Jul 29th 2014

Hip Summer Cocktails

Hip Summer Cocktails

UPDATED 06.07.20: The coolest man in the world, George Clooney, chose to toast his engagement to the stunningly beautiful Amal Allamuddin, with tequila cocktails.  OK so this could have something to do with him having his own award-winning brand of tequila – as does Justin Timberlake and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson – but a blend of white tequila, cactus, lime and pomegranate juices, known as a Skinny Amiga, really does hit the spot. Let’s face it, if it’s good enough for George………it’s good enough for our hip summer cocktails list!

Aperol Spritz

Firstly, travel inspires much of our creative ideas at TLC. On a trip to Italy, Liz discovered that when it comes to staying cool, the locals like to mix cocktails with Prosecco. This has led to an increasing trend in sparkling cocktails.  Aperol Spritz – a combination of Italian aperitif Aperol and Prosecco with a dash of soda. A few years on and with travel more limited, this is still the drink of the summer.  So, when in Rome, as they say… And Liz wasn’t disappointed. It tastes delightfully fresh and summery – a chic and cosmopolitan alternative to Pimms and lemonade!

Hip summer cocktails

Tea Cocktails

If these all sound a little racy, perhaps the growing trend in tea-based cocktails is of more interest?  Put aside any notions of a bar-tender dunking a teabag in a hi-ball. These are delicately flavoured gin-based cocktails, infused with flavours including jasmine, hibiscus or green tea. Very English and perfect for a summer afternoon with the ladies.

hip summer cocktails

Cool as a Cucumber

Continuing on a traditional theme with a twist, comes cucumber flavoured vodka.  Probably best known as a garnish to fruity drinks such as Pimms, cucumber is now being used as a subtle base for favourites such as Vodka Martinis or Bloody Marys. When combined with other natural ingredients including lime, mint and basil, along with lots of ice, you can also create a cooling, refreshing, cleansing drink.

hip summer cocktails

Savoury Summer Delights

Finally, and, for the more daring – what about the growing trend in savoury cocktails?  Yes, you can now get vodka cocktails infused with bacon, mustard and, for a little kick, horseradish.  With names such as The Earl’s Breakfast or Big Bacon, you can forget about a fruit adornment. These unusual combinations come garnished with Chorizo, a minute square of cheese on toast or even beef jerky!  Whilst these may sound a little quirky, for some, importantly they are a welcome addition to the cocktail menu. They offer an alternative to the often sweet ‘traditional’ style cocktails. I guarantee, they’ll be coming to a hip bar near you, in the not too distant future.

Still Thirsty for Ideas?

Pick of the Crop

For more cocktail ideas, check this out our collection of seasonal strawberry cocktails which the TLC team adore.

Have a Go Hibiscus

The basis of a Hibiscus cocktail is Prosecco and it counts Drake and Kylie Jenner as fans. The hibiscus flowers give the cocktail a botanical flavour and a vibrant red colour. Want to make it? Simple as can be. Here’s how:

Makes 4 drinks


  • Whole hibiscus flowers, packed in syrup
    • 1 bottle of Prosecco
    • 8 tsps of hibiscus syrup used to pack the flowers


  1. Place a whole hibiscus flower in the bottom of glass.
    2. Fill glass with Prosecco to 3/4 of an inch from the rim.
    3. Carefully spoon 2 tsps of the hibiscus syrup down the interior side of each glass.

Friends Choosing the Drinks

And our friends at Olive Magazine have also curated a superb selection of alcoholic and virgin cocktails

All divine!