Top 5 Summer Drinks

The best drinks to sip this summer

Looking to switch up your go-to drink? Here’s our round-up of top tipples to try.

Written by Lynette Botha

 

Summertime calls for cool threads, cool vibes and cool and crisp beverages. Here’s what’s on our recommended drinks list this season…

 

 

1. Be your own bartender

Be the host with the most and up your cocktail game this silly season. If you’re having friends over or meeting for a braai or house-based get together why not shake things up (pardon the pun)? There are a host of ready-made cocktail mixers on the market like the Master of Mixes range (available at selected outlets)!

Pick your preference – from Margarita and Piña Colada to Strawberry Daiquiri and Mojito – add the recommended spirit and ice in a shaker or blender and ta-da, you’re the man! The great thing is that these mixers are alcohol-free, so if you’re having a dry December or taking a break from booze you’re also sorted.

 

 

2. Leave it to the pros

If you prefer your cocktail prepared for you by a professional, you’re not alone. Many people would rather forego salting glasses and cutting fussy garnishes and instead get someone to do it for them, with good reason. If you’re heading out on the town the Negroni Sbagliato is the drink of the moment – a recent TikTok trend is said to have led to a 501% increase in orders for this cocktail, which is essentially a traditional negroni, but the gin is replaced with prosecco.

If you’re more of a classic man, you can’t go wrong with SA’s popular trilogy: Pornstar Martini, Margarita and Piña Colada. ‘My favourite cocktail for summer is a good old Piña Colada,’ says Crush Magazine Online Editor and Food Stylist, Julie Velosa. ‘Cheesy, I know, but I love how the tropical aromas and flavour of coconut and pineapple immediately transport me to an island holiday.

One sip puts me in a summery, sunshiny mood. For a non-alcoholic cocktail, I love a French 75, because, well… bubbles! There are a number of really great non-alcoholic sparkling wines and gin options, so it makes it really easy to create a non-alcoholic version of this classic. Perfect for sundowners.’

3. Keep it light (and local)

If cocktails aren’t your thing, perhaps a lite cider or spritz will do the trick? Cool and refreshing, Loxtonia has released two new lite ciders to complement its already popular range. Made with 100% home-grown, freshly pressed and naturally fermented apples, nurtured from orchard to bottle, there are five options to choose from, including a non-alcoholic cider (and they’re all 100% vegan).

Then there’s new kid on the block, Cape Spritz, set to be the sip of the summer – a mix of sparkling Swartland rosé infused with natural peach and served on tap with a sea salt rim – ask for it by name at your local hotspot this season.

 

4. Win with wine

If wine is your thing, but you’re keen to explore some new varietals hit up a wine bar. Cape Town’s Culture Wine Bar was recently awarded as Star Wine List’s Best Medium-Sized List in SA. Culture offers more than 45 diverse wines by the glass, which have been expertly curated by Chef-Owner Matt Manning and his team.

Commenting on their recent accolade, Matt says, ‘We have put a great deal of time, love and effort into curating a diverse wine list that we believe showcases an extraordinary variety of fantastic wines from our much-loved local producers, as well as hidden gems, cult classics and more.’

If you’re in Joburg, the newest spot for wine aficionados is Acid Food & Wine Bar, another ode to the glorious grape, featuring many wines that hero women winemakers and winemakers of colour.

 

5. Lift your spirits

If you’re a fan of something stronger, South Africa’s diverse range of whiskies is pretty remarkable and worth a quaff. Often relegated to the colder months, warm-weather whisky is a thing – just add ice, of course!

Top local options to try include newcomer, TOOR whisky, the brainchild of female distiller and founder of Doña Distillery, Daniella Schoeman, in collaboration with Redford Beverages; stalwart, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky and celebrated small-batch, handmade producers, Pienaar & Son.

 

 

Switch up your sundowners this summer by adding a new option to your current repertoire. Have fun and drink responsibly!