Summer is in full swing, and as the temperature rises there is nothing more refreshing than sitting in a beautiful spot hanging out with your girlfriends, and trying out some fun, new cocktails. We’ve rounded up the best libations (with recipes) from hotels around the world to fuel your summer sipping!
Pining for a little intrigue and glamor? Sit back and enjoy the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express signature cocktail, the Poirot-tini. Inspired by Agatha Christie’s famous character Hercule Poirot, this luxurious cocktail was created while David Suchet, the actor who portrays the suave detective, was aboard the train in 2009. Whether or not you are on your own voyage this summer, the creative combination of Cognac, Cointreau, and Champagne will transport your taste buds!
1/2 oz Cognac
1/4 oz Cointreau
3 drop Boker’s bitter or (Fernet, Angostura)
Top with Champagne
Shake Cognac, Cointreau and Bitter. Pour in to a Martini glass and top with Champagne. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry and a twist of lemon.
L’ Orange Martini
Hotel Parq Central, Albuquerque
Hotel Parq Central’s L’ Orange Martini packs a refreshing citrus punch that will cool you down and quench your thirst. The smooth combination of One Mandarin Blossom Vodka and fresh squeezed orange and lime juices will make this drink a staple at your summer happy hour.
1.5 oz. hangar One Mandarin Blossom Vodka
.5 oz Grand Marnier
Dash of Campari
Fresh squeeze of orange juice
Small squeeze of lime juice.
Squeeze the juice from a mandarin orange. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add vodka, orange juice, Campari, lime and Grand Marnier. Shake vigorously. Strain into cocktail glass and add a large amount of ice from the shaker. Garnish with fresh blueberries.
Although you may not be spending your summer vacation under the Jamaican sun, this fresh, fruity cocktail will undoubtedly leave you with a little taste of the islands. Blackwell Rum and fresh pineapple, orange, and lime juices infuse The GoldenEye with a divine tropical flavor. Shaken, not stirred, the cocktail is made just how 007 would order it, and it is likely Bond might even forgo his typical martini for this lovely libation!
3 shots Blackwell Rum
2 shots Myers’s Rum
1 splash Angostura Bitters
2 shots simple syrup
1 shot lime juice
1 shot orange juice
1 shot pineapple juice
1 slice of orange
1 slice of pineapple
Combine all the ingredients in a blender with lots of ice. Blend until frozen and serve in a cocktail glass. Garnish with the orange and pineapple slices.
Met Bar, Metropolitan London
Lewis Wilkinson, head bartender at the Met Bar, has whipped up an innovative Spring/Summer cocktail menu that draws on the decadent simplicity of the Victorian Era. With a conscious focus on intelligent mixing, quality alcohol, and fewer ingredients, the Fino Royal perfectly embodies the spirit of forgotten classic cocktails and will transport you back in time to the Belle Époque!
8-10 fresh strawberries
15ml Orgeat (Almond Syrup)
60ml Tao Pepe
Louis Roederer Champagne
Muddle ingredients except Champagne. Shake and strain into chilled highball glass. Top with Champagne and garnish with fresh raspberry and lemon twist.
The Caves, Jamaica
Cliff jumping at The Caves in Jamaica leaves even the most daring of women parched at the end of a hot, sunny day. Spiked with fresh watermelon juice, ginger, Appleton Rum, and topped with Blackwell Rum, the famous Cliffhanger drink is the perfect summer thirst-quencher for adrenaline junkies everywhere!
fresh watermelon juice
Fill glass with ice. Mix equal parts Appleton Rum and Blackwell Rum and add to glass. Top with fresh watermelon juice and ginger.
Blue Duck Tavern & Lounge at the Park Hyatt D.C.
The Spritz Milano at the Blue Duck Tavern & Lounge is absolutely one reason for the restaurant’s A-list status. Made with Maschio Prosecco , Aperol, and fresh slices of orange, the revitalizing cocktail evokes an Italian glamor that keeps the crowd coming back for more.
1 oz. Aperol
3 oz. Maschio Prosecco
1 cup club soda
1 fresh orange slice
Mix Aperol and Maschio Prosecco and pour in a glass of ice. Top off with club soda and a fresh orange slice.
Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa, Koh Samui, Thailand
The sweet-tart flavor of fresh strawberries and the juniper-flavored spirit fuse perfectly in the Anantara Bophut Strawberry Madness cocktail. The addition of lime and cranberry juices make this a fruity summer cocktail worth remembering!
Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, strawberry liqueur, and lime juice. Shake vigorously. Strain into cocktail glass and add ice from the shaker. Add a splash of cranberry juice. Garnish with fresh strawberries.