Summer Cocktail Recipes

The summer season is hardly over.  There are weeks ahead of warm weather, opportunities to entertain friends and family, and time to sip delightful cocktails. Whether you are craving a refreshing drink or wishing to pair a cocktail with your meals, we have ten recipes that use top spirits. Try out your mixology skills. We have selections that are easy to mix and some that will be a bit more challenging. If you love these spirits, and we think you will, visit their web sites for additional recipes. Cheers!

Zaya Mojito


-4-5 mint leaves

-1/2 oz. simple syrup

-3/4 oz. lime juice

1 ½ oz. Zaya Rum

-soda water

-cubed ice

Method: Add mint leaves to a Collins glass.  Add lime juice and a dash of soda water.  Gently muddle for several seconds.  Add simple syrup, rum, and ice.  Top with soda water and give the drink a gentle stir.  Garnish with a sprig of mint.  Website: Zayarum.

Zaya Painless Punch


-2 oz. Zaya Gran Reserva 

-2 oz. Pineapple Juice 

-1 oz. Orange Juice 

-1 oz. Cream of Coconut 

-Ice (for shaking) 

-Crushed Ice (for serving) 

Method: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake extremely well with ice. Strain into a Tiki glass. Fill with crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig, slice of pineapple, and metal straw. Sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon.Website: Zayarum.

Frozen Mudslide


-1 oz. Broken Shed Vodka

-1.5 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream

-1 oz. Coffee liqueur

-3 scoops vanilla ice cream

-Garnish: Grated dark chocolate

Method: Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a Collins glass, garnish with grated dark chocolate, and serve with an environmentally friendly straw. Website: Vodka of Tomorrow.

Ballotin Caramel Turtle Spiked Tea


-1 oz. Ballotin Caramel Whiskey

-3 oz. peach infused sweet tea

-Splash of lemon juice

-Peach slice for garnish

Method: Mix all ingredients in a tall Collins glass with ice. Garnish with a peach slice. For more information, go to Ballotin.

Apple Mule


-1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Sliced Apple

-4 oz. Ginger Beer

-Lemon wedge for garnish

Method: Pour Captain Morgan Sliced Apple and ginger beer into a tumbler glass over ice. Garnish with lemon. Website: Captain Morgan.

Pineapple Rum Rush


-1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

-3 oz. Pineapple Coconut juice

-½ oz. lime juice

-Top with ginger ale

Method: Add pineapple coconut juice, Original Spiced Rum, and lime juice to a glass. Pour half the pitcher mixture into each glass and top each glass off with half of the ginger ale. Garnish with pineapple wedges, a slice of lime, and a pineapple leaf. Website: Captain Morgan.

 Los Arango La Reina

-1½ oz. Los Arango Blanco Tequila

-4 Dashes Pink Peppercorn Tincture

-¼ oz. Sweet Vermouth

-2 Drops Rose Water

-¾ oz. Dry Rosé

Method: Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake well. Rim a Nick n Nora glass with cracked pink/black peppercorn salt. Hawthorne and fine strain the cocktail into your prepped glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist. Garnish with a grapefruit twist and salt cracked pink and peppercorn rim. Website: Los Arango Tequila.

Strawberry Basil Paloma

-2 oz. Los Arango Reposado

-1 oz. grapefruit juice

-½ oz. agave syrup

-2 chopped strawberries

-5 basil leaves

-Soda to top

-Smoked sea salt for rim

Method: Rim your glass with smoked sea salt. Combine all ingredients except soda in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill and combine ingredients. Fine strain into a high-ball glass over fresh ice. Top with soda Garnish & Enjoy! Website: Los Arango Tequila.

Proper Palmer

-2 oz. Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey

-2 oz. Lemonade

-2 oz. Iced Tea

Method: Pour Proper No. Twelve over ice. Add lemonade and iced tea. Stir. Garnish with lemon slice. Website: Proper Whiskey.

Red Earl


-3/4 oz. Pallini Limoncello 

-1 1/2 oz. Vodka

-1/4 oz. Fresh lemon juice 

-1/4 oz. Simple syrup

-8 Raspberries

-2 Slices fresh ginger

Method: Muddle the ginger and raspberries in a mixing glass then shake all ingredients. Double strain into a coupe glass and serve. Website: Limoncello Pallini.

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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.