Five easy summer cocktails even amateurs can whip up

December 29, 2016
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Exams are over, summer’s here and you deserve a drink.

Sure, you could crack open a beer or pour yourself a glass of wine, but where’s the fun in that?

And Goon? I’m going to stop you right there. (But if you’re keen, we’ve got some tips here.)

You don’t have to be a world-class bartender to have a James Bond-like drink that just screams “shaken, not stirred”.

Here are five fancy beverages that even cocktail rookies should be able to master.

Tequila Sunrise

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Best consumed watching the sun go down after a smouldering summer’s day, this drink is a sure-fire winner.

If the drink’s name hasn’t already allured you, this one tastes just as good as it sounds. Also, it’s super easy to whip up.

You’ll need:

3 parts tequila

6 parts orange juice

1 part grenadine

Method:  Add the tequila and orange juice to a glass with ice cubes. Then pour in the grenadine but don’t stir it – let it sink to the bottom.

Sea Breeze

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This drink is set to revive us burnt out students. Foraging for a tropical island taste? Well then this laid-back drink is your bevvy soulmate.

You’ll need:

2 parts vodka

3 parts grapefruit juice

1 part cranberry juice

1 wedge of lime

Method: Just add everything together, stir, and you’re done.


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A cocktail classic, this drink will make you feel like a fully-functioning adult. Bond’s classic, this drink is the essence of classy.

You’ll need:

Gin or vodka

Dry vermouth


Method: Add cracked ice cubes to a metal shaker. Pour the dry vermouth into the shaker and then strain it out. Next add gin or vodka. Stir the mixture and strain it into a glass. Put an olive in the drink for a finishing touch.

Pina Colada

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If you like pina coladas… you’ll be stoked to know that they’re actually pretty easy to make.

This tropical sensation that will make you feel like you’re cruising off the coast of the Whitsundays.

You’ll need:

50ml white rum

25ml coconut cream

25ml single cream

200ml pineapple juice

Method: Combine all ingredients with ice in a blender. Blend until smooth and serve in a tall glass.

Lemon Drop

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When life gives you lemons, add them to an alcoholic drink.

This cocktail is for people who aren’t into sweet drinks and would rather something a bit more citric and sobering.

This drink may be bitter, but your mood won’t be after sipping on the delicious concoction.

You’ll need:

50ml vodka

50ml lemon juice

1 tablespoon sugar


Method: Simply add all ingredients into a metal blender with ice. Shake up a storm and drain the mixture into a glass.

Now that you’re a cocktail connoisseur, it’s about time you treated your mates to a round of fancy drinks.

Your shout.

Eden Gillespie

Eden Gillespie is a Media/ International Studies student at UNSW with a love for breakfast bagels and Louis Theroux.