It’s a gorgeous day today in Ottawa. The kind where the patio just calls your name. In celebration here are a few refreshing summer drink recipes.

Mango Marrakesh Cocktail

2 oz (60 mL) mango nectar
1 small lime, juiced
1 oz (30 mL) simple syrup (combine equal parts sugar and boiling water, stir until sugar has dissolved. Once cooled, store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.)
1½ oz (45 mL) amber rum
Generous pinch nutmeg
1½ tsp (7 mL) orange blossom water
2 oz (60 mL) soda

Combine all of the ingredients, except the soda, in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with ice and top with the soda. Garnish with fresh mango.

Asian Sling

3 to 4 poached kumquats with
½ tsp kumquat syrup (recipe follows)
Crushed ice
1½ oz gin
1 oz freshly squeezed orange juice
½ oz lime juice
½ oz Chambord liqueur
Soda water
Garnish: kumquat skewer

In a tall chilled glass, add poached kumquats and syrup; muddle. Add crushed ice to fill glass. Pour in gin, orange juice, lime juice and Chambord and stir gently. Top with soda and add a fresh kumquat skewer for garnish.

Poached Kumquats

Store any remaining poached kumquats in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

10 kumquats
¼ cup sugar
½ cup water

Put all ingredients into a small saucepan and simmer over medium-low heat for 5 to 10 minutes until fruit softens.
Gin and Mint Lemonade
4 mint leaves
½ lemon, juiced
1½ tsp sugar
1½ oz gin
2 oz water
Garnish: lemon wheel and mint leaves
In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint leaves with lemon juice and sugar. Fill shaker with ice and pour in gin and water. Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with lemon wheel and mint leaves.

Recipes courtesy of the LCBO.