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'Tis the season for gathering together and having a cooling drink. Here we've gathered a few of our favourite summer drinks for you to enjoy, all using objects from our store at 51 Powell Street. Cheers!
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What size drink would you like? Tall, short, or baby? A refreshing take on the margarita, wherein pineapple juice and cilantro are added to the shaker. Don’t skimp on the salt!

1 part tequila
1 part pineapple juice
½ part triple sec
½ part lime juice
1 lime wedge
1 sprig of cilantro
Salt

Use the lime wedge to wet the rims of the glass, and dip in salt. Add all other ingredients to shaker, fill with ice cubes. Shake well, strain into glasses.

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Why mess with a classic? Sometimes it just needs a little something extra. And cucumber adds just the right amount of something to the gin. The secret is to use a vegetable peeler to get those beautiful long ribbons that are showcased so nicely in a tall glass.

2oz gin
Tonic
Lime wedge
Cucumber ribbons

Place a few ice cubes into the bottom of the glass, top with cucumber ribbons. Pour in the gin and top with tonic water. Serve with a lime wedge and enjoy refreshment.

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On a hot day of solo reading in the sun, a beverage to cut through the heat is necessary. Why not use nature’s resources and make sun tea? We like the tart flavour of hibiscus paired with lemon slices and perhaps a hint of sparkling water, if it’s at hand.

Hibiscus tea leaves
Lemon slices
Sparkling water (optional)

Set the hibiscus into a clear glass pitcher or jar with water. Leave to steep in the sun for a few hours or until the desired strength is reached. Pour into a glass with ice, add lemon slices and sparkling water, if using.

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A perfect savory addition is the michelada. Salty, spicy, and just plain good.

Mexican beer
Worchestershire sauce
Lime juice
Hot Sauce
Salt, mixed with chili if you like

Use a lime wedge to wet the rim of the glass, then dip in salt. Add a few ice cubes to the bottom of the glass, and your own personal mix of Worchestershire sauce, hot sauce and lime juice. Add the beer and enjoy.

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Summer always gives us something to celebrate. Try a strawberry-grapefruit aperol spritz for occasions with friends and loved ones, and you’ll see it’ll be one you’ll return to often.

Fresh strawberries
1 oz Grapefruit juice and slices
1 oz Aperol
Prosecco

In a shaker, muddle 2 strawberries well. Add a touch of sugar if they are tart. Add the Aperol and grapefruit juice, ice cubes, and shake well. Strain into glasses, adding new ice if desired. Top with prosecco and a grapefruit slice.