Bars & Pubs

We’re Crushing On These Epic Summer Cocktails

By Brooke Falvey
18th Nov 2015

Brisbanes Best Bars

Bittersweet Symphony at Soleil Pool Bar | Image credit: Ariana Gillrie

Now that we’re in the best season of the year (stone fruit season, obviously) it’s time to pick up a deliciously cool fruity cocktail. But the question is, which one?

Whether you’re into vodka, rum, tequila or gin with your strawberries, peaches, pineapples and mangoes, we recently drank our way around Brisbane’s best bars to find you this list of refreshing summer cocktails. 

Pick your fave tropical fruit, and we'll tell you the most delicious cocktail to try around town. You can buy us a drink as a thank you.


When it comes to fruit cocktails, the Eagle St Hold Up at Black Bird is top of the list. With its tantilising blend of Belvedere Grapefruit, Aperol, grenadine, passion fruit, pineapple and lemon juice, topped off with lemon and mint, it’s like a Frosty Fruit for adults. Served in a Tiki glass to really get you in the mood, we found it impossible to stop at one.


Chill out poolside and think pink with the Bittersweet Symphony at Soleil Pool Bar. This cocktail marries Belvedere Pure vodka with Aperol, Pavan liqueur, lime, fresh strawberries and orange bitters. Shaken and stirred, it’s then served over ice and garnished with mint and strawberries. It’s berrylicious!


Head to Eleven Rooftop Bar for the view and stick around for the cocktails. Eleven offer up an impressive list boasting 30 cocktails, but our pick for the one the captures the essence of summer is the Muerto Caminante made with Angostura 1919, Havana Club, Appleton Vx, Goslings 151, Spiced pineapple, Lemon, Lime, Pineapple Juice and Angostura Bitters. It’s like liquid fireworks.


A new player to the westside, Corbett & Claude are all about sharing … until it comes to their cocktail, The Barmaid which is only available by the glass. With Ketel one vodka, lime juice, vanilla and passionfruit pulp, it is perfect for a scorching summer’s afternoon. But if you believe sharing is caring, try the Architect, made with Bulleit bourbon, peach liqueur, mint leaves and bitters.


A cocktail and wine bar, the team at Canvas Cocktail and Wine Bar support Benjamin Franklin's view that "there can't be good living where there is not good drinking". Try the Please Don't Tell which is a sweet and savoury blend of lemon butter infused with Ketel One vodka. But the piece de resistance is that it's finished with a brûlée creating a foamy head. This is a dessert and drink rolled into one. 


Steven Fanning, head barman from Sake Restaurant & Bar was placed in the top ten of Australia’s bartenders at the recent DIAGEO cocktail competition for his concotion, the Tanqkata Tan. Made from Tanqueray gin, shiso sochu and uzu and served with a peach granita on the side, Steven said that his cocktail was a take on the glorious classic, the Tom Collins.

Looking for more of Brisbane's best bars? Check out our article Where You'll Be Drinking In Brisbane This Summer!

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