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Best Make-at-Home Summer Cocktail Recipes

Summer heat calls for the right summer treats: these cocktails will have you travelling the world from your own home patio.

Whether you are a gin junkie, a rum runner, or a whiskey swiller, we have rounded up the best cocktails to keep your summer fresh, vibrant, and full of the sound of clinking ice cubes.
Now, because we are a dedicated bunch, we decided to try out a weekend-long drinks itinerary, complete with themed drinks and - of course - paired snacks.
So sit back, relax, and follow our fizzy and fuzzy journey through the best cocktail recipes we could find, all test-driven over one long and luxurious weekend.

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Easy cocktails recipe

From the first DIY cocktail, we were off and running

Feeling fighting fit and bushy-tailed, we started with a quick survey over our assembled tools. With everything in order, a brisk stretch and jog-in-place put us in the mood for a refreshing morning bevvie to go with our start-line brunch.

In order to ease into the weekend we thought we’d rummage through our Gin Rare-Box and crack open a bottle of Chase Pink Grapefruit & Pomelo Gin. After all, we challenge you to find a brunchier drink than something pink served in a wine glass.

That’s right, for the 1st Cocktail on our Summer DIY Whistlestop Tour, we have chosen the bright, breezy and crisp combination of:

Top 5 Home-made Drinks

1. Pink Grapefruit Fizz

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How easy was it to make this breakfast cocktail at home? Easy, peasy, grapefruit and pomelo squeezy.

  • We grabbed our favourite wine glasses, tipped in: 
  • 1 ounce Chase Pink Grapefruit and Pomelo Gin
  • 0.5 ounce of sugar syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • Our favourite prosecco
  • Topped with a dash of soda, and garnished (because it’s criminal not to) with a slice of pink grapefruit.
  • We delicately dropped in some ice cubes and twizzled to our hearts’ content. Voila! 

*Make summer cocktails with the 

Chase Pink Grapefruit & Pomelo Gin and the Rare Gin Box. Take me there!

We couldn’t imagine trying this unique cocktail without the Chase Gin - the citrus flavours were the perfect complement to each other, and the other ingredients in the glass! Although some of us had never tried to make this cocktail at home before, it was simple, with such bright flavours and is now a firm favourite. Our weekend was off to a great start...such a great start that we started it twice.

Having moved on from our brunch, we settled very quickly into a snacking mindset, and reached for our crispy plantain chips. They are delicious, but we soon realised there was something missing.

And what goes better with plantain than the naughty, island-born and sugarcane heart of dark Zacapa rum? Could we have used a different rum?

Sure, and because our Rare-Box rum boxes are customizable to whichever rum is your favourite, the recipe below can be modified to include your preference! We, however, chose Ron Zacapa XO Centenario - it’s our toppest of the tops, and we are never caught at home without some in our pantry. It’s a deep, almost rich rum that the spicy ginger beer set off perfectly.

It was time for cocktail number two:


2. Dark and Stormy

This is possibly one of the best cocktails to make at home - it’s simple, it’s refreshing, it’s got an exotic island vibe, and it’s downright delicious.

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Image: / Tim Nusog
We swapped our wine glasses for our heaviest-bottomed collins glasses, filled them with ice, and simply poured over:
  • 3 ounces of dark Ron Zacapa XO rum
  • 6 ounces of spicy ginger beer
  • And squeezed in a lime wedge. 
That was it! A quick stir and we were patting ourselves on the back for mastering such a perfect summer cocktail.

*Make summer cocktails with Ron Zacapa and the Rare Rum Box. Take me there!

Some of us reminisced about sailing around the Caribbean islands, while others simply ignored the chatter and revelled in the deep complexity of the rum. One of us got completely undone by trying to open an already-empty bag of chorizo thins and that’s when we realised the sun was about to go down and we had best hurry on to our sundowner: the perfectly-named.


3. Monkey and Cherries

The Collins glass was set aside in favour of our tall glasses, and our Martini shaker was filled with ice.

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Into the cocktail shaker we poured:
  • 1.5 ounces of Monkey 47 gin
  • 0.5 ounce of 100% tart cherry juice
  • Quarter-ounce of fresh lemon juice
  • 0.5 ounce of simple syrup!
  • We shook, shook, shook until all was as chilled as could be, and into our tall, ice-filled glasses we strained the result.
  • Topping the glass with soda, and garnishing with lemon wheels and cherries gave us the sundowners of a lifetime.

Monkey 47 gin turned out to be the best choice - it’s a complex gin, so the tart cherry and lemon juices didn’t overwhelm the flavours, and was a good palate cleanser after the sweeter start we’d had to the day.

*Make summer cocktails with Monkey 47 Gin and the Rare Gin Box. Take me there!

We watched the sun go down until the sky was the colour of our drinks - upon which we promptly congratulated ourselves for nailing the drink choice - and then we simply sat in companionable silence, each with our own thoughts.

When the stars were out and the moon told us it was high time we started thinking about bed, we - naturally - started thinking about a nightcap.

And nothing fits the bill better than Macallan Whisky, and The Honeypot.


4. The Honeypot

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 Image: Edward Howell

Our now well-used cocktail shaker was still out, so once again we filled it with ice, and simply added:

  • 2 ounces Macallan Whisky
  • 0.75 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • A tablespoon of honey
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters

We strained it all into a rocks glass (over ice, of course), enjoyed it immensely, and simply wandered our way off to bed.

The toothbrushing was largely performative, the dreams were sweet, and the morning was late.

And gritty.

And something was buzzing awfully loudly. There was only one thing that would help us: hair of the dog. 

Make summer cocktails with Macallan Whisky and the Rare Whisky Box. Take me there!


5. A Painkiller

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Image: / Tim Nusog

We very seriously combined in our cocktail shakers:

  • 2 ounces El Dorado 15-year-old rum
  • 1.5  ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 ounce coconut cream 
  • Shook and strained over ice into our biggest Tiki mugs, and garnished with freshly grated nutmeg.

 It was fruity, it was summery, it was sweet and creamy and just what we needed.

Make summer cocktails with El Dorado and the Rare Rum Box. Take me there!

There’s something really special about having a group of people to wile away your summer days with, and it turns out that even though we had the excuse of testing out the perfect DIY summer cocktails, we were really just looking to enjoy each other’s company. The drinks were just the cherry (and Monkey 47 gin) on top.


Feel free to contact us with any questions, queries or quandaries. We’re here for you.


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