Fresh summer cocktails: the refreshing classics to enjoy with friends

In the garden, by the pool, with sea view or at home we all await the green light to unleash the dances, fill the glasses and toast to the future. Yes, but with what? In the first warm days we just want to quench our thirst and refresh ourselves, and so, why not elevate this physiological need to a mere moment of enjoyment? The art of mixology also in this case helps us, balancing the need for lightness with the fragrances of the new season and allows us not to give up the pleasure of summer cocktails . /p>

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The best fresh cocktails: the four alcoholic recipes not to be missed

These are the fresh summer cocktails par excellence to be enjoyed with the right amount of ice – and the Experience Pochette will be the best friend of all your outdoor aperitifs.


Now in the limelight thanks to the famous series Sex and the City, the Cosmopolitan is a cocktail born in the States in the 80s and owes its name to the iconic magazine Cosmopolitan that - first - cited it among its glossy pages. Sweet, fresh and fruity, it is the perfect cocktail for aperitif with friends.

The NIO Cocktails recipe signed by Patrick Pistolesi includes:

  • Family Made Vodka Ketel One,
  • Cointreau,
  • blueberry syrup,
  • organic citric acid.

Tips for enjoying it at its best : Just like the Daiquiri - which we’ll see shortly, the Cosmopolitan is more enjoyable when served in an ice-cold tumbler, so be sure to prepare it before pouring the cocktail. Shake, open the NIO box, pour on the ice, garnish with a lemon peel, let it rest for a minute and...taste it great!

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The Favourite Cocktail of Hemingway, Daiquiri is probably born at the end of 800 in the heart of Cuba, Havana, from the lucky encounter of its three original ingredients:

  • white rhum,
  • lime juice,
  • sugar.

Its freshness and drinkability make it the perfect cocktail for summer aperitifs , but it can also be a valid alternative in the after dinner . The drink, which has long been included in the 30 Unforgettables of the International Bartenders Associations (IBA), is among the easiest to prepare, but among the most refreshing and invigorating.

Our recipe for Daiquiri includes:

  • Rum Pampero Blanco,
  • organic citric acid,
  • liquid sugar,
  • natural dyes

Tips for enjoying it at its best: As already mentioned about the Cosmopolitan, the Daiquiri makes its best if poured into a tumbler or cup icy . The garnish recommended by Patrick Pistolesi is a simple slice of lime. Shake, tear the colored corner of the box, pour on ice, let it rest for a minute and enjoy without worries.

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Tommy's Margarita


A great classic of mixology, an incomparable pillar, Margarita is a cocktail whose flavor and sweetness meet to release all the flavor of Mexico, the country of which it is native. The ideal to start the summer evenings, stands out among the NIO Cocktails designed for summer . /span>/p>

The original recipe of Margarita includes:

  • the white Tequila,
  • agave syrup,
  • the filtered lime juice,
  • a pinch of salt

Patrick Pistolesi signed Margarita recipe for NIO Cocktails, his interpretation with only high quality ingredients:

  • Tequila Josè Cuervo Traditional,
  • Cointreau,
  • lime syrup Giffard,
  • organic citric acid.

The result? An exotic drink with incomparable freshness, ideal as refreshing cocktail when it’s hot .

Tips for enjoying it at its best: soak the edge of the glass with lime and rinse with salt because it will give a real boost to the flavor of the drink. The perfect garnish is a slice of lime to insert into the drink and let stand for a minute.

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With the fresh Mai Tai cocktail we take a dip in the Tiki culture that, in the '40s, conquered the American West Coast to become a cultural and a mixology symbol. His creation is contested between two Californian adventurers, the first to open a series of Tiki bars with straw and Polynesian masks at the time. The original recipe provides:

  • two types of rum, both light and dark,
  • the orange curaçao,
  • fresh lime juice,
  • barley syrup.

The Mai Tai recipe , signed by Patrick Pistolesi, includes:

  • Rhum Colòn,
  • Cointreau,
  • barley syrup Monin,
  • Organic citric acid.

A balance of flavors that guarantees both body and extreme freshness, a great classic that will become the protagonist of summer.

Tips for enjoying it at its best : double the garnish, using both a mint leaf and a generous orange clove to maximize the flavor.


A wonderful gift of the 80s, created to give an energizing alternative to a model tired of the usual cocktails, the strong>Espresso Martini is a concentrate of flavors that quench and give a discharge of energy. Its original recipe includes:

  • vodka (an 80’s must) as main ingredient,
  • coffee liqueur
  • a cup of espresso
  • and sugar.

Patrick Pistolesi decided to sign the recipe for < strong>Espresso Martini NIO Cocktails using two simple ingredients, both with an important story worthy of a premium mixology:

  • Family Made Vodka Ketel One
  • and coffee liqueur Fair.

Very simple, but surprising: a concentrate of intense aromas that, together, reach the perfect harmony for a refreshing aperitif or an after-dinner as at the bar.

Tips for enjoying it at its best : as a garnish add 3 coffee beans to the drink and...cheers!

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Perfect refreshing summer cocktails at your fingertips

Worried about making a mistake? The perfect drinks are available to everyone with NIO Cocktails. If, after reading these fresh and traditional recipes, you are afraid of being able to go wrong some procedure that could sabotage your summer evenings with friends, maybe it is the case to rely on the experts: Build your box of NIO Cocktails or choose the Summer Box to receive at home the cocktails signed by our ambassador Patrick Pistolesi. You don’t need shakers or professional equipment: you just have to shake the cocktail, tear out the colored corner and enjoy with ice. It’s easier than that!

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