Watermelon Cocktails

watermelonrumcocktailEven though summer isn’t here yet, warm summer weather is. If you’re ready for backyard barbecues, here are some watermelon cocktails perfect for a day in the sun.

Watermelon Fizz ~ Watermelon and gin … a match made in heaven.

Artemisia ~ Tarragon and watermelon are another fun pairing, with the slightly savory herb giving depth to the cocktail.

Watermelon Limoncello Prosecco Slushie ~ The name says it all. I’m ready for this one right now!

Watermelon Tequila Cocktail ~ Blueberries and lime add a little tartness to this fun summer drink.

Watermelon and Thai Chili Cocktail ~ This rum cocktail is refreshing with a bit of a kick.

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Pineapple Cocktails

Pineapple Cilantro Margarita from Boulder Locavore

Pineapple Cilantro Margarita from Boulder Locavore

Spring has sprung and the sun is shining. (At least it is here. If it’s not sunny where you are, pretend it is.) The presence of pineapple in a cocktail is proven to increase warm-weather enjoyment. Science! So here are a few pineapple drinks to try this gorgeous spring. Tiny umbrella optional.

Fever Pitch ~ Pineapple mixed with cachaca, basil, Green Chartreues and celery bitters = sophisticated, complex and potentially mind-blowing.

Queen Califa ~ Adding rum agricole, falernum and allspice dram to pineapple puts this drink squarely in the tiki category. So you know it’s a good time.

Low-Cal Piña Colada ~ This “skinny” version has all the coconut and pineapple flavor, without most of the calories. But it tastes great regardless of the calorie count (or lack thereof).

Pineapple Cilantro Margarita ~ This is a good one for a backyard barbecue or lazy afternoon lounging outside.

Hotel Nacional Special ~ Another fun tiki drink … and another one that would be great for sipping outside.

Kumquat Cocktails

Kumquat Margarita from Serious Eats

Kumquat Margarita from Serious Eats

Kumquats are fun! They’re still in season for a little while longer … so put some of these little guys in your cocktails now. Here are some more kumquat cocktails to try.

Kumquat Rose Cocktail ~ Kumquat-infused gin is paired with the lovely Lillet Rose for an elegant and balanced drink.

Kumquat-Ginger Whiskey Cocktail ~ The spicy kick of ginger is a great match for the sweet-tart flavor of kumquats.

Kumquat-Pomegranate Punch ~ This fun vodka punch includes pomegranate seeds and juice for a party-worthy. Now you’re ready to party.

Kumquat Margarita ~ Kumquat is a citrus fruit, after all, so naturally a Margarita is a must.

Kumquat Sour ~ Bourbon, sour oranges and candied kumquats make a festive drink for any occasion.

Avocado Cocktails

Avocado Grapefruit Margarita from Little Gems Kitchen

Avocado Grapefruit Margarita from Little Gems Kitchen

Avocados are in season! As a California girl, I grew up on avocados and can’t imagine life without them. Creamy and rich without being heavy, there’s nothing like avocado. I’ve never tried making a cocktail with avocado, but I think I’d love it.  Here are a few I’d like to try.

Avocado Daiquiri ~ This is a classic daiquiri with avocado and half-and-half added, then blended together. Sounds like a boozy, savory dessert. I’m in.

Avocado Grapefruit Margarita ~ I’m a big fan of grapefruit margaritas, so I’m curious how the addition of avocado would change up a favorite.

Matroiska Eggnog ~ OK, so it’s isn’t exactly eggnog season. So what? Avocado and coconut milk vamp up a basic eggnog recipe. Although, it sounds like the avocado is for texture rather than flavor.

Aguacate + Mescal ~ Mezcal has a great smoky flavor that I can imagine pairing perfectly with avocado. This recipe includes a few intriguing sweet touches to balance the savory and smoky flavors.

Avocado Bourbon Shake ~ I can’t even guess what this one would taste like, but I’d believe it could blow my mind. Avocado is funny like that.

Sage Cocktails

Hibernating Honey Bear from In Sock Monkey Slippers

Hibernating Honey Bear from In Sock Monkey Slippers

I have a giant sage bush in my backyard that I completely ignore. It just gets bigger and happier every year, so I’m looking for new ways to use sage. The savory herb isn’t common in cocktails, but it adds a lovely and unique flavor. If you want to give sage a chance, here are some drinks to try.

Wilderness Prophet ~ Sage, gin, Green Chartreuse, Meyer lemon and chamomile combine for maximum effect in this seasonal cocktail.

The Hibernating Honey Bear ~ Bourbon, honey and sage make for an earthy drink with a hint of sweetness.

Euphoria ~ Elderflower and sage are a delightful match. Add in some gin, and you have a party.

Sage Sucker ~ Sage and honey team up again, with lemon vodka adding the kick this time.

Sage, Elderflower & Cucumber White Sangria ~ Elderflower makes another appearance, with cucumber and white wine adding to the Spring fun.

St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

Honey Irish Mojito from One Martini

Honey Irish Mojito from One Martini

St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us. If you’re skipping the green beer bar scene for some fun at home, here are some cocktails that will make the evening a good one. One of them is even green (without dye)!

The Emerald ~ This variation on the traditional Manhattan swaps in Irish whiskey for a solid drink you may find yourself mixing when it’s not St. Paddy’s Day.

The Last Word ~ If you’re not an Irish whiskey fan, this gin drink will still get you into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit thanks to its green color. But the green in this classic cocktail comes from Green Chartruese.

Honey Irish Mojito ~ Irish whiskey and honey liqueur give the Mojito an Irish twist. It’s sunny where I am, so this may be my St. Patrick’s Day choice.

Guinness Beer Floats ~ Dessert and drink combined into one Irish package. This sounds like a no-brainer to me.

DIY Irish Cream ~ Making your own Irish cream is easy and delicious. You may never go back to Bailey’s.

More St. Patrick’s Day cocktails

Beer Cocktails

Mango Shrub Michelada from 10th Kitchen

Mango Shrub Michelada from 10th Kitchen

Beer can make an exciting and unexpected cocktail ingredient. Here are some creative ways to use that brew in the fridge (possibly leftover from a Super Bowl party?). Let’s do this!

Golden Ale Beer Cocktail ~ Honey, hot sauce and elderflower liqueur are a surprising addition to Belgian-style golden ale. A little citrus ties it all together into a balanced cocktail.

Sour Brew Margarita ~ Sour beer is pretty trendy right now, so it shouldn’t be hard to find. Use it as part of the sour portion of your margarita for a new twist on an old classic.

Beer Float ~ A good dark beer and some chocolate ice cream are definitely a match made in heaven. It’s simple and something you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing all along. Suck it, root beer! Beer float!

Mango Shrub Michelada ~ The classic Michelada (spiced up beer with lime) gets kicked up a bit with a mango shrub. The added complexity turns the simple mixture into an elaborate cocktail concoction.

Grapefruit Moon ~ Grapefruit, bourbon, maple syrup and stout? Oh, yeah! Why haven’t we been mixing these together all along?

Time for Thyme Cocktails

Honey Thyme Bourbon Cocktail from Lynsey Loves Food

Honey Thyme Bourbon Cocktail from Lynsey Loves Food

When it comes to cocktails, mint is the king of the herbs. (And basil seems to be the queen?) But most other herbs are also fantastic in drinks! Thyme is a go-to herb for cooking, but it adds a surprising savory freshness to cocktails, too. Here are a few cocktail recipes that show off what thyme can do.

Meyer Lemon Gin Cocktail ~ Thyme and Green Chartreuse give the tested combination of Meyer lemon and gin an exciting new dimension.

Pear Thyme Gin Fizz ~ Savory time with sweet, crisp pear pairs well with gin in this cocktail, but you could sub in vodka if that’s more your style.

Honey Thyme Bourbon Cocktail ~ This line-up of ingredients just screams out “winter drinking” to me. If I had a fireplace, I’d be sipping this by the fire right now.

Precious Thyme ~ Add thyme to Campari, limoncello, sweet vermouth and a little club soda, and you get a lovely highball that doesn’t go too heavy on the booze. It’s a great way to use homemade limoncello!

Limoncello Gin Cocktail With Grilled Thyme ~ Another great drink to use DIY limoncello in … Grilling the thyme coaxes out more of the flavor. This recipe calls for grilling it outside, but I think you could easily accomplish this by some indoor cooking.

Cranberry Cocktails

Cranberry Gimlet from Food Fanatic

Cranberry Gimlet from Food Fanatic

Cranberries are festive and beautiful … but super-duper sour, so people usually shy away unless a lot of sugar is involved. (You’re not exactly going to be snacking on a handful of them while you watch TV.) However, this tart berry is perfect for cocktails. Whether you still have some cranberries left from Thanksgiving or not, here are some striking and tasty cranberry drink recipes worth celebrating with.

Cranberry Orange Manhattan ~ This holiday take on the Manhattan is made with rye infused with cranberry and orange. Yum!

Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail ~ Cranberry syrup, amaro and yuzu juice complement bourbon in this holiday cocktail treat.

Holiday Mule ~ The Moscow Mule gets the holiday treatment in this cranberry twist on a classic.

Cranberry Gimlet ~ Another cranberry-inspired version of an old favorite, this Gimlet is just right for the holidays.

Cranberry Mint Julep ~ Well, I declare! Adding cranberry to a Mint Julep sounds like a great idea to me.

Persimmon Cocktails

Persimmon Sour from Serious Eats

Persimmon Sour from Serious Eats

I love persimmons! However, the persimmon doesn’t get much love. When you’re not eating them, you should be drinking them. With liquor! Why are you not doing this right now? It’s very autumnal. Here are some fall persimmon cocktails to try.

Spice Trade ~ I’m starting off fancy: a genever and persimmon cocktail with an anise and cardamom syrup for depth and sweetness.

Orange-Persimmon Margarita ~ It’s margarita time … only with persimmon added to the mix to give you some fall fruit goodness.

Persimmon Sour ~ Persimmon puree, gin and lime with a little simple syrup is a simple and satisfying fresh cocktail.

Persimmon Rum Spritzer ~ Refreshing and lightly sweet for those fall days that feel a little more like summer (we’ve been having a lot of those where I live).

Persimmon Mojitos ~ Mint and bubbles give the persimmon (and fall) a little oomph.