Raise The Bar With These Cool DIY Summer Cocktails

Try these refreshing and light cocktail recipes that are perfect to beat the heat and are party-pleasers too

Mohini Mehrotra Updated: May 1, 2020 16:40:57 IST
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Basil and Ginger Lemonade


Simple syrup (check method for the recipe)

Freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 tablespoons

Ginger juice ½ tablespoon

Basil leaves 2-3

Vodka 40 ml

Soda ½ glass

Lemon slice 1 and basil leaves 2 for garnish Method

1. To make the simple syrup, combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan. Heat over medium until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and let it cool. Store this syrup in the refrigerator for later use.

2. To make the ginger juice, pound a 2-inch piece of ginger in a pestle-mortar. Add some water and pound again. Strain the juice.

3. To make the lemonade, in a mixing bowl, stir together 1 tablespoon of simple syrup (you can add more if you like your drink sweet), lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of water. Tear fresh basil leaves and add them to the lemonade. Let it sit in the refrigerator for an hour.

4. In a cocktail shaker, take some ice, add vodka, ginger juice and basil lemonade. Shake well and pour it in a cocktail glass. Top up with soda, stir with a stirrer and serve garnished with a slice of lime and some basil leaves.

Cucumber and Mint Mojito


Mint leaves 4-5

English cucumber (seedless variety) 4-5 thin slices

Cucumber juice 2 tablespoons (check method for the recipe)

Lime juice 1 teaspoon

Lemon ½ (cut into wedges)

White rum 40 ml

Simple syrup 1 tablespoon (or more, if you like your drink sweet)

Soda or sparkling water ¾ glass


1. To make the cucumber juice, blend half a cucumber with a little water in a blender. Use a sieve to strain the juice.

2. In a cocktail shaker, add 3-4 mint leaves, 3-4 cucumber slices, cucumber juice, lime juice and wedges of lime. Shake well to mix all the juices. Add the simple syrup, ice and white rum and shake hard. To a cocktail glass, add 2 mint leaves and 2 cucumber slices for garnish. Strain the mixture in a cocktail glass and serve with a wedge of lime on the side.

Watermelon-Pomegranate Punch


Watermelon-pomegranate juice ¾ cup (see method or use packaged ones)

Simple syrup 1 tablespoon (can do without it if you don’t want it sweet)

Lemon juice 1 tablespoon

Pink salt a pinch

Soda ¼ glass

Gin 40 ml

Mint 2 leaves for garnish


1. To make the watermelon-pomegranate juice, add 3-4 big pieces of chopped and deseeded watermelon and ½ cup of pomegranate and ½ cup of water in a blender. Puree until it becomes smooth and then strain it.

2. In a shaker, add the lemon juice, salt, simple syrup, ice and gin and mix well. Pour it in a cocktail glass, add the watermelon-pomegranate juice and top it with soda. Serve it garnished with a few mint leaves.

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