With lockdown restrictions easing and meeting up with friends and family allowed, the sunny weather could not have come at a better time.
Nothing beats a warm evening with a refreshing drink in hand and if you’re looking to up your summer cocktail game. And surprisingly, Amazon is the place to save pennies on must-have ingredients.
From gin to vodka and tequila, there are plenty of boozy offers to be had that will see you through a spring and summer full of socialising.
Whether you prefer an Italian classic or a fruity mix, welcome the warmer months with a fresh new recipe or rustle up some cocktail classics to impress your guests with.
Toast to spring and channel your inner mixologist with these refreshing and summer-inspired cocktails.
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Sierra silver tequila: Was £21, now £15, Amazon.co.uk
Punchy and sour, just three ingredients combine to create this short cocktail that’s perfect for warmer days. The tangy taste in margaritas is down to the tequila and triple sec blend that’s balanced out with the cocktails signature salt rim. With Sierra’s silver tequila currently having a near 30 per cent discount on Amazon, this classic cocktail is perfect for your next garden meet-up.
To make, shake 60ml of silver tequila, 30ml of orange Cointreau (£15, Amazon.co.uk), 30ml fresh lime juice and a handful of ice in a sealed cocktail shaker, or even in a sealed jam jar. Balance the flavours by pouring a little salt on a small plate, rubbing lime juice around the glass’s rim and dipping in the salt to coat. Strain the cocktail and serve with a slice of lime – you’ll be everyone’s favourite host.
Tanqueray London dry gin: Was £26, now £20, Amazon.co.uk
An enduring classic, no bar menu is complete without a refreshingly bitter negroni. While there are now many iterations and versions of the mix, the punchy cocktail is traditionally comprised of three equal ingredients – 25ml dry gin, 25ml Campari (£13, Amazon.co.uk) and 25ml sweet vermouth (£7.88, Amazon.co.uk). With Tanqueray’s London dry gin having 20 per cent off on Amazon right now, now’s the perfect time to serve up this American tipple for your next guests. Simply pour all the ingredients over ice then garnish with orange peel and voila!
Aperol aperitivo 70cl, 11%: Was £16, now £11.69, Amazon.co.uk
This classic Italian mix is an easy blend of three ingredients that all work to create the long-established spritz – first designed in 1919 as an aperitivo, or appetite-whetting beverage. The bittersweet flavour and low alcohol percentage (11 per cent ABV) mean it’s perfect for a pre-dinner tipple. A great option for garden gatherings and hosting, ice your glasses and pour 100ml of Aperol (£11.69, Amazon.co.uk) and 150ml of our IndyBest best buy prosecco (£6, Asda.com) into each then top it up with as much soda as you like. With no shaking and stirring necessary, you’ve created a classic cocktails in just minutes.
Absolut citron lemon flavoured vodka, 70cl: Was £19.95, now £15.60, Amazon.co.uk
Sex and the City has made sure the cosmpolitan has an enduring place in popular culture – and for good reason. Classic, easy-to-make and refreshing, the most popular version of the cocktail is pink-hued, citrus flavoured and with a lip-smackingly sweet and sour taste. Absolut’s citron vodka is currently discounted by 20 per cent on Amazon and is the perfect base for your mix. Simply measure out 45ml of the vodka, 15ml of orange Cointreau (£15, Amazon.co.uk), 30ml of cranberry juice and 10ml lime juice before mixing the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Strain the mix into a glass and finish with a garnish a fresh orange.
Pink gin spritz
Gordon’s premium pink distilled gin, 70cl: Was £16.50, now £13, Amazon.co.uk
If you like your drinks on the sweeter and fruitier side, you can’t go wrong with a pink gin spritz. Currently reduced by more than 20 per cent, add this bottle of Gordon’s pink gin to your cocktail cabinet and impress your garden guests with a refreshing and pink-hued mix. Simply fill a large gin or wine glass with ice, pour over 45ml of gin, 45ml of prosecco (£6, Asda.com) and lemonade to top. Add a squeeze of lemon and strawberries to garnish.
Smirnoff red label vodka, 1l: Was £21.50, now £15.98, Amazon.co.uk
With holiday’s seeming like a distant memory, transport yourself to the beach with this light and cooling cocktail for sunnier days. Perfect for the vodka based cocktail, you can bag yourself a 1l bottle of Smirnoff vodka for just £15 on Amazon right now. With no stirring or shaking required, it’s a breeze to rustle up. Simply half-fill a glass with ice, add 50ml vodka, 100ml of cranberry juice, 50ml of grapefruit juice and serve with a thin slice of lime for a taste of summer.
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