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Cocktail Hour: 3 Refreshing Cocktails You Must Try This Summer

Cocktail Hour: 3 Refreshing Cocktails You Must Try This Summer

Stay hydrated.

Written by: Esperance Tide | January 12, 2018

Watermelon Sangria Cocktail

Summer’s in full swing and you deserve a drink.  Sure, you could crack open a beer or pour yourself a glass of wine, but where’s the fun in that? Here are three refreshing, delicious and easy-to-make cocktails. To make these into mocktails (alcohol-free), simply sub the alcohol for more juice or soda water.

Watermelon Sangria

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A new spin on a classic summer staple. This recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Ingredients
1/4 watermelon 
Juice of 2 limes 
100ml red cordial 
10 mint leaves 
1/2 bottle white rum / vodka / tequila 
Punnet of fresh strawberries 

Method
Combine all into blender and blend till smooth. Pour into a glass with a dash of lemonade or soda water and serve with a sprig of mint. *Add a bottle of white wine to the mix if your feeling naughty.

Blueberry Bramble Cocktail

Blueberry Bramble

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This berry-licious drink is just the ticket for an afternoon in the sun.

Ingredients
60ml Gin
15ml Chambord liqueur 
15ml lemon juice 
10ml sugar syrup
4-6 blueberries 
Rosemary sprig (garnish)

Method
Muddle blueberries in a cocktail shaker. Combine with gin, Chambord, lemon juice, syrup and ice and shake it like a polaroid picture. Dump it all into a glass and garnish with a rosemary sprig. *For those a little soft, simply add your favourite mixer and let the good times roll.

Dirty Mojito Cocktail

Dirty Mojito

Dirty up your mojito by using a dark rum instead of a white.

Ingredients
Coupla fresh limes
2 tsp raw sugar
10 mint leaves
60ml Mount Gay dark rum
Soda water
Crushed Ice

Method
Muddle lime, sugar, mint in the bottom of a glass. Add the rum and then top it with crushed ice. Fill the remainder of the glass with soda water, stir and garish with mint leaves.

Each cocktail tried and tested at Tide HQ, with the help of our own personal bartender Cob (@the_spruce_druce).