Summertime Cocktails – What’s Your Favourite Holiday Tipple?

There is nothing more exciting than booking a summer holiday to somewhere warm and exotic, but if you have to work right up until the last-minute, have literally hours to pack, and cannot fit that 7th pair of shoes in your suitcase, the process can leave you feeling somewhat exhausted, and definitely in need of a break!

For me, the holiday really starts once we have unpacked, changed into tropical coloured bathing suits (that we wouldn’t dream of wearing to the local swimming pool!), and secured our prime location next to the pool armed with a great book, and most importantly, a fruity summertime cocktail!

From Piña Colada’s and Mai Tai’s to Caipirinha’s and Rum Punch, there is nothing that says, “I’m on holiday” more than a huge colourful beverage decorated with fresh fruit, flowers, and of course, the all important umbrella, and as they generally pack quite a punch – you will be in the holiday mood in no time!

Something we do not generally drink at home, a cocktail feels far more ‘summery’ than a glass of red wine, so if you are heading off somewhere exotic soon, why not try one of our favourites:

The Mojito

If you find piña colada’s a bit heavy, we can highly recommend you try the Mojito instead!  Crisp, refreshing, and light, it includes simple ingredients of fresh mint leaves, sugar, ice, white rum and a splash of soda water.  Some add fresh lime, others do not, but either way – it’s delicious!

Sunset Beach

We found this deliciously fruity cocktail at Maya’s Bar in Shoal Bay, Anguilla.  A delicious blend of ice, orange juice, mango juice, white rum, and Cointreau, it is both refreshing and thirst quenching, and the perfect cocktail to drink on the white sandy beaches of the Caribbean.

Long Island Iced Tea

This cocktail really does taste just like Iced Tea, but it packs an almighty alcoholic punch so beware!  Made from a blend of crushed ice, gin, white rum, tequila, vodka, triple sec, lemon / lime juice, a pinch of sugar, and a splash of coke, this is one powerful cocktail.

The Margarita

Lastly, the Margarita is a holiday staple, and if you are visiting Mexico or the Caribbean it will be impossible to leave without trying one.  The traditional recipe includes tequila, triple sec, lime juice and salt, but most bars and restaurants offer a whole range of different flavours including Strawberry, Mango and Peach.

So wherever you are heading on your summer holiday, we wish you a wonderful trip and plenty of fruity cocktails! Cheers!

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