First created in 1823 by James Pimm in London, this drink is pretty much a British institution. So it would only be patriotic to enjoy a glass this summer.
1 part Pimm's
2 parts Lemonade
Sliced Apple, Lemon, Orange and Cucumber
Jazz it up - for some extra fizz mix with Sparkling White Wine instead of Lemonade.
Another one that makes us feel like we should be on holiday. Preferably being waited on by a gorgeous Mexican sigh.
3 parts Tequila
6 parts Orange Juice
1 part Grenadine (don't stir - let it sink to the bottom!)
Jazz it up - for a Tequila Sunset use Blackberry Brandy instead of Grenadine
A long cocktail just made for lazing round on the poolside. Or at least imagining that you are...
1 part Vodka
3 parts Cranberry Juice
1 part Grapefruit Juice
Jazz it up - use Pineapple Juice instead of Grapefruit to make a Hawaiian Sea Breeze.
A Gin-heavy cocktail that's not for the faint-hearted. Favoured by Winston Churchill and described by E.B. White as 'the elixir of quietude' (does that just mean it makes you pass out?)
5 parts Gin
1 part Vermouth
Jazz it up - garnish the old-school way with a single olive.
A bit of a love or hate cocktail - some people enjoy the refreshing zing, others find it way too sour. If you fall into the latter category you can always add sugar to sweeten it up.
7 parts Tequila
4 parts Cointreau or Triple Sec
3 parts Lime Juice
Jazz it up - rub a lime wedge around the rim of the glass and dip it in salt for a true Margarita experience.
Basically a Sex on the Beach, minus the orange juice. A good one to make in bulk at parties because pretty much everyone likes it.
1 part vodka
1 part peach schnapps
4 parts cranberry juice
Jazz it up - add a slice of peach to complete the look.
A cocktail that's been around since the 1980s, although it was with Carrie and co. in Sex and the City that this one really found fame.
1.5 parts Vodka
1 part Cointreau
1 part Cranberry Juice
Dash of Lime Juice
Jazz it up - garnish with a flamed orange for added citrus kick.
Originally from Italy, this cocktail gained its name because its colour resembled a toga-wearing figure in a painting by Giovanni Bellini. Just in case anyone cared...
1 part Peach Schnapps
1 part sparkling white wine
Jazz it up - add Grenadine for a stronger splash of colour.
Coffee liquor and vodka help this drink pack a powerful punch. Perfect as an after dinner cocktail (for anyone that refined).
2 parts Vodka
1 part Kahlua
Jazz it up - top up with Cola if you find it a bit intense!
A Cuban drink that was apparently a favourite with the author Ernest Hemingway. The name means literally 'something wet'.
1 part Rum
0.5 parts Lime Cordial
3 parts Soda Water
A wedge of fresh lime
Jazz it up - add Apple Liquor as well as Rum to make an Apple Mojito