7 summer cocktails

Ahh, sweet summertime. Farmer's Markets, long sunny days, picnics in the park, sipping wine and cocktails on the patio: these are a few of our favorite things.  That's why we made a list of our 7 favorite summer cocktails, so you can enjoy the end of summer refreshed and hydrated. We are biiiig fans of "hydration" around here. 

The list below contains some classic cocktails with a creative twist and a few classic cocktails that we know better than to mess with. 

 

1. Aperol Spritz

This classic aperitif will hopefully transport you to the sunny Italian coastline no matter where you may be. 

  • 2 oz. Aperol

  • 3 oz. Prosecco

  • splash of club soda

  • orange peel for garnish

Fill glass with ice. Pour Prosecco and Aperol into glass, top with a splash of club soda, and stir.

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2. blackberry collins

This refreshing take on an old classic cocktail will revive you on a hot summer day. The blackberry collins is a great drink to use some creative license, as it lends itself really well to different fruit syrups and various herbs like thyme, mint, basil, and sage.

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz. blackberry simple syrup

  • 3 oz. chilled club soda

  • lemon slice and herbs for garnish

Pour the gin, lemon juice, and blackberry syrup into an ice-filled glass. Top with soda and stir gently. Garnish with lemon slice and herbs.

We make the blackberry simple syrup by combining ½ cup of sugar, ½ cup of water, and 1 cup of blackberries over low heat. Simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mash berries and strain liquid.

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3. Peach whiskey smash

We use Colorado Palisade peaches for this whiskey smash, which go incredibly well with southern bourbon. We could sip on this drink all summer long!

  • ½ peach, cut into thick slices
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 2 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • Splash of chilled club soda
  • 1 sprig mint & thyme, for garnish
  • 1 thin peach slice, for garnish

Muddle peach, lime juice, simple syrup, and fresh herbs in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and whiskey. Shake vigorously and strain into an ice-filled glass. Add splash of chilled club soda, stir gently. Garnish with a peach slice and a sprig of mint.

This recipe was inspired by Camille Styles. 

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4. Rosé sangria

This sangria is perfect for a summer patio day since you mix it up in a pitcher. inspired by this recipe at bon appetit. 

  • 2 750-ml bottles rosé

  • ½ cup bianco vermouth

  • 1 bunch mixed herbs, such as basil, mint, and/or thyme, divided

  • 2 12-oz. cans citrus soda, such as Limonata 

  • Berries for garnish

Add rosé and vermouth to pitcher and stir to combine. Add herbs to pitcher- be sure to set aside the prettiest herbs for garnish when ready to serve. Cover pitcher and chill at least 3 hours and up to overnight. Divide sangria among ice-filled glasses. Top off with soda. Garnish with reserved herbs.

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5. Jungle Bird

We are always down for a good tiki drink, and the jungle bird does not disappoint.

  • ½ ounce simple syrup (see note)

  • 1 ½ ounces blackstrap rum, preferably Cruzan

  • ¾ ounce Campari

  • 1 ½ ounces pineapple juice, fresh or a high-quality brand

  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice

  •  Pineapple wedge, for garnish

In a mixing glass filled with ice, pour ½ ounce of simple syrup, the rum, the Campari, the pineapple juice and the lime juice. Shake until chilled. Strain into a glass over one large piece of ice. Top with pineapple wedge.

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6. Mezcal Margarita

We have recently become obsessed with mezcal. It is an organic and hand-crafted spirit typically made in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Here, we have made a traditional margarita and just subbed mezcal for the tequila.

  • 1 ½ oz. mezcal
  • 1 ½ oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. Cointreau
  • lime wedges
  • kosher salt

Rub a lime wedge around the rim of a margarita glass and salt the rim. Add ice to the prepared glass. In a mixing glass, shake together mezcal, lim juice, and Cointreau with ice. Then strain liquid into prepared glass. Squeeze another lime wedge over the drink and drop it in. 

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7. Daiquiri

Forget the brain freeze-inducing, slushy, fake strawberry syrup daiquiri that you are picturing. This recipe is the original daiquiri that the rum gods always intended. 

  • 2 oz. white rum
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • lime slice for garnish

Shake the liquid ingredients vigorously with ice. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lime slice. 

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