Paid PostPosted on Jul. 15, 20214 Refreshing Cocktails That’ll Transport You To A Sunny Island GetawayThey're easy to make and easy to drink!by by LCBOBrand Publisher, by Brittany BarberBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Hi, I'm Brittany. I'm a BuzzFeed writer and I'm here to show you how to make some delicious, island-inspired cocktails. Brittany Barber / Via BuzzFeed Because we could all use a little getaway right about now — I know I do! For this post, the LCBO provided me with four different cocktails to try. LCBO First up is the Ciroc Watermelon Spritz. LCBO For this summery cocktail, you'll need: Brittany Barber / Via BuzzFeed 1½ ounces Ciroc Watermelon vodka 2 ounces lemonade1 ounce cranberry juice3 ounces soda water1 lime wheel, watermelon slice, and sprig of mint, for garnish Pour Ciroc, lemonade, and cranberry juice into an ice-filled collins glass. Top with soda water. Garnish with lime, watermelon, and mint. Makes 1 cocktail. Here it is! A delightful, sweet, and summery bevvie reminiscent of your favourite watermelon-flavoured candy. Brittany Barber / Via BuzzFeed The watermelon spritz is sweet and delicious. The flavours are bright and fruity, with a hint of aromatic mint at every sip. It feels like something you could have on a hot summer day, after spending the afternoon on the beach. Hot tip: Instead of lemonade, I squeezed one ounce of fresh lemon juice and added it to one ounce of water. I personally prefer my drinks on the tart side. And since the cranberry juice and Ciroc are already on the sweeter side, I thought skipping store-bought lemonade was a good call.Score: 9/10 — It called for a few ingredients I don't usually keep in my fridge, but I would for sure make it again. Next up is the Gosling's Dark 'N' Stormy. LCBO Here's what you'll need to make it: Brittany Barber / Via BuzzFeed 6 ounces Gosling’s Ginger Beer1½ ounces Gosling’s Bermuda Black Seal RumLime wedge, for garnish To a tall glass filled with ice, add Ginger Beer and top with Rum. Garnish with lime wedge, if desired.Makes 1 cocktail. The results: A sweet, spicy, and downright delicious cocktail. Plus, how satisfying is that floating layer? Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Brittany Barber / Via BuzzFeed The Dark 'N' Stormy is robust and flavourful, with the perfect balance of sweet, spice, and citrus. It's simple, refreshing, and didn't take any effort to make. You could definitely sip on this during a warm, summer evening while watching the sunset from your balcony. Hot tip: Make sure to use lots of ice and pour the rum in last. Doing so will make sure you get that beautiful colour contrast in your glass. Score: 10/10 — It was SO easy to make and I absolutely adore Gosling's Bermuda Black Seal Rum. Our third cocktail is the Patron Paloma. LCBO Here's what you'll need: Brittany Barber / Via BuzzFeed A quarter of a fresh limeKosher or sea salt1½ ounces Patron Silver TequilaGrapefruit-flavoured pop Rub the lime around the rim of a tall glass. Invert the glass into a saucer of salt to salt the rim. Put two or three ice cubes into the glass. Add tequila. Squeeze lime quarter into the glass and throw it in. Top up with grapefruit pop. Look at that colour! This dreamy cocktail tastes like it looks — sweet, citrusy, and grapefruit forward. Brittany Barber / Via BuzzFeed The Patron Paloma is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing. It looks super cute too! I love the combination of grapefruit, tequila, and salt. It reminds me of being on vacation, lounging by a swimming pool surrounded by palm trees (which is all I could ever want, TBH). Hot tip: If you want to make this less sweet, I recommend trying this with a grapefruit-flavoured soda water. I also added a grapefruit slice to my garnish because I thought it looked pretty — but the recipe doesn't call for it so you don't have to. Score: 9/10 — I don’t typically opt for tequila-based cocktails, but this? I'd absolutely make this again. And finally, we have our Jamaican Mule. LCBO Here's what you'll want on hand: Brittany Barber / Via BuzzFeed 3 lime wedges plus 1 more, for garnish2 ounces Appleton Estate V/X Signature Blend Rum4 to 5 ounces ginger beer1 dash Angostura Bitters (optional)Squeeze juice from 3 lime wedges into a Moscow Mule or rocks glass. Using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, gently muddle. Pour in rum. Fill with ice. Top with ginger beer. Add bitters. Stir to mix. Garnish with remaining lime wedge. Makes 1 cocktail. Voilà! A fizzy, fiery, and citrus-forward cocktail. How can such a simple beverage be so delicious? Brittany Barber / Via BuzzFeed The Jamaican Mule might just be my new favourite cocktail. The traditional mule cocktail calls for vodka but I love using rum instead. It brings out a whole other layer, with hints of oak and salted caramel. Hands down, this would be the perfect cocktail to sip on while you lie back in a hammock and enjoy a warm breeze. Hot tip: The recipe says the dash of Angostura Bitters is optional so I tried it both ways. The cocktail is delicious without it but I loved the extra kick the bitters gave — I would recommend including it if you can!Score: 11/10 — Simply divine. I'll be making this one all summer long. Anyone can make these simple cocktails from home this summer, with a little help from the LCBO! Come in or shop LCBO.com for home delivery today.