Food & Wine | Cheers to the summer with 5 amazing cocktails!

For those of you who follow along on my social media adventures, you’ll have seen that I recently visited the Diageo Canada offices here in Toronto to talk about summer cocktail trends. During my visit I was lucky enough to try several cocktails and I am excited to share my top 5 favourites. Come and see what the hottest summer cocktail trend is and how you too can cheers to an amazing summer with us!

You’ll remember that we shared a similar round up for the holidays with you in 2015 – so when we were invited back for round two, how could I say no?! Plus, Simon was going to be there again. So. That’s a no brainer. #BabeAlert

Simon Hooper Diageo Summer Cocktails

What many people don’t realize is that the world of cocktails, similar to that of food, has seasons and trends. This summer, the “it” thing is creamy and cool beverages that combine quality ingredients while keeping us refreshed in the heat. So, obviously that meant that I was about to enjoy some delicious creamy cocktails in the mix of a range of products and ingredients!


  1. Drop 2-5 large ice cubes into blender
  2. Add Baileys Original Irish Cream
  3. Blend until completely smooth
  4. Add raspberries on top
  5. Serve in a tall glass

(I also had the opportunity to try out the NEW BAILEYS Almande before it launches in Canada and I can assure you it is probably going to be a staple in my home all summer long.)

Diageo Summr Cocktails 2016

BAILEYS Almande Refresh

  1. Pour 3 oz. of Baileys Alamnde and 3 oz. of coconut water over ice

If you aren’t a creamy person, there are of course fruity options available this summer to hep quench that thirst while you unwind and relax in the sun.

Smirnoff Watermelon Martini

SMIRNOFF Watermelon Martini

1.Add Smirnoff Watermelon Flavoured Vodka, watermelon juice, cranberry juice, simple syrup and lime juice

2.Shake with ice and strain into a pre-chilled martini glass

3.Garnish with watermelon wedge

Summertime Lemonade Ciroc Diageo Summer Cocktails

CÎROC Summertime Lemonade

  • 1.5 oz. CÎROC Vodka
  • 0.75 oz. lemon juice
  • 0.75 oz. agave nectar
  • 4 piece(s) watermelon(s)
  • 5 piece(s) parsley
  • 3 oz. sparkling pink lemonade

1.In a mixing tin, muddle watermelon parsley

2.Add the remaining ingredients and shake with ice

3.Double strain into a Collins glass and top with sparkling pink lemonade

4.Garnish with a slice of watermelon and half sugar rim

CM Mojito (2) (2)


1.Place mint leaves in the glass

2.Add Captain Morgan White rum, lime juice, simple syrup

3.Muddle all ingredients add ice and top with soda

Et voila! Five cocktails to keep you happy all summer long with those you love spending quality time with. I can’t wait to recreated them with Julio and friends! I also encourage you to try something new if you have never enjoyed a cool & creamy cocktail since it is the “it” thing right now and is a great conversation started for all those summer BBQs and get-togethers!

I absolutely love drinking cocktails. Also, sipping on a refreshing cocktail always takes me back to when I was younger and used to go out with my friends. We used to have so much fun! Although looking back on those days now, we did get up to some mischief.

For instance, one of my friends was a couple of years younger than us so she used to have to sneak into the bars and clubs! Back then, Fake IDs were not as easy to get your hands on so we had to turn to alternative ways of sneaking our friend into the bars and clubs! Needless to say I always feel very nostalgic when I look back on my partying days!

Don’t forget that there are other drinks you can try as well, it doesn’t just have to stop with the drinks that we suggested for you. Why not try something else as well like this Baileys Cupcake or whatever takes your fancy. So long as you enjoy what you are drinking then that’s all that matters.

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Please remember to enjoy responsibly and never drink and drive

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Daniel Reyes