11 Refreshing Summer Cocktails

11 Refreshing Summer Cocktails

Celebrate summer with these 11 refreshing summer cocktails. The best classic and original cocktails you can make at home this summer.

Make drinks at home like a professional bartender with these long & refreshing cocktails, from the classic Gin Rickey to the delicious Royal Bitter Spritz (a Candra original cocktail)… you’ll be sure to impress your friends.

01. Gin Rickey

Delightfully refreshing, low-ABV and with no added sugars the Rickey is a must know classic.

Bright and citrusy this recipe cleverly avoids the need for sugar through with the use of sparkling water.

Rickey overhead
Gin Rickey

Try making a Gin Rickey

02. Royal Bitter Spritz

When you think of the English summer, you think of rain and strawberries. Strawberries are quintessentially English and are found at most celebratory moments (ie. Wimbledon, Royal Ascot..) often accompanied by bubbles.

Royal bitter spritz close-up
Royal bitter spritz

Try making a Royal Bitter Spritz

03. Coffee G&T

The simple G&T is a deliciously simple highball that also allows for plenty of creativity. This little tweak adds depth of flavour and intrigue to the old favourite. ‘Coffee and Tonic’?! I hear you say. I know…but just trust us, it’s a great combination you need to try. 

Coffee G&T

Try making a Coffee G&T

04. Tom Collins

What can we say about this essential classic recipe? Boozy lemonade basically! Originally made with Gin (Tom Collins) the formula works with any spirit you enjoy, it’s easy to twist and change into all sorts of variations through the addition of herbs, fruits, bitters and flavoured syrups.

Tom Collins

Try making a Tom Collins

05. Paloma

A deliciously refreshing and easy to make cocktail that has become increasingly popular over the last few years, to the point that May 22nd has been marked as World Paloma Day. This recipe works just as well with either your favourite Tequila or Mezcal, if you prefer its smoky notes.

Paloma close-up

Try making a Paloma

06. Marmalade Collins

A simple and delicious variation on the classic Collins, this drink takes on a different personality depending what base spirit you use. It even works without alcohol, served with a slice of toast for breakfast.

Marmalade Collins main
Marmalade Collins

Try making a Marmalade Collins

07. Whiskey Highball

One of the best ways to enjoy your favourite Whisk(e)y (and all sorts of other spirits too…especially brown spirits), as the dilution releases all the flavours carried in the alcohol, whilst creating a long and refreshing experience that really couldn’t be easier to make.

Whisky highball main
Whisky highball

Try making a Whiskey Highball

07. Pink Gin & Soda

A long and refreshing modern take on the old simple classic Pink Gin recipe. Replacing the still water of the classic with lashings of Sparkling Water instead.

Pink Gin
Pink Gin

Try making a Pink Gin & Soda

08. Smashapple

So, we may be biased, but we think this might be the most delicious juice recipe on the planet! That is, unless you hate mint, despise grapefruit or reject apples! If so, who are you!? 

Smashapple top

Try making a Smashapple

09. Jasmine Garden

A deliciously floral, green and grassy homemade cocktail mixer that’s delightfully refreshing and incredibly versatile.

Jasmine Garden

Try making a Jasmine Garden

09. Aperol Spritz

An ingredient and recipe that was little known outside Italy until the 2010s that has become a worldwide phenomenon. 

Very few cocktails are called for by the exact brand name either, so someone at Aperol surely got a bonus! 

Aperol Spritz

Try making an Aperol Spritz

10. Mojito

A Cuban icon and quite simply a ‘must-know’ classic. If you like mint, this is one of the greatest, long, refreshing cocktails you can make.

Mojito Closeup

Try making a Mojito

11. Batanga

Imagine if a Paloma and a Cuba Libre had a lovechild, it would be the Batanga. Like these other 2 aforementioned highballs, this is one of those brilliantly simple long drinks that is high in deliciousness and low in effort!


Try making a Batanga

As always, don’t forget to show us what you made by tagging us!
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