Summer Drinks and Cocktail Recipes

The Mellow Melon Margarita



1-1/2 ounces Patron Silver tequila
1 ounces fresh lime juice, freshly squeezed
1 ounces orange juice
1 tablespoon agave nectar
5 watermelon cubes
1 small watermelon wedge


Muddle the watermelon cubes in the bottom of a shaker glass. Add ice, Patron, lime juice, orange juice and agave syrup. Give it a good shake for approximately 10 seconds. Strain and pour into large rocks glass. Garnish with a watermelon wedge.


Sunny Orange Lemonade


4-1/4 cups water, divided

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup lemon juice (about 4 lemons)

3/4 cup orange juice (about 3 oranges)

2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

1 teaspoon grated orange peel

Ice cubes

Lemon slices, optional


In a small saucepan, bring 1-1/4 cups water and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer for 10 minutes; cool.

Transfer to a pitcher; add lemon and orange juices and peels. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Stir in the remaining water. Serve over ice. Garnish with lemon if desired.


Pink Grapefruit Cooler (non-alcoholic)


80ml juice from a ripe pink grapefruit

Juice of half a lemon

40ml sugar syrup (made with equal parts sugar and water, heated until sugar is dissolved then cooled)

Cold sparkling or soda water

2 x mint sprigs

Crushed ice


Pour the sugar syrup into a tumbler and add one mint sprig, stirring and bruising it lightly. Add the citrus juices and stir, and then top right up with crushed ice and the sparkling or soda water. Garnish with the second mint sprig.


Lavender Lemonade



0g lavender heads

250ml boiling water

75g sugar

600ml cold water (sparkling if you prefer)

Juice of 3 small or 2 large ripe lemons, strained

Ice cubes



Put the flower heads in a small pan and pour over the boiling water. Heat up again and simmer gently for two minutes. Take off the heat and leave to steep for ten minutes. Strain off the flowers, add sugar to the liquid and stir to dissolve it. Add the cold water. Add the lemon juice and stir (the mix turns pink here), then serve in tall slim tumblers with a few ice cubes in them.


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