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Shake things up with these fresh summer cocktails


Making great cocktails doesn’t have to be the domain of inked-up bearded bartenders with a plethora of ingredients at their fingertips. You can impress at home with these simple yet moreish cocktails from Hains & Co’s Marcus Motteram.

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The first two cocktails use vermouth. Lighter in alcohol, it’s perfect for a summer afternoon or early evening drink in the sun.

Vermouth comes in a variety of styles, from sweet through to dry, white and red. We’re using the sweeter red style in these first two cocktails.

Super Simple Vermouth Cocktails

Vermouth Spritz

Vermouth Spritz: Hassle-free deliciousness. Photo: Tony Lewis / InDaily


The terribly fashionable Negroni has three ingredients mixed in equal measures – you could even make a jug of it.

For a lighter option, why not try an Americano? Simply replace the gin with soda.

Negroni: It’s a stunner. Photo: Tony Lewis / InDaily

The WOW factor

With those two under your belt, you’re probably getting confident enough to start styling your facial hair or thinking about your next tattoo to trump your local hipster bartender. It’s now time to get serious and move on to a shaken drink.

The Southside

This is a beautiful summery take on a gin sour with the addition of mint. When we place a Southside on the bar at Hains everyone wants one.

Marcus Motteram says the Southside is pure fresh perfection. Photo: Tony Lewis / InDaily

Shaker tips

A Cobbler shaker. Photo: Ryan Hyde / Wikimedia Commons

If you’re a shaker novice, I’d suggest using the three-piece Cobbler shaker, which has all the bits you need without the need for a separate strainer.

A word of warning – don’t knock the top section shut. It can be impossible to get off when it chills and tightens. Instead, hold the top and the bottom together and shake with two hands to keep sealed.

Here is to lifting spirits this summer.

 Hains & Co, 23 Gilbert Place, Adelaide, is open from 4pm till 2pm every day of the week.




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