With its stunning coastline and temperate climate, Guernsey is the perfect island to visit in summer. Whether you’re after beaches, water sports, or winding cliff paths with dazzling views, you’re sure to find it here in Guernsey. But what is warm weather without a cool, refreshing drink in your hand? Whether sipped by the sea or at a swanky cocktail bar, these summer holiday drinks are sure to hit the spot.
Nestled on the South Esplanade of St Peter Port is Guernsey’s longest serving cocktail bar, Laska. Popular and fashionable, it remains a favourite among tourists and islanders, with a choice of over 60 cocktails. Our recommendation? The Electric Lightning.
A tangy and unusual cocktail, this concoction is made with gin, homemade Earl Grey liqueur, electric bitter, citrus grass cordial, fresh lime and grapefruit – garnished with an ‘electric buzz flower’. If you weren’t feeling the summer party vibes before, you will after ordering one of these. And if you’re into cocktails, they also offer cocktail masterclasses.
Basil Gin Fizz
This recipe comes from our very own Guernsey cocktail bartender, James Le Gallez. The sweet, aromatic flavour of the basil is perfectly complemented by the strong citrus tones of the lemon, and the egg white gives it a soft, smooth texture. Blue Bottle Gin is a wonderful dry, botanical gin distilled in Guernsey, if you fancy trying something local.
The recipe is as follows:
- 50ml gin
- 25ml lemon juice
- 10ml sugar syrup
- 1 egg white
- 3-4 basil leaves
- Soda water
Simply shake the ingredients with ice, pour into a long glass, and top with soda.
Loganberries are the delicious result of pollinating a blackberry plant with a raspberry plant. Haut Maison, an award-winning liqueur manufacturer based in Guernsey, grows loganberries in its orchards to produce a sweet berry-tasting syrup that goes beautifully with prosecco, tonic or cocktails. If you’re keen to try a Haut Maison liqueur, they are something of an institution – look out for the two puffins logo.
A Loganberry Cosmo is a particularly nice way to enjoy this liqueur: simply mix vodka, orange liqueur, lime juice and loganberry, strain over ice and serve with a lime twist.
Related reading: 8 Weird & Wonderful Liqueurs Available In Guernsey.
Viva Alberti Spritz
Strega is a bitter yellow herbal liqueur infused with saffron, available from Bucktrouts in St Peter Port. The name means ‘witch’ in Italian, since legends of witchcraft at Benevento date back centuries. With around 70 herbal ingredients, this vibrant digestif is slightly sweet with minty, coniferous notes.
The Viva Alberti Spritz was created by Maison Premiere’s Will Elliott, combining Strega with cognac and Amaro Cappelletti, topped with sparkling wine. The ingredients are as follows:
- 25ml Strega
- 15ml cognac
- 15ml lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Amaro Cappelletti
- 3 dashes Angostura
- Sparkling wine to top
- Orange twist to garnish
Summer Fruit Collins
Back to Haut Maison for another of their delicious local liqueurs. The Summer Fruit Cup is a summery twist on a classic that goes particularly well with lemonade, ginger ale or prosecco. With a raspberry liqueur as the main base and infusions of rose and elderflower, it also makes a fantastic Summer Fruit Collins – ideal for a summer evening.
Mix gin, Summer Fruit Cup liqueur, fresh lemon juice and soda water, and garnish with lemon, raspberries and mint. Best served in a tall glass.
On Côbo Coast Rd in Guernsey sits the oceanfront cocktail bar La Reunion, with its range of classic and modern cocktails, as well as local craft beers and ciders. La Reunion also serves some of the best crab, scallops and fish you’ll find on the island. Since rum is the drink of sailors, what better spirit to pair with your seafood? You haven’t lived until you’ve tried rum and crab cakes.
You may prefer something understated – a glass of rum with a slice of pineapple on the rim, perhaps. But if you’re feeling more extravagant, you can’t beat a classic Pina Colada – white rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream and sugar syrup – whizzed smooth and served with an umbrella and pineapple garnish.
Horseradish Bloody Mary
There are lots of great brunch places in Guernsey, from Le Petit Bistro to Fermain Beach Cafe. And what else goes great with brunch? A Bloody Mary.
However, you’ve probably not tried a Bloody Mary made with horseradish vodka, unless you have particularly adventurous tastes. Bucktrouts sells Haut Maison’s island-grown variety: it really doesn’t get more local than this. Ideal if you want to kickstart your day the right way (especially if you have a hangover).
Mix your horseradish vodka with plenty of tomato juice, lemon juice, worcestershire sauce and tabasco over ice. Garnish with celery.
Hopefully this list has given you some suitably inspiring ideas for summery cocktails to try on your holiday to Guernsey. We’d love to hear your suggestions too, so leave us a note in the comments. Which one sounds like your favourite?