20 best Summer cocktails

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When it comes to cocktails, summer screams "Sex on the Beach", or at least fruit-forward rather than spirit-forward, more refreshing cocktails, but not necessarily long drinks. We've tried to be a bit more imaginative in compiling our 20 best summer cocktails.

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Bahama Mama
With: Jamaican aged blended rum, overproof aged rum, coconut rum, coconut liqueur, coffee liqueur, lemon juice, and pineapple juice.
We say: The holy trinity of rum, coconut and pineapple served in a well-balanced, not overly sweet tropical-style cocktail.

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Bahamas Daiquiri
With: Overproof pot still rum, coconut rum, coffee liqueur, pineapple juice and lime juice.
We say: Totally tropical with a sweet tangy edge.

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Batida Rosa
With: Soda water, cachaça, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and grenadine syrup.
We say: Fruity and tropical. A tall refreshing drink for a hot evening or an afternoon beside the pool.

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Californian Margarita
With: Blanco tequila, triple sec, lemon juice, falernum and saline solution.
We say: A classic margarita but "with a few tweaks", including falernum.

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Calvados Fruit Cup
With: Calvados, orange curaçao, rosso vermouth, aromatic bitters, ginger ale, and cola.
We say: The crisp dry apple freshness that calvados brings to this fruity long drink makes it one of the best base spirits in a fruit cup.

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Chartreuse Swizzle
With: Green chartreuse, falernum, pineapple juice, and lime juice.
We say: A swizzle for people like me- Chartreuse lovers. Best enjoyed on a hot summer's evening.

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Club Cocktail (Difford's recipe)
With: Cognac, pisco, maraschino liqueur, pineapple juice, and creole-style bitters
We say: Cognac and pisco brandies with maraschino and pineapple adding fruity tropical freshness and a foamy head.

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Difford's Fruit cup No.1
With: Gin, orange curaçao, rosso vermouth, aromatic bitters, ginger ale, and cola.
We say: This long refreshing fruity cocktail mimics the characteristics of a Pimm's Cup but with the punch and fullness flavour, reminiscent of distant decades when Pimm's No.1 carried a full 9% more alc./vol. than it does today.

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Gin Basil Smash
With: Basil leaves, gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice & pure cane sugar syrup.
We say: Jörg, the creator of this cocktail, says, "Better too much, than not enough basil in this drink."

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In the August Sun
With: Overproof rum, sherry, falernum, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut.
We say: Looks like a Piña Colada and indeed tastes a lot like a Piña Colada but overproof rum, fino sherry and falernum ensure this is no ordinary Piña Colada.

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Lemon Beat
With: Silver cachaça, lemon juice, and honey syrup.
We say: Made with a quality cachaça, a freshly squeezed ripe lemon and a raw honey syrup, this simple cocktail is deliciously refreshing.

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Limoncello Spritz
With: Prosecco sparkling wine, limoncello and soda water.
We say: Zesty, almost creamy, lemon enlivened with fizz.

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Midsummer Daydream
With: Cognac, coconut water, freshly squeezed lime juice, orange bitters & tonic water
We say: There is a double slug of brandy in this dry refreshing long summery aperitivo.

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Paloma
With: Blanco tequila, pink grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed lime juice, agave syrup, and pink grapefruit soda.
We say: Reminiscent of a long, fruit Margarita

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Pineapple & Mint Caipirinha
With: Lime juice, white caster sugar, fresh pineapple, mint leaves, and silver cachaça.
We say: Minty fresh pineapple transports the Caipirinha into the realm of tropical drinks.

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Prescription Julep
With: Mint leaves, cognac, rye whiskey, sugar syrup, and orange bitters.
We say: Rye whiskey and cognac combine harmoniously in this delicious julep.

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Sangaree (Sangria)
With: Spanish brandy, orange curaçao, shiraz red wine, orange juice, lemon juice, sugar syrup, and cinnamon syrup.
We say: Summer in a glass. Heavy wine tannins are sweetened, lightened and infused with fruit.

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Southside Rickey
With: Gin, freshly squeezed lime juice, pure cane sugar syrup, mint leaves & soda water
We say: A gin-based Mojito served over cracked ice meets the classic Southside. The result is refreshing and easy drinking.

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Sunflower
With: Absinthe, gin, triple sec, elderflower liqueur, and lemon juice.
We say: Elderflower liqueur replaces aromatised wine in this riff on a classic Corpse Reviver No.2. This means the bitter oils is from the lemon zest twist are crucial to the balance of this aromatic floral and citrusy cocktail.

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Yellow Daisy
With: Gin, dry vermouth, Grand Marnier, and absinthe.
We say: This is the kind of cocktail that many bartenders will want to stir rather than shake. However, it is classically shaken. Herbal, zesty and spirituous. Absinthe plays a key role but does not overwhelm.

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