Sipping Pretty: Beautiful Summer Cocktail Recipes

The season for patio drinking is upon us, and with it come colorful summer drinks.

Gin BravoHotel Tango The housemade gin at Hotel Tango makes a case for itself as the backbone of this simple drink, redolent with the smell of muddled berries and basil.

» 2 oz. Golf gin
» 1 oz. lemon juice
» 1 oz. green-tea simple syrup
» Muddled blackberries and basil


0715_BARS_ball&biscuitAbsinthe Minded
The Ball & Biscuit
A cocktail served in a tiki-head glass may seem like a departure for this sophisticated speakeasy, but the tart punch has refreshing notes of anise and mint.
» 1.5 oz. Pierre Ferrand cognac
» .5 oz. Pernod absinthe
» .75 oz. Wilks & Wilson orgeat
» .75 oz. lime juice
» 6 mint leaves
» Dash of Peychauds bitters
» 1 lime wheel


0715_BARS_beachbumBeach Bum
Spoke & Steele
This tall, fruity concoction is as easy on the tastebuds as it is on the eyes.
» 1.5 oz. Caña Brava rum
» .5 oz. metaxa
» 2 oz. pineapple juice
» 1.5 oz. orange juice
» 3 raspberries
» .5 oz. orgeat


One of the most popular drinks of last summer is back for an encore. Bar manager J.B. Andrews has a reputation for pulling kitchen ingredients behind the bar, and the arugula in this one acts as a bittering agent and adds some seasonal color.
» 2 oz. Zubrowka vodka
» .75 oz. lemon juice
» .75 oz. honey
» 1 pinch arugula
» 2 drops saline (or one piece kosher salt)


0715_BARS_thunderbirdScattered Action
Even if you’re not a big rum-drinker, the Mount Gay version will make you a believer. Aged in bourbon barrels, the black liquor is the star of this floral, tiki-inspired drink.
» .75 oz. Angostura 7 Year Old rum
» .75 oz. Mount Gay Black Barrel rum
» .25 oz. falernum
» .25 oz. allspice dram
» 1 oz. lime juice
» .75 oz. hibiscus syrup


0715_BARS_easyloverEasy Lover
North End BBQ
Pairing well with the smoky char of barbecue, this sweet-and-sour bourbon concoction screams summer.
» 1.5 oz. tea-infused Four Roses Yellow Label bourbon
» 1 oz. raspberry sauce
» .5 oz. dry curacao
» .5 oz. fresh lemon juice
» 2 dashes Wilks & Wilson citrus bitters


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