The summer season is perhaps one of the best times of the year to be a bartender. Why? Because this is your time to shine and create incredible cocktails for your customers. In winter, most people just want a mulled wine. But in summer, more people fancy a quiet evening sitting outside with a Long Island Iced Tea or Mojito. Refresh your skills and try our best cocktail recipes for the summer weather.
1. Strawberry & Lemon Mojito
This is a summer twist to the traditional Mojito. Strawberries and lemons give this drink a sweet and sour taste.
Get your cocktail shaker and mix the lemon wedges with strawberries and mint leaves. Mix together and then add the ice, rum, lemon juice and syrup. Shake the mixer and then finally strain it into an ice-filled glass with mint leaves.
2. Classic Caipirinha
Caipirinha is Brazil's traditional cocktail and it's perfect for a summer heatwave. The Classic Caipirinha is only made with lime but there are many different fruits you can add, such as: kiwifruit, pineapple, tangerine and mango.
To create a Classic Caipirinha mix muddled limes, crushed ice, sugar and then finally the cachaca. A Capirinha has a high volume of alcohol so make sure there is plenty of ice.
There are many different variations of Caipirinha, such as: Caipiroska is made with vodka instead of cachaca and Caipirila uses tequila as its main alcohol.
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3. Traditional Sangria
There's nothing like enjoying a glass of Sangria whilst the sun goes down. As there are many different ingredients to make a traditional Sangria, it's best to mix it all in a bowl or pot first.
You will need:
- 2 x bottles of red wine
- 1 x cup of brandy
- 1 x cup of orange juice (or squeeze 3 medium oranges)
- 4 x tablespoons of sugar
Mix these ingredients together and when the sugar has fully dissolved, add the fruit.
Cut 2 oranges, 2 limes and 2 lemons into fine slices.
4. Strawberry Daiquiri
Strawberry Daiquiri is a popular cocktail for most of the year but in summer their popularity always hits a spike. So it's important you get it right.
Add strawberries, sugar, white rum, strawberry liqueur and lime juice into your cocktail shaker. Mix well and then strain into a glass. Add half a strawberry as a finishing touch!
5. Elderflower Prosecco Cocktail
Prosecco is perfect for summer. At the moment it's one of the most popular drinks to have and because summer is always filled with special occasions: weddings, engagements, graduations and end of year exams. The Elderflower Prosecco is a special mix.
All you need is: Prosecco, elderflower cordial, 20ml of gin and then a splash of lemon juice and lime juice. When it's especially hot, add a couple of ice cubes to keep the cocktail cool. Garnish the drink with chopped strawberries.
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As a bartender, it's important to wear the right shoes behind the bar. Spilt drinks can increase the risk of slips and falls. Broken glass can cut into your shoes. Slip resistant work shoes reduces the chances of slipping. All of our shoes at Shoes For Crews (Europe) Ltd., are made with high quality materials to protect your feet and offer extra support during your late shift.
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