Aaaahh! The season of day drinking and day parties is upon us. If entertaining friends at your place this Spring/Summer is a part of your plan and plain ol’ vodka sodas no longer entice you but you’re no mixologist–there’s no need to fret. The thing is, a lot of cocktails have complicated ingredients, while most of us (speaking from my point of view anyway) want something strong, simple to make but feminine so we can post selfies with while lounging around. I’ve read your minds and compiled a list of five current yet tasty cocktails that’s not only easy to make, but there’s one for every type of alcoholic beverage lover.
Raspberry Lemon & Lime Ginger Beer Cocktail
Starting off the list is for all you fancy pants, bubbly lovers. This tangy and dainty paritng is perfect for Sunday brunches or a cute aclohol accessory for girl chat and photos!
- .75 oz raspberry puree
- 1.5 oz of Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer, Lemon and Lime
- Splash of limoncello
- 4 oz champagne
- Squeeze of lime juice
- Fresh raspberries
Add raspberry puree, ginger beer, and limoncello into a champagne glass and stir. Top with champagne and a squeeze of lime juice. Garnish with fresh raspberries.
Courtesy of Brooklyn Crafted
- 2 oz Bison grass vodka
- .875 oz cherry blossom syrup
- 1 oz lime juice
- 2 coins cucumber
Add all ingredients to iced cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a pickled cherry blossom.
Tequila is my alcohol of choice so when I saw this recipe it made the list as I’m so over Tequila Sunrises.
- 2 oz Milagro Blanco Tequila
- .75 oz Honey Syrup
- .75 oz Lime Juice
Combine ingredients in a shaker and shake with ice. Strain into a coupe and garnish with a lime wedge.
(Courtesy of The Ranstead Room)
1.75 oz BLOOM gin
.75 oz rose liqueur
.33 oz strawberry liqueur
.33 oz agave nectar (optional)
Put the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a rocks glass or tumbler over ice. Garnish with a cucumber slice.
(Created by Deena Versanszki, head mixologist of Pennethorne’s Bar at Somerset House in London)
Deja’s Grand Moon
Wait… you thought I wouldn’t have one of my favorite drinks on this list?… ha! Blue Moon is the only beer that I enjoy; the taste is mellow and doesn’t leave me feeling bloated like most beers do. The addition of a cognac shot takes it up a notch. I may or may not have created this drink, but since I’ve introduced so many people to this match-up, it only seems fair that I call it my own (smooth exit).
- 1 Glass of ice cold Blue Moon beer (or Shock Top)
- Grand Marnier
- Orange peel
- Pour beer slowly at an angle into a tall glass, add 1 shot of Grand Marnier and garnish with orange peel.
Thank me later…
Editors Note: This list is updated yearly.