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10 INSTAGRAM-WORTHY COCKTAIL RECIPES

Hello social season. 

Oh how we adore you and your balmy nights, golden sundowners, steamy pool parties, and best of all - summery drinks. 

If you’re planning a social thing or two this summer, we’ve got you covered. 

Here are 10 Instagram-worthy drinks to add to the cocktail menu. Cheers to that. 

Pink Moscato Lemonade 

When life gives you lemons, make moscato infused lemonade with strawberries on top. 
This refreshing blend of pink goodness is everything summer stands for – fruity, fresh and vibrant.
 
Makes 9-12 cups
 
Ingredients:
1 750ml bottle of pink moscato
6 cups lemonade
½ cup of vodka
10 strawberries, chopped in half
1 lemon, diced
3 cups ice
 
Method:
In a large pilcher, mix ice, pink moscato, lemonade and vodka. Stir.
Add lemon slices and chopped strawberries.
Serve chilled.
 
Fig and Lavender Spritz

Get your boomerang shot ready, because this drink is next-level pretty.
The blushing coral tones with delicate lavender make this spritz just so Insta-worthy. Oh, and delicious too!
 
Makes 2 cups
 
Ingredients:
4 fresh figs
2 fresh lavender sprigs
1 lemon, juiced
2 tsp. honey
60 ml gin
Soda water
Ice
 
Method:
Cut 3 figs in half, scoop out the flesh and put in a large cocktail shaker.
Cut a few leaves off the lavender sprigs and add to shaker.
Add the gin, honey, lemon juice and ice to the mixture. Shake well.
Strain liquid into glasses filled with ice cubes. Top with soda water.
Cut the remaining fig in half and place on top of drink.
Lay the lavender sprig across and enjoy.

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Watermelon Frosè 

We can’t compile a list of the best summer drinks without adding frosè. 
Out of all the frosè we’ve sipped (and that’s a lot, FYI) we’ve found a watermelon-infused winner.
 
Makes 6-8 cups
 
Ingredients:
1 750ml bottle of rosè
5 cups chopped watermelon
½ lime
Watermelon slices for garnish
 
Method:
The night before, pour the rosè into ice cube trays to freeze. You will need approximately 2-3 trays. Put the chopped watermelon in the freezer also.
When you’re ready for your watermelon frosè, put the rose ice cubes and frozen watermelon into a blender. Juice the ½ lime and add to the mix. Blend until a smooth consistency.
If the mixture is too runny, add some ice cubes to freeze it up. If the mixture is too icy, add some fresh watermelon to juice it down.
Scoop the watermelon frosè into glasses and garnish with fresh watermelon slices.
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Floral Ice Cubes

Worried your summer cocktail recipe will just turn into a massive Instagram fail?
Don’t be.
These floral ice cubes will make any drink look double-tap worthy.
Vodka sodas and even plain waters have never looked so good.
 
Ingredients:
Edible flowers of your choice
Water
 
Method:
Place one or two edible flowers in each cube. Fill with water and freeze.
 
Add to your drink of choice.
 
Mint and Basil Lemonade
 
Looking for a non-alcoholic option? We’ve got you covered.
This fruity concoction looks like its boozed-up pals in the cocktail menu, just minus the hangover. Score!
 
Serves 8
 
Ingredients:
½ cup fresh basil
½ cup fresh mint
½ cup honey
10 lemons, juiced
8 cups sparkling water
 
Method:
 
Combine honey and ½ cup of water in a pot and stir on a high stovetop. Once it comes to boil, turn off heat and continue to stir until the honey and water have combined into one liquid mixture.
Add the mint and basil leaves to the mixture and let sit till it cools down.
Juice the limes and add to a small pitcher.
Strain the honey mixture so the mint and basil are separated. Add the honey mixture into the lime juice and stir.
Pour the mixture over ice. Top with sparkling water and garnish with fresh mint and basil.
 
Limoncello Prosecco with Blueberries

Taking inspiration from European summers, this Italian-inspired cocktail will have you feeling on vacay mode from the first sip.
Fancy a dip in the Mediterranean, anyone?
 
Makes 4 cups
 
Ingredients:
1 cup limoncello liqueur
1 750ml bottle prosecco
1 lemon, sliced
1 cup fresh blueberries
Ice
 
Method:
 
Add the limoncello and prosecco to a pitcher and stir.
Place the blueberries evenly among four glasses. Add ice.
Pour the limoncello prosecco and place a slice of lemon in each.
 
Coconut Grapefruit Margarita

What’s better than a margarita on a hot summers day? A coconut and grapefruit-infused margarita – that’s what.
This fruity twist on the classic margarita adds a sweet yet zesty kick that’ll have you coming back fore more.
 
Makes 2
 
Ingredients:
2 limes
2 tbsp. cream of coconut
300 ml grapefruit juice
150 ml tequila
50 ml triple sec
1 grapefruit, sliced
Fresh mint leaves to garnish
Ice
Salt
 
Method:
Slice one of the limes in half and rub one half around the rim of the glasses. Dip the rim in salt.
Put the grapefruit juice, tequila, cream of coconut, triple sec and squeeze the lime juice into a blender. Pulse until combined.
Pour mixture over ice, add one slice of fresh grapefruit and mint to garnish.

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Banana Piña Colada Smoothie

Bananas? Good. Piña coladas? Gooood.
Banana + piña colada blended into a healthy smoothie? No words.
This tropical and creamy smoothie is so good, words simply cannot do it justice.  
 
Serves 4
 
Ingredients:
2 frozen bananas
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup coconut milk
Coconut flakes to garnish
Fresh pineapple slices to garnish
 
Method:
Add the fruit, coconut milk, and pineapple juice into a blender and pulse until smooth.
Pour into four glasses and garnish with coconut flakes and fresh pineapple.
 
Health Tonic

Move over gin, this health tonic is the new go-to drink for fitspos and fellow health nuts. 
Enjoy a glass first thing in the morning for a kick-start or sip in the afternoon for a refreshing yet delicious and nutritious treat.
 
Ingredients:
5 grapefruits
1 lemon
2 limes
1 cup fresh pineapple
1 tbsp. ginger, chopped
 
Method:
Add ingredients into a blender and pulse until smooth.
Pour over ice and enjoy.

Mango Martini

Summer = mango season.
Soak it up while you can with these delicious martinis loaded with mango.  
 
Makes 2
 
Ingredients:
1 mango, chopped
50 ml lime juice
100 ml vodka
80 ml Grand Marnier, Cointreau or another orange-flavoured liquor.
30 ml mango puree
 
Method:
Blend the mango chunks until a puree is formed.
Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake until combined.
Strain the mixture into the martini glasses and enjoy.