Fig Sidecar from Valley & Co.
Figs are the greatest gift of this not-summer-anymore but also not-feeling-like-fall time. And if you can stop yourself from eating them, take a moment to drink them. Here are some more fun fig cocktails.
Fig Thyme Cocktail ~ A pisco cocktail made with thyme and figs? Don’t mind if I do!
Fall Fig Cocktail ~ Using an Old Fashioned as inspiration, this fall drink adds some balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and orange juice to the bourbon for maximum effect.
Fig Caipirinha ~ A new take on the classic cachaça cocktail, this one adds some ginger ale for autumnal bite.
Fig Sidecar ~ A Sidecar made with figs? You don’t have to ask me twice!
Greek Awake ~ If riffing on a classic is too basic for you, try this exciting drink. Brandy mixed with homemade coffee-fig elixir. Ooh la la.
Apricot-Whiskey Smash from Chow
There’s definitely a “countdown to fall” feeling in the air, but it’s still summer. And that means access to delicious, ripe fruit. What to do with said fruit? Surprise, surprise … I am going to say: Put it in a cocktail! I grew up with an apricot tree outside my bedroom window, so this particular summer fruit is special to me.
Apricot-Whiskey Smash ~ One of the best ways to use fresh stone fruit in a cocktail is to smash it with some liquor. A little Cointreau and rich simple syrup perk up the apricot flavor, while rye provides the boozy goodness.
Apricot Mojito With Lemon Balm ~ Another good way to have fun with fruit is the Mojito. Lemon balm is an intriguing herb choice that adds another new element to this old favorite.
Peach-Apricot Lillet Fizz ~ Juice those sweet little fruits and let Lillet add some delicate flair to your drink. Garnish with cardamom sugar for a multi-layered cocktail.
It’s That Thyme ~ The bourbon-and-fruit smash gets a gourmet upgrade with thyme, quince paste and a few dashes of orange bitters.
Apricot and Mint Cocktail ~ A nice floral gin and mint accent the fresh flavor of apricots in this backyard sipper.
Cucumber Mint Tequila Cooler from First Look Then Cook
Though the summer heat is not as intense here as it was just a few weeks ago, I still require cooling cocktails, dammit! Cucumbers are delicious and also [cool as a cucumber joke]. Here are some delightful summer drinks made with cucumbers!
Cucumber Basil Gimlet ~ Delicate and sweet (but not too sweet), this little number is just right for muggy summer nights.
Cucumber Lemon Drop ~ Refreshing and light, this twist on a “girly drink” is something everyone can agree on.
Watermelon-Cucumber Refresher ~ When watermelon and cucumber join forces to cool you down, they’re an unstoppably delicious duo.
Cucumber Mint Tequila Cooler ~ Mint and Cilantro give an herbal boost to cucumber, with a little help from agave and tequila.
Green Machine ~ Honeydew adds a sweet touch to this tequila and cucumber drink.
Basil Juleps from David the Tornado
My basil plants are going nuts, and a person can only make so much pesto. So it’s time for more basil cocktails. Basil is a cocktail-friendly herb, so grab a glass and a handful of basil already!
Cucumber Basil Gimlet ~ This delicate and pleasant gin cocktail is perfect for combating the hot-weather blues.
Basil Julep ~ While we’re basil-ing up the classics, this basil-ified take on the Mint Julep sounds just right for summer.
Basil Lime Cooler ~ A vodka highball with an herbal twist is a great sipper for barbecues and leisurely afternoons by the pool.
Chasing Basil Cocktail ~ Watermelon, cucumber, elderflower liqueur and gin! Need I say more? Get on it.
Basil Beerade ~ It’s like lemonade, only with basil and beer. Sounds good to me.
Tequila Peach Smash from CaliZona
Summertime is fruit time. Take advantage of that juicy, sweet summer fruit by smashing it up in a cocktail! Aside from being delicious, it’s a great way to use up fruit that’s a little on the mushy side.
Plum Smash ~ Plum and thyme is a refreshing combination that only gets better when bourbon is involved.
Balsamic Strawberry Smash ~ Balsamic vinegar gives a new dimension to the ordinary strawberry in this fun cocktail.
Fontana Pisco Smash ~ Pisco, red grapes and Reisling = three times the grapes, for three times the fun.
Tequila Peach Smash ~ How can you not want to drink a boozy peach? Answer me that! Sub in another liquor if tequila is not your thing.
Blueberry Smash ~ Blueberry, vodka and St Germain are a match made in heaven.
Bellini Popsicles from Honestly Yum
Has choosing between a cocktail or a popsicle been tearing you apart? If so, the answer to this totally-real summertime dilemma is a frozen cocktail pop! They’re easy to make and will satisfy your desire for something boozy and super cold. I’m nothing if not a problem-solver.
Pimm’s Cup Popsicles ~ My love for the Pimm’s Cup as a summer treat is well-documented. The garnishing possibilities of the drink translate into great add-ins for the pop.
Costa Rican Watermelon Mojito Popsicles ~ Watermelon Mojito in frozen form? Case closed!
Campari Cantaloupe Popsicles ~ The bitter aperitif Campari pairs well with sweet cantaloupe for a very grown up frozen treat.
Bellini Popsicles With Edible Flowers ~ A fruity champagne cocktail in a popsicle looks gets even more delightful with the addition of flowers.
Strawberry Peach Vodka Collins Popsicles ~ It’s as if all summer desires were frozen into one delicious popsicle.
Check out even more boozy popsicle recipes
The Sideshow Cocktail from Pickled Capers
Cider isn’t just something you drink in the fall! It can also be a lovely cocktail ingredient that gives a little zip to your sip (I am totally joking with that phrasing although the sentiment is accurate). Here are some crisp and bright cider cocktails perfect for any time of year.
The Sideshow Cocktail ~ Mixing cider with gin gives a summery twist to the cider cocktail. Add in a little herbacious Benedictine and bitters and you have a winner.
Cider Rum Punch ~ Thyme simple syrup adds a fresh flavor to this punch that makes it a fun choice for summer.
Apple Cider Sangria ~ Few things are more summery than Sangria. Have fun with the choice of fruit and make it for a backyard barbecue.
Maple Cider Cherry Whiskey ~ Grab some cherries from one of the summer roadside stands and get to making this cider and whiskey cocktail!
Hard Cider Ginger Shandy ~ Ginger beer and hard cider are a refreshing take on a shandy that will go great with a sunny day.
Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria from Serious Eats
The weather just keeps heating up, so this is the perfect time to turn our cocktail attentions toward the light and refreshing French aperitif Lillet Rosé. It’s nice on its own or perhaps with a grapefruit slice, but it’s also a good team player. Here are some fun recipes for using this herbaceous ingredient:
Cardamom Blush ~ Cardamom-infused Lillet Rosé turns a simple gin cocktail into so much more.
Lillet Rose Spring Cocktail ~ This one also pairs gin with the aperitif, along with the addition of grapefruit and edible flowers for delightful effect.
La Coquette ~ Fresh strawberries and Aperol bring out the complexities of Lillet Rosé for a bright Spring cocktail.
Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria ~ It’s sangria weather! Citrus and bubbles go well together.
Lillet Rose Cooler ~ Lemongrass, grapefruit and sparkling wine collaborate with Lillet Rose to make any heat wave bearable.
Verde Mary from Grab a Plate
With brunch season upon us, the always-popular Bloody Mary is now the even-more-popular Bloody Mary. It’s a classic, but a flexible one. (Of course, there’s always the Canadian drink with Clamato, the Bloody Caesar.) Here are some fun variations on the traditional Bloody Mary.
Maple Bacon Bloody Mary ~ The usual Bloody Mary gets a makeover with a little maple syrup and a bacon garnish. Breakfast’s delicious duo give a savory, smoky and slightly sweet lift.
East Indies Bloody Mary ~ Since I come from a Dutch-Indonesian family, I was excited to see this Indonesian tweak to the original Bloody Mary. It’s legit, guys! Along with Indonesian sambal (hot sauce) and spices, it uses Batavia arrack, a funky East Indies liquor.
Brewed Mary ~ Like beer and Bloody Marys? You don’t have to choose, thanks to this version made with beer.
Mediterranean Bloody Mary ~ Olive tapanade and dry sherry are just a couple of the Mediterranean touches that transform the Bloody Mary into something new and exciting.
Verde Mary ~ Green tomatoes and tomatillos give the Bloody Mary a tangy and refreshing flavor.
Peach and Aperol Mimosa from Serious Eats
While Bloody Mary may be the (well-deserved) usual choice for brunch drinking, there are so many other cocktails that pair well with the sweet, savory, breakfasty-lunchy foods that make brunch the most fun meal of ‘em all.
The Buckley ~ This is a lovely, complex drink that makes me think of spring and brunch all at the same time. Sage, lime, Campari, and Cocchi Apertivo Americano build a bold yet fresh cocktail. (Sub Lillet Blanc, if you can’t find Cocchi)
Grapefruit Basil Mimosas ~ The classic Mimosa is fine, but take out the OJ and use basil and grapefruit instead for a more sophisticated and nuanced take on brunch drinking.
Rosemary Sloe Gin Fizz ~ Low alcohol but rich in herbaceous and fruity flavor, this sparkling drink is just right for brunch no matter what you’re serving … from eggs and waffles to salads and more.
Peach Aperol Bellini ~ Lightly bitter Aperol adds a delightful twist to the traditional Bellini. Frozen peaches mean good flavor and less effort, no matter what time of year.
Ramos Gin Fizz ~ This New Orleans brunch (or anytime) classic is a lovely mix of light and airy with rich and creamy. I like to use a gin with floral qualities, because I think it gives the drink a delicate touch.