Weekend Entertaining: 4 Summer Cocktails

Why let summer go without mixing up a cocktail! We asked the experts at The Chelsea Hotel Toronto, one of Canada’s biggest and busiest hotels, to give us their secret recipes for refreshing cocktails that will add a little celebration into your lazy, hazy days of summer – at least those summer days that are left!

At the Chelsea’s T|bar, the hotel’s resident mixologist, Darlene, has carefully crafted three unique cocktails. Try them now, until the end of August; mix them up at home to make that summer feeling last.



Pelee Island Winery Red Wine Sangria

.           8 fresh raspberries

.           2 oz Triple Sec

.           4 oz Pelee red wine

.           ½ to 1 cup of Sprite

.           Garnish with additional raspberries and citrus segments


Pelee Island Winery White Wine Sangria (not pictured)

.           strawberry, quartered and 6 blueberries

.           slice orange or lemon

.           1/2 ounce white rum

.           4oz Pelee white wine

.           1/2-1 cup of Sprite


Blueberry Lemonade

.           1.5 oz  Smirnoff Blueberry

.           0.5 oz Cointreau

.           0.5 oz simple syrup

.           Squeeze of lime juice

.           3 oz of lemonade

.           8 blueberries

.           1 oz of club soda

In a Collins glass, muddle blueberries, splash of club soda, simple syrup, add fresh ice, 3oz of lemonade, top up with club soda and a splash of cranberry juice.  Garnish with lime wedge and berries.


Brandy Punch

.           2 oz Duff Gordon Brandy

.           2 oz Ginger Beer

.           0.25 oz of Grenadine

.           Touch of orange juice

.           Squeeze of lime juice

In a cocktail mixer, combine all ingredients, shake, and strain in a coupe glass.  Garnish with lemon or pineapple wedge.