Breakaway from the Ordinary with Sensational seasonal Cocktails
Whether you’re getting ready to entertain, or just looking for a refreshing drink on a hot day, a great summer cocktail is the perfect addition to any activity. We asked Abby Walz, bar manager at Mere Bulles to share some of her favorite cocktail recipes that will help you keep cool all summer.
One of the biggest cocktail trends is the mule, a cocktail that combines liquor with lime and ginger beer. “The mule has been blowing up lately,” says Walz. More bars and restaurants have been trying twists on the classic mule, like this one that uses bourbon instead of vodka. Serving it in the traditional copper cup also helps to keep the drink cool, even in the summer heat.
1 ¼ oz bourbon (we used Jefferson’s, but any bourbon will do)
2 lime wedges
Ginger Beer (approximately 3 oz)
Add bourbon to chilled copper cup. Squeeze in lime wedges. Add ice. Top with ginger beer and stir with tall spoon to mix. Garnish with lime and serve.
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For those who prefer their summer drinks a little sweeter, this refreshing cocktail was developed at Mere Bulles and has a delightful strawberry lemonade flavor. “This drink is super popular with pretty much everyone,” Walz says. “It’s perfect for drinking outside and for hot weather.”
1 ¼ oz vodka
¼ oz St. Germain (elderflower liqueur)
1 strawberry (cut into pieces)
2 lemon wedges
Soda Water (or Sprite)
Add vodka to glass. Muddle in strawberry. Squeeze in lemon wedges and add wedges to glass. Add ice, shake 1 or 2 times. Add spritz of soda water. Garnish with lemon and mint, and serve in a highball glass.
This summer also sees the popularity of spritzy, sparkling wine based cocktails. Walz created this drink after working at an Italian Restaurant. “I was obsessed with Limoncello,” she says (Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur mainly produced in southern Italy). When combined with prosecco, the Limoncello provides the base for a bubbly, citrusy drink that’s perfect for drinking outside.
1 ½ oz Limoncello (Walz prefers Caravella)
3 oz Prosecco
2 or 3 raspberries
Mint leaf (for garnishing)
Add Limoncello to glass. Top with Prosecco. Add raspberries and mint leaf.
Walz recommends that amateur mixologists invest in a muddler and a tall spoon for perfect summer cocktails. “The muddler helps to add and break out the natural flavors in ingredients,” she says. “The tall spoon is a great way to mix drinks without watering them down like shaking does. Especially in the summer, you want your drinks to be cool without compromising the flavor.”
The key to becoming an expert cocktail maker? “Creativity,” Walz says. “My natural creativity comes out when I make cocktails, and there’s something great about summer cocktails that bring you back to a specific place or moment.”