The hottest summer cocktail trends for 2021-22
Shake things up this summer with our guide to the hottest cocktail trends that will keep you cool.
Summer is all about having fun in the sun, and even if La Niña does send a few cooler days our way, don’t let that dampen your spirits (so to speak) for a refreshing tipple.
“Summer is all about refreshing, light drinks,” Ben says. “The spritz is easy to make at home with equal parts prosecco and Aperol or Campari, and a dash of soda to add that refreshing element.”
Switching out Aperol for a locally made product adds an element of fun, and Bourke Street Green uses Davo Plum Aperitivo Bitters by Autonomy Distillers in Spotswood.
“The Davo Plum Aperitivo Bitters is similar to Aperol and perfect with sparkling wine or soda and lots of ice for a long drink,” Ben says. “All our gins are local, too. It’s great to support local brands, especially small brands that have struggled during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Their products are often better because they put in more care and effort.”
Another element of summer cocktails is colour, with pinks and lemons being the most attractive.
“The look of the cocktails is important,” Ben says. “Often people see a cocktail that someone else has ordered and want the same thing. That happens with our Bloody Sour, which is made with Four Pillars Shiraz gin, lemon juice and egg white. It’s pink and has a lovely balance of sweetness and acid.”
The Southside Fizz is another winner. “It’s an awesome summer drink made with blood orange gin. It’s pink, fluffy and super refreshing,” Ben says. Follow Bourke Street Green’s video below and learn how to make one.