10 cocktails and mocktails to enjoy this summer

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RACV Staff

Posted November 30, 2022

Cocktails and non-alcoholic mocktails are always a crowd-pleaser. Here are the best cocktail and mocktail recipes from Bourke Street Green and Sojourn if you’re set on effortless socialising at home this summer.

Summer is the perfect season for getting outdoors, travelling to the coast, visiting scenic gardens, or even playing a round of golf. While there’s also many rooftops, hidden bars and dining venues to try around Melbourne and regional Victoria, sometimes your favourite drink is best enjoyed at home with friends and family.

Bring Melbourne’s iconic bar scene into your own home this summer by replicating these classic and unique cocktails and mocktails from Bourke Street Green and Sojourn.

Summer cocktail recipes

1. Cosmo Sour cocktail recipe

A clash of sweet and sour makes for a slight twist on the classic Cosmopolitan cocktail in this cocktail recipe. Dry shake your favourite vodka with fruity flavours of orange and cranberry, to create this perfect sour summer drink.

2. Sour Madame cocktail recipe

Get creative with your choice of gin for a twist on the signature Gin Sour. In this recipe, the team at Bourke Street Green elects for a lychee gin, which suits a sweeter palate.

“It really brings in those sweet flavours while also keeping those sour notes,” says Rob Pierce, Bar Manager at Bourke Street Green.


3. Peachy Keen cocktail recipe

For a zesty, fruity and refreshing cocktail that is easy-to-make, yet sophisticated, try the Peachy Keen. Pair the complexities of gin, sweetness from peaches and zest from lemons to create this flavoursome cocktail.

4. Spicy Margerie cocktail recipe

If you like your cocktails to come with some extra heat, choose this Spicy Margerie instead of a classic margarita.

“With a salted chilli rim and hell fire bitters to give it that little extra kick, the Spicy Margerie cocktail is great for those looking for less tartness than in a margarita, and more spice,” says Pierce.

5. Salted Caramel Espresso Martini recipe

If you’re looking for a sweet twist to the classic espresso martini, try a Salted Caramel Espresso Martini. Add this recipe to your repertoire to elevate an elegant drink into even more of a crowd-pleaser. This cocktail can even double as a dessert.


6. Southside Fizz cocktail recipe

For a unique mix of citrus and sweet flavours, try making a Southside Fizz, which reportedly originated in the South Side district of Chicago. Featuring blood orange gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and soda water, this colourful cocktail is perfect for a casual summer barbeque or relaxing with friends.


Summer mocktail recipes

7. Non-alcoholic Gin Sour mocktail

For an easy recipe that balances citrus and sweet flavours, Bourke Street Green has adapted the classic Gin Sour into a non-alcoholic mocktail.

“I recommend adding in a little citrus, or a tonic water you’d normally have with gin, as that will activate the flavours,” Pierce says.

8. Myah's Delight mocktail

Using fresh ingredients, try this non-alcoholic spin on the classic Mojito to achieve a hit of sweetness. Incorporating traditional flavours, this mocktail is a summer refreshment that's even perfect for picnics.

“We’ve added in cucumber, apple, and topped up the sweetness with lemonade,” Pierce says.

9. Non-alcoholic Dirty Martini mocktail

For a simple but salty variation to the classic Martini, try mixing a Dirty Martini using non-alcoholic gin.

Pierce recommends stirring the cocktail mixture and garnishing with olive oil to achieve the perfect blend of flavours.

10. Non-alcoholic Tropical Punch mocktail

A tropical punch cocktail gives a citrus hit, and this non-alcoholic version is perfect for those looking to make a healthier choice, without sacrificing flavour. With orange, lemon, pineapple and apple juice featured, this cocktail is sure to sweeten up your summer.


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