Summer Sips: Summer Cocktails

Cool down this summer with our top-rated cocktail recipes.

Tom Collins

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Gin Drinks
Gin, the quintessential hot-weather drink

Rum Drinks
Add a paper umbrella, and serve in a pineapple or coconut shell.

The Real Mojito

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Vodka Drinks
Smooth and refreshing

Lemon Drop

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Tequila Drinks
North America’s first distilled spirit

Beer Margaritas

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Whiskey/Bourbon Drinks
No frills in these cocktail classics

Mint Juleps

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Beer and Wine Drinks
Some with spirits, some without

Sangria! Sangria!

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Dessert Drinks
Rich and sweet

Frozen Mudslide

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Mixer Magic
Nothing’s easier to make than simple syrup. If you like, infuse the syrup with other flavors, like mint (for mojitos) or lemon (for iced teas, Collins, and other summer drinks).

Homemade Liqueurs
Take advantage of summer fruit to make homemade liqueurs. Many require weeks or months of infusing fruit to get the best flavors.

Brandied Cherries: Place fresh pitted cherries in a wide-mouthed jar. Cover fruit with brandy and about a half cup of sugar. Store in a cool, dark place.

Don’t Forget the Ice!
It’s often overlooked. But the best tasting cocktails use fresh ice made from pure, filtered water. “Fresh” means the cubes haven’t been sitting around for weeks in the freezer soaking up the stale flavor essences of long-lingering foods. Bring the water to a quick boil for best results. Make it the morning of the day you plan to mix your cocktails, and you’ll enjoy the freshest, most delicious cocktails.