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Mar 2024

Top 7 Mediterranean Cocktails You Need To Try

When cocktail night rolls around, there's only one way to impress your guests: cocktails from the Med! With mouth-watering flavours and some unconventional recipes, these drinks are the perfect addition to any dinner party or drinks evening. Plus, you'll want to snap some pictures for your Insta story. Easy.

Are you stuck for ideas? We've got your back. Here are seven of the best Mediterranean cocktails you need to try. All taken from Cafe Lovelife's mixologist-approved drinks menu, these tipples will be your new fave after one sip. Let's go!

7 Easy Mediterranean Cocktails For All Tastes

From a sophisticated spritz to dreamy rum drinks, here are the Mediterranean cocktail highlights. 

1. Autumn Sangria

If you enjoy the classics but want to experiment a little, Autumn Sangria is the pick for you. Sangria is a traditional alcoholic punch from Spain and Portugal, and it was enjoyed as far back as the Middle Ages. But don’t worry, Autumn Sangria isn’t a Mediaeval punch. 

Autumn Sangria combines white rum, red wine, lemonade, fresh lemon, and orange juice. It’s topped off with chunks of fresh fruit for a spectacular finish. Ideal for those who enjoy fruity flavours but don’t want a pornstar martini.

2. Sunset Mai Tai

Transport yourself to a sultry Mediterranean beach with a Sunset Mai Tai. This warming recipe contains dark rum, white rum, Cointreau, syrup, almond syrup, and grenadine. Delish. 

Sunset Mai Tais can be as strong as you want. With two types of rum, this is a boozier option, so be careful if you have work the next day!

3. Negroni Sbagliato 

Negroni. Sbagliato. With prosecco in it. Oh, stunning.

The humble Negroni Sbagliato has found new fame in the last year, thanks to Emma D’Arcy’s interview answer. But the buzz is well-deserved, and this cocktail should be on your list. 

To mix the perfect Negroni Sbagliato, combine Campari, red vermouth, and a prosecco of your choice. Now, enjoy.

4. Grapefruit Bellini

A Bellini is a classic prosecco cocktail from Venice, Italy. But if you’re tired of the typical peach puree flavour, we have a revamped Mediterranean cocktail recipe for you.

Grapefruit Bellinis offer a citrus twist on the typical taste. Mix prosecco, grapefruit juice, agave nectar, and lemon juice to taste Italy.

5. Hugo Spritz

When it comes to Mediterranean cocktail recipes, a Hugo Spritz should always be on the menu. Though from northern Italy's Dolomite mountains, this drink represents the taste of the Med and instantly carries you to sweet summer days.

Pair St Germain with soda, mint, and organic prosecco to perfect this minimalist tipple. 

Planning a dinner party? Serve this before your meal to wow your guests with an authentic aperitif. 

Colourful cocktails being held up together against a blue sky.

6. Michelada

If you’re looking for easy Mediterranean cocktails you can make with ingredients in your kitchen, we’ve got you covered. Micheladas are beer cocktails that combine lime juice, tomato juice, tabasco, and Henderson relish. 

Yes, this sounds random at first — but hear us out. Originally from Latino countries like Mexico, these funky cocktails bring spice and citrus and provide a new way to enjoy a pint. You’ll be hooked after one sip, we promise.

7. Hazelnut Espresso Martini

Espresso Martinis are on most cocktail menus for a good reason. So, don’t cut it from your cocktail night! Embrace silky coffee notes and warm, nutty flavours with a Hazelnut Espresso Martini. 

This exciting alternative is created with vodka, Kahlua, Frangelico, and an espresso shot. Fresh beans vs instant coffee? The choice is yours.

Bonus Round: Alcohol-Free Mediterranean Cocktails

Want fabulous Mediterranean drinks sans the alcohol? You’ve got it! 

AF Mediterranean cocktails are totally possible. Here are three options that combine funky flavours without any spirits. 

1. No-Groni

Negronis are a must when it comes to Italian drinks, but you don’t have to sit out on the fun if you don’t fancy a hard drink. You can replicate the taste with Lyre’s Dry London Spirit, Lyre’s Aperitif Rosso, and Lyre’s Italian Orange.

2. Banana Colada

If you fancy a proper holiday cocktail that doesn’t hold back on fruit and sugar, the Banana Colada is your new BFF. This sweet drink mixes fresh banana, coconut cream, and pineapple juice. We predict this will be one of the hottest drinks of the summer. 

3. Cut Above Paloma

Last but not least, Cut Above Paloma provides a well-balanced taste some AF cocktails miss. This option combines grapefruit juice, agave nectar, soda, and any alcohol-free gin. Divine!

Complete Your Night With Mediterranean Cocktails 

Whether party prepping or trying to find your new go-to, these Mediterranean cocktails should provide ample inspiration. Bookmark this page so you don’t lose them!

Not an expert mixologist? No problem. You can sample this menu at Cafe Lovelife today without mixing a single drink. 

Pssst…. Cafe Love Life now offers two-for-one cocktails on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 16:00 to 19:00. Learn more here.

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