22 Aug Six Summer Cocktails You Need to Try Before Labor Day
We may be in the final weeks of summer, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over! Check out my list of six savory summer sips for you and your guests to share as we wind down into autumn!
Celery Juice Cocktail
Celery juice is having a big moment right now in the health food world, so why not use it as the base for your next summer brunch cocktail? Mix up some tequila, Cointreau, agave, and a few other leafy greens for a “healthy” way to start your day.
2 oz Tequila
1 oz Cointereau
1 oz celery juice
1⁄4 cup spinach
1⁄2 pineapple slice
2 cucumber slices
1 small celery stick
1⁄2 oz lime juice
1⁄2 oz agave syrup
Muddle all the solid ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add the liquid ingredients. Add ice and shake vigorously. Double strain and serve over ice on a high ball glass.
Source: https://thechalkboardmag.com/celery-juice-cocktail, Pinterest
Aperol is a very popular spirit right now. The orange liquor is known for its sweet, bitter taste and Instagram-worthy coloring. With a splash of Prosecco and seltzer, the Aperol spritz is the perfect summer cocktail!
1 oz club soda
3 oz dry Prosecco
3 oz Aperol
1 orange slice
Fill a wine glass with ice. Add Aperol, prosecco, club soda, and orange slice.
Source: https://cookieandkate.com/classic-aperol-spritz-recipe/, Pinterest
Frozen Peach Bellini
I love a cold drink on a hot day, and I ADORE a frozen one even more! The peach Bellini is another great brunch cocktail, but I won’t hold it against you if you have it with lunch and dinner too.
1 jar drained sliced peaches
1 bottle chilled champagne or sparkling wine
2/3 cups peach schnapps
Fresh peach slices
Blend peaches until smooth and freeze the puree. Combine frozen ½ puree, ¾ champagne, and 1/3 schnapps in blender.
Source: https://people.com/archive/frozen-peach-bellini/, Pinterest
Lavender Bourbon Lemonade
Lavender has so many uses, especially in the realm of aromatherapy. It helps promote calmness and wellness, and can even reduce stress and anxiety. Have you ever thought to infuse your cocktails with a lavender simple syrup, though? This recipe for a lavender bourbon lemonade is definitely one of my favorites for a summer day.
1 tbsp lavender buds
1 cup granulated sugar
1 ½ cup fresh lemon juce
Make the lavender lemonade separately by first making the syrup. Rub lavender buds in large bowl with sugar until fragrant. Combine with 1 cup of water and heat over medium heat in a saucepan. Stir occasionally until sugar dissolves. Bring to a low simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour through a mesh sieve and into a pitcher. Add lemon juice and water.
To make the cocktails, fill a glass halfway with ice. Add 1 cup of lavender and 1 cup of bourbon.
Everyone’s favorite summer wine is rosé. For a twist on this summer standard, add some vodka and freeze to make it into a slush. #roséallday #straighttotherosé
3 frozen and sliced strawberries
1 bottle chilled rose
¼ cup sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice
4 cups ice
3 tbsp vodka
Put all ingredients into a blender; blend. Serve
Source: https://www.thenutritionaddiction.com/blog/5-minute-frose-aka-summer-water, Pinterest
Mint is a classic cocktail garnish, and you can’t get more classic or refreshing than a mint julep! While this cocktail is often associated with springtime and the Kentucky Derby, I think it’s a great end of the day cocktail to enjoy while watching the sunset on your back deck. What do you think?
For a summertime twist to this classic, check out this great recipe for a blackberry version!
12 oz blackberries
2 tbps water
½ oz simple syrup
4-5 small mint leaves
2 ½ ounces bourbon
Make the puree first. Blend blackberries and water until smooth. Pass through a mesh sieve. Discard excess seeds and pulp.
Place simple syrup and mint leaves at the bottom of an old-fashioned glass. Muddle. Add bourbon and puree. Gently stir and add crushed ice. Garnish with blackberries and mint leaves.
Source: https://jellytoastblog.com/blackberry-mint-julep/, Pinterest
Those are my six favorite cocktails for the summer, but what are yours? Is there another drink I should be trying before summer is over? Let me know!