What To Drink Now: Five Cocktails That Will Transport You To Sunnier Climates

If you’re like us, you’ll be counting down the days until we’re allowed to meet all of our friends at the airport. Even though it feels like years since we’ve felt the holiday buzz, we have the perfect fix to get you in the vacay mood whilst you’re in the back garden. We’ve teamed up with Joe McCanta, who is the Global Head of Education & Mixology for Bacardi, to give us some amazing tips on how to feel tropical whilst in staying home and keeping safe!

FOR A TASTE OF THE FRENCH RIVIERA… GREY GOOSE LE GRAND FIZZ A LA RUSSE

A bittersweet spritz packed full of zesty citrus notes, perfect for catchups with friends in the sunshine.

THE PERFECT SPRITZ FOR… beachside lounging

Ingredients

  • 30ml GREY GOOSE® vodka
  • 15ml Peach Liqueur
  • 15ml Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 60ml Premium Tonic Water
  • Thyme
  • Grapefruit Wedge

Method

Combine all ingredients except the tonic water over cubed ice in a large wine glass. Stir and top with tonic. Garnish with grapefruit wedge and sprig of thyme for added flavour.

Joe McCanta says: 

The GREY GOOSE  Le Grand Fizz a la Russe is a fantastic summer update to a vodka and tonic. The perfect serve if you’re looking to adding a touch of French elegance to a summer soirée. Top tip to impress guests: why not garnish with thyme sprigs fresh from the garden.

FOR A TASTE OF THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE… BOMBAY SAPPHIRE GIN & TONIC SPRITZ

A crisp update on the classic G&T incorporating MARTINI BITTER, lemon juice and honey syrup, best served chilled and alfresco.

THE PERFECT SPRITZ FOR… garden sundowners

 Ingredients

  • 30 ml BOMBAY SAPPHIRE
  • 15 ml MARTINI BITTER
  • 15ml Lemon juice
  • 15ml Lemon honey syrup
  • Premium tonic water
  • ½ orange wheel

Method

Add BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, MARTINI BITTER, lemon juice and honey syrup into shaker and shake. Strain into spritz glass. Fully fill the glass with cubed ice and top with premium tonic water. Garnish with ½ orange wheel

Joe McCanta says:

The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin & Tonic Spritz is the spritz for gin lovers. It nods to the traditional Italian spritz with a MARTINI vermouth base, but with a gin and citrus twist that tastes like summer in a glass. For a less zesty, sweeter serve, try raspberries in place of the orange wedges to garnish.

FOR A TASTE OF A CHIC PARIS GETAWAY … THE ST GERMAIN SPRITZ

Simple, elegant, and quintessentially French: there’s no finer way to unwind than with this signature aperitif.

THE PERFECT SPRITZ FOR… sophisticated brunch in the city

Ingredients 

  • 40ml St-Germain
  • 60ml sparkling wine (Champagne or Prosecco)
  • 60ml sparkling water

Method

Mix the ingredients below over ice in a Collins glass and garnish with a lemon spritz. Vive l’Apéritif!

Joe McCanta advises: 

ST-GERMAIN® spritzed with champagne or prosecco makes a perfect summer drink. Light and fragrant, the ST-GERMAIN® Spritz has a similar alcohol content to a glass of wine, but with an added dose of sophistication. The combination of champagne, prosecco or sparkling wine blended with the citrusy, light, and floral notes of St-Germain make this a sipping drink to enjoy for a sunny holiday.

FOR A TASTE OF A SUN-SOAKED ITALIAN PIAZZA… MARTINI FIERO & TONIC

Bold flavoured and brightly coloured, MARTINI Fiero’s bittersweet orange flavour and striking red colour are both 100% natural. Designed to be paired 50/50 with tonic over ice and an orange garnish for maximum impact with minimal fuss.

THE PERFECT SPRITZ FOR… A twist on the traditional 

Ingredients 

  • 75ml MARTINI Fiero
  • 75ml Tonic water
  • Orange slice for garnish

Method

Pour 50% MARTINI Fiero and 50% tonic water into a balloon glass. Serve over cubed ice with orange slide garnish

Joe McCanta says:

MARTINI® was made for spritzers – and MARTINI® Fiero is a contemporary take on vermouth combining citrus, bittersweet orange, crisp white wines and wormwood for bold and zesty flavours. Many spritzers use soda, but the flavours of this vermouth pair perfectly with tonic – one sip of this will transport you to the Italian Riviera! Where possible, opt for a balloon glass – it adds to the occasion! The brilliant thing about this cocktail is that it has all the ease of a simple two-ingredient serve, such as a gin and tonic, but with an added layer of sophistication.

 

 

FOR A TASTE OF THE CARIBBEAN… BACARDÍ RASPBERRY SPRITZ

The irresistible sweet and sharp flavours of BACARDÍ Raspberry are given extra sparkle in this super simple but wonderfully refreshing long drink.

 THE PERFECT SPRITZ FOR… Capturing the summer festival spirit at home.        

 Ingredients 

  •  50ml BACARDÍ Raspberry rum
  • 150ml Lemonade
  • Raspberries to garnish

Method

Build over cubed ice in a highball. Stir and garnish with two raspberries. 

Joe McCanta says:

Rum may not be an obvious choice when you think of a summer spritzer, but as a spirit, it is definitely having a moment, and this super simple serve is a delightful Caribbean-twist on a traditional spritz. You can elevate the serve by dialling up the garnishes, such as adding a few sprigs of mint from your garden. Crushing the berries also help to bring out the sweet berry tones of the rum.

 

 

For more delicious easy-to-make cocktail recipes head to the following websites:

GreyGoose.com

BombaySapphire.com

Martini.com

Bacardi.com

StGermain.fr

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