The perfect way to end summer, this cocktail recipe is courtesy of "Liquid Chef" and author of 101 Tropical Drinks, Kim Hasarud.
Reprinted with permission from the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, from 101 Tropical Drinks by Kim Haasarud
- 1 1/2 Ounce Belvedere Pink Grapefruit vodka
- 1 Ounce fresh orange juice
- 3/4 Ounces Aperol
- 1/2 Ounce fresh lemon juice
- Pink grapefruit wheel, for garnish
- 1/2 Ounce simple syrup
- 1 Ounce ruby red pink grapefruit juice, strained
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a bucket glass fi lled with fresh ice. Garnish with the grapefruit wheel.
Calories Per Serving168
Folate equivalent (total)14µg4%
Summer Solstice food and drink
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Hendricks Midsummer Solstice - Top 3 Cocktail Suggestions
Hendrick's is a household name known for its popular cucumber and rose flavoured gin, and now they much loved brand has introduced a new flavour: Hendrick's Midsummer Solstice.
The new Hendrick's is a limited edition gin has the addition of secret floral essences inspired by Midsummer Solstice blooms, giving Hendrick's distinctive house blend a deeply floral take.
So how best to serve it?
MIDSUMMER SOLSTICE & TONIC
Into a highball glass over ice p our Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice and top with Indian tonic water. Garnish with cucumber slices and orange twist. Enjoy.
MIDSUMMER BRAMBLE SPRITZ
Into a large wine glass filled with ice cubes add all the ingredients and stir gently to mix. Garnish with a blackberry and a cucumber ribbon.
MIDSUMMER SOLSTICE SPRITZ
To a large wine glass filled with ice cubes add all the ingredients and stir gently to mix. Garnish with a cucumber ribbon and a slice of orange.
Fiery Grilled Salmon
In Celtic lore, the salmon is associated with knowledge. In fact, the first person to taste this delicious fish was granted all kinds of wisdom! At the summer solstice, certainly a time of fire, why not toss a salmon into the flame so you can partake of its vast knowledge? This simple dish can be prepared out on your grill to keep the kitchen cool, and tastes just as good cold the next day on top of a salad.
21 DIY Summer Cocktail Recipes: Countdown to Summer Solstice
Our countdown to the summer solstice continues! Build on your already amazing summer appetizer menu with these incredible cocktail recipes. While you're at it, check out our 4th of July barbeque recipes, gorgeous pool party venues, or summer party places for more inspiration!
2 cups pisco
1 cup fresh lime juice
1 egg white
1 1/3 cups confectioners' sugar
2 cups crushed ice
- Blend the pisco, lime juice, egg white, sugar, and ice in a blender until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour into fluted glasses and top each with 1 to 2 dashes of the aromatic bitters to serve.
Recipe courtesy of Sarah Hobbs via taste.com
Photo Credit: taste.com
2 oranges, cut into 8 wedges
1 ruby red grapefruit, coarsely chopped
2 tbs caster sugar
1 cup crushed ice
125ml (1/2 cup) white rum
125ml (1/2 cup) limoncello
125ml (1/2 cup) chilled tonic water
- Place the orange, grapefruit and sugar in a plastic bowl. Use the end of a rolling pin to pound until lightly crushed.
- Divide orange mixture among serving glasses. Top with ice. Pour over the rum, limoncello and tonic water to serve.
Recipe courtesy of eatingwell.com via delish.com
Photo Credit: Ken Burris via delish.com
1 cup pitted fresh or frozen (thawed) cherries
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
8 teaspoon(s) sugar
6 ounces (3/4 cup) dark rum
1/4 cup lime juice
3 cups cherry-flavored seltzer
- Divide cherries, mint leaves, and sugar among 4 glasses. Mash everything together with the back of a wooden spoon. Stir in rum and lime juice. Fill glasses with ice and top with seltzer. Garnish with mint sprigs.
Recipe courtesy of Eben Freeman via epicurious.com
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Perrin via epicurious.com
About 1 cup ice cubes
1/4 cup (2 ounces) Pimm's No. 1
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) ginger beer or ginger ale
1 cucumber slice
1 sprig fresh mint (5 to 6 leaves)
- Fill highball glass with ice. Add Pimm's, then top with ginger beer, garnish with cucumber slice and mint sprig, and serve.
4 cups watermelon flesh, seeds removed
2 fluid ounces simple syrup
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup vodka
2 fluid ounces melon liqueur
4 twists lemon zest, garnish
- In a food processor, puree the watermelon flesh. Pour the pureed watermelon into empty ice cube trays and freeze for at least 4 hours. Also, freeze 4 martini glasses.
- In a blender combine the frozen watermelon cubes, simple syrup, lemon juice, vodka, and melon liqueur blend until smooth. Pour into 4 frozen martini glasses and garnish each with a lemon twist.
1/3 cup fresh lime juice (from about 3 limes), plus wedges for serving
3 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
1 cup pineapple juice
2 cups fresh or frozen pineapple cubes
1/4 cup triple sec
1/3 cup tequila
2 cups ice
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- Stir together lime juice and agave nectar add to a blender, along with pineapple juice, pineapple, triple sec, tequila, and ice. Blend until smooth and frothy.
- In a small shallow bowl or saucer, combine chili powder, sugar, and salt. Rub a lime wedge around the rims of four glasses, then dip glasses in spice mix to coat. Divide drink among glasses and serve with lime wedges.
Recipe courtesy of Michael Chiarello via cookingchanneltv.com
Photo Credit: cookingchanneltv.com
1 bunch fresh mint, cleaned
1 cup sugar
4 lemons, juiced
4 limes, juiced
1 (750 ml bottle) light rum
1 liter club soda
- In a large pitcher, muddle mint sprigs with sugar and lemon and lime juices until well combined. Add ice, rum and club soda and stir together. Pour into glasses, straining out mint. Enjoy!
Recipe courtesy of saveur.com
Photo Credit: Todd Coleman via saveur.com
1½ oz. gin, preferably a floral brand such as Hendrick's
1 lime wheel
1 lemon wheel
2 juniper berries
1 Lemon verbena leaf
1 edible flower, such as nasturtium
Tonic water to top, preferably Fever Tree
- Add gin, lime and lemon wheels, juniper berries, lemon verbena and flower to an ice-filled rocks glass. Top with tonic water to taste.
Recipe courtesy of foodandwine.com
Photo Credit: John Kernick via foodandwine.com
1/2 large peach, sliced
6 small basil leaves, plus more for garnish
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 ounces gin
1 ounce Lillet
1/2 ounce simple syrup
- In a tall glass, muddle the peach with the 6 basil leaves and the lemon juice. Add the gin, Lillet and simple syrup. Add ice cubes and top with club soda. Garnish with basil.
2 cups crushed ice
1/2 cup strawberry puree (frozen can or fresh strawberries, pureed)
1 cup tequila
2 limes, juiced
Splash Triple Sec
Splash simple syrup (equal amounts sugar and water heated until sugar dissolves, then cooled)
- Combine in a blender, ice, strawberry water, tequila, lime juice, Triple Sec and simple syrup. Puree until smooth. Pour into rocks glasses and serve.
Recipe courtesy of Food & Wine via delish.com
Photo Credit: Tina Rupp via delish.com
3 bottle(s) (11.2-ounce) chilled Hoegaarden beer
1 bottle(s) (12-ounce) chilled ginger beer
1 thinly sliced lemon
Mint sprigs, for garnish
- In a large pitcher, combine Hoegaarden with ginger beer. Stir in most lemon slices and mint sprigs. Fill 6 rocks glasses with ice. Add remaining lemon slices to glasses and pour in shandy. Garnish each drink with a mint sprig and serve.
Recipe courtesy of ivillage.com
Photo Credit: Colleen Mullaney via ivillage.com
8 oz berry flavored vodka
2 oz limoncello
2 oz simple syrup
Lime wedges for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker muddle together vodka, limoncello, simple syrup, and raspberries.
- Fill shaker with ice and shake well. Pour into glasses and serve.
1 (46 fluid ounce) can pineapple juice
1 (46 fluid ounce) can grapefruit juice
1 (8 ounce) jar honey
2 cups gin
- In a blender combine pineapple juice, grapefruit juice, honey and gin. Blend until frothy. Pour into a pitcher and serve.
Recipe courtesy of Sasha Petraske via liquor.com
Photo Credit: liquor.com
1.5 oz Beefeater 24 Gin
2 tsp Maraschino liqueur
1.5 oz Grapefruit juice
.25 oz Fresh lemon juice
Garnish: Grapefruit wedge
- Add all the ingredients except the club soda to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a grapefruit wedge.
Recipe courtesy of Rob Chirico via chow.com
Photo Credit: chow.com
1 1/2 ounces light rum
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon simple syrup or superfine sugar
- Shake all ingredients well with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Recipe courtesy of Moon Mountain Vodka via liquor.com
Photo Credit: liquor.com
2 Fresh basil leaves
2 (.25-inch) slices Cucumber
1.5 oz Moon Mountain Vodka
1 oz Lemonade
.25 oz Lime juice
Garnish: Lime wedge or cucumber wheel
- In a shaker, muddle the basil and cucumber. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge or cucumber wheel.
Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart
Photo Credit: marthastewart.com
1 large peach (about 7 ounces)
2 medium apricots (about 2 ounces each)
1/3 cup peach nectar
1 cup chilled Sauternes
- Pit and cut peach and apricots into 1/4-inch dice. Divide fruit evenly among 16 sections of an ice cube tray. Add 1 teaspoon peach nectar to each section (just enough to cover fruit). Freeze, about 6 hours.
- Put 4 fruit cubes into each of 4 chilled wine glasses. Pour 1/4 cup chilled Sauternes into each glass. Let stand 5 minutes.
2 ounces cream of coconut
2 ounces pineapple juice
1 1/2 ounces light rum
2 cups ice
1/2 ounce dark rum
1 piece fresh pineapple
- Place the cream of coconut, pineapple juice, light rum, and ice in a blender. Pulse until smooth and combined, then pour into a glass.
- Top with 1/2 ounce dark rum and garnish with a piece of fresh pineapple.
Recipe courtesy of Yvette van Boven via bonappetit.com
Photo Credit: Oof Verschuren via bonappetit.com
1/3 cup sugar
12 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled, halved or quartered if large (about 3 cups), divided
1 3-inch piece ginger, peeled, thinly sliced, divided
1/2 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves, divided
1 1/2 cups brandy
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 12-ounce cans club soda
- Combine sugar, 1/2 cup strawberries, half of ginger, and 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until berries soften, about 3 minutes. Let cool. Strain and set syrup aside.
- Muddle 2 cups strawberries, 1/4 cup basil, and remaining ginger in a large jar or bowl. Add brandy, lime juice, and reserved syrup and stir to combine. Chill at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours to let flavors meld.
- Strain mixture into a large punch bowl, pressing on solids to release as much liquid as possible.
- Add club soda and remaining 1/2 cup straw-berries and 1/4 cup basil. Serve over ice.
Recipe courtesy of Alison Roman via bonappetit.com
Photo Credit: Danny Kim via bonappetit.com
cold Mexican lager (Pacifico, Corona)
1/2 ounce fresh orange juice
1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice
1 ounce tomato juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
dash hot sauce
- Rub the rim of a pint glass with a lime wedge and dip in kosher salt fill glass with ice. Add lime juice, tomato juice, orange juice, and Worcestershire sauce season with hot sauce. Top off with cold Mexican lager and stir to combine.
1 1/2 oz. Buffalo Trace Bourbon
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. organic blackberry purée
1/2 oz. simple syrup
dash aromatic bitters
1 cardamom pod
- Mix all ingredients except the sparkling wine together in a shaker over ice. Shake and pour into a glass over fresh ice and top with sparkling wine.
Recipe courtesy of Eben Freeman via epicurious.com
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Perrin via epicurious.com">epicurious.com
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) gin
1 1/2 tablespoons (3/4 ounce) fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) simple syrup
1 cup ice cubes
1/4 cup (2 ounces) dry sparkling wine, such as brut Champagne, chilled
- Using zester or paring knife, slice peel from lemon in long, thin spiral. Reserve lemon for another use and set peel aside.
- In cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into chilled Champagne flute and top with sparkling wine.
- Curl lemon peel around finger to create twist at least 6 inches long. Garnish drink with twist and serve immediately.
We hope these summer cocktail recipes inspire you on the summer solstice! Have you tried any of these recipes? Leave a comment below!
Okay, okay – we know beer isn’t a cocktail. But in Alaska, local craft beer is irresistible. Breweries galore, it’s clear that Alaskans love a good pint – or three. Some of the local favorite breweries include Midnight Sun Brewing Co, HooDoo Brewing Company and Denali Brewing Company. Want a taste of Alaska at your summer solstice barbecue? Look for Alaskan Brewing Co.’s products in a store near you.
Can you think of a better drink to sip under warm summer rays? We can’t either. Enjoy this colorful, refreshing cocktail as you wait for the sun to set. Some locals put a spin on it and call it a Talkeetna sunrise, named after the quirky mountain town in the backyard of Denali National Park and Preserve.
Tequila + orange juice + grenadine = deliciousness. Try it yourself!
The Summer Solstice Cocktail
When I am trying to develop a new recipe, I happily take inspiration wherever I can find it. In the case of this cocktail, I happened to find it in two places. Lucky for you, I’ve combined them into one delicious, refreshing cocktail recipe just in time for your Fourth of July celebration.
The first inspiration was the arrival of summer last Friday. Since then, we’ve seen temperatures well into the 90s with oppressive humidity. Apparently, Mother Nature wants to drive the point home: summer is here!
So, picture me at the end of a hot and humid day, exhausted from the farm’s daily chores. I was craving a refreshing, cold drink and thought of the crisp ginger-lime simple syrup that I had chilling in the refrigerator. The possibilities seemed refreshing and perfect for the first day of Summer.
My husband is the resident mixologist here at 1840 Farm. I get wild ideas about combinations and concoctions which he politely listens to and then goes about the creative business of transforming inspiration into a perfectly balanced libation. Occasionally, he needs a second attempt to perfect one of our house made cocktails, but he mastered this one on the first try.
One sip and I knew that this would be my summer drink of choice. Mr. 1840 Farm agreed. This recipe was perfect and ready to share with the world.
I hope that you will enjoy what we aptly named The Summer Solstice all summer long. If you’re find yourself still searching for your summer drink of choice, don’t despair. We’ve got a few more recipes in development. Yes, it will be a struggle to taste test them before sharing the recipes with you here, but I’ll soldier on. It’s amazing the things that I’ll do in the name of researchl!
14 Champagne Cocktails to Cheers the First Day of Summer
Today is the first official day of summer. Before you finalize your beach trips and plan your attack for the commandments of summer cooking, let’s raise a glass to the next three months. On the longest day of the year, we propose a toast to the hot days to come. Something sparkly is definitely in order.
1. Elderflower Champagne Cocktail from The Kitchn
This four-ingredient cocktail makes a great pitcher drink. It’s extra sparkly due to the Champagne and club soda. Don’t skip out on adding fresh fruit! If you can’t find strawberries, another berry substitute is just fine.
2. Blackberry Thyme Champagne Cocktail from Style Me Pretty
For this cocktail you need to make a blackberry simple syrup first, and then top with Champagne and a sprig of thyme.
3. Strawberry Lime Champagne Cocktail from Savory Nothings
This three-ingredient cocktail involves smashed strawberries, lime, and Champagne. It sounds super simple and refreshing — something you could easily make after a long day at work.
4. Plum and Thyme Champagne Cocktail from My Diary of Us
I love that the base of this cocktail involves a homemade thyme simple syrup, which provides a little earthiness to cut through all that sugar.
5. Strawberry Champagne Mojito from The Suburban Soapbox
This rum and Champagne-based cocktail is a great pitcher drink contender. The fresh strawberries and mint in this thing are so pretty.
6. Cucumber Mint Sparkler from Domesticate Me
I think we can all agree that cucumber and mint is the most refreshing combination of all time. If you’re going to chase the sun this summer, you’re going to need all the energy you can get.
7. Grapefruit Sage Champagne Cocktail from Little Peanut
This might seem like more of a winter cocktail, but honestly Champagne drinks shouldn’t have a season.
8. Sparkling Grapefruit Watermelon Sangria from Whitney Bond
You might not be able to tell in the photo above, but Whitney Bond turned her watermelon cubes into hearts. Pretty adorable.
9. Mimosa Sangria from Pretty Plain Janes
How on earth am I just hearing about mimosa sangria? It’s brilliant! You only need four ingredients: Champagne (duh), orange juice, fresh blueberries, and peach schnapps.
10. Raspberry Sparklers from The Sugar Hit
This recipe uses frozen raspberries because it’s intended as a New Year’s Eve cocktail, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use fresh raspberries when they are in season.
11. Blackberry Mint Mimosa from Bright-Eyed Baker
Try this twist on the classic cocktail for summer brunches. This recipe combines blackberry juice, sugar, simple syrup, mint, and Champagne.
12. Champagne Margarita from 40 Aprons
A traditional margarita gets a sparkly upgrade with a Champagne float. It’s the best of both worlds!
13. Watermelon Champagne from Lauren Kelp
This simple cocktail sounds so refreshing. All you need is watermelon juice, Champagne, and a spring of mint (if you want). Pour it into a Champagne flute if you want, or use a nice coupe glass.
14. Bourbon and Honey French 75 from Bourbon and Honey
This smart version of the French 75 uses a homemade honey syrup as the base, and then you simply add bourbon and orange juice to the classic recipe.
Celebrate National Bourbon Day With These 9 Cocktail Recipes (Video)
National Bourbon Day is just around the corner on June 14, and what better way to celebrate the American whiskey than by mixing up a few bourbon cocktails? When it comes to bourbon cocktails, your mind might immediately jump to mint juleps and the Kentucky Derby, but this spirit is surprisingly versatile, perfect for a wide range of concoctions ideal for the warmer weather. Ninety-five percent of the world’s bourbon comes from Kentucky, where there are over nine million barrels of bourbon aging — that equates to about two barrels for every person living in the state. You might not be able to tour every famous distillery along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail this year (many distilleries temporarily closed to guests amid the COVID-19 pandemic), but you can become your own bartender and mix up some summery drinks or create a DIY bourbon tasting at home.
Here are nine easy bourbon cocktail recipes from Woodford Reserve, Longbranch, and other popular bourbon brands that you can craft this weekend and beyond. Consider this your virtual trip to the Bluegrass State.
Summer Solstice Cocktails
As most of you likely know by now, I’ve been working with Diageo Brands as one of their influencers for about two years! I even got to visit them during my last trip to NYC.
They sent me some lovely cocktail recipes last night to share with y’all – take a look and let me know if you try one.
CAPTAIN MORGAN’S SUNSET SIPPER
1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Pineapple Rum
Ground Nutmeg / Cinnamon Blend
Directions: Shake all & strain over ice into a double old-fashioned glass. Garnish with dusted nutmeg / cinnamon.
PUT THE THAI IN THE COCONUT
1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Coconut Rum
.75 oz. Lime Juice
.75 oz. Simple Syrup
3 Slices Fresh Lemon Grass, Muddled
1 Slice Jalapeño Pepper, Shaken (to taste)
Directions: Muddle, shake all and fine-strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a skewered jalapeño slice.
CAPTAIN MORGAN‘S PIRATE PARADISE
1 oz. Captain Morgan Grapefruit Rum
.5 oz. Elderflower Liqueur
.75 oz. Lime Juice
.5 oz. Honey Syrup
2 oz. Coconut Water
Directions: Shake and strain over ice into a Collins glass. Garnish with ¼ of a grapefruit wheel.
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