Celebrate the warm weather and the later sunlight with a refreshing, light, and delicious cocktail while sitting on the patio, lounging by the pool, or cruising down the river. To me, summer is synonymous with tiki drinks, gin, tequila, and bright fruit flavors. Easy cocktails with simple ingredients are the best. Try serving one of these at your next summer get together––your friends and family will be impressed!
Pour & Serve Mai Tai
Typically, I’m skeptical of ready-to-drink cocktails, but this can has won my heart and my taste buds. Adam Glatt, owner of Proof Cocktails, makes this canned cocktail from scratch in small batches using his own organic pomegranate grenadine, curaçao, and almond Orgeat. He also takes West Indies rum and barrel ages it in Kentucky Bourbon barrels for an American twist. Serve this…and you and your guests will be swaying in the Hawaiian breeze! Bonus––there are three servings at 23% ABV (two if you like them tall) per can and each can is under $7.
4 oz of Proof Cocktail Co. Mai Tai
Pour over crushed ice in a highball glass.
I love a classic French 75 cocktail. In this cocktail, the gin is replaced by Codigo Rosa Tequila and the simple syrup is left out. As a lover of agave spirits and wine, the Codigo Rosa completes me. It is a high quality Blanco tequila that is rested in un-charred Napa Cabernet barrels for one month. The result is a rosé-colored, smooth tequila that finishes with nice floral notes of Cabernet.
1.5 oz Codigo Rosa Tequila
0.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
0.5 oz Sparkling Rosé
Pour Codigo and Lemon juice in shaker with ice. Shake, strain, and pour into coup glass. Top with sparkling wine.
Gin Old Fashioned
Love a classic Old Fashioned with rye? Try this twist. Castle & Key Gin comes from the newly purchased and revitalized Colonel E.H. Taylor Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, and is made with their rye white dog and locally grown botanicals. The rye spice brings out the ginger and the sweet chamomile making this a whiskey drinker’s gin as well as a fan of gin aficionados everywhere!
Splash of simple syrup
A few dashes of Angostura bitters
1.5 oz of Castle & Key Gin
Orange twist and Luxardo Cherry (optional)
Pour simple syrup, bitters, and gin in a shaker with ice. Shake, strain, and pour over ice or straight up with an orange twist.
Optional––muddle cherry and orange twist with bitters and simple syrup in the shaker and then add gin and ice. The cherry will add some sweetness to the cocktail.
Pineapple Gin Cooler
No party is complete without a summer punch! I discovered Waterloo Old Yaupon Gin this fall and was so intrigued because it is like no other spirit I had tried before. From the hills of Texas, Treaty Oaks Distillery creates their version of an Old Tom gin by using the wildflowers of the Yaupon (part of the holy family) and Yaupon wildflower honey. It is delicious on the rocks or mixed into a punch like this one.
1.5 oz Waterloo Old Yaupon Gin
4 oz Pineapple Juice
Juice of 1 Lime
2 oz Topo Chico or sparkling water
Pour ingredients over ice in a highball glass. Note: this recipe is great made ahead of time in larger quantities, but leave out sparking water. Just top each glass with the sparkling water as it is ready to be served!