summer cocktail recipes

Fortunately, there’s still some Summer left to enjoy all the delicious cocktails we’ve been lusting after during the past month and a bit of SA’s third booze ban. Here are four spirit-based cocktails – two alcoholic and two non-alcoholic – to say cheers to hitting the beach this coming weekend!

Hint: If you’ve taken a more mindful approach in 2021, try out the Cape Fynbos Creation or the Fluére Gimlet. Both non-alcoholic spirits enable discerning drinkers to switch from alcoholic to non-alcoholic cocktails seamlessly given the mouthfeel, integrity of the flavours and quality of the liquid.

Clementino Prosecco Smash

Ingredients:

50ml Ginato Clementino Gin
20ml Sugar syrup
20ml Lemon juice
50ml Mionetto Prosecco

*Mix one cup of sugar with one cup of water and bring to the boil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Cook at a rapid simmer until the mixture thickens slightly (about 8 minutes). Remove from heat and add one tablespoon of vanilla essence. Leave to cool.  

Method:

Add all ingredients except for the Prosecco, churn over crushed ice, top with Prosecco and garnish with orange slices.

summer cocktail recipes

Bloedlemoen SAgroni

Ingredients:

25ml Bloedlemoen Gin
25ml Campari
25ml full cream sherry
Orange peel 

Method:

Stir all ingredients together, and strain into a tumbler glass with a big block of ice. Squeeze the oil, form the orange peel, over the drink. 

summer cocktail recipes

Cape Fynbos Creation (non-alcoholic)

Ingredients:

50ml Abstinence Cape Fynbos
Premium tonic water
Lemon peel
Fresh berries

Method:

Pour the Abstinence over ice blocks, top with tonic water (we recommend Fever Tree) and garnish with lemon peel and a few Summer berries.

What to expect from Abstinence 

Inspired by the astounding biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom, Abstinence Cape Fynbos draws

its inspiration from the indigenous Cape Rose Geranium. A beautifully floral creation that with the addition of Juniper berries, Angelica root and Coriander give it that trademark resemblance to Gin with slightly bitter, slightly herbal, and faintly nettle-like notes. 

summer cocktail recipes

Fluère Gimlet (non-alcoholic) 

Ingredients:

60ml Fluère Original
20ml Lime cordial

Method:

Add ingredients into a mixing glass, stir for 10 seconds, pour into a gimlet glass and drop in a maraschino cherry.

What to expect from Fluère

Fluère – the Latin word for ‘flow’ – comes in three variants: Fluère Original, Spiced Cane or Raspberry.  Fluère Original balances a blend of steam-distilled botanicals including essential oils of Juniper, Lavender, Coriander and Lemon Peel, which offer a premium taste and a unique after-bite. 

Fluère’s signature is the use of only the finest ingredients and botanicals: seeds from the exotic Casablanca Coriander, Sugar Cane Molasses from Dominican Republic, the best Juniper Berries from the high peaks of the Himalayas, exquisite Lavender from Provence and Mediterranean Lemon Peel. 

summer cocktail recipes

About Truman & Orange                                                                                              

Truman & Orange’s growing range of discovery brands includes The Extraordinary and Fabulous Gin Collection, consisting of Ryan Reynold’s Aviation Gin; Ginato, the spirito d’Italia; super-premium Brooklyn Gin; the true English gin, Hayman’s of London; Irish sensation Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin; American best-seller, Seagram’s Gin; the alchemist’s gin, Copperhead and local premium gin, Bloedlemoen (in which the company recently invested).

Having imported Seedlip, Ben Branson’s non-alcoholic distilled spirit, known worldwide as the premium option for ‘what to drink when you’re not drinking®’ in 2018, Truman & Orange have expanded their portfolio of non-alcoholic spirits to include locally-produced and globally-awarded Abstinence spirits and Fluère of French provenance.

Also included in Truman & Orange’s offering for the discerning drinker are Don Papa Aged Rum; Kraken Black Spiced Rum; Spytail Black Ginger Rum; Pampelle Aperitif; Godet Cognac; the world’s best-selling Mionetto Prosecco; and the sought-after Sazerac portfolio of bourbons from the world’s most award-winning distillery, Buffalo Trace.

Truman & Orange have further partnered with international drinks company Kensington Distillers & Vintners to launch their range of independently-owned drinks, including Bannerman’s Scotch Whisky; Mazzatti Italian Beers; Kensington Gin and Grace du Roi Sparkling Wines.  Kensington Distillers & Vintners also recently acquired several well-known brands which are household names in South Africa: Cape Velvet Cream Liqueur, Bertrams VO Brandy, Squadron Rum, Montego Rum and Lupini Sambuca, which Truman & Orange will represent in South Africa.

Truman & Orange is a national business, with offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town and representation in all the major South African metropolitans.  For more information please visit: www.trumanandorange.com.