It’s almost time to celebrate and what better way to do it than with a splash of rum! Here’s our top 5 summer cocktail list and the ​types of cocktail glasses​ you’ll need.

I’m sure you can agree that it’s very hard to go wrong with a cocktail. Especially one you didn’t make or pay for… But there is a huge satisfaction in creating a cracking  cocktail from scratch by yourself and obviously respecting your gift by drinking every last sip. However no one really wants the faff of shopping for 13 ingredients and 2 of them you can’t pronounce let alone know what they are.. So read my summer cocktails guide and ​types of cocktail glasses​ instead.

A run down of my Top 5 Summer Cocktails

I am definitely the type to try as many cocktails on the menu as possible, however my  bank account sometimes gets in the way, as does my alcohol tolerance. Nevertheless I have researched and investigated to find the best of the best to ensure your satisfaction (I cannot guarantee it’s been a sober experience). However to ensure I have found you a winner not only have I got the recipes and simple instructions, I have also selected the perfect ​types of cocktail glasses​ to match your drink of choice. So there’s really no excuse to make in the comfort of your own home.

Peaches and Cream Cocktails

When it comes to cocktails you will always have the classics, Old Fashioned, Negroni, Whiskey Sour, Martini, Margarita - You can’t go wrong, but I want to introduce you to someone, and her name is Peaches and Cream and she is a delight. A sweet tooth’s dream, you could say and the perfect summer cocktail.

Peaches and Cream Ingredients

  • 120ml ​Cream Liqueur
  • 120ml ​Peach Schnapps
  • A splash of Triple Sec
  • 120ml Peach Puree

How to Make Peaches and Cream

  1. Combine ice, cream liqueur, peach schnapps, triple sec and peach puree in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into martini or fancy glass and garnish with peach slices and mint sprig for extra sassiness.

Tip: Make enough for 6 drinks as your friends will want one and you’ll want at least 3 for yourself. Trust me when I say, you really can’t go wrong with this cocktail. Put it in a sazzy glass like our Pina Colada glass​, these ​types of cocktail glasses​ ensure the stand out wow factory they deserve.

Mai Tai Cocktail

Next we have the Mai Tai. A very underrated and extremely moreish drink that tastes as good as summer feels. Another drink that doesn’t include hassle. You will need -

Mai Tai Ingredients

  • 45ml spiced rum
  • 25ml coconut-flavoured rum
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine syrup
  • 85ml pineapple juice
  • 60ml orange juice
  • 1 scoop ice cubes

How to make a Mai Tai

  1. Mix all ingredients into a cocktail shaker
  2. Shake vigorously
  3. Strain into a glass full of ice.
  4. Serve with a touch of perfection and a hint of modesty and you’ve got yourself the nod of approval from all your guests/yourself.

Tip - A fresh (or tinned) pineapple garnish and these elegant ​types of cocktail glasses will be the show stopper.

Tequila Sunrise

...Speaking of, the show must go on, next up is a personal favourite of course it’s the Tequila Sunrise. A serious summer cocktail special that will surely give you those Spanish Beach Club vibes all year round.

Tequila Sunrise Ingredients

  • 3 parts Tequila
  • 1 part Grenadine syrup
  • 6 parts Orange juice

How to make a Tequila Sunrise

  1. Pour the tequila and orange juice into a glass over ice
  2. Add the grenadine, which will sink to the bottom
  3. Do not stir. Garnish and serve.

Tip - Garnish with a Cherry, it makes you feel very ‘extra’ and you deserve that. The Duralex Picardie Traditional Tumbler​ is the exact ​type of cocktail glass​ you need. Holding 350ml it’s perfect for a cold and refreshing Tequila Sunrise.

Time for a Daiquiri

When I say Daiquiri, what do you think of? Original Lime? Strawberry perhaps? What about jazzing it up... Stick with me here because I’m about to get you really excited.

So as we all know a daiquiri is made up from the same small list of ingredients, but you can add whatever fruit flavouring you like onto it, so really you are creating your own personal flavoured daiquiri party! This screams summer cocktail.

Base Daiquiri Ingredients

  • 40ml White rum
  • 30ml Lime juice
  • 20ml Simple syrup
  • Then add whatever floats your boat. (Fruit)

Mix altogether in a cocktail shaker and add lots of ice.

So let's think outside the box, Mango. Orange. Is coconut and pineapple too far? Maybe a summer berry mix. Experiment, try new things, you never know what you might come up with and it could change your taste buds forever, in the best of ways.

You’ll need a generous size glass for all your fruit, ice and liquids. These ​types of cocktails glasses​ are ideal - ​Bormioli Rocco Ypsilon Margarita Cocktail Glasses/Bormioli Rocco Premium Gin & Tonic Cocktail Glasses.

Side note - Kind of obvious but the more fruit you add the more healthy you’re being and it’s practically a fruit salad.

The Pornstar Martini

Finally to finish us all off we have the powerful Pornstar Martini. Now this is one of  those drinks everybody just loves. Even the most manliest of men, 1 sip of these and they will be dancing on a cloud. Incredibly easy to make and personally I double or  triple the recipe because people just down them like juice (yes I am talking about myself). So always make enough for more and just don’t stop until you and all your guests are on the floor. They are also a crowd favourite as the popular ​type of cocktail glass​ is known around the world for it’s sassiness and suave shape.

Pornstar Martini Ingredients

  • 2 ripe passion fruits (they should have a crinkly appearance)
  • 60ml vanilla vodka
  • 30ml passoa
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp sugar syrup
  • Prosecco to serve

That is of course if you only want to serve 2 people… So keep that in mind.

Pornstar Martini Recipe

  1. Scoop the seeds from one of the passion fruits into the glass of a cocktail shaker
  2. Add the vodka, passoa, lime juice and sugar syrup
  3. Add a handful of ice and shake well
  4. Strain into 2 martini glasses, top up with prosecco, then add half a passion fruit to each
  5. Serve immediately

The classic ​martini​ shape is entirely the right ​type of cocktail glass​ as it’s elegant silhouette gives you the hepburn chic. Tip - Before making, fill the martini glass with ice so it chills the glass and keeps your drinks cooler for longer. Tip out the ice when you are ready to serve up.

So there you go, my not so classic but fun list of cocktails to get your party pumping. I sincerely hope you try them all and wake up feeling regretful of your behaviour. That’s when you know you’ve had a good night!

Shop Rinkit for all best ​types of cocktail glasses​ you will need to take your parties above and beyond, whatever you desire. Don’t hold back on tagging #RINKIT on instagram so we can see your creations and don’t forget to drink responsibly. www.drinkaware.com.

Thank you for reading, Lottie Emerson