NU Staff’s Guide to Summer Drinks

You put the Lime in the Coconut… or at least that’s what Harry Nilsson wants you to do. Here at Naked Underground, we want you to kick back on the patio, in the park or on the beach and enjoy a light summer cocktail. To aid you in this mission, we have compiled our Top 4 summer drink recipes just for you.

The Bellwood’s Fizz – Jessica Ruby

I love prosecco and I love mimosas. This is a bit of a summery twist that takes a mimosa from brunch to patio.  To make it really fantastic I make a delicious DIY minty-lemonade, it’s easy and makes all the difference.

What you need:

  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1.5 cups of freshly squeezed lemon
  • 3 tbsp Mint (muddled with a couple whole pieces for garnish)
  • Dry Prosecco or Brut

Boil the water with the sugar until the sugar is dissolved, to make simple syrup. Let it cool completely in the fridge, I am conservative with the sugar because I prefer it sour and not too sweet, consider adding more if you like your lemonade sweeter. Squeeze, or juice your lemons, I do it by hand with a fork, but it’s slow. Fill a large pitcher with the lemon juice, 4 cups of water, the liquid sugar and the mint. Stir to combine.

In a champagne flute, fill it half with prosecco and half with lemonade. Stir, enjoy, repeat!

Musical pairing: Best paired with a sunny afternoon and some Bahamas.


Sir. Basil’s Cuke – Sky Regina

I maintain the belief that cucumber is the ultimate flavour booster for any drink, especially in the long sticky days of Toronto’s summer. Its refreshing, crisp and doesn’t over-power the other ingredients. Cucumber is like a super attractive, talented person you can’t help but love (even though you’re jealous of them because they’re good at everything) – it never hogs the spotlight despite its inherent radiance. Behold a recipe that features my best mate Cucumber, as well as her friends Basil and Lime (who are also the best at flavour):

What you need:

  • 1/4 cup gin (also works well with vodka)
  • 2 tbs elderflower liqueur (try St. Germain)
  • 2 tbs fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbs fresh basil
  • 1 whole cucumber! (or a few slices if you want to be minimal about it)
  • splash of soda water

Basically mix it all up in a beverage vessel of your choosing and enjoy the shit out of it.

Musical Pairing: “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch.

Sidewalk Slammer – Jimmy Kakish

I was first introduced to this deliciously inebriating cocktail a few summers ago by a friend of mine. Ever since it’s been my seasonal ticket to fucked-upsville when I feel like drinking, but don’t have much money in my pocket. This classic cocktail is cheap, tasty, evidently classy and is guaranteed to get you buzzing quick (if that’s what you’re into).

What you need:

  • One forty ounce of Malt Liquor (my favourite is Olde English 800)
  • One can of Four Loko (I find that the watermelon flavour pairs best)

Upon buying your ingredients, immediately throw the Four Loko in your fridge and your Olde English 800 in your freezer, it’ll last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour without the bottle breaking from the cold. This is a very important step, because without it your drink is going to be warm and it’s going to taste like watered down piss.

After everything’s cold, drink the forty down to the top of the label. Refill it back up to the top with your Four Loko and shake the bottle gently. If it’s not cold enough, throw it back into the fridge for another 15 minutes and then you’re good to go! I would advise to drink these slowly, or split one with a friend or two if you just feel like enjoying something that tastes good because this wonderful mixture can and will put you on your ass. Cheers!

Musical Pairing: “93 ’til Infinity” by Souls of Mischief.

 Orange You Glad It’s Organic – Izzy Ahrbeck

It’s easier in the summer to get your daily vitamin D intake, but just because it isn’t cold and flu season doesn’t mean you can skip out on your vitamin C. Besides, your token Toronto hipster buddy will love that this recipe includes an organic ingredient. This drink is great for one of those patio afternoons post-work and pre-party because you can’t taste a lot of alcohol. But be warned, this one is a silent killer.

What you need:
  • 0.5 – 1 oz white rum
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • Mill St. Organic
  •  Orange (thickly sliced)

This drink is pretty simple to make. The best way to combine the ingredients is with a shaker. Put in a little bit of ice with your (ir)responsible amount of rum, Cointreau and orange juice. I know most of you are pulp picky with your OJ, so I will leave that vital decision to you. Give it a light little shake and strain it into a tall glass. Top the drink off with Toronto’s favourite refreshing lager, Mill St Organic. If you are feeling a little fancy, you can class up your drink by placing a slice of orange on the rim.

Musical pairing: “Santeria” by Sublime

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