We’re Toasting Summer’s End with Fabulous Seasonal Cocktails
Summer is drawing to a close, schools are back in session and for some, pumpkin spice is in the air (or at least the coffee). So for our last hurrahs on the patio and the porch, we’re serving up our favorite end-of- summer cocktails to say cheers to a fabulous few months in the sun and to give a warm welcome the fall.
Here are a few favorites, old and new:
Strawberry Ginger Highball
The best of both seasons in a glass, with a few sunny strawberries and a dash fall spice!
1½ oz spiced rum (We like Ragged Mountain Rum from Berkshire Distillers)
¾ oz fresh lemon juice
¾ oz Simple Syrup
2 fresh strawberries
2 Slices of fresh ginger
-Muddle one strawberry and one slice of ginger in mixing glass.
-Shake remaining ingredients (except ginger beer) with ice and strain into a Collins glass with fresh ice.
-Top with ginger beer. Garnish with strawberry and mint.
Early apples are out here in the Northeast and they make the loveliest cocktails!
1 1/2 oz white rum
3 oz 100% apple juice
1 oz simple syrup
5-6 mint leaves
1 Splash of club soda
Fresh apple slices
-In the bottom of a glass, muddle together mint leaves and simple syrup. Add the rum and apple juice, stirring to combine. Fill the glass with ice. Top with club soda.
-Garnish with apple slices and extra mint leaves
Vodka Thyme Lemonade from Jean Georges – Annie’s favorite summertime cocktail!
Hold on to those last days of summer with Annie’s favorite!
3 Lemon Wedges
2 oz vodka (Jean Georges use Ketel One Citroen but we love using our local Berkshire Mountain Distillers’ Ice Glen vodka too).
2 oz Lemon-Thyme Syrup (directions on how to make below!)
1 Splash Club Soda
1 Sprig Fresh Thyme, preferably lemon thyme
-Run 1 lemon wedge over the rim of a 12 oz highball glass; dip the rim into sugar. Reserve the lemon wedge.
-Put the remaining 2 lemon wedges in a cocktail shaker. Muddle hard, breaking the lemon skins to release their oils. Add Syrup, Vodka and Ice. Cover and shake.
-Pour the mixture into the sugar-rimmed highball glass, lemon wedges and all.
-Top off with club soda, the squeeze the reserved lemon wedge over before dropping it into the glass. Garnish with the thyme sprig and serve immediately.
Lemon-Thyme Syrup (Makes 1 cup)
¾ cup sugar
1 small bunch fresh thyme, preferably lemon thyme (1/2 ounce)
-In a small saucepan, heat 1 cup water and the sugar to boiling, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the thyme, remove from the heat, and let stand until cool. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing to extract as much liquid as possible. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
If you need something cute to keep all of your cocktail necessities organized, we highly suggest getting a stylish bar cart!
What are your favorite end of summer / early fall cocktails? Sound off in the comments below!