Welcome to November! Can you believe we have almost reached the end of 2021? The festive season is nearly upon us and the summer season has arrived in Cape Town. We are ready to celebrate the arrival of the warmer weather in style! Summer brings long, hot days and sunsets to write home about. This is the perfect excuse to enjoy a refreshing cocktail or two!
To help get you into the summer spirit, we have put together a list of our 10 favourite summer cocktails along with recipes to go with each. We’ve included classics along with a few South African themed cocktails. No alcohol? No problem! There are some non-alcoholic additions to the list that are sure to have your mouth watering.
These cocktails can be easily made at home with a few ingredients you might already have on hand! They could also be enjoyed from the comfort of one of our beautiful properties; enjoy the views with a refreshing drink in hand on your next visit!
Set the scene for summer in Cape Town with 10 of our favourite recipes that you can easily whip up at home:
Classic summer cocktails:
This Cuban cocktail classic is simple yet superb! A mojito is a mix of white run, mint, lime, club soda and sugar. It’s a tasty sweet and citrusy mic that has long been a popular summer drink.
● Juice of 1 lime
● 1 tsp granulated sugar
● Small handful of mint leaves, plus extra sprig to serve
● 60ml white rum
● Soda water, to taste
1. Mix together the lime juice, sugar and mint leaves in a small jug, crushing the mint as you go - you can use the end of a rolling pin for this. Pour the mixture into a tall glass. Add ice.
2. Next, pour the rum over the mixture and stir together. Add the club soda to top up the glass. Garnish with extra mint to serve it!
This Mexican mix is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Margaritas are all about summer and fun! You’ll find them on cocktail menus across the world. Make your own at home and enjoy this cocktail featuring tequila, orange liquor, fresh lime juice and salt. Top tip: you can also make a frozen version of this drink!
● 35ml tequila
● 20ml orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
● 35ml fresh lime juice
● Ice cubes
● Lime wedge, to garnish
● Salt, to garnish
1. Pour the Tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice into a cocktail shaker. Add a handful of ice cubes and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
2. Strain the mixture into a martini glass. Prepare the martini glass beforehand by dipping the rim and water and then salt.
3. Finish off with a lime wedge to garnish and enjoy!
3. Aperol Spritz
A bitter, bubbly mixture of Aperol (which is an Italian bitter), prosecco and club soda come together to create an Aperol Spritz! This classic Italian cocktail has been around for over 100 years and has grown in popularity. It is usually enjoyed as a pre-dinner apertivo but you can sip on a refreshing Aperol spritz under the sunshine, at anytime of day!
● 100ml Aperol
● 150ml prosecco
● Club soda, to top up
● Slice of orange to garnish
1. Place ice cubes into a glass and add 50ml of Aperol. Pour in an equal amount of prosecco and then top up the glasses with club soda. Garnish with a slice of orange if you’d like and enjoy this refreshing cocktail!
4. Tequila Sunrise
If it’s a drink that looks like summer you’re after, a tequila sunrise is it! The orange and yellow hues elicit feelings of warmer weather and beautiful sunshine! Tequila, orange juice and grenadine come together to create the tequila sunrise. Top tip: this drink is unmixed - this is how you get the distinct colours!
● 2 tsp grenadine
● 50ml tequila
● 1 tbsp triple sec
● 1 large orange, juiced or fresh orange juice
● ½ lemon, juiced
● 1 cocktail cherry
1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the tequila and orange juice. Shake vigourously
2. Add ice to a glass and carefully double strain the tequila and orange juice mix to the glass. Slowly add the grenadine to the glass by pouring over the back of a spoon or drizzling down the edge of the glass o it settles at the bottom. Top off with a cherry and mini cocktail umbrella!
5. Classic G&T
Simple, crisp and delicious! Gin and tonics are the perfect refreshing summer drink as you can customise them however you wish! You can keep it basic by mixing a gin of your choice with a simple tonic or jazz it up with flavoured gins, flavoured tonics and a variety of garnishes - think cucumber, berries, fresh herbs and more.
● Gin of your choice
● Tonic of your choice
● Garnishes to your choosing
1. The ratio of gin to tonic varies according to individual taste. Some people do half/half while others do one part gin to 2 parts tonic or even one shot of gin and top up your glass with your tonic!
2. Add ice to a glass, add your gin and top up with tonic. Finish off with your selection of garnishes. Be sure to get creative with seasonal summer toppings!
6. Virgin Pina Colada Smoothie (non-alcoholic)
Imagine summertime, golden sand and a gorgeous sunset - a piña colada will compliment this vision superbly! Piña coladas are the quintessential beach cocktail making them perfect for summer. The virgin version of this cocktail features pineapple juice and coconut milk and comes together in a blender. Simple and delicious!
● 3 cups fresh pineapple plus extra to garnish
● 400ml coconut milk (unsweetened)
● 3/4 cups Agave sugar
● 6 - 7 cups ice
1. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix together until is riches a smooth consistency (these amounts serve 7-8)
2. Garnish with fresh pineapple and a mini cocktail umbrella for the summer vibes!
7. Frozen Berry and Mint Daquiri (non-alcoholic)
Bright, bold and refreshing! This tasty alcohol free daquiri cocktail is sure to get you into the swing of summer. Berries offer a sweet base while the mint gives you a great kick. Making it frozen makes it the best kind of refreshing summer drink!
● 250 ml berry juice
● 1 cup mixed berries = frozen
● 1 lime, juiced
● 1 cup ice - crushed
● Brown sugar
● Fresh berries
● Fresh mint
1. Place the juice, frozen berries, lime juice, mint, sugar and ice into a blender.
2. Blend until smooth and pour into tall glasses.
3. Serve with a straw, garnished with fresh mint and berries.
Recipe by Zola Nene
Summer cocktails with a South African twist:
8. Rooibos Tea Peach Punch
Rooibos tea is a South Africa staple, and this cocktail recipe features this iconic drink! Add some South African flavour to your summer days with a refreshing and fun rooibos tea peach punch. It’s quick and easy to put together and can be enjoyed minus the vodka too!
● 500 ml strong rooibos tea, cooled beforehand
● 500 ml peach juice
● +- 100ml vodka
● 1 lemon thinly sliced
● 2 peaches thinly sliced
● One handful fresh mint leaves
1. Combine the above ingredients in a large jug and stir to combine.
2. Pour into glasses with ice, add garnishes to taste!
Recipe from Simply-delicious-food
Back in 2011, Kurt Schlechter created this proudly South African cocktail for the FHM SA Brandy Competition which won the competition that year! A combination of brandy, bitters, peach syrup and cranberry juice combine to make this local and lekker summer cocktail.
● 25ml brandy
● 12.5ml peach syrup
● 50ml cranberry juice
● 1 bar spoon of lemon juice
● 3 dashes Angostura bitters
● Sherbet to garnish
1. Muddle, shake and strain your ingredients.
2. Dip a whisky glass in sherbet so it coats the rim
Recipe by Kurt Schlechter
10. The Fynbos
The fynbos is another local and lekker competition winner! In 2012, Eugene Thompson won the SA Brandy Competition with his “Fynbos” cocktail which features brandy, honey, rooibos, ginger and more!
● 50 ml Collisons brandy
● 1 teaspoon honey
● 12.5ml Butlers ginger
● 25 ml sugar syrup
● 50 ml rooibos tea
1. Chill a martini glass; add rooibos tea, honey, ginger liquor, sugar syrup and brandy and shake.
2. Strain into martini glass; finish off with a lemon twist on the top.
Recipe by Eugene Thompson
These cocktails are sure to get you in the mood for summer days! There is no better place to enjoy the season than in and around Cape Town - we hope to welcome you to a dk villas property soon!