Cocktail Recipes to Relish this Summer

Get your home bar stocked and ready to mix some cocktails for friends and family this summer.  There’s nothing better than relaxing and sipping a genuinely unique drink. We have 5 recipes for you to make and relish. We even included the inspirations for these fabulous drinks.

Poor Unfortunate Souls

Inspiration: The perfect cocktail for a villainous mood. Created by the most notorious Sea Beast, The Kraken, this cocktail is one for all the anti-heroes. 


-1 oz Kraken Gold Spiced Rum

-½ oz Blue Curaçao

-1 oz Raspberry Syrup

-Top with lemon-flavored soda

Method: Pour The Kraken Gold Spiced Rum and Blue Curaçao into a glass. Add soda and syrup to taste.


Empress Lavender Haze 

Inspiration: Your favorite childhood treat, reimagined. The freshness of homestyle lemonade sings alongside the lightly floral lavender honey, keeping you coming back for more.


-2 oz Empress 1908 Gin 

-1 oz Lavender Honey Syrup 

-2 oz Lemonade 

-Lavender Sprig 

Method: Fill a stemless wine glass with crushed ice. Shake lemonade and syrup on ice and strain into the glass. Layer Empress 1908 Gin on top and add more crushed ice. Garnish with a lavender sprig.


Mint Julep

Inspiration: If you didn’t indulge in a refreshing Mint Julep for the Kentucky Derby, look no further. Here’s the perfect cocktail recipe that you can make easily at home.


-2 oz Great Jones Straight Bourbon

-¾ oz Lemon Juice

-¾ oz Spiced Honey Syrup

-5 Large Mint Leaves

-4 Large Black Berries (For Garnish)

-1 Mint Sprig (For Garnish)

Method: Muddle all ingredients and give a quick shake. Serve in a Julep cup and garnish with blackberry and a mint sprig.


Beverly Highball

Inspiration: The brand has collaborated with the award-winning bartender and author, Jeffrey Morgenthaler, to create the enticing “Beverly Highball.” This refreshing cocktail promises to elevate any occasion, delivering a delightful whiskey-driven experience.


-1 oz The Beverly High Rye

-3?4 oz lime juice

-1?2 oz 2:1 simple syrup

-1?2 oz apricot liqueur

-1 1?2 oz club soda

Method: Combine The Beverly High Rye, lime juice, simple syrup, and apricot liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and shake until cold. Strain over fresh ice in a Collins glass, top with club soda, and garnish with a lime twist.


Coco Rosa

Inspiration: Created by Adi Batista, Equiano Brand Ambassador in Georgia, the Coco Rosa came from the idea of a way to express love in a cocktail form.


-1.5oz Equiano Light

-5oz Coconut Creme

-0.25oz Aperol

-0.5oz lemon

-0.25oz honey

-2 dashes orange bitters

-1 egg white

-Rose water mist

Method:Add all ingredients into a shaker tin, egg white first. Add a large ice cube, shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain back into the tin and shake again for 10 seconds. Pour into chilled coupe glass. Add 3 dots of Peychaud’s bitters in a line, and lightly run the bar spoon end to make a line to connect dots. Lightly mist cocktail with rose water. Add dry rosebuds for garnish


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Marina Kennedy began her writing career when her four children were grown and she returned to college to study in the humanities. She is delighted to be a contributor for Woman Around Town. The majority of her articles focus on the culinary scene, theatre, and travel. Marina and her husband Chuck enjoy the rich cultural experiences of the New York metro area and beyond. She hopes that readers like reading her articles as much as she enjoys writing them.