I love going to a bar and having a bougie bartender shake, smoke, stir, foam, or whip up magic in a glass. However, in the summertime, I want a simple, beautiful drink that LOOKS like a bougie bartender made it but requires a minimum of ingredients and gets me outside and into the sun in under five minutes.
Here are my three go-to summertime cocktails. One made with gin, one with vodka, one with tequila…did I miss anybody? Enjoy!
Empress Gin and Tonic
This gorgeous Indigo Gin is colored with butterfly pea flowers. It’s more blue than purple—until you add the tonic. Then it turns purple, which is a fun party trick. I love it with elderflower tonic, but any tonic works. Add lime, and you’ve got a delicious, quick cocktail! A burst of inspiration (and a quick Google search to make sure lilacs are edible) created the “Lilac Empress” this spring. So pretty! And it smelled amazing.
The Lemon Balm
A classic in our neighborhood! Lemonade, vodka, cut fruit, mint and lemon balm (an herb that will take over your yard if you let it). Sling it together, go for a walk, and see what your neighbors are up to.
Technically, this one isn’t fast because it requires advance prep work. But once you have the homemade sour mix in your fridge, it’s a snap to make. Shake sour mix and tequila with ice. Pour over more ice. Garnish with salt and lime. Summertime in a glass!
Give me a cocktail, a book, and a comfortable chair , and I’m set for summer. You can find the homemade margarita recipe (and more) on my website, where I try to keep track of the best things I eat, drink, and read. Cheers to sunshine and downtime!
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