Here at Coolina, we are a lively family who enjoys sipping great cocktails, especially during our birthday month. Of course, this occurs after we've completed our tasks. Don't worry, your knives are taken care of! In honor of Coolina's 4-year anniversary, we've chosen to share some of our favorite cocktail recipes with you so you may join in the fun once you've finished your own work. However, if you’d like something to drink during your working hours, we've left you a surprise recipe.
We'll start with a classic that is a personal favorite of a key member of our team (wink, wink). Another member of the crew enjoys this beverage, but without the alcohol. So, you can skip it too, if you like!
- 2 1/2 ounces white rum
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 8 + fresh mint leaves
- lime flavored club soda
- In a cocktail shaker, add the rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and mint leaves. Muddle (smash) the mint leaves well. Add ice and shake the cocktail, then strain into a tall glass such as a Collins or Highball glass. Add ice and top off with the club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig.
- You can buy simple syrup or make your own. The simplest way is to combine equal parts water and sugar in a small pot over medium heat. Whisk until the sugar is fully dissolved, and do not allow the mixture to boil. Cool and use as needed, or store in a container in the refrigerator and use for months as needed.
The Hiroshima cocktail is typically served in a Highball Glass. It is a simple mixed yet very delicious drink with only 3 ingredients.
- Ice Cubes
- 1 Part Bourbon
- ½ Part Dry Vermouth
- 1 Dash Pastis
- Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes. Add all ingredients.
- Stir and strain into a cocktail glass.
Who doesn't enjoy a nice old-fashioned Margarita? It's a well-known drink, but it's also a personal favorite of one of our staff members. So, if you're in the mood for a cool summer cocktail, we say go for it!
- 2 oz tequila (or mezcal)
- 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 oz triple sec (orange liqueur)
- 1/4 oz agave or simple syrup See notes below (Optional)
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill 3/4 with ice.
- Shake until chilled, about 12 seconds. Strain into a margarita glass, coupe glass, or rocks glass (over ice). Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge.
- Optional: Prior to pouring the Margarita, salt half of the rim of glass by rubbing a lime wedge along half of the outside lip of the glass. Dip the edge in a shallow dish of coarse salt, taking care to not get any salt on the inside of the glass.
- Bramble and gin tonic with cucumber
You'll adore this fruity gin cocktail if you like gin and tonics. One of our teammates loves this cocktail, but only when it includes cucumber in it, which isn't included in this recipe, but you can definitely add it.
- 2 tbsp bramble jelly
- 100ml gin
- ½ lemon, zest pared, juiced
- 200ml Indian tonic water
- 8 juniper berries
- handful fresh basil leaves
- Vigorously shake the bramble jelly, gin and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker until the jam has broken down and the ingredients are combined.
- Fill 2 tumblers with ice and divide the gin mix between them. Top up both with tonic water, then garnish each with 4 juniper berries, a few basil leaves and a twist of lemon zest.
- Aperol spritz
Quick and easy, delicious and refreshing, this cocktail is a summer must and apparently, a favorite amongst a few Coolina teammates!
- 3 parts Prosecco or sparkling wine, chilled
- 2 parts Aperol
- 2 parts Club Soda or Blood Orange Soda
- Orange slices, for garnish
- Fill a glass with ice. Add prosecco, aperol and soda. Stir gently to combine and garnish with a slice of orange.
- Pina colada
Someone was in the mood for a vacation with their favorite and we get it. There’s nothing more refreshing on a hot summer week day than a little daydream with the appropriate drink in your hand!
- ½ fresh pineapple, peeled, cut into 1½-inch pieces
- 6 ounces sweetened cream of coconut (preferably Coco López)
- 2 ounces unsweetened coconut milk
- 8 ounces white rum
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 ounces dark rum (optional)
- Maraschino cherries and lime wedges (for serving)
- Place pineapple pieces in a resealable plastic bag, laying them flat. Freeze until solid, at least 3 hours.
- Shake cream of coconut and coconut milk in their cans before measuring. Purée pineapple, coconut cream, coconut milk, white rum, lime juice, and 3 cups ice (about 15 oz.) in a blender until smooth. Transfer the blender cup to the freezer and freeze until mixture is thickened (it should be the consistency of a milkshake), 25–35 minutes.
- Blend again until the mixture is the perfect slushy frozen drink consistency. Divide among glasses. Top off each with ½ oz. dark rum, if using, and garnish each with a cherry and lime wedge.
- Strawberries Lemonade
And now for the surprise recipe! Just in case you share our teammate's favorite cocktail, we'll throw in a non-alcoholic option.
- 1/2 pound fresh strawberries , stems removed
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 1/2-5 cups water , divided
- 1 1/2 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- Use a blender or food processor to puree the strawberries. Strain them through a fine mesh sieve, if desired, to remove seeds.
- In a small saucepan, over medium heat, stir together sugar and 2 cups of water.
- Bring to a boil, and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Strain the lemon juice through a fine-mesh sieve into a 2-quart pitcher. Add simple syrup and pureed strawberries and stir to combine. Refrigerate until cold.
- When ready to serve, add 2 1/2 cups of cold water and stir. Taste, and add more water if it's too sweet.
- Serve with ice.
This classic cocktail is all about balance. If you want to get it right, just use equal parts gin, vermouth and Campari, and choose the best products you can.
- 25ml gin
- 25ml sweet vermouth
- 25ml Campari
- slice of orange
- Pour the gin, vermouth and Campari into a mixing glass or jug with ice. Stir well until the outside of the glass feels cold.
- Strain into a tumbler and add 1 large ice sphere or some fresh ice, and garnish with an orange slice, using a blood orange when in season.
- Screaming Orgasm
This exotic recipe is well-known not only for its loud name, but also for its rich and creamy flavor. It's incredibly simple to make at home, so give it a shot!
- 1/2oz Baileys
- 1/2oz Amaretto
- 1/2oz Vodka
- 1/2oz Kahlua
- Pour the ingredients into a shaker.
- Shake all the ingredients with ice.
- Strain into a shooter glass.
- Red Sangria
It doesn’t get much more summery than this, Sangria might be the perfect choice for everyone. But this recipe is following the Spanish way, which is the right way, of course.
- 1 orange
- 1 green apple
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 bottle dry red wine, chilled
- ¼ cup brandy
- ¼ cup orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
- 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
- Sparkling water, for serving (optional)
- Chop the orange (leaving the peel on) and apple into bite-sized chunks, then add them to the bottom of a pitcher. Sprinkle them with sugar and stir. Let them stand for 20 minutes at room temperature.
- After 20 minutes, pour in the red wine, brandy, orange liqueur, and lemon rounds. Stir and refrigerate for 1 to 4 hours. (Don’t go beyond 4 hours or the fruit texture starts to degrade.)
- Pour the sangria into ice filled glasses and top with a splash of sparkling water (if desired). Add fruit to each glass, preferably on long skewers for easy snacking.
Luckily, most of these recipes are perfect for the hot summer weather. So if you fancy a refreshing glass of something, choose your favorite out of our favorites.