Maxima’s 8 tips for preparing delicious summer cocktails


Summer brings many opportunities for bartenders, bars, pubs and restaurants to delight customers with refreshing and innovative cocktails. As the temperature rises, so does the demand for bartending services to celebrate the new season. To serve their customers high-quality beverages and cocktails, bartenders must invest in the right equipment. This will ensure efficiency and elevate customer satisfaction.

Essential bar equipment for perfect summer cocktails

Creating the ideal summer cocktail needs more than skill and creativity; it requires the right tools. Investing in crucial bar equipment ensures your cocktails are delicious and consistently high-quality.

1. Invest in a professional ice machine

Ice is a fundamental component of most cocktails, especially in the summer. A reliable ice machine is essential for maintaining a steady supply of ice. Whether you prefer crushed, cubed or bullet ice, a top-quality ice machine can make all the difference.

Maxima's ice machines are known for their reliability and efficiency. They ensure your drinks are always correctly chilled and the flavours are maintained without diluting them too quickly. Depending on the ambient temperature, you can also choose between air-cooled and water-cooled machines.

Maxima’s ice machines are available in different sizes and suitable for all establishments. Compact models fit perfectly in the kitchen or behind the bar and are ideal for smaller spaces. Bartenders who regularly use flaked ice for cocktail presentations can also benefit from Maxima’s flaked ice machines.

For establishments with high ice demand, such as nightclubs and bars, Maxima offers ice makers capable of producing up to 130kg of ice cubes or 400kg of flaked ice within 24 hours. These machines are designed to keep up with your busiest times, ensuring a constant supply of ice for your customers.

2. Use a high-powered blender

Bars and pubs typically have a high demand for blended beverages, especially during peak hours and happy hours. They rely on bar blenders to create delicious cocktails and other frozen drinks. From margaritas to daiquiris, a good blender ensures that ingredients are perfectly blended, producing a consistent texture.

Bartenders can benefit from professional blenders with multiple speed settings and robust stainless steel blades. Maxima’s product specialist recommends this 1,5L high-powered blender , which includes five programs that handle everything from soft fruits to hard ice chunks.

3. Store ingredients & drinks in a reliable refrigeration unit

Proper refrigeration is essential for maintaining the freshness of your cocktail ingredients. A dedicated bar fridge lets you store perishable items such as fruits, herbs and pre-mixed syrups at optimal temperatures. This helps preserve the quality and flavour of these ingredients, ensuring that each cocktail is as fresh as the first.

Sufficient refrigeration is also essential for storing other bar and pub beverages. Bar refrigerators, such as drink fridges and mini-fridges , efficiently store bottled and canned drinks. Most models feature glass doors that visually display alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

With a drink fridge, customers can easily view the drinks a business offers. Staff can also easily keep track of stock and restocking needs. Compact models can accommodate cans and smaller bottles, while larger ones can hold full-sized bottles like wine.

4. Use drink dispensers to prepare in advance

Drink dispensers are a practical and stylish solution for high-volume service. They allow bartenders to batch-prepare popular cocktails, ensuring quick and efficient service during busy periods. Some drink dispensers, such as the ones sold by Maxima, feature a stainless steel centre tube for keeping drinks cool.

Maxima also offers two types of drink dispensers : electric and non-electric. The non-electric models have capacities from 8 to 24L, while the electric drink dispensers have capacities from 18 to 54L. 

5. Buy a citrus press and juicer machine

Fresh citrus juice can elevate the taste of any cocktail. A high-quality orange press makes it easy to extract orange juice without the bitterness from the pith. This tool is essential for making classics like mojitos, margaritas and citrus-flavoured drinks. A good citrus press's ease of use and efficiency can save time spent on preparation and cleaning.

Juicer machines are ideal for extracting juice from non-citrus fruits and vegetables, such as spinach, cucumbers and beetroot. Maxima’s juicer machines are equipped with a separate container for disposing of the pulp. They also feature a convenient drain tap so bartenders can easily dispense the right amount of juice in their cocktails.

Expert tips for crafting memorable summer cocktails

Creating unforgettable summer cocktails requires a blend of creativity, technique and understanding of your customers' preferences. Here are some expert tips to ensure your cocktails stand out:

6. Experiment with seasonal ingredients

Use fresh, seasonal fruits, herbs and vegetables during summer to craft unique cocktail flavours. Ingredients like watermelon, berries, mint and basil add vibrant colours and introduce refreshing tastes that emphasise the summer season.

7. Balance is crucial

The perfect cocktail balances sweet, sour and bitter flavours. Experiment with different ratios and don’t hesitate to adjust recipes to suit diverse tastes. Balancing flavours ensures a delicious blend that appeals to many customers.

8. Presentation matters

A well-garnished cocktail can enhance the customer experience by stimulating the visual and olfactory senses. Use attractive glassware, colourful garnishes, and aromatic herbs. Investing in a dry ice machine is also a great way to present your cocktails stylishly while keeping them cool.

Additionally, glass freezers are great tools for quickly and easily chilling glassware. Serving cocktails in chilled glasses enhances their presentation and keeps drinks colder for longer.

Summer cocktail recipes to impress your customers

Offering a variety of summer cocktails can cater to different tastes and preferences. Here are some easy summer cocktail recipes that will become favourites at your establishment.

Classic Mojito recipe

A timeless favourite, the mojito is a refreshing blend of rum, mint, lime, sugar and soda water.


  • 60ml white rum
  • 30ml fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • Soda water
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime slices and mint sprig for garnish


  • Mix the mint leaves and sugar in a glass.
  • Add lime juice and rum, then fill the glass with ice.
  • Top up with soda water and stir gently.
  • Garnish with a lime slice and mint sprig.

Frozen margarita cocktail

Perfect for summer, this frozen margarita is a delightful mix of tequila, lime and a touch of sweetness.


  • 60ml tequila
  • 30ml triple sec
  • 30ml fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup ice
  • Salt for rim
  • Lime wedge for garnish


  • Rim the glass with salt by rubbing a lime wedge around the edge and dipping it into salt.
  • Blend tequila, triple sec, lime juice and ice until smooth.
  • Pour into the prepared glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

Tropical sunset cocktail

Bring a taste of the tropics with this colourful and exotic cocktail.


  • 45ml white rum
  • 30ml coconut cream
  • 30ml pineapple juice
  • 15ml grenadine
  • Ice
  • Pineapple slice and cherry for garnish


  • Shake the rum, coconut cream, pineapple juice, and ice in a shaker.
  • Strain into a glass and slowly pour grenadine to create a sunset effect.
  • Garnish with a pineapple slice and cherry. 

Now is the ideal time to invest in high-quality bar equipment from Maxima and surprise your customers with refreshing and creative cocktails. By using these tips and techniques and experimenting with fresh ingredients, bartenders can create memorable cocktail experiences that will keep their customers returning for more.

Ready to transform your bar and pub this summer? Shop Maxima's high-quality bar and cocktail equipment and prepare for a successful season!