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Mix It Up: New(ish) Summertime Cocktails

Summer time is the season when cocktails rule. Their refreshing and cool combinations can take a bite out of our overheated selves, and their bright colors evoke the sunny skies. We all love a good daiquiri or margarita, two classics that blend well with fruit flavors and can be served blended or on the rocks. But this summer, how about thinking a little broader? Let’s take a look at some combinations that might be new to you.



And although you may be used to seeing fruit as part of summer cocktail recipes, it’s less often you might see a vegetable. Here’s a concoction from Martha Stewart you should try during your next dinner party.

Lillet-Basic Cocktail

1 cup ice, plus more for serving

1/2 cup Lillet Blanc

1 ounce (2 tablespoons) gin

2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, plus sprigs for garnish

Splash of tonic water

  • cucumber spear, for garnish
  • 1 cinnamon stick, for garnish

Put ice, Lillet, gin, orange juice, and basil in a cocktail shaker; shake well. Fill a glass with ice; strain mixture into glass. Add tonic water. Garnish with cucumber spear, cinnamon stick, and basil sprigs.



Vodka Va Va Voom

Long a foil for lemonade drinks during the hottest part of the year, vodka has a versatility that makes it ideal for just about any combination. If you are looking for a cocktail with a great taste and a dazzling color, this next one, from Buzzfeed, might get a great option for that brunch you’ve been planning


Purple rain

1 ½ ounces vodka

1 ounce blue curacao

1 ounce cranberry juice

1 ounce pineapple juice

1 ounce grenadine


Mix and pour over ice and squeeze in fresh lime juice.


Tiki Time

The group of cocktails that are blended, fruity, and boozy with rum are called “tiki” drinks, and there are dozens of variations. They usually are colorful and layered, and the finished product just screams for an umbrella garnish. Here’s a great one to try from About Food.


Rum Runner

1 1/2 ounces gold rum

1/2 ounce blackberry brandy

1/2 ounce crème de banane

4 ounces orange juice

Dash of Falernum or grenadine

Pour ingredients into blender with approximately 3/4 cup of ice and blend until smooth.


Any evening spent outdoors in the summertime is the perfect occasion to try out a new recipe for a refreshing cocktail. If you are ready to dip your toes in the pool of potential candidates, these three concoctions should give you a great place to start.

About Paula

Paula Krueger considers herself a "baby "chef, not because she cooks for babies, but because she's still learning how to cook. She started this blog after taking Wilton method classes and at that point was more interested in baking. She's since become more interested in learning to cook as her family has grown. She also covers product reviews and travel as well.


  1. shelly peterson says:

    These drinks sound interesting. I am not a big drinker but the purple rain drink sounds pretty good.

  2. these all sound very new to me, I’d like to try them all!!

  3. I love summer cocktails and how fresh and fruity they can be – but I also really love the ones that are more herbal and refreshing than overly sweet. Great combo! You’ll be able to enjoy them again after Christmas, right?

  4. Richard Hicks says:

    SOme nice refreshing drinks for a hot summer day