Summer has arrived, so it’s officially time to enjoy the awesomest cocktails to fill that need for sweet, fruity alcohol that we’ve been missing throughout winter.
Not that you can’t enjoy a cocktail in winter, but they just don’t taste as good when the sun isn’t shining on the beautiful Maltese sands while you and your friends spill all the tea about Bethany from accounting.
So, for those who are not as well versed with alcohol knowledge, here are nine amazing cocktails, perfect for any summer’s evening… and the ingredients you need to prep them for Malta’s hot summer
Just like the skyscrapers of Manhattan city, you will end up hitting that high note with sweet red vermouth, rye or Canadian whiskey and a dash of Angostura bitter. Garnish with brandied cherries.
Arguably the best known rum cocktail worldwide, Daiquiri calls for a simple yet classic recipe with rum, simple syrup and lime juice with a variety of sweeteners.
3. Espresso Martini
If you fall under the category of a Baileys or Kahlua lover, this might be the one for you. Popular among bargoers, the after-dinner cocktail is made with espresso coffee, vodka, and coffee liqueur served in a martini glass with some coffee beans on top.
4. Long Island Iced Tea
Probably one of the most common, this tea is lit AF, made with vodka, tequila, gin and rum with a splash of cola. Even with the changing times, this legendary drink refuses to die.
5. Moscow Mule
Perhaps the most simple drink but the cocktail with vodka is always the best combination. For the best adventurous night, add vodka, lime, ginger and soda. Mix it well and see the magic.
6. Bloody Mary
Forget what could sound like some serious Madonna blasphemy.
For some people, it’s a hangover cure. For the rest, they either love it or hate it. It takes vodka, fresh tomato juice, spices, fresh lemon juice, and celery salt to get that party started.
This Italian favourite is apparently the second most ordered cocktail in the world. The apéritif is made with one part gin, one part vermouth rosso, and one part Campari. Garnish it with orange peel and you’re all sorted.
8. Aperol Spritz
One of the most popular pre-dinner drinks since the 1950s, this light cocktail needs only Aperol, prosecco and a splash of soda to a glass with ice. This refreshing Italian aperitivo tastes amazing with a slice of orange on top.
9. Old Fashioned
Champion of the Champions, the old fashioned claims the throne every year and it literally never gets old.
This American classic is made by jumbling a sugar cube with Angostura bitters, then adding bourbon or rye, a fling of water, and finished with a citrus rind.
Heads up; it doesn’t give any warning, so better take it slow!
BONUS: Maltese Falcon
Did you really think we would leave you without a little Maltese twist? All this local lovely needs is Vodka, Bajtra Liqueur, prickly pear syrup, fresh orange juice and our beloved Kinnie.
Garnish with orange and mint leaves before serving in an old-fashioned glass to be just as extra as most Maltese people.