Refreshing Summer Cocktails – whatever the weather!

Glass of champagne

It’s Summer in Zurich and it’s the perfect opportunity to sample some refreshing Summer drinks. So whether your tipple is an Apérol Spritz, a Hugo, a Pimms – or even a simple straight forward glass of champagne, here are the basic measurements needed to create your perfect Summer drink. So relax, put on your shades and hopefully the sun will shine!


Refreshing Summer Cocktails


White Port with Tonic 

White PortWhite port is a sophisticated but refreshing drink which is quite new in Switzerland – why not try it out? It’s an ideal Summer cocktail. Here’s what you need:

3 parts Tonic

1 part White Port (we recommend Graham’s fine white port, see here to order a bottle)

1 Wedge of Lemon or Lime – optional sprig of mint



Apérol Spritz

Aperol Spritz cocktailFabulously orange in colour Apérol oozes Summer and at the same time it’s refreshing and thirst quenching with a slightly bitter hint. Here’s how you make it:

3 parts Prosecco

2 parts Apérol

1 part soda/ sparkling water

ice cubes

Place ice cubes in the glass. Add the Aperol, soda and top with a slice of orange


Hugo cocktailThe Hugo seems to have become somewhat of a staple in Zurich and the elderflower makes it light, delicate and refreshing. To make the the perfect Hugo you need:

Ice cubes

3cl elderflower syrup

2cl sparkling water

7cl Prosecco

Mint leaves and slices of lime to decorate




Glass of Pimms © PimmsA true Summer classic – or is that just British bias? The Wimbledon drink with its dark rich colour, fruity content and refreshing taste. So how do you make the perfect Pimms?

1 part Pimm’s and 3 parts lemonade

Lots of ice cubes 1 slice each of orange and lemon, 2 slices cucumber, 1 strawberry sliced and a sprig of mint

Fill a glass 1/2 full of ice & pour in the Pimm’s. Add fruit and some more ice. Top with lemonade, stir and serve.

Kir Royal

Glass of Kir RoyaleA French Classic and not so much a Summer drink as an anytime drink. On a recent trip to France everyone was drinking this before dinner. It’s extremely easy to make:

Place 1 – 2 tablespoons of crème de cassis in a flute glass and fill to the top with sparkling wine or champagne. Et voilà!





Möet Ice Imperial

Möet Imperial Ice Summer DrinkOr how about a glass of Möet Ice Imperial on ice for an easy and refreshing Summer drink? Designed to be the first ever champagne specifically created to be enjoyed on ice during the daytime, it’s great served in large glasses with mint leaves or a slice or two of cucumber or lime. Or why not try adding white grapefruit zest, or even a thin slice of ginger, or maybe cardamom seeds or strawberries?


Have fun creating your own favourite Summer cocktail and with a bit of luck the sun will be shining soon! Prost! Why not share with us your favourite Summer cocktails below?


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