Fun Summer Cocktails: Cool Down with Great Sips

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Nothing says summer better than a refreshing cocktail. Here are a few summer cocktails with easy cocktail recipes from around the world.

Nothing says summer better than a refreshing cocktail. From around the world or across the street, here are a few summer cocktails you can make for yourself—or plan a visit to these great locations and order one to celebrate summer.

Blackberry Refresher—JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

If you visit JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, order the Blackberry Refresher while you check out the views of the Texas Hill Country or float along the resort’s lazy river.

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Blackberry Refresher is made with local San Antonio Ranger Creek .36 Straight Bourbon at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. Photo courtesy JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

  • 4 Blackberries
  • ¾ oz Simple Syrup
  • ¾ oz Lemon Juice
  • 2 oz Ranger Creek .36 Bourbon
  1. Muddle blackberries in the bottom of the glass.
  2. Top blackberries with crushed ice.
  3. In a shaker tin, add lemon juice, simple syrup, bourbon, and ice. Shake.
  4. Strain mixture into the glass over the crushed ice.
  5. Watch and enjoy as the blackberry bleeds into the caramel color of the bourbon mixture.

The High Noon Celebrates the Royal Wedding

Summer is a time for weddings, and even if you didn’t make it to “the” royal wedding, you can celebrate the royals with The Botanist Gin from Scotland. This gin features 22 hand-foraged botanicals and is refreshing for summer. This drink features Elderflower Liqueur, one of my all-time favorite spirits—you can read more of my favorite recipes featuring St-Germain here.

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High Noon with The Botanist Gin is a perfect summer cocktail. Photo courtesy The Botanist Gin

  • 1.5 oz The Botanist Gin
  • ¼ oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • ¾ oz Elderflower Liqueur
  • 6 oz Tonic Water
  • Grapefruit for garnish
  1. Pour The Botanist Gin, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, and Elderflower Liqueur into a highball glass.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Top with tonic water.
  4. Garnish with grapefruit peel.

Milan Margarita at The Sicilian Butcher in Phoenix

I have fallen in love with Italy, and nothing says summer like Milan. If you can’t reach Milan, head to Arizona and order the Milan Margarita at The Sicilian Butcher. This is a fun blend of the Desert Southwest and everything great about Italy. The cocktail combines tequila, pineapple, rosemary, agave, lime juice, and Campari.

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Order the Milan Margarita at The Sicilian Butcher in Phoenix, Arizona for a cool summer cocktail. Photo courtesy Debby Wolvos

Of course, The Sicilian Butcher also combines skilled butchery with creative dishes. Enjoy hand-rolled meatballs, fresh-made pasta, and more. It sounds like perfection for a summer evening in Arizona. The Sicilian Butcher is at 15530 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 160, in Phoenix, AZ.

Dahlia Punch with Tipperary Whiskey

I don’t usually think of whiskey as a summer drink, but this is completely a summer drink. Tipperary Distillery is a boutique single malt Irish Whiskey producer in rural County Tipperary, Ireland. Tipperary paired with Bumblebee Flower Farm to create some fun summer cocktails. Here’s one of my favorites.

Blend Tipperary Whiskey Bumblebee Dahlia Cordial to create a great punch for serving up summer cocktails. Photo courtesy Tipperary Distilleries

Blend Tipperary Whiskey Bumblebee Dahlia Cordial to create a great punch for serving up summer cocktails. Photo courtesy Tipperary Distilleries

  • Bumblebee Rose Petals
  • 1 part Tipperary Whiskey
  • ½ parts Bumblebee Dahlia Cordial
  • 2 parts Soda Water
  • Marjoram
  • Dahlia and Rose to garnish
  1. Infuse the Tipperary Whiskey with rose petals overnight.
  2. Add the rose-infused Tipperary Whiskey to a punch bowl with ice, soda water, marjoram, and Bumblebee Dahlia Cordial.
  3. Stir and garnish with a floating dahlia and rose.
  4. Serve in your favorite punch glasses.

Choose a 15-calorie Skinny Fresh Strawberry Mojito Option

Summer cocktails only get better if they’re guilt-free. With Jordan’s Skinny Mixes, you can create 15-calorie cool drinks for this summer.

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The Skinny Fresh Strawberry Mojito is a 15-calorie refreshing summer cocktail option. Photo courtesy Jordan’s Skinny Mixes

  • 4 oz Jordan’s Skinny Mojito Mix
  • 1.5 oz Strawberry Rum
  • Splash Club Soda
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Fresh Mint
  • Ice
  1. In a tall cocktail glass, muddle strawberries and mint.
  2. Fill with ice.
  3. Add 4 oz Skinny Mojito Mix, 1.5 oz strawberry rum, and a splash of club soda.
  4. Stir and enjoy!

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Written by Susan Lanier-Graham

Founder and publisher Susan Lanier-Graham has traveled the world for the past twenty years, filling a passport or two along the way. She has wandered through the jungles of Thailand, explored the mysteries of the Great Pyramids, and shared the night with a leopard in Zambia. She sailed in the Mediterranean, sipped her way through Burgundy canals and Champagne caves. She followed Rembrandt’s footsteps through Amsterdam. Susan found her center on the red rocks of Sedona and soaked up an exquisite sunset over the Indian Ocean in Bali. Susan is always looking for wow moments around the world or across the street to share with adventure lovers everywhere. She has authored more than 75 books and hundreds of magazine articles. Susan is an award-winning travel writer and member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA). She is a Certified California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). Susan is also the managing editor of North Peoria Lifestyle, a print lifestyle publication in the Phoenix, Arizona, area. Susan's work regularly appears in print and online in a variety of publications. These include various AAA publications, Postcards for Travel Leaders,,,,, Paradise Valley City Lifestyle, Scottsdale City Lifestyle, So Scottsdale, Green Living AZ, Modern Luxury,, WHERE Arizona, WHERE Traveler Phoenix + Scottsdale, and more.