Summer Cocktails

New Twists on 5 Favorite Summer Cocktails

It’s that time of year again. The sun shines until late into the evening, the temperatures scorch and most people just feel like relaxing.

Somehow, a cocktail fits perfectly into the picture. But that’s not all…

What else is great about summer? Fresh fruits and herbs. Each classic summer cocktail recipe below has an added twist, taking advantage of these tasty seasonal ingredients.

Bottoms up!


Live Basil Gimlet

Serves 1

(Adapted from New York Times)


5 large fresh basil leaves

2 tsp. raw sugar (or dry sweetener of choice)

1.5 oz. gin of choice

Juice from 1/2-1 fresh lime




In a shaker, gently muddle basil with sugar. Shake with gin, lime juice and ice. Serve in a chilled glass and garnish with remaining basil from the shaker.


Watermelon Margarita

Serves 1

(Adapted from Domestic Super Hero)


35 grams cubed watermelon

Juice from 1/2 fresh lime

1-2 Tbsp. agave nectar

1.5 oz. tequila of choice

1/2 oz. Triple Sec

Garnish: fresh lime or watermelon cube



In a shaker, muddle watermelon, lime juice and agave. Add tequila, Triple Sec and ice. Shake, pour into a glass and garnish with lime or watermelon, if desired.


Whiskey Lemonade with Honey

Serves 1

(Adapted from A Beautiful Mess)


2 Tbsp. whiskey of choice

Juice from two fresh lemons


6 oz. club soda or tonic water

1 tsp. honey or to taste

Splash lime juice

Garnish: lemon wedge



In a glass, combine whiskey, lemon juice and ice. Stir in club soda and honey, then add a splash of lime juice. Garnish with a fresh lemon wedge, if desired.


Blackberry Mojito

Serves 1

(Adapted from Just Putzing Around the Kitchen)


6-8 large blackberries

8 mint leaves

1/2 Tbsp. raw sugar (or dry sweetener of choice)

1/2 oz. fresh lime juice

1 oz. rum

2 oz. club soda or tonic water

Ice cubes

Garnish: blackberries



In the bottom of a glass, muddle blackberries, sugar, mint, lime juice and rum.  Add ice cubes and stir with club soda. Garnish with blackberries, if desired.


Raspberry Lemonade Beer Cocktail

Serves 6-8

(Adapted from A Cup of Mai)


2-3 cups fresh raspberries

1/2 tsp. raw sugar (or dry sweetener of choice)

4 12 oz. bottles Corona beer (or other lager of choice) chilled

1 12 oz. can lemonade from concentrate (or make your own)

1/2 cup vodka

Garnish: lemon slice or raspberries (optional)



In a large pitcher, muddle the raspberries with sugar in the bottom. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until combined. Serve over ice and garnish, if desired.


So, the next time you have a party to plan or a free evening, treat yourself to a fancy summer cocktail. After all, that’s what the season’s for, right?

What are some of your favorite summer cocktails?

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