34 of Summer's Coolest Cocktails From the Country's Hottest Hotels

Updated 07/20/19

 Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown

To celebrate summer, we asked top bartenders at the hippest hotels across the country—from Miami to Austin to Nashville to San Francisco—to share the most popular drink item on their menus, along with instructions on how to create these cocktails at home. Whether you’re out to impress guests, score likes on Instagram, or simply looking for a new go-to drink for summer, these trendy cocktails will keep you cool all season long. Now get shaking!

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The Asbury No 1

The Asbury Cocktail

 Courtesy of The Asbury Hotel

“This refreshing version of a Caribbean watermelon cocktail has quickly become the most sought-after drink at our hotel,” says Luis Gonzales, a bartender at Salvation Roof Top Bar at The Asbury Hotel in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz. tequila
  • 2 oz. watermelon juice
  • ½ oz. lime juice
  • ¼ oz. simple syrup
  • Club soda
  • Lime wedge

Instructions: Put all the ingredients into a shaker, add ice, shake. Strain over cubed ice in a highball glass and top with club soda before garnishing with a wedge of lime. 

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Cucumber Cooler

Cucumber Cocktail

 Courtesy of The Surf Lodge

“I love this tequila cocktail because it’s got a bit of herbal complexity to it,” says Remi Shobitan, a mixologist at The Surf Lodge in Montauk, New York.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. tequila 
  • .75 oz. agave  .75 oz. lime juice
  • .75 oz. aloe vera liqueur
  • 1 oz. cucumber juice 

Instructions:  Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake. Strain into a pint glass and garnish with a cucumber slice and mint leaves. 

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Pink Pony

Pink Pony Cocktail

 Courtesy of The LINE Austin

“Balance is the key to a perfect summer cocktail. You have to balance boozy with light, flavorful with refreshing, and sweet with bitter—this drink does it all,” says Daniel Ramos, a bartender at Dean’s One Trick Pony at The LINE Austin, in Austin, Texas

Ingredients:

  • .5 oz. gin
  • .5 oz. agave
  • 1 oz. Aperol
  • 4 oz. lemonade
  • .5 oz. lemon juice
  • Lemon or grapefruit wedge

Instructions: Combine all the ingredients in a tumbler filled with crushed ice, stir, then garnish with a grapefruit or lemon wedge. 

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Prickly Pear Margarita

Prickly Pear Margarita

Courtesy of The Wigwam

“This is the perfect summertime drink because it’s light and refreshing—plus it adds a splash of vibrant color to days spent under the sun,” says Amanda Borquez, a bartender at The Wigwam in Litchfield Park, Arizona.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. tequila 
  • ½ oz. triple sec
  • 1 oz. prickly pear syrup
  • ½ oz. lime juice
  • 6 oz. sweet and sour mix

Instructions: Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker half filled with ice and shake. Salt the glass rim, add some more ice, then strain the ingredients into the pint glass and garnish with a wedge of lime. 

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Georgetown 76

Ritz-Carlton Cocktail

 Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown

"Berries, botanicals, and bubbles make this the perfect spritz cocktail for cool summer evenings,” says Debbie Jordan, a bartender at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown in Washington, D.C.  

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. vodka
  • .75 oz. lemon juice
  • .5 oz. berry syrup
  • Prosecco
  • Berries
  • Rosemary

Instructions: Combine vodka, lemon juice, and berry syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a champagne flute, then top with Prosecco and garnish with fresh berries and a sprig of rosemary. 

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La Piña

Tropical cocktail

Courtesy of JRDN at Tower23 Hotel

"Whether you’re enjoying this cocktail on a tropical beach or at a backyard BBQ, the combination of pineapple and rum will sip you far, far away,” says Armando Garcia, bartender at JRDN at Tower23 Hotel San Diego. 

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. pineapple rum
  • .5 oz. rum
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. cream of coconut
  • Maraschino cherry
  • Pineapple wedge
  • Pineapple leaf

Instructions: Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with 1 cup of ice, shake, then strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cherry, pineapple wedge and pineapple leaf. 

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Garden Gin & Tonic

Summer cocktail

Courtesy Montage Palmetto Bluff

“The herbal notes are highlighted by the tonic, making this one of my favorite ‘summer in a glass’ cocktails,” says Thomas Kudlow, a bartender at Montage Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. gin
  • .5 oz. vermouth
  • .5 oz. St. Germain
  • .5 oz. honey thyme simple syrup
  • Tonic
  • Lime

Instructions: Pour the first four ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake. Empty the contents into a high ball glass filled with ice, add a splash of tonic, and garnish with a wedge of lime. 

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The Siren

Summer cocktail

Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton

“This drink makes for the perfect summer cocktail as it marries bright citrus flavors with fun and colorful ice cubes,” says Kelly Crawford, a bartender at Jack Dusty at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Florida. 

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. gin or vodka
  • 1 ½ lemon juice
  • 1 oz. St. Germaine Elderflower liqueur
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • Prosecco
  • Cranberry and grapefruit juice
  • Edible flowers

Instructions: Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker, shake and strain over ice, then top with a splash of Prosecco. Add color and interest with ice cubes made out of grapefruit, cranberry, and edible flowers.  

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Rockefeller Rye

Summer cocktail

Courtesy of Jekyll Island Club Resort

“The rye whisky and fresh sprig of rosemary brings this cocktail—and the summer season—to life! It’s the most requested drink on our menu,” says AJ Holland, a bartender at the Jekyll Island Club Resort, in Jekyll Island, Georgia.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. rye whisky
  • 1 oz. Canton Ginger
  • 2.5 oz. lemon juice
  • .25 oz. lime juice 
  • Rosemary sprig

Instructions: Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker, add ice, and shake. Pour over an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

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The Garden Party

Summer cocktail

 Courtesy of The Ivy

Garden parties are an age-old British tradition that we’re pleased to bring to life in Baltimore, as it only feels right to treat guests like royalty,” says Emmanuel West, a bartender at The Ivy in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz gin
  • .5 oz. lime juice
  • .5 oz. simple syrup
  • ¼ oz. Pok Pok Som drinking vinegar 
  • 2 drops of orange bitters
  • Sparkling wine
  • Mint
  • Cucumber

Instructions: Mix all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain and pour over ice in a rocks glass, adding two healthy dashes of orange bitters and topping with sparkling wine. Garnish with mint leaves and cucumber. 

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The Pompous Moose

Summer cocktail

 Courtesy of Baron’s Cove

“This summer cocktail begins with a combination of tequila and grapefruit, and ends with a spicy kick of jalapeno,” says Jenny Blando, a bartender at Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, New York.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. tequila 1 oz. grapefruit syrup
  • 0.5 oz. lime juice 3 basil leaves Jalapeno slices

Instructions: Mix together all of the ingredients in a shaker before double straining over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with basil leaf and jalapeno.

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Papa's Gift

Summer cocktail

 Courtesy of Perry Lane Hotel

“This cocktail melds together several distinctly tropical flavors including coconut, vanilla, molasses, and pineapple, to create a creamy and rich drink that’s perfect for summertime sipping,” says Daniel Dameron a bartender at the Wayward at the Perry Lane Hotel in Savannah, Georgia.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 oz. dark rum
  • .25 oz. overproof rum 
  • 1.5 oz. cream of coconut  .75 pineapple juice  .75 orange juice 
  • 1 lime
  • 1 nutmeg

Instructions: Combine the dark rum, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, orange juice, and overproof rum together in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain the contents over ice in a tall glass, then grate nutmeg over the cocktail and garnish with lime rind. 

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Shi-So Hot

Summer cocktail

 Courtesy of Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort

“This cocktail is the perfect balance of spicy and tropical sweet—super refreshing on a hot summer day!" said Jessa Wells, a bartender at Red Salt at the Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort in Koloa, Hawaii.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 2 oz. Cointreau
  • Lime juice
  • 1 mango
  • 2-3 shiso mint leaves
  • 1 jalapeno
  • Togarashi spice

Instructions: Puree a mango in the blender, remove. Pour equal parts of tequila and Cointreau into the blender, then add lime juice, a splash of the mango puree, the shiso mint leaves, three slices of jalapeno, and a cup of ice until mixed and smooth. Dip the wine glass rim in togarashi spice for an added kick, then pour the mixture into a stemless wine glass and garnish with a jalapeno slice.

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Yuzu Refresher

Summer cocktail

 Courtesy of Hotel Valley Ho

"This cocktail is all about balancing big flavors—spicy ginger root, tart yuzu, refreshing cucumber, and mint. The complexity brings you back for that second sip, but it’s the balance that brings you back for a second glass,” says PJ Baron, head bartender at ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • ½ oz. ginger syrup
  • ¼ oz. Yuzu juice
  • 1 ¾ oz. lemonade

Instructions: Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker, strain over ice, then pour into a Collins glass and garnish with cucumber, mint, and lemon. 

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The Raymond Gimlet

Summer cocktail

 Courtesy of The Sunset Tower Hotel

“A summer cocktail should be equally refreshing and surprising. Here, the grapefruit and lime reset your palate, while the jalapeno mezcal packs a smoky punch,” says Zack McGrath, a bartender at The Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood, California.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. mezcal
  • 1 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • .5 oz. Yellow Chartreuse
  • .25 oz. Agave 
  • Blackberries
  • 2 jalapenos
  • Lime

Instructions: The day before, soak six blackberries and three jalapenos (remove all the seeds from the jalapenos and rinse in cold water first), with the Mezcal, then combine the macerated mixture with all of the other ingredients in a shaker, shake, strain into a coupe glass, and garnish with a blackberry and a wheel of lime.

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Frosé

Summer cocktail

Courtesy of Hotel San Jose

"This not-too-sweet cocktail puts a twist on your favorite rosé as it uses lemonade and simple syrup for a refreshing taste,” says Nicky Turner, a bartender at the Hotel San Jose in Austin, Texas.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of rosé
  • 1/3 cup simple syrup
  • Lemonade (enough to fill a 12-piece ice tray)   
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions: Fill the ice cube tray with lemonade and freeze. Blend the rośe, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a blender, then freeze the mixture for three hours. Afterwards, blend again with the lemonade ice cubes until smooth. Pour into any type of glass and garnish with mint. 

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Strawberry Fields

Summer cocktail

 Courtesy of Shelter Haven

"This cocktail reminds me of the Capri Sun juice boxes I loved as a kid, with its combination of sweet strawberry and vodka, along with the tart taste of kiwi simple and lime juice,” says Steve Mannino, a bartender at The Reeds at Shelter Haven in Stone Harbor, New Jersey.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. strawberry infused vodka
  • 2 oz. kiwi syrup
  • .5 oz. lime juice
  • Lime

Instructions:

To make the strawberry infused vodka: pour 1-liter of vodka over 1-lb of hulled strawberries and let soak for 72 hours at room temperature in a plastic container. Strain and chill in the fridge for an hour. Add all the ingredients to a shaker, shake, then strain into a martini glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime. 

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Green Mountain

Summer cocktail

Courtesy of Wm. Mulherin’s Sons

This bright summer cocktail combines cognac with lemon and mint to help beat the heat,” says Matthew Williamson, a bartender at the Restaurant and Hotel at Wm. Mulherin’s Sons in Fishtown, Philadelphia.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Cognac
  • ¾ oz. Yellow chartreuse
  • ¾ oz. lemon
  • .5 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 sprig of mint

Instructions: Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker, shake, and then double strain over a tulip glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint. 

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Golden Hour

Summer cocktail

 Courtesy of Balboa Bay Resort

“When the oils from the brie cheese combine with the sparkling wine, it creates a silky texture and a dry effervescent sparkle that lingers throughout the cocktail,” says Travis Johnson, bartender at A&O Kitchen+Bar at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach California.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. gin
  • .5 oz. green apple cordial
  • 2 drops of pepper oil
  • 1 oz. brie cheese
  • .5 oz. lemon
  • Sparkling wine

Instructions: Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker, shake, pour into a champagne flute, and top with champagne. Garnish with a chunk of lime and brie. 

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Japanese Garden

Summer cocktail

 Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton

“This cocktail balances botanical and citrus notes, perfect for summertime sipping,” says Bradford Faris, the lead bartender at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco in San Francisco, California. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. rosé
  • 0.5 oz. Shiso syrup
  • 0.5 oz. Yuzu
  • 2 dashes of Yuzu bitters
  • Yuzu pearls

Instructions: Combine all the ingredients in a shaker, shake, then pour into a coupe glass and garnish with the Yuzu pearls.  

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Chuco Cantarito

Summer cocktails

Courtesy of Hotel Indigo El Paso Downtown

The ingredients in this drink represent flavors from my childhood in Texas, it’s a cool cocktail that will keep you chill all summer,” says Francisco Vivar, a bartender at the Hotel Indigo El Paso Downtown in El Paso, Texas.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Mezcal
  • 1 oz. tamarindo paste
  • .5 oz. lime juice
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • .5 oz. agave
  • Tajin and Tamarrico candy

Instructions: Combine all of the ingredients, in order, into a shaker, add ice, then shake. Rim the glass with Tajin, then pour the mixture into an old-fashioned glass and garnish with pineapples, Tamarrico candy, and a straw coated in chili powder.

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Rosemary’s Baby

Summer cocktail

Courtesy of the Bobby Hotel

“This cocktail, named after the cult classic film, blends fresh citrus flavors with a stout gin that’s a sweet reprieve from the heat,” says Natalia Olejnik, the lead bartender at the Bobby Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ingredients:

  • 1.75 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. blood orange juice
  • .75 oz. St. Germaine
  • .25 oz lime juice
  • Ginger ale

Instructions:

Pour the gin and St. Germaine into a rocks glass filled with ice, then top with ginger ale and blood orange juice. Garnish with a dried blood orange slice and fresh rosemary sprig. 

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Vortex Therapy Cocktail

Summer cocktail

Courtesy of L’Auberge de Sedona

"The fruity, floral, and citrusy flavors of this summer cocktail are beautifully enhanced by the paprika and passion fruit,” says Ardi Dulaku, a bartender at Etch Kitchen + Bar at the L’Auberge de Sedona in Sedona, Arizona.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. turmeric infused vodka
  • 1 oz. passion fruit puree
  • 5 drops lotus flower elixir
  • .5 agave
  • .75 lemon
  • Paprika
  • Lemon wheel

Instructions:

Infuse the turmeric in the vodka for seventy-two hours, then combine all of the ingredients in a shaker, shake, and pour over ice in a highball glass. Dip half of the lemon wheel in paprika and place on top. 

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Purple Jellyfish

Summer cocktail

Courtesy of Acqualina Resort & Spa

“This whimsical cocktail has a molecular flare, meaning it changes colors in front of your eyes once the drink is poured and stirred!” says Natalie Franco, a bartender at the Acqualina Resort & Spa, in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. butterfly pea flower tea
  • 1.5 oz. gin
  • 2.5 oz. lemonade
  • Prosecco
  • Edible orchid

Instructions: Combine the hot tea and gin and let steep for fifteen minutes. Pour into a highball glass, then add the lemonade and a splash of Prosecco. Place a spoon under the rim of the glass and slowly pour in the gin—the spoon will keep the gin floating on top. Garnish with an orchid. 

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Pom Pom Swimming Pool

Summer cocktail

 Courtesy of The Ocean House

"The sparkling rosé in this simple three ingredient cocktail is enhanced by the addition of lime and pomegranate juice,” says Jelena Samardzic, a bartender at The Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups sparkling rosé
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup pomegranate juice

Instructions: Fill a champagne glass with ice cubes, pour the sparkling rosé to the top, then add the lime and pomegranate juices.

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Newspaper R.O.E.

Summer cocktails

Courtesy of the Four Seasons Hotel 

“Italicus bergamot adds a slight twist to my version of the Paloma, Mexico’s popular drink. It’s a great choice for al fresco summer parties,” says Jeff Golden, a bartender at the MKT Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco, California.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. tequila
  • .5 oz Italicus bergamot
  • .75 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
  • .75 oz. lime juice
  • .75 oz. simple syrup
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Grapefruit soda

Instructions: Add all of the ingredients, except for the grapefruit soda, to a shaker and shake. Pour the mixture into a Collins glass filled with ice, then top with the grapefruit soda and garnish with a few grapefruit wheels. 

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Rose Bubbles

Summer cocktail

 Courtesy of Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

“This refreshing, easy-to-make communal cocktail is perfect for sipping with friends on a hot summer day,” says James Yata, a bartender at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa in La Jolla, California. 

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. gin
  • 6 oz. rosehip syrup
  • 1 bottle of Prosecco
  • Rose petal ice cubes

Instructions: Fill a pitcher with all of the ingredients, stir, and pour into wine glasses over ice cubes frozen with rose petals. 

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Mistral

Summer cocktail

Courtesy of Primrose at Park MGM

“The combination of cranberry and fresh pressed grapefruit results in a tart, crisp, and refreshing cocktail, while the salt rim offsets the sweetness,” says Stephen Rafferty, a bartender at Primrose at Park MGM in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. cranberry syrup
  • 1 whole grapefruit
  • Grapefruit garnish
  • Salt

Instructions: Juice 1 peeled grapefruit in a juicer. Rim 1/3 of the top of a highball glass with salt, then add the vodka, cranberry syrup, and ice. Fill the remainder of the glass with the frothy grapefruit juice mixture and stir. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

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Living My Best Life

Summer cocktail

Courtesy of The Cosmopolitan

“The hibiscus and orange blossom flavors along with the passionfruit make this cocktail a true tropical escape!” says Mariena Mercer, a mixologist at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Aperol
  • .5 oz. Ramazzotti Apertivo 
  • .5 oz. Passion fruit liqueur
  • 3 oz. Prosecco
  • Splash of soda water
  • Passionfruit pearls

 Instructions: Shake together the Aperol, Ramazzotti Apertivo, and passion fruit liqueur with some ice in a shaker. Strain into a wine glass filled with ice and then add a scoop of passionfruit pearls. Top with Prosecco and soda water, then stir.

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Sunday Spritz

Summer cocktail

Courtesy of The Peninsula Chicago

“This refreshing cocktail has a low-proof alcohol content, perfect for slow sipping over a long afternoon,” says Vlad Novikov bartender at Z Bar at The Peninsula Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. 

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. Blanc Vermouth
  • 0.5 oz. Elderflower Liqueur
  • Soda water
  • Strawberries
  • Lemon

Instructions: Combine Blanc Vermouth and Elderflower Liqueur in a wine glass. Add a splash of soda, sliced strawberries, and lemons. Add ice before topping with more soda.

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Greenwich Grenade

Summer cocktail

Courtesy of The New York EDITION

“The Stonewall Riots were a definitive movement in the LGBTQIA+ community and we’re commemorating the 50th anniversary with this cocktail. If you’re going to make a drink statement this summer, this is how you do it—loud!” says Madeleine Barry, a bartender at The New York EDITION, New York City. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • .375 oz. cucumber syrup
  • .375 oz. mint syrup
  • .5 oz. lime juice
  • Ginger beer
  • Mint

Instructions: Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake, and strain into a wine glass filled halfway with crushed ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a bushel of fresh mint.

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The Enchanted

Summer cocktails

Courtesy of HMF at The Breakers

“This sparkling cocktail is the perfect balance of tart and sweet with a hint of citrus,” says Caitlin Baker, a bartender at HMF at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz. vodka
  • .5 oz. Aperol
  • .5 oz. lemon
  • .5 oz. simple syrup
  • Champagne

Instructions:

Combine the first four ingredients in a shaker, add ice, then shake. Strain into a coupe glass and top with champagne. Garnish with a rosebud frozen in ice. 

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Strawberry Caprese

Summer cocktail

 Courtesy of Montage Beverly Hills

“This luscious and creamy cocktail, with aromas of basil and strawberries, takes you to the shores of Capri, Italy, making it the perfect summer companion on a hot day,” says Jason Sorge, a bartender at The Bar at Montage Beverly Hills, in Beverly Hills, California.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. strawberry shrub
  • 1 oz. egg whites
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • 3 drops balsamic vinegar
  • 1 large basil leaf

Instructions: Combine all of the ingredients with some ice in a shaker and shake. Remove the ice and shake again. Double strain into a coupe glass and finish off with three drops of aged balsamic vinegar and a basil leaf garnish.

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My Kind of Paloma

Summer cocktail

 Courtesy of Miami Beach EDITION

“I’ve tweaked my own version of the Paloma, one of Mexico’s most beloved cocktails, by swapping out tequila for mezcal. It’s super refreshing and a current crowd favorite,” says Kip Byrne, a mixologist at the Miami Beach EDITION in Miami, Florida.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Mezcal
  • .05 oz. Italicus
  • .75 oz. lime juice
  • .25 oz. Agave
  • Grapefruit soda
  • Pink sea salt

Instructions: Rim a highball glass with pink sea salt, then add the Mezcal, Italicus, lime juice, and a few ice cubes to a shaker and shake. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice, top with grapefruit soda, and garnish with a lime wheel. 

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