Celebrate the most glorious season in sun-soaked style with these essential summer cocktails from some of the best bars in Cardiff.
From fruity favourites, to some quirky twists on the classics and some delicious traditional tropical tipples, you’re sure to find the perfect summer cocktail for you!
Lab 22 – Botany
First in our list of the very best summer cocktails is from the amazing Lab 22.
A creative take on the traditional scientist’s laboratory, Lab 22 is a truly unique cocktail bar that pushes the boundaries of mixology, focusing on the different and daring.
With so much choice on their extensive cocktail menu, it’s hard to pick just one delicious summer cocktail. But it had to be Botany, described as aromatic, light and made up of prosecco, Bombay Sapphire, poppy liqueur, flower power and the all-important ingredient, meadow mist, it’s as good as it looks!
Gin & Juice – Curio Rock Samphire
If you’re a bit of a gin lover, head to Gin & Juice and treat yourself to one of their famous Curio Rock Samphire Gins.
This ideal summer cocktail is made with Curio Rock Samphire Gin, which has been quadruple distilled and made in Cornwall with locally foraged wild botanicals including rock samphire from the Cornish cliffs and Kombu seaweed sourced by The Cornish Seaweed Company.
This tasty gin is then mixed with fresh tonic and garnished with lime, samphire and violets. It’s one of the most refreshing and unique tipples on the list.
Missoula – Bubblegum Daiquiri
Missoula’s Bubblegum Daiquiri is the perfect summer cocktail for those who have a sweet tooth!
This fruity drink features Bacardí Carta Blanca rum, shaken up with delicious bubblegum syrup, lime juice, sugar syrup and grenadine. It is served with some yummy popping candy, giving it a fun twist.
A fabulous way to celebrate the best season, this cocktail is sure to get your taste buds tingling.
The Exchange Hotel – Ivo Novello
Next on the list is one of our all time favourite summer cocktails, the Ivo Novello.
Featuring a heady concoction of Absolut Vanilla vodka, Bols Strawberry, strawberry puree, lemon juice and topped with lemonade. Enjoy this tasty tipple in the breathtaking surroundings of the historic Exchange Hotel and make unforgettable memories.
Located in the heart of Cardiff Bay, this glorious hotel, restaurant and bar is one of the most idyllic spots to enjoy a summer cocktail in Cardiff.
Laguna Bar – Girls Just Wanna Have Rum
Another rum-tastic summer drink, Laguna Bar in the Park Plaza Cardiff offer a smashing rum based cocktail that is sure to quench your thirst.
Made up of Bacardi Superior Rum, with apricot brandy, lime juice and a delicious cherry foam, this cocktail has been designed and crafted to utter perfection and served in a stylish coupe glass.
Why not enjoy this mouthwatering refreshment on the Laguna Bar terrace and really make the most of the sunshine?
The Dead Canary – Negroni
If you’re looking for more of a traditional summer cocktail to enjoy, make your way to The Dead Canary and try their famous Negroni.
A dark and moody bar, they offer some of the classiest cocktails in Cardiff, but their take on this gin, vermouth and Campari classic is worth missing a bit of sunshine for.
Served in an ice cold, crystal glass, it’s sure to cool you down as you enjoy some shade.
The Brass Beetle – Citrus & Elderflower Collins
Another one for the gin lovers, The Brass Beetle on Whitchurch Road offers drinkers and diners a unique atmosphere and stylish venue to enjoy a summer cocktail or two.
This wonderful cocktail has Beefeater Gin at its base, shaken up with J.J Whitley Elderflower Gin, elderflower syrup, lemon juice, orange bitters, fresh orange juice, thyme and some Fever Tree tonic water.
The Citrus & Elderflower Collins is a light, tangy and revitalising drink you just won’t be able to get enough of.
The Bootlegger – Raspberry Mojito
Last but not least, it’s a fabulous Raspberry Mojito from The Bootlegger.
Made to perfection every time, this yummy tipple is created with white rum, raspberry liqueur, lime juice, soda water, a teaspoon of sugar, fresh mint leaves and lots of raspberries.
A truly delicious summer cocktail to enjoy whilst you top up your tan.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to the very best summer cocktails in Cardiff, if you’d like to book a table for Culley’s Restaurant in The Exchange Hotel, get in touch with our friendly team today.
You could even book a luxurious stay with us and really make the most of summer in Cardiff. The Exchange Hotel is one of the most iconic and historic buildings in the whole of Wales, so what better venue to spend the most glorious season of the year?
We look forward to seeing you very soon!