Everyone loves a summer cocktail. Served in a swanky glass and garnished with the finest herbs, it makes a good summer great.
But for those who prefer their cocktails on fire, topped with meringue, or served in a teapot, here’s our comprehensive list of the quirkiest cocktails on offer this summer:
1. WHAT’S THE QUACK?
This cocktail gets a quirky twist with the addition of a rubber duck bobbing cutely on top
Where: Solo 11 Wellington Place
How much: £8.50
What’s in it: Bombay Sapphire, Blue Curaçao, sugared egg white foam, freshly squeezed lemon juice.
2. STRAWBERRY & MARSHMALLOW BOOZY SHAKE
This sweet cocktail turns your childhood knickerblocker glory into a boozy treat
Where: Vandal 3 Winecellar Entry
How much: £7.50
What’s in it: Absolut Vodka, strawberry liqueur, strawberry syrup, giant marshmallows, Dale Farm strawberry ice cream, blended with milk. Topped off with fresh cream, 100’s and 1000’s and a giant sweetie strawberry.
A colourful cocktail that puts a twist on the refreshing summer beer
Where: The Perch 5th Floor, The Gate, 42 Franklin St
How much: £9.95
What’s in it: El Jimador Tequila, lime juice, grapefruit syrup, Cointreau, Baby Corona.
4. SHARING LARGARITA
A bumper edition of the largarita, to make you and a your mates feel a little edgy
Where: Love and Death Inc 10a Anne St
How much: £20 for four
What’s in it: Tequila, Curaçao, fresh lime and Sol. Topped with a house special salt air.
5. BARREL AGED ZOMBIE HURRICANE
This Jamaican inspired drink will be served with a fiery fruit on top
Where: The Albany 701 Lisburn Road
How much: £8.95
What’s in it: Barrell aged Jamaican rum, Puerto Rican rum mix, Velvet Falernum, fresh citrus juices, complex house mix #1, over-proof rum, dash of Absinthe.
6. SEX PANTHER
When it’s time to musk up, this is the tipple for you, it may be illegal in 9 countries but it’s made with real panther, so you know it’s good. It stings the taste buds and they have done studies you know.. 60% of the time it works every time.
Where: The Fly 5-6 Lower Crescent
How much: £4
What’s in it: Smirnoff, Blue Curaçao, Cointreau, Gomme, cranberry juice, panther potion (illegal in nine countries).
7. RHUBARB AND SHORTCROSS GIN MERINGUE
You get the best of both worlds with this dessert-cocktail hybrid
Where: Made in Belfast 23 Talbot Street
How much: £8
What’s in it: Shortcross gin, fresh rhubarb, vanilla, lemon, sugar, topped with meringue.
8. THE PURPLE RAIN
Celebrate everyone’s favourite Prince with this creative cloud-topped cocktail
Where: Bootleggers 46 Church Lane
How much: £7
What’s in it: Gin, fresh blueberries, lavender & blueberry shrub, Maraschino, lemon, egg white, dash of cream soda & candy floss cloud. Dedicated to the late singer and musician, Prince.
9. ORIENTAL GARDEN
This cocktail comes in an oriental teapot, for those niche and hipster diners
Where: House of Zen 3 St Anne’s Square
How much: £13.95 for two
What’s in it: Countreau, Limoncello, Passoa, Midori, lychee liqueur, shaken over ice with fresh lime and cranberry juice.
10. Ice Lolly Cocktails
Where: 21 Social, 1 Hill Street
How Much: £6.50
What’s in it: There’s a whopping menu of five cocktails to choose from.
The Solero contains Absolute Mango Vodka, Peach Snapps, Passion Fruit, Pineapple and Apple Juice, Fresh Lime & Sugar.
Meanwhile the Raspberry Rasper has Absolute Raspberry Vodka, blended with Cranberry, Lemon and Raspberry Puree.
The Twisted Daiquiri boasts Havana Blanco Rum with layers of Strawberry & Pineapple Puree blended with Fresh Lime & Homemade Lime Syrup.
The Oinker is made from Absolute Pear Vodka, blended with pear puree, orange juice, orgeat syrup & lemon juice.
Polly’s Joke contains Havana 3 year old & Gosling’s Dark Seal Rum Blended with Whole Orange, Orange Juice, Lime & Sugar Syrup.