Wining & Dining
Summer Kick-off Cocktails
6/12/2014 10:29:43 AM


Although we all must shed our childish trappings at some point in our lives, there are a few holdovers of childlike innocence that seep their way into the adult cultural lexicon. One such holdover is the romantic vision of summer.

Following college, most of us don’t get extended breaks during the warmer months. But that doesn’t stop us from waxing philosophic about the old days of sandcastles, waterparks and family vacations. It also doesn’t curb the visceral excitement that the sound of an ice cream truck conjures.

may lose a bit of innocence as we age, but there is one bonus about being an adult in the summertime… delicious summer cocktails. So dress down, warm up and enjoy.

June Bug:

Do you ever wonder why they’re called "June” bugs when they always seem to come out in May? Maybe it’s because mayflies have that month locked up, but we digress. This drink has literally nothing to do with its beetle namesake, but it’s delicious and it sounds neat.

- ½ Glass Sprite

- ½ oz. Orange Juice

- ½ scoop orange sherbet

- 1 shot citron vodka

Blend, serve over ice, garnish with orange wedge.

Berry Bourbon Lemonade:

There are two types of people, those who like bourbon and those who don’t. Both should try this drink.

- 1 shot bourbon (don’t skimp, get the good stuff)

- ½ oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice

- 1 oz. mixed berry syrup

>Blend ¼ cup berries (strawberries and blackberries work best) and 2 oz. simple syrup until smooth. Chill before using.

- ½ glass lemonade

Shake, serve over ice and garnish with berries.


At the risk of sounding like a "York Peppermint Patty” commercial, this drink is reminiscent of a cool alpine breeze.

- 1 shot white rum (Note: If you’re feeling like Johnny Depp in "Rum Diary,” try spiced rum)

- 1 oz. lemon juice

- 1 tbsp. simple syrup

- 6-8 mint leaves

Mottle mint leaves in syrup, shake all ingredients, serve over ice, garnish with mint sprig.


This is a personal twist on the old favorite. But a word of caution, this refreshingly sweet wine cocktail will sneak up on you.

- 2 bottles sweet red wine

- ¼ bottle triple sec

- 1 Red Delicious apple (sliced)

- 1 Granny Smith apple (sliced)

- 1 can pineapple chunks (with juice)

- ½ cup blackberries

- ½ cup strawberries

- ¼ cup sugar

>mottle berries in sugar

Mix ingredients in large pitcher. Let the mix refrigerate overnight. Serve chilled.

Creamsicle Mimosa:

As ubiquitous as the ice cream sandwich or the sundae cone, the creamsicle is common fare for just about any ice cream truck driver. This sweet concoction is reminiscent of the tasty, sherbet covered treats of yesteryear… except it’s classier and for adults.

- ½ glass orange juice

- ½ shot whipped cream or ice cream flavored vodka

- Fill with champagne

Serve chilled.

Big Kids’ Root Beer Float:

It’s a root beer float… but better. Need we say more?

- 1 scoop vanilla ice cream

- 1 bottle Abita root beer (cold, very cold… frosty even)

- ½ shot bourbon

Stir bourbon into root beer, pour over ice cream. Don’t bother with a garnish, the delicious froth is enough.

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