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Summer Cocktails To Enjoy At The Cottage

What would a relaxing weekend at the cottage be without a few good summer cocktails? If you’re a fan of a refreshing alcoholic beverage and hoping to try something new – look no further. Here are a few of our favourite summer cocktails from around the internet that are great at the cottage, and even at home:

Refreshing Summer Cocktails For Hotter Days

Ginger-Peach Soda

Make refreshing cottage cocktail drinks from scratch with fresh fruits, like this ginger peach soda

For creative summer cocktails, ginger-peach soda definitely makes the cut. Summer brings peaches, especially in southern Canada. If you have more peaches than you know what to do with, why not add a good cocktail to your usual peach cobbler and peach muffins? This recipe combines mint, ginger, peach, and seltzer for the perfect sweet summer drink. 

What You’ll Need

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of minced fresh ginger
  • 2 very ripe peaches
  • 2 liter of chilled Seltzer
  • Ice cubes
  • 16 fresh mint leaves; get a few extra if you want to garnish

It does take a little more effort to create this beverage with the added step of creating a simple syrup using sugar, fresh ginger and water. Want a little kick to this beverage? Add a splash of rum to this non-alcoholic recipe! 

Country Living magazine offers a detailed recipe, including how to make the simple syrup. 

Rosé Sorbet

A summer cocktail recipe like the rose sorbet will become an instant favourite

Be classy and drink classy! For awesome summer cocktails that look as pretty as they taste, you’ll want to try this rosé sorbet from Delish. Enjoy a sweet rosé drink accented with fresh strawberries or raspberries. Nothing says “summer” like vibrantly coloured berries. 

What You’ll Need

  • 1 cup of rosé (plus extra to top off the drink)
  • 1 ¼ cup of sugar
  • 3 cups of frozen raspberries, or 3-5 cups of frozen strawberries (or mix both!)

Serve this tasty sorbet into a flute glass and top it off with more sparkling rosé to enjoy poolside. Add a little mint as a pretty garnish! 

Sunset Punch 

Summer drinks alcoholic are refreshing when paired with fruits

For refreshing summer cocktails during a hot outdoor barbecue, sunset punch is a great crowd-pleasing beverage. With a bourbon base and a fresh lemon flavour, it will definitely quench any thirst. This recipe from Food & Wine serves up to 8 people, so it’s easy to make for bigger groups. 

What You’ll Need

  • 1 cup of bourbon 
  • 1 cup of white vermouth 
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice; leave a few extra slices for garnish 
  • ¼ cup simple syrup (¼ cup of sugar and ¼ cup of water)
  • 12 ounces chilled ginger beer

A fun presentation makes this drink even better – whether you serve it in a punch bowl or a large mason jar dispenser for that rustic look. One key thing is to not skimp on the lemon slices as a garnish! It really helps elevate the overall flavour.  

Plum-Cherry Ice Pops 

Creative summer cocktails make for popular group gatherings

For fun drinks, plum-cherry ice pops are an awesome option. Popsicles may be for the kids, but this drink is certainly for adults. This cool cocktail does take a little advance planning. As the name implies, you’ll need to create your own ice pops using various fruits and sugar. While the cherries, grapes and plums are mainly blended and pureed together, you can add other fruits into the ice pop moulds for a fruitier treat. 

What You’ll Need

  • 3 plums (pitted and cut into quarters)
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen pitted sweet cherries (about 40 cherries)
  • 1/2 cup of red seedless grapes (about 16 grapes) 
  • 1/3 cup of confectioners’ sugar 
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract 
  • Champagne

Once the ice pops are completely frozen, add them into a wine glass and top it off with some fizzy champagne! Enjoy it on the dock or by the pool on a hot summer day to keep you cool and hydrated.

Food Network has a great recipe for this childhood favourite treat with a twist!

Michelada

Good summer drinks include lots of garnishes, like the Michelada
Photo Credit: “Micheladas” by Sergio Dávila is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Trying to convince your beer-loving friends to branch out? A Michelada is a great summer cocktail to encourage this change. With ingredients like beer and hot sauce in the mix, it’s definitely not your average fruity summer drink. A perfect drink at barbecues, you’ll want to pair a Michelada with burgers and steaks right off the grill. 

What You’ll Need

  • Salt
  • Chili pepper
  • ½ ounce of lime juice; 1 wedge for garnish
  • 2 drops Tabasco sauce
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch celery salt
  • Mexican lager beer (chilled)

It also makes for a perfect drink option for a boozy brunch with your best pals. Whip up a couple of these drinks to really impress your friends. With the salted and chili pepper rims, and the combination of flavours mixed in, it will really show off your cocktail making skills! One important thing to keep in mind is to serve the drink immediately for the best tasting experience. 

Isabel Eats has a picture-filled recipe that will help you master this cocktail.

Pink Bikini

Easy cocktails like the pink bikini have easily accessible ingredients

The Pink Bikini is a super simple cocktail to make, which gives you time to get creative with its presentation. It’s a sweet, yet refreshing beverage for the summer and the flavours will transport you into a tropical paradise. All you need for this drink is some lemonade, coconut rum and amaretto liqueur.  

What You’ll Need

  • 1 ¾ litres of raspberry lemonade juice
  • 1 ¾ cups of coconut rum
  • 1 cup of amaretto liqueur
  • Optional: Fresh coconuts for serving the drink

If you’re preparing it for a group of friends, serve it up in a unique way that will surely impress them. One popular way is to serve it all up in empty coconut shells. Don’t want to let all that fresh coconut meat go to waste? Add it into the drink as a tasty garnish!

Check out MyRecipe’s simple directions for this fun and flavourful cocktail. 

Mango Jalapeno Margaritas

For crisp summer cocktails with a spicy kick, try making a mango jalapeno margarita

For fun summer cocktails with an extra kick to it, mango jalapeno margaritas are the way to go! If you love margaritas and spicy food, this may quickly become a favourite. Summer is the perfect season for mangos, so adding it with the heat of peppers will have your tastebuds dancing.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 cups of mango juice
  • 1 ½ cups of tequila
  • ½ cup of fresh lime juice; 1 wedge for garnish
  • ¼ cup of agave nectar or honey
  • 1 jalapeño, halved

The above recipe serves up enough for 4 people, but it’s super easy to make a batch for a larger group. And trust us, you’ll want to, since this cocktail recipe will be a definite hit.

Follow Good Housekeeping’s simple recipe for this delicious cocktail.

Grass is Greener 

Make light summer cocktails that are healthier for you

Sometimes you just want a little something extra in your daily wheatgrass shots! While it’s definitely not healthier than a wheatgrass juice from your local smoothie shop, the Grass is Greener cocktail is definitely a healthier alternative. Plus, it’s delicious!

What You’ll Need

  • 1 ½ ounces of Absolut Citron
  • 1 ounce of wheatgrass juice
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • ½ tablespoon of agave nectar
  • 2-3 mint leaves
  • Optional: Slice up watermelon radish for garnish

Made with a quick mix of wheatgrass, agave nectar, citron, and mint leaves, you’ll be Instagramming your summer sipper in no time. It’s a perfect addition to any boozy brunch for those tired of mimosas, or looking for a healthier option.

Find out the directions here, on Marie Claire’s website.

White Claw Sangria

Top 10 summer cocktails typically include the ever so popular sangria

What list would this be without a cocktail that incorporates the trendy White Claw. White Claw has been making waves on the internet and has people lining up at their local alcohol stores. If you managed to get your hands on a couple of these tasty drinks, try making a sangria. Swap in a can of White Claw, instead of a club soda, to add a unique flavour to the classic sangria recipe. 

What You’ll Need

  • 1 bottle of white wine (dry)
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 can of raspberry White Claw
  • ½ cup of orange liqueur
  • Optional: Add raspberries for garnish

The best part of any sangria is you can adjust the recipe to your liking. Add more fruits as garnish for a prettier presentation and to enhance the flavour.

Check out Buzzfeed’s take on sangria with White Claw here

Classic Cocktails For Any Day Of The Week

Aperol Spritz

Find an easy signature cocktail to make for a big event, such as a wedding

Originating from Italy, Aperol spritz almost looks like a warm sunset in a glass with its bright orange colouring. When it comes to classic drinks, nothing beats a hot summer day like this refreshing cocktail! Also, if you’re looking for easy signature cocktails for a party or even a wedding, Aperol spritz are a great option. It requires only four simple ingredients, so it makes it really easy to prepare and serve – even for a larger crowd.

What You’ll Need

  • 3 parts Prosecco
  • 2 parts Aperol
  • 1 part club soda 
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional: Slice of orange for garnish

While the recipe is meant for a single serving, you can easily adjust for more, keeping in mind the ratio of each ingredient. Aperol can be bitter for some people, but don’t be discouraged. Just adjust by adding more Prosecco. If you find the alcohol too strong, there’s an easy fix for that too! Just simply add more club soda.

For a more detailed recipe, you’ll want to check out this blog by Cookie + Kate.

Moscow Mule

Learn to make classic summer cocktails like a Moscow mule

For easy drinks to make at home, a Moscow Mule only requires 3 ingredients and is simple to prepare. After a long day at work, you can whip this drink up in no time to help you unwind. The spicy kick from the ginger beer, paired with the vodka and lime juice, really brings this drink to a whole other level. 

What You’ll Need

  • ¼ cup of vodka
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • ½ cup of ginger beer
  • Ice cubes (crushed)
  • Optional: 1 wedge of lime for garnish

When it comes to a Moscow Mule, you don’t want to skimp on the ingredients. It does make a world of difference for your taste buds. It’s worth finding a premium vodka and ginger beer to really appreciate this cocktail. For the lime juice, the key here is that it is fresh. There is a big difference in flavour when it comes to using bottled lime juice versus a freshly squeezed one. Plus, it makes for a pretty garnish! 

Serve it all up with crushed ice in a signature copper mug, which helps keep the drink insulated and refreshing – even on a hot day.

For a great recipe on this cocktail, check out Gimme Some Oven’s take on the classic drink.

Traditional Pimm’s Cup

For light summer cocktails, Pimm's No. 1 Cup is a great option
Photo Credit: “Pimm’s Cup” by Whitney is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

When it comes to popular cocktails, Pimm’s Cup has a long history of being a well-liked alcoholic beverage. The cocktail dates all the way back to 1832 in London and originally was used as a digestion aid. Nowadays, it is famously served up to spectators at Wimbledon. 

What You’ll Need

  • ¼ cup of Pimm’s No. 1
  • ½ cup of lemonade or lemon-lime soda
  • 1 slice of cucumber
  • 1 slice of apple
  • 1 slice of strawberry
  • 1 sprig of mint
  • Ice cubes

For a group gathering, it’s easy to whip up this fruity cocktail in a pitcher! The combination of citrus, cucumber and mint flavours makes for an incredibly refreshing beverage. Serve it all up in a tall glass and enjoy. 

To read up on this history of Pimm’s No. 1 and its recipe, check out WineEnthusiast’s post on the traditional British beverage. 

Classic Mojito

Refreshing cocktails like a classic mojito are the perfect way to cool down in the summer

When you think of “summer signature cocktails,” a classic mojito is usually on the list. There are many iterations of the mojito, but the classic version consists of only 5 ingredients. It is a slightly more labour intensive cocktail, but well worth it. The key to this beverage is muddling the mint. For those of you unfamiliar with the term “muddling,” it is a technique that means to press ingredients into the sides of a glass. This allows flavours to be released. 

What You’ll Need

  • ¼ cup of light rum
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 6 to 8 mint leaves
  • Splash of club soda
  • 1 lime (cut into two halves)
  • Optional: Add a sprig of mint for garnish

This rum-based cocktail is often served up in a highball glass with mint to top it off as a garnish. While it looks like a simple drink, it absolutely bursts with flavour – thanks to the mixture of lime juice and mint. Rumour has it that even famed writer, Ernest Hemingway, was a fan of the beverage.

Learn more about how to make the perfect classic mojito with The Spruce Eats

Gin & Tonic

Easy summer drinks like Gin and Tonic are a great way to unwind after a long day

Simple and refreshing is exactly how you would describe a traditional gin and tonic. The ingredients required are literally in the name, which definitely makes it one of the most easy drinks to make at home. While a lime wedge is often the standard garnish used with most gin and tonics, you may want to spruce it up a bit and add an orange peel, mint leaves or even grapefruit slices.

What You’ll Need

  • ¼ cup of gin 
  • ½ cup of tonic water
  • 1 lime wedge to garnish

While it only utilizes two ingredients, what really sets apart a high quality version of this famous cocktail is the use of a premium tonic and gin. If you plan to make this a staple in your household, don’t skimp on the quality of these two ingredients. Avoid using old lime wedges, a fresh one goes a long way with this beverage. 

Platings + Pairings offers 3 really great ways to customize this traditional cocktail.

Lemon Drop Cocktail

Lemon summer cocktail are typically crowd pleasers

For classic summer cocktails with lemon, look no further than the lemon drop cocktail. Often incorporated into many recipes, the lemon finally gets a starring role in this classic drink. You’ll want to bring out that cocktail shaker to really get all the ingredients mixed together before serving it up. 

What You’ll Need 

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 tablespoon of orange liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons of simple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • Optional: Garnish with a sugar rim

While it’s optional, you should really consider spending that extra time to create a sugar rim on your glass before serving this tasty cocktail. Not only does it look pretty, but the sweetness pairs well with the tart flavours from the orange liqueur and lemon juice.

Liquor.com offers a bit of back history on this classic cocktail, along with a simple recipe to follow.

Summer cocktails, friends and fun always go together. And, don’t forget to include CanadaStays on your guest list. We offer some of the best cottages in the country, so why not throw a party with your extended family and friends? CanadaStays will provide the venue, as long as you provide the drinks! You may even want to pair it with your favourite cottage games to really get the party started. And it goes without saying, please drink responsibly.

10 Easy Cottage Breakfast Ideas

One of the truly lovely things about being on vacation at the cottage is having the time to make (and enjoy!) breakfasts that go beyond dry cereal and toast. These ten cottage breakfast ideas are easy to make, use basic cottage pantry ingredients (with the occasional fancy extra) and, most importantly, taste delicious while also providing fuel for a day of outdoor adventures.

1. Classic Oatmeal

Oatmeals are a delicious and healthy cottage recipe that everyone will love

An easy weekend getaway menu-must is the all-time favourite oatmeal. Ty making it from scratch for a healthy twist on this classic breakfast, it takes hardly any time and tastes so much better. As Goldilocks would surely agree, hearty and warming oatmeal on a chilly fall cottage morning is “just right”.

How do you make it?

  1. Bring 3 cups of milk to a simmer in a large saucepan
  2. Stir in 1 ½ cups whole rolled natural oats and a pinch of salt. 
  3. Bring the mix to boil and reduce the heat. 
  4. Simmer and stir for 5 minutes until oats have thickened. 
  5. Top with your favourite fresh or dried fruit, chopped nuts, and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. 
  6. For extra creamy oatmeal, thinly slice a ripe banana and add it with the oats when the milk comes to a simmer, stirring constantly so that the banana “dissolves” into the oatmeal. 
  7. For decadent oatmeal, top with peanut butter and chocolate chips! Serves 4.

2. Easy And Perfect Granola

Granola is one of the easiest meals to take on vacation for everyone in the family

Another great recipe for cottage mornings is the homemade granola. Just like oatmeal, preparing granola from scratch is cheaper, healthier and tastier than store-bought granola. Plus, when you make your own, the flavour possibilities are endless. Feel free to use the following recipe as a guideline, switching in your favourite fruits and nuts. And hey, if you want to throw in some chocolate chips too – we don’t judge!

How do you make it?

  1. Mix 1 ½ cups rolled natural oats, ½ cup wheat germ, ½ cup desiccated coconut, ½ cup slivered almonds or sunflower seeds and ¼ cup sesame seeds in a large bowl.
  2. Stir together ¼ cup maple syrup, ¼ cup melted butter or coconut oil and 3 tablespoons brown sugar until sugar dissolves, then pour this over dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. Spread evenly onto a large baking tray and bake at 340°F for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  4.  Mix in ½ cup each cranberry and raisins, bake for another 5 minutes. 
  5. Cool and serve with milk, yoghurt, and/or fresh fruit.

3. Roasted Stone Fruit

Take advantage of summer fruits and prepare some roasted stone fruit for breakfast

Make the most of late summer and early fall stone fruit (before winter snatches it away again) by roasting the last harvests of peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines to top your favourite cottage breakfast or eat on their own. 

How do you make it?

  1. Halve and deseed your chosen fruits and lay them, cut side up, on a large baking tray. 
  2. Dot with butter and drizzle with honey. You could also sprinkle over spices like cinnamon, cardamom, or vanilla bean.
  3. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes, or until the fruits are soft and a little browned.
  4. Serve warm, or store in the fridge and serve cold. This also makes a lovely dessert!

4. Individual Cheesy Baked Eggs

These cheesy baked eggs need to be in your cottage lunch menu

Make your family feel like in a gourmet restaurant with this easy cottage lunch or breakfast cheesy baked eggs. Serve up in individual ramekins for a personal touch and don’t forget to set out some toast for dipping.

How do you make it?

  1. Lightly butter four ramekins and sprinkle a little cheddar or parmesan cheese on the bottom. 
  2. Carefully break one egg into each ramekin 
  3. Top with a little more cheese, some cooked crumbled bacon (optional), and herbs of your choosing (parsley and thyme work well). 
  4. Drizzle one tablespoon of cream over each ramekin (if you don’t have cream on hand, you can skip this step) 
  5. Bake at 375°F for about 15 minutes, or until whites are set but the yolk is still a little wobbly. (If you like your yolks fully cooked, leave in the oven for 20 minutes).

5. Bacon and Eggs

A classic recipe for a delicious cottage breakfast

We could hardly write a list of brilliant cabin breakfast ideas without mentioning the classic bacon and eggs, could we? Infinitely adaptable yet always delicious, a hearty “fry-up” will bring everyone in the cottage rushing from their beds to the table.

How do you make it?

You probably know how to make these, but we wanted to share our favourite way to make this classic meal:

  1. In a frying pan cook your bacon until crispy. 
  2. Fry up or scramble some eggs
  3. Sauté some mushrooms and tomatoes in butter or leftover bacon grease. 
  4. Serve with toast, biscuits, or home fries. T

The perfect hearty start to any cottage morning!

6. Tofu Scramble

Looking for a vegan breakfast idea, this tofu scramble is a great idea!

Vegetarians and vegans needn’t miss out on a hearty savoury breakfast at the cottage. Skip the bacon and eggs in favour of a tofu scramble cooked with bell peppers and spices. How about whizzing up a berry smoothie on the side, too?

How do you make it?

  1. Roughly crumble a block of firm tofu. 
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté until soft red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and a small onion finely chopped. 
  3. Stir while adding  ½ teaspoon of ground coriander, cumin, salt and turmeric (the last gives the scramble a yellow “eggy” colour). 
  4. Add the tofu along with a few tablespoons of water
  5. Cook until the tofu is warm and the scramble is the consistency you desire. 
  6. Season to taste and serve with sliced green onions, baked sweet potatoes, hot sauce, and your favourite breakfast sides.

7. Speedy Gonzalez Pancakes

Puffy pancake recipe for a perfect cottage breakfast

Got no time for elaborated cabin recipes? Then, these ridiculously easy to make pancakes are for you. They are so quick to whip up that you’ll be sitting down to happy faces and happy bellies in no time. Which is perfect, really, because it’s your cottage vacation and the sooner breakfast is over, the sooner you can be outside enjoying the weather.

How do you make it?

  1. Sift together 1 cup of self-raising flour with ¼ cup of sugar
  2. In a separate bow mic 2 eggs  and 1 cup of milk 
  3. Gradually whisk the liquid mix into the solid mix until the batter is smooth. 
  4. Pour ¼ cup batter in an oiled heated medium frying pan and cook until bubbles appear on the surface of the batter. 
  5. Turn the pancake and cook until lightly browned. 
  6. Remove and cover to keep warm. 
  7. Repeat with remaining batter. 
  8. Serve with maple syrup, lemon and sugar, thinly sliced bananas and chocolate sauce, or fresh berries and whipped cream.

8. Overnight Breakfast Casserole

This make ahead cottage meal is perfect for a large group

This make-ahead cottage meal is perfect if you’re travelling with an active crowd that’s always on the go. You can prep this casserole before you go to bed the night before, and then all you need to do in the morning is pop the dish in the oven and breakfast is ready! 

How do you make it?

  1. Cook, drain, and crumble 1 pound of Italian or breakfast sausage (alternatively, use leftover sausages, hot dogs, or bacon from other cottage meals). 
  2. Scatter 4 ½ cups of cubed day-old bread in a 9×13-inch baking pan, then sprinkle over 1 cup of shredded cheese. 
  3. Mix together 10 eggs, 4 cups of milk, 1 teaspoon of salt, ½ cup of chopped green onions, 1 teaspoon of dry mustard and pepper to taste. 
  4. Pour this over the bread and cheese, then place the crumbled sausage evenly over the top. 
  5. Cover and chill overnight, then bake uncovered at 325°F for an hour. Serves 6.

9. French Toast

french toast is a quick and easy cottage meal idea

Do you have leftover bread or brioche hanging around at the cottage, getting a little stale? Repurpose it into everyone’s favourite French Toast and you’ll be creating cottage breakfast memories to last a lifetime.

How do you make it?

  1. Whisk together 4 eggs, 2/3 cup milk or cream and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  2. Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium heat and, working with 2 pieces at a time, dip 8 slices of thick day-old bread or brioche into the egg mixture. Shake off excess and fry until golden, about 2-3 minutes each side. 
  3. Serve with syrup, fruit, bacon, eggs, and anything your heart desires.

10. Chocolate Croissant Breakfast Bake

family friendly things to do at the cottage in the winter

For your last morning at the cottage, how about creating something delicious, decadent, and destined to be remembered? This Chocolate Croissant Breakfast Bake is all of those things and more. 

How do you make it?

  1. Cut six croissants into 1-inch pieces and roughly chop 4 ounces dark chocolate. 
  2. Mix together 3 whole eggs and 3 extra egg yolks plus 1 ½ cups of cream and milk, 1 cup of granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
  3.  Stir the mix in the croissants and chocolate, then pour into a buttered 8-inch square baking dish. Bake at 375°F for 40-50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Can be served warm or at room temperature (but we love how the chocolate is all melty when warm).

We hope these cottage breakfast ideas inspire you to gather your family and enjoy a delicious meal together during your next vacation.

If you’re inspired but haven’t found the right cottage destination, we invite you to discover our list of top places to visit in Canada or if you’re looking for a shorter vacation, be sure to check out our list of the best long weekend getaway destinations.