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Top 10 Summer Cocktails

The perfect Summer day calls for the perfected Summer cocktail. Beat the Winnipeg heat this Summer by staying cool with these sweet and refreshing Top 10 Summer Cocktails!

Classic Mojito Cocktail

Light. Cool. Refreshing. Three words to describe this classic cocktail. The mojito is one of the most popular summer drinks. Light and refreshing, the mojito is a great drink to stay cool in the heat.


1 ½ oz White Rum
2 tsp Sugar
1 oz Lime Juice
Mint Leaves (to taste, recommended 6)
Soda Water


Put sugar and lime juice in the bottom of a highball glass (tall glass). Add the mint leaves and muddle with a spoon or muddler to release the flavor from the mint leaves. If you don’t want to muddle it, you can clap the mint leaves between your hands and then place them in the glass instead. Add the rum, fill the glass with ice, and top with soda or sparkling water. Garnish with lime.

Long Island Ice Tea

When you think of sitting in the sun with a drink in hand, one of the indisputable best ways to quench a summer thirst is the long-time favorite drink, the long island ice tea. You can also buy long island ice tea mix and use the liquors of your choice if you don’t have all the ingredients on hand.

½ oz white rum
½ oz vodka
½ oz gin
½ oz tequila
½ oz Cointreau
½ oz lime juice


Fill a highball glass with ice. Add all ingredients to the glass and fill it with cold cola. Stir and garnish with lemon or lime.

Cuba Libre

This one is a short and sweet drink that is an old favorite that you may want to try with a new twist. If you are a fan of rum and coke, try stepping up the rum and coke game this traditional recipe. You can use white rum or try substituting for a coconut rum like Malibu for a tasty twist.

1 oz White Rum or Malibu
.5 oz Lime Juice

Add rum and lime juice in a short glass (double the recipe for a tall glass). Top with cola and garnish with lime.


Take a trip to Margaritaville in your private paradise! Is there any drink more iconic to summer than the margarita?

1 oz Tequila
1 oz lime Juice
.5 oz Cointreau


Rub a lime wedge along the rim of a margarita glass and dip it in a small bowl of salt to rim your glass. Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into the rimmed glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

Tequila Sunrise

The tequila sunrise is a simple and delicious famous tequila cocktail. This is a fun one to make and equally as good to drink.

1- 2 oz Tequila
Orange Juice


Pour the tequila and orange juice into a highball glass filled with ice and stir. Add grenadine. The trick with the grenadine is to add it slowly near the side so that it falls down the side of the glass and settles on the bottom, giving the drink its beautiful sunrise effect. Before drinking, stir to enjoy the full sunrise effect and flavor as the grenadine rises through the rest of the drink. Garnish with a slice of orange, and serve with a straw or stirrer.

Bay Breeze

Stay breezy in your bay with this sweet summer drink. A simple classic that is both parts delicious and refreshing.

1.5 oz Vodka
.5 oz Peach Schnapps
Cranberry Juice
Pineapple Juice


Pour ingredients into a shaker, fill with ice and shake. Strain into a glass filled with ice, and garnish with a lime wedge.


Enjoy this sweet treat with the perfect summery taste for your summer afternoon in the sun.

1 oz Vodka
.5 oz Peach Schnapps
.5 oz Blue Curacao
.5 oz Cointreau
Clear Apple Juice (can sub for regular.)

Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a short glass filled with ice, garnish with orange.

Moscow Mule

A little sweet, and a little sour, much like our famous Manitoba weather! This famous cocktail is sure to spice up your day and keep you refreshed at the same time.

2 oz Vodka
.5 oz Lime juice
Ginger beer

Pour the vodka and like juice into a copper mug or highball glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wedge.


Can’t decide between Beer or a Cesar? Have the best of both worlds with the Chelada! This recipe is the perfect way to kick off your summer day. For this one, you can substitute clamato for tomato juice if you prefer, and you may want to experiment with the perfect quantities of Beer and juice to suit your taste.


Light Beer of choice
Clamato Juice
Worcestershire Sauce
Tabasco Hot Sauce
Pinch Celery Salt
Pinch Black Pepper


In a glass, add the Worcestershire, tabasco, celery salt, and pepper in the bottom of a tall glass, and fill with ice. Add to taste clamato juice (about halfway) and top with Beer. Garnish with either a lime wedge or celery stick.

Just Peachy

Make the most of a Manitoba summer with Manitoba-made liquor! A unique twist on a classic cocktail makes the perfect summer drink for the whisky lover.


2 oz Crown Royal Peach
Orange Juice

If you don’t have Crown Royal Peach on hand, you can always make the original recipe.

1.5 oz Whisky
.5 oz Peach Schnapps
Orange Juice


Add ingredients to a highball glass filled with ice, mix and garnish with an orange slice.

The only better pair than summer and drinks are these recipes and your plans! Enjoy the summer season by staying refreshed with these sweet and delicious summer cocktails.