2017’s Most Essential And Easy To Make Summer Cocktails

Four of the finest cocktails on offer this summer.

Cocktail time What a time to be alive

The sun is shining and the days are long which can really only mean one thing when you get to the bar: it’s cocktail time.

Yet even the cockiest of cocktail connoisseurs would readily admit that, when it comes to selecting the ideal drink pairing for a long, hot session in the sun, the sheer array of options can sometimes come off a little intimidating.

Fear not, good friends, because here at loaded we’ve put together a list of four mighty fine, must-drink cocktail options to help you while away those evenings and weekends in the company of your similarly intoxicated brethren.

This isn’t just about getting sloshed either – these are four fine cocktails you are going to want to drink again and again and again.


The Kentucky Mule

The Kentucky Mule
Kentucky Mule A great combination

What you need: 2 ml Wild Turkey Bourbon, ¾ ml ginger syrup, ¾ ml fresh squeezed lime juice, dash of Angostura bitters, soda water

How you make it: Add first four ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake, and strain over ice into highball glass and top off with soda water. Garnish with lime and mint sprig. Or keep it really simple and just add ginger beer to your Wild Turkey Bourbon and a squeeze of fresh lime and you are done.


The Rusty Nail

The Rusty Nail sits alongside the Martini and the Old Fashioned as one of the classics of the cocktail world, with a sweetness that makes it surprisingly accessible. Its origins in the bars and clubs of 50s New York lends old-school style and sophistication to the drink.

What you need: 1 part Drambuie, 1 Large rock of ice, 1 Lemon Twist, 2 parts Scotch Whisky

How you make it: Build over ice in a rocks glass and stir. Garnish with a lemon twist


Coralina Margarita

Best made using Patrón Reposado tequila, Patrón Citrónge Orange liqueur, red wine and hibiscus, by Mexico City’s Riesler Morales
What you need: 50ml Patrón Reposado tequila, 20ml Patrón Citrónge Orange liqueur, 30ml fresh lime juice, 20ml simple syrup, 15ml red wine (Mexican, or other) + sugar-salt rim*
How you make it: Combine Patrón Reposado tequila, Patrón Citrónge Orange liqueur, simple syrup and lime juice in a shaker tin; add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe rimmed with sugar-salt rim*. Carefully float red wine on the surface of the cocktail
*Sugar-salt rim: Pulverise a 7ml cup dried hibiscus in a spice grinder. Add 7ml cup of sugar and 7ml cup of kosher salt, and pulse until combined


The Drambuie Collins

A light, refreshing and tasty serve with simple ingredients, it’s also quick and easy to build.
What you need: 1 part Drambuie, 1 scoop Cubed Ice, half a Lemon, 8x Mint Leaves, 2 parts Soda
How you make it: Cut a lemon into wedges, then squeeze and drop half the lemon into a highball glass. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Garnish with a mint sprig.
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