Summer Drink Recipes - Weekend at the Cottage

Summer Drink Recipes

Ingredients

Directions

  1. For the Aperol Citrus Spritz, 4 litres:
  2. Fill a 4-litre beverage dispenser 1/3 full with ice. Add quartered slices of pink grapefruit and lemon into the container. Add the Aperol, juice and Prosecco and stir to combine. Top up the canister with more ice.
  3. To serve: Place a few cubes of ice into a wine glass. Add a slice of grapefruit and lemon. Fill with spritzer and serve.
  4. For the Blueberry Sparkler, serves 1:
  5. Rinse a pint of blueberries, transfer to a paper-towel lined plate and freeze for at least 4 hours.
  6. Into each glass, add a handful of ice, frozen blueberries, blueberry syrup and lime juice. Add vodka if you wish. Top up with soda water and stir. Add a slice of lime to the rim as well as a few fresh blueberries on a cocktail pick. Serve.
  7. For the Tropical Freeze, serves 4:
  8. Place the sorbet, pineapple and coconut water into the canister of a blender. Blend for one minute before transferring into tall glasses. Garnish with chunks of pineapple and cocktail umbrellas. Serve.
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Three refreshing beverages perfect for your next warm weather get-together…

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    10 MIN
  • 2-8 SERVINGS
Summer Drink Recipes

Raise you glass to these SUMMER DRINK RECIPES!

I can’t believe I’m about to share this behind-the-scenes tidbit about how we operate. Truth – Carol and I dreamed up the concept and recipes for this story one day in… January! Now that we’ve shot the story and tasted each one, I can honestly say they truly exceeded our wildest, drink-filled, winter dreams. These SUMMER DRINK RECIPES will be a hit at your next summer fete.

As always, we remind you to please enjoy these and any other alcoholic beverages responsibly and never, ever drink and drive. Thanks for that!

Before we share a few takeaways about each, how about a reminder to PIN the recipes to your favourite drinks board and bookmark the page for easy reference.

Who’s ready for our thirst-quenching SUMMER DRINK RECIPES?

Aperol Citrus Spritz

APEROL CITRUS SPRITZ

Our first drink was crafted for those wanting to be host at their summer get-together, not a bartender. The recipe works with a 4-litre beverage dispenser, but if you don’t have one, a punch bowl will do just fine. Need a beverage dispenser? Check out the Amazon link at the bottom of the story.

What to expect: a lovely punch-like drink with notes of pink grapefruit. It also has some fizz thanks to the addition of Prosecco, a sparkling Italian wine. We especially love the flavouring of the bittersweet, smooth taste of Aperol. Two tips – chill the Aperol, Prosecco and juice before you begin and give your citrus fruit a rinse before you slice too!

Blueberry Sparkle

BLUEBERRY SPARKLE

This drink will suit two purposes in that you can enjoy it soft or with the addition of vodka for some kick. You will need our secret ingredient in order to make it though – click HERE to watch our 1-minute video about how to make BLUEBERRY SYRUP. Delightful!

Beyond that, the magic of this drink is the tangy and sweet blueberry-lime juice, made all sparkly with nothing more than soda. Adding the shot of vodka if you wish is wonderful too. Last must-mention: what about those frozen blueberries we added? Fair warning – do not try them on their own, or you’ll be popping them into your mouth more than the drink.

Tropical Freeze

TROPICAL FREEZE

The concept itself is something of an oxymoron, taking tropical flavours and serving them blended, frothed up and very cold. This drink recipe was created for the kids in our midst, though adults (read: Nik and Carol) love it too.

Although we initially thought to make this drink like a milkshake, on a whim, we switched to the mango sorbet, and are sure glad we did. Mango and coconut flavours boosted with fresh pineapple – buy twice the quantity than the recipe calls for because trust me, there will be refills. I’ve listed a link if you need to purchase the kitschy cocktail umbrellas we used for the story too. Fun!

Please note this recipe has been crafted to be prepared in a blender with 8-cup capacity; adjust the quantities if yours is smaller.

Now, if you’ve just read the above and thought, “I wonder what other cocktails Weekend at the Cottage has created?” Easy! Click HERE to visit our DRINK RECIPES playlist on YouTube. Need a great snack to serve with any and all of the above? Try these OVEN-BAKED NACHOS.

SUMMER DRINK RECIPES – let’s raise our glasses to good cheer!

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Summer Drink Recipes

Ingredients

  • For the Aperol Citrus Spritz, 4-litre:
  • 2 cups Aperol, chilled
  • 4 cups grapefruit juice, chilled
  • 1 750ml bottle Prosecco, chilled
  • grapefruit and lemon slices, quartered, for garnish
  • For the Blueberry Sparkler, (serves 1):
  • a handful frozen blueberries
  • 1 oz. blueberry syrup
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. vodka (optional)
  • 200 ml soda water
  • sliced lime, fresh blueberries and cocktail picks, for garnish
  • For the Tropical Freeze, (serves 4):
  • 1 L mango sorbet
  • 4 cups fresh pineapple
  • 4 cups coconut water
  • Chunks fresh pineapple and small cocktail umbrellas, for garnish

Directions

  1. For the Aperol Citrus Spritz, 4 litres:
  2. Fill a 4-litre beverage dispenser 1/3 full with ice. Add quartered slices of pink grapefruit and lemon into the container. Add the Aperol, juice and Prosecco and stir to combine. Top up the canister with more ice.
  3. To serve: Place a few cubes of ice into a wine glass. Add a slice of grapefruit and lemon. Fill with spritzer and serve.
  4. For the Blueberry Sparkler, serves 1:
  5. Rinse a pint of blueberries, transfer to a paper-towel lined plate and freeze for at least 4 hours.
  6. Into each glass, add a handful of ice, frozen blueberries, blueberry syrup and lime juice. Add vodka if you wish. Top up with soda water and stir. Add a slice of lime to the rim as well as a few fresh blueberries on a cocktail pick. Serve.
  7. For the Tropical Freeze, serves 4:
  8. Place the sorbet, pineapple and coconut water into the canister of a blender. Blend for one minute before transferring into tall glasses. Garnish with chunks of pineapple and cocktail umbrellas. Serve.

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