Sweet summertime cocktail recipes by Tongabezi

The forecast of summer in Africa: Sunny and hot with 100% chance of cocktails.

Those who find themselves with their bums on the beach or in the bush in the summer are the lucky ones. The days are longer and hotter which means more time to frolic, swim, or simply reserve a seat in the sand. The mandatory accompaniment to any of these sunny scenarios? Cocktails, of course!

Tongabezi sand bar

Not only are cocktails summer’s best friend, but they’re also an intricate part of an African holiday. Often coined as “sundowners”, they are enjoyed best whilst toasting those drop dead gorgeous sunsets. Not far from the Victoria Falls, Tongabezi sets the wanderlust bar high with their signature cocktail recipes and dreamy spaces and places to enjoy them.

But if you can’t meet the luxe lodge at their mobile sand bar anytime soon, here are a few recipes to transport you there in a few sips!

Sindambi fizz

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– 2 parts Sindambi concentrate (Wild Hibiscus), this can be substituted for cranberry, raspberry, strawberry concentrate

– Pour above ingredients into a Tulip glass or similar

– Top up with sparkling wine

– Garnish with pineapple leaf, mint and passion fruit

Malawian shandy  (non-alcoholic thirst quencher)

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– Equal parts of lemonade and ginger ale in a beer glass

– Add ice cubes and a few drops of Angostura bitters

– Garnish with pineapple segment and straw

Zambezi Dawa (medicine)

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– 2 parts Absolut vodka

– 2 parts fresh lime juice

– 1 teaspoons brown sugar

– 1 teaspoons honey

– Mint sprigs

Muddle brown sugar and lime juice. Add a few mint leaves and muddle till fine.Pour vodka into a whisky glass, add ice cubes, and pour the muddled mixture over the rocks. Stir in the teaspoon of honey and sip through a straw. Garnish with crushed limes.

Tempted for a cocktail yet? As the saying goes, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. Cheers!