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Europe’s Hotspots Reveal Their Best Summer Cocktails

Know what’s hot and what’s not as head barmen from some of Europe’s most well-known drinking establishments reveal their best-selling cocktails for summer 2015.

Cocktails seem to go in and out of fashion like there’s no tomorrow so it’s difficult to keep up with the drinks of the moment. See let’s see what’s being downed across Europe…

Ocean Club, Marbella, Spain

  1. Strawberry Daiquiri
  2. OC Breeze
  3. Mango Espuma Mojito

Located in the heart of Puerto Banús, Marbella, Ocean Club is a private beach side venue offering a seductive mix of modern style, verve and sophistication as well a programme of glamorous events

Boasting one of the Med’s most elaborate cocktail menus, focusing on premium spirits and sustainably-grown fresh herbs and fruits, Ocean Club has developed a range of signature cocktails in collaboration with world champion mixologist Mario Hofferer.

The top pick of summer 2015 at Ocean Club Marbella is the Strawberry Daiquiri, shaken and served in a chilled cocktail glass with a lime garnish.

Head barman Luca Mencacci says: “The classic strawberry daiquiri is an attractive summer drink and a real crowd pleaser. The sweetness of the strawberries combined with the sharpness of the lime makes it a winning combination and the best thing is, it’s simple to make so can easily be replicated at home.”

Number two at Ocean Club is the OC Breeze made with Belvedere vodka, Midori melon liqueur, fresh lime juice, elderflower syrup, fresh cranberries and Sprite.

Cocktails at Ocean Club 3
Cocktails at Ocean Club.

Apero at The Ampersand Hotel, London

  1. Light of Asia
  2. Vintage Marmalade
  3. Winnie

Located in London’s South Kensington, Apero Restaurant and Bar is nestled in the vaulted cellars of The Ampersand Hotel with a cocktail list inspired by the collection at the nearby V&A Museum.

For summer 2015, the top cocktail is the gin-based Light of Asia made with Sipsmith Gin, Brioett apple liquor, lime juice, cucumber sugar and topped with cucumber soda.

Head barman Marek Marusinec says: “Shaken and served in a long glass with a cucumber and mint garnish, this is one of the most refreshing options on the menu and is a great thirst quencher during the warm summer evenings.”

Tequila-based cocktail Vintage Marmalade is the second choice this summer made from blood oranges, El Jimador Blanco tequila, Bold liquor and lime juice.

Cocktails on a bar

Hard Rock Hotel, Ibiza, Spain 

  1. Chilli Mango Mojito
  2. Strawberry Ginger Daiquiri
  3. Mai Tai

Having opened in summer 2014, The Beach Club at Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza is located on Ibiza’s renowned Playa d’en Bossa and offers live DJs, spontaneous dance performances, a Mediterranean-inspired menu and an interesting cocktail list, making it one of the most popular go-to spots.

This summer the number one in the cocktail stakes at Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza is the Chilli Mango Mojito made from Brugal Rum, brown sugar, lime, spicy mango purée, mint and soda water, stirred and served over crushed ice in a long glass.

Head barman Héctor de la Rosa explains: “This spicy cocktail is our most popular this summer. The sweet nectar of the mango, combined with a hint of chilli and the aroma of the mint leaves creates a refreshing summer drink with an excellent kick, great for getting people in the mood to party.”

The Strawberry Ginger Daquiri is the second most popular choice at Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza which is made from Tequila Sauza, Domaine De Canton, lime juice, strawberry and sugar syrup.

Cocktails at Ocean Club 2
(Photo credit: Ocean Club).

Crystal Box at Daios Cove, Crete, Greece 

  1. Melon Elderflower
  2. Violet Punch
  3. The Cretan Bee

One of Greece’s most luxurious hot spots, Daios Cove, located in north-east Crete is a renowned cocktail haunt thanks partly to the cooperation with word-class bartender Telis Papadopoulos who helped create it list of signature cocktails.

It top selling cocktail at the moment is Melon Elderflower which is made with vodka, elderflower syrup, Midori liqueur, fresh lime juice, sugar syrup and Bergamot bitters, shaken over ice and served in a Collins glass.

Head barman Andeas Panagiotokopoulos said: “This dazzling cocktail is ideal at a beach or pool as its fruit character blends perfectly with the floral essence leaving a summery after-taste.”

The second most popular cocktail at Daios Cove this summer is the Violet Punch made from Tanqueray Ten gin, fresh violet syrup, fresh lemon juice, sour cherry juice and bergamot bitters.

So enjoy your cocktail drinking (or even making) this summer and let us know your favourites. Be good and responsible now ya hear!

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