Easy cocktails to make this summer – that’s not Aperol Spritz

Easy cocktails to make this summer – that's not Aperol Spritz

(Picture: Shutterstock)As April edges into May it’s cocktails’ time to shine.
But short of leaning on the popularity of the Aperol Spritz, what other cocktails would whet the whistle of summertime?
Here are some simple, easy-to-make cocktails that you can use at home to impress friends and family, convincing them you’re quite the mixologist.
Failing that, at least you’ll get merry in the process.
Sour-Cherry Gin Smash

(Picture: Getty)This simple cocktail is a smooth mix of sour cherries and gin, lathered in ginger ale and garnished with a lime wedge.

60ml gin
6 sour cherries
1 sugar cube
14ml of fresh lime juice
Ginger Ale
A lime wedge.

Combine the cherries and sugar cube into a cocktail shaker, then mix until the sugar is broken down. Add lime juice and gin, and then shake. Strain into glass filled with ice. Top with ginger ale and garnish with lime wedge – simple!

(Picture: Getty Images/Westend61)Fancy a bit of vermouth?

25ml gin
25ml vermouth
25ml Campari
1 orange

To make, you pour the gin, sweet vermouth and Campari over ice and stir. Get to your preferred taste and then grate a zest of orange over the glass and add citrus to the concoction. Classy.
The Mexican Mule

(Picture: Shutterstock / Kuznetsovdmitriy)Fancy a little Central American flair? Try this beauty.

55ml Vodka
14ml Lime juice
20ml Pineapple juice
14ml  ginger syrup

Throw the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and stir. Strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with a splash of rum for extra kick.

(Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)If you want to be fancy, but still a bit rough around the edges, here’s the drink.

40ml Cognac
20ml Cointreau
20ml fresh lemon juice

Create the rough edges by coating the rim of a cocktail glass. Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and stir. Gently pour into the glass and garnish with orange peel.
Old Fashioned

(Picture: Images/iStockphoto)Are you more Don Draper than Harvey Specter?
Either way, you could just try this, well, old fashioned cocktail.

1 sugar cube
2 to 3 dashes Angostura bitters
2 ounces (60ml) bourbon or rye whiskey

Try to add an Orange or Luxardo cherry to finish in style.

The Sicilian Firing Squad

Sicilian Firing Squad CocktailBloody. Of course.

30ml mezcal
30ml blood orange liqueur

15ml grenadine
30ml freshly squeezed lime juice
2 dashes of Angostura bitters

To make this potion you should combine all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain over fresh ice and garnish with a lime wheel.
Oh, and add a cherry. Thank us later.
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