5 Cocktails to Serve This Summer

Whether you’re hosting a beach-themed corporate brouhaha or a summertime soiree, your event is going to need a top-of-the-line drink menu.  The warm months are a great time to serve cold, refreshing drinks to thirsty patrons. In order to make sure everyone at your party has a great time, be sure to serve up some of the drinks mentioned below.

  1. Spanish Gin & Tonic

What makes this drink Spanish? The artful garnish and the refreshing mixture of lemons and lime. While American G&Ts are typically served in a rocks glass, a Spanish-style cocktail utilized a large glass with plenty of ice and room for garnishes like flowers and fresh herbs.


1.5 oz Spring 44 gin

5 oz Fever Tree tonic

Lime and lemon wheels


Pour the gin over a wine glass filled with ice. Top with tonic water and stir. Garnish with lemon and lime wheels.


  1. Summer Fizz

This drink is light, bubbly, and refreshing all in one glass. Best of all, it pairs well with your favorite medium bodied cigar.


1.5 oz Don Papa 7 rum

.5 oz ginger syrup

.5 oz peach purée

.5 oz lemon juice

1 egg white

Soda top


Dry shake, re-shake with ice, top with soda. Garnish with fresh ginger and lemon peel.


  1. Watermelon Sangria

Who doesn’t love a good sangria on a hot day? This one is chock-full of summer flavors like watermelon and rum.


4 cups cubed watermelon

1 750-ml. bottle moscato

1 cup rum

Juice of 4 limes

Zest of 2 limes

1 tbsp sugar

Lime slices, for garnish


In a blender combine watermelon, moscato, rum, lime juice and zest, and sugar and blend until smooth. Refrigerate until chilled.

Garnish glasses with lime slices and serve.


  1. Bellevue

Every summer occasion needs a good bourbon drink on the menu. This one will leave your guests refreshed and ready for round two.


1.5 oz Elijah Craig Bourbon

.75 oz lemon juice

.5 oz Ferrand Dry Curacao

.25 oz Crème de Pêche

Mint sprig


Add ingredients to a mixing glass with pebble ice. Whip by moving a bar spoon around the liquid in a back and forth motion as opposed to stirring it. Strain into a rocks glass with new pebble ice and garnish with a mint sprig.


  1. Aspen Crud

This one comes to us from the J-Bar in Aspen, Colorado’s Hotel Jerome. Let’s just say it’s the best adult milkshake you can find.


5 scoops french vanilla ice cream

3 oz bourbon


Combine ingredients and blend together to create a boozy milkshake.


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