Sip your way into summer with some of the most refreshing cocktails in town

The weather has been mighty fine, and accordingly, so have our moods. And as we ease into another beautiful Friday, we’re starting to think about how we can make the most of the delightfully summery vibes that seem to have pulled Auckland out of its wet-weather slump. What better time, then, to round up some of the cocktails we’ll be sipping on straight after work. Cocktails as refreshing as they are delicious, and ones you’ll likely return to when the festive season really gets going.

A Fine Blendfrom Coley & Punch
Blending sweet maple and concentrated cold brew with the smooth and rich Chivas XV whisky, Coley & Punch has given the classic iced coffee a revamp. The dash of Broittet’s Crème de Banane liqueur and cream takes the caffeinated pick-me-up to a decadent glass of pure indulgent bliss.

Black Rose from Cassia
Using aroma-rich saffron gin as the base, the floral notes of this outstanding cocktail from Cassia are elevated by elderflower and charcoal for extra depth and finished with fresh, zesty lemon and frothy egg whites. 

Death of a Sailor from Parasol & Swing 
Everyone’s favourite spritz ingredient is given new meaning with Parasol & Swing’s Death of a Sailor cocktail. Aperol is infused with pineapple for a fruitier sweetness and is combined with guava, fresh orange juice, almond and lemon to become a tipple that’s out of this world.

The Pan Am Cocktail from Clipper
Made from a quintessential summer mix — Aperol, Bacardi, Crawley’s Orgeat syrup, Angostura Bitters, egg whites and fresh lemon juice — the Pan Am cocktail is the drink that gave Clipper’s bartender, Barney Toy, his legendary reputation.

Royal Garden from Soul Bar & Bistro
To match Soul’s floral ceilings, the mixologists have created a botanical concoction that sees a melange of herbaceous, rosemary-infused vodka, strawberry purée, sweet vanilla, lemon and crisp Deutz sparkling rosé.

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