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Summer is here guys and gals, and many of you may be thirsting for a light and crisp refreshing cocktail. The following cocktails are the perfect compliment to an afternoon bbq or a poolside soiree. The key to making a great summer cocktail is to try and stay as fresh and light with ingredients as possible. Citrus based drinks with a bit of bubbly will provide a light, airy and thirst quenching cocktail. Let’s have a look at three cocktail scenarios that could pair with a light summertime fare. For example…..


With fish tacos, a great complimentary drink would be a spicy Paloma, a classic Mexican drink that usually plays a second hand to the Margarita. It is refreshing and goes perfectly with light Mexican cuisine.

  • Collins or Tall (12-14oz glass filled with cubed or crushed ice)
  • 1.50 oz Blanco Tequila
  • .50 oz Jalapeno Infused Simple Syrup
  • 3 oz Grapefruit Soda (Jarritos or Squirt)
  • Build over Ice directly into the glass
  • Squeeze of lime with a pinch of salt on top of the drink.



Let’s say BBQ ribs are on the grill! You simply cannot go wrong with Jack Daniels. In this case, you might be craving a Lynchburg Lemonade, one of Tennessee’s southern charms…

  • Collins or Tall (12-14oz glass filled with cubed or crushed ice)
  • 1.25 oz Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey
  • .75 oz Triple Sec Orange Liqueur
  • 1 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • Shake the drink and strain over fresh ice in the glass and top with Club
  • Soda
  • Garnish with a wedge of lemon



Now suppose you’re poolside and just want a refreshing cocktail while bathing under the sun. Nothing is quite as refreshing as a crispy grapefruit, cherry, and cranberry based drink. I call this cocktail the “Grapefruit Cherry Codder”

  • Collins or Tall (12-14 oz glass filled with cubed or crushed ice)
  • 1.5 oz Grapefruit Vodka (Absolut Grapefruit)
  • .25 oz Maraschino Cherry Juice
  • 3 oz Club Soda or Perrier
  • Build directly over ice in the glass
  • Top with a splash (.25 oz ) of Cranberry Juice
  • Garnish with a lime twist

The key to a summertime drink is to keep the beverage as fresh and as simplistic as possible. It shouldn’t fill up the one consuming, it should serve to quench thirst and invigorate the drinker. Keeping it simple and light is the key to making an amazing summertime cocktail! So kick off your shoes and feel the soft blades of grass on your feet, take in the smell of a hot grill, and refresh your taste buds with one of these thirst-quenching libations. Cheers!
-Robbie Flair

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