When the sun comes out, it’s time to stick on your best summer outfits and a top-level playlist, then get everyone around for some summertime fun. Of course, the key ingredient is an ice-cold drink, and that’s where these five excellent summer cocktails come in.
We’ve got something guaranteed to keep any guest happy, from sweet-tasting party drinks to more refined concoctions that’ll dazzle any palate.
Best of all, you won’t need any complex ingredients or obscure mixology kit, just a few simple items and a crew of party people. Get ready to mix up a storm!
Extra Cherry Soda
Cherry soda in an American-style diner on a hot summer’s day – it’s just the ticket. But what if we told you that we could level up this sweet experience even further? By adding honeyed Chivas Extra 13 Bourbon Cask* and sweet almond orgeat to the mix, this classic officially enters the scene as one of the best summer cocktails to date. Try it for yourself and you’ll soon agree.
Sangria might be closely linked with Spain and Portugal, but this Extra Sangria recipe takes it to new heights, tweaking the old school method to make it more refreshing for those summer parties. Using Chivas Extra 13 Sherry Cask** as the base spirit not only adds more depth, but the Oloroso sherry casks used in maturation means that Southern Spanish flavour can be tasted in every sip. Best of all, this beautifully pink drink is heavy on the ice and soda water, making it the perfect frosty party drink. And if you have a blender to hand, you can turn this fruity favourite into a thick slushy drink for an instant cool down.
Nothing says summer more than an ice-cold, creamy Piña Colada. And now this new and improved version not only levels up the creamy citrus flavours but it’s also a whole lot easier to make. Start with the Chivas Extra 13 Rum Cask*** to get on that authentic Caribbean vibe, pour in a few key ingredients, then shake. Chivas 12 is a good alternative, if you fancy more of those delicious wild heather and sweet honey flavours. There’s no need for a blender with this quick and simple take on the tropical classic, but if you do have one handy, you can quickly turn this into a slushy-style drink for a throwback to those beachy summer holidays.
Mizunara Iced Coffee
Love coffee? This unique take on the refreshing iced coffee will hit the spot. Chivas Mizunara is the core of this rich, indulgent concoction, thanks to the Japanese oak casks used to selectively finish it, which infuses gentle floral flavours into the cocktail and works wonders with the creamy condensed milk. Whether they prefer a latte or a shot of espresso, this one-of-a-kind drink is bound to wow your guests.
We couldn’t include a best summer cocktails roundup without mentioning the mix of the moment: the Margarita. While it’s said to have been created in 1938, the Margarita cocktail’s popularity has soared in recent years. From frozen Margaritas to spiced varieties, the world can’t get enough of this tangy drink! We put an extra spin on it by replacing tequila with Chivas Extra 13 Tequila Cask****, balancing zesty lime with an incredible smoothness. Make sure to try it blended, too!
*A portion of this blended whisky is selectively matured in bourbon casks.
**A portion of this blended whisky is selectively matured in sherry casks.
***A portion of this blended whisky is selectively matured in rum casks.
****A portion of this blended whisky is selectively matured in tequila casks.