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Summer Cocktail Recipes

Warm weather has arrived, and summer is in full swing! Welcome the sunny season and prep for summer shindigs with these must-try cocktail recipes.

Liquor

Whip up just about any cocktail with this variety of liquor recommendations from our very own local Berkshire Mountain Distillers.

Ice Glen Vodka

Ethereal Gin

Ragged Mountain Rum

New England Corn Whiskey

Berkshire Bourbon

Round out your liquor selection with a great scotch and Tequila. BMD recommends Macallan Scotch and Casamigos Blanco Tequila.

 

Cucumber Fizz

Summer Cocktail Recipes | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

2 slices of thickly cut cucumber

1½ oz Ice Glen Vodka

½ oz St. Germain

½ oz lemon juice

½ oz simple syrup*

Soda water

Cucumber slice, mint or lemon

 

-Muddle cucumber and lemon.

-Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a Collins glass with fresh ice.

-Top with soda water. Garnish with a cucumber slice, mint or lemon.

*Simple syrup is optional. Try making one without it and add if desired.

 

French 75

Summer Cocktail Recipes | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

1 oz Greylock or Ethereal Gin

¾ oz Simple syrup

½ oz fresh lemon juice

Champagne

Lemon twist

 

-Shake all ingredients (except champagne) with ice and strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top with champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.

 

Strawberry Ginger Highball

Summer Cocktail Recipes | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

1½ oz Ragged Mountain Rum

¾ oz fresh lemon juice

¾ oz Simple Syrup

2 fresh strawberries

2 Slices of ginger

Ginger beer

 

-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.

 

Vodka Thyme Lemonade from Jean Georges – Annie’s favorite summertime cocktail!

Summer Cocktail Recipes | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

3 Lemon Wedges

Granulated Sugar

2 oz Ice Glen Vodka (Jean Georges used Ketel One Citroen but we love it with BMD Vodka).

2 oz Lemon-Thyme Syrup*

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!

Which cocktails will you be in enjoying this summer? Sound off in the comments below!

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