml of orange juice and 500ml of lemonade. Add sliced oranges and lemons and serve with lots of ice.
Juicy and refreshing, this mocktail is ideal for a sunny afternoon.
Combine 500ml of both orange juice and cranberry juice and top up with lemonade.
Add your favourite spirit for an alcoholic twist.
Perfect instead of a dessert (or as well as) this is a simple but delicious summer drink.
Just add a scoop of vanilla ice-cream to your favourite fizzy drink.
The traditional ice-cream soda is sweet and creamy (and too sweet for some), but a coke float is also a classic.
Apple Ginger Sparkler
Refreshing and summery, this drink can be made with cider or Appletiser.
Add two tablespoons of ginger syrup to each glass and top with cider or fizzy apple juice.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
What are your favourite summer drinks?
We’ve also found some of the coolest summer cocktail products so you can shake up those beverages like a pro!
1. The Perfect Drink, Firebox, £59.99 (+236ep) 2. Cosmopolitan Scented Candle, Littlewoods, £15 (+30ep)
3. Cocktail Umbrellas, House of Fraser, £4.49 (+8ep) 4. Butterfly Print Jug, Marks & Spencer, £12 (+36ep)
5. Short Tumbler Glass x 6, Matalan, £4 (+16ep) 6. Sommelier Cocktail Glasses x 4, Marks & Spencer, £29.50 (87ep)
7. Cocktail Accessory Set, House of Fraser, £3.99 (+6ep) 8. Half Hammered Cocktail Shaker, John Lewis, £25 (+75ep)
Check out our other posts on outdoor entertaining and summer dining: