Five of the best cocktail recipes for summer


Are you in need of some summer thirst-quenching inspo? Here are five cocktail (and mocktail) recipes that have been tried, tested and loved.

There’s something for everyone in our round of these recipes for summer, from a mango mocktail to a passionfruit spritz, to something for those dreaming of a European summer in Italy.

We’ve even got something for anyone who thinks they might like their drink made with chickpeas!

Passionfruit gin spritz

Passionfruit gin spritz

Serves: 2


Pulp from 2 fresh passionfruit (choose plump and smooth fruit that’s heavy for its size – it will have more pulp inside)

60ml gin

200ml Prosecco

Sparkling water

Lemon peel twist, to garnish

Fill two large glasses with ice. Combine passionfruit pulp and gin in a small jug and stir well.

Divide gin mixture between glasses. Pour over Prosecco, top up with sparking water, and garnish with a lemon twist.

Recipe and image courtesy of Australian Passionfruit.

Mango mocktail

Mango mocktail

Makes 1L

2 mangoes (pureed)

1 tin coconut milk

400ml pineapple juice

To make the mango puree, peel and dice ripe mangoes and blend until smooth. Mix all ingredients and serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy of Australian Mangoes.

Campari shakerato

Makes 2

2 x 90ml pours Campari

30ml vermouth

Ice cubes

Orange twist, to garnish

Shake the Campari and vermouth over a heap of ice in a cocktail shaker for about 2 minutes to ensure it gets cold and aerated.

Pour through a cocktail strainer into two chilled glasses and enjoy with a twist of orange.

Recipe by chef Laura Sharrad for Early Settler.

Whipped lemon fizz

Serves 2

400g tin of chickpeas, strained, juice reserved

2 cups Nexba elderflower and lemon kombucha, plus extra 2 Tbsp

1 handful ice cubes

2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 tsp vanilla powder, or 1 vanilla pod

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Lemon wedges, to garnish

Firstly, prepare the aquafaba. Strain chickpeas until you are left with just the liquid. Combine this chickpea water and 2 tablespoons of the kombucha in a mixing bowl.

Whisk until soft peaks form. It works, trust us! This usually takes 3-5 minutes with an electric whisk. Set aside.

Combine ice, lemon juice, remaining kombucha, vanilla and cinnamon in a blender, and briefly blend. Pour into glasses and top with aquafaba whip. Dust with cinnamon, and garnish with lemon wedges.

Recipe and image courtesy of Nexba.

The Kraken’s heart

The Kraken’s heart.

45ml The Kraken Black Spiced Rum

30ml freshly pressed lime juice

5ml crème de mure

15ml fig and honey syrup

1 pinch of activated carbon (charcoal tablet)

Make fig and honey syrup by simmering and reducing 1 part honey, 1 part syrup of fig and 2 parts water.

Shake all ingredients and strain into a double rocks glass over ice.

Garnish with half a fig.

Recipe and image created and developed by The Kraken Black Spiced Rum.