Fruit Smash Cocktails

Tequila Peach Smash from CaliZona

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.

Spiked Popsicles

Bellini Popsicles from Honestly Yum

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

Cocktails Made With Cider

The Sideshow Cocktail from Pickled Capers

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.

Lillet Rosé Cocktails

Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria from Serious Eats

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.

Twists on the Bloody Mary

Verde Mary from Grab a Plate

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.

Brunch Cocktails

Peach and Aperol Mimosa from Serious Eats

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.

Fun Pitcher Cocktails for Spring

Strawberry Rosemary Sangria from A Cozy Kitchen

Strawberry Rosemary Sangria from A Cozy Kitchen

The weather outside is delightful (where I live … if that’s not the case where you live, I hope it will be soon)! Time to call some friends and sip drinks outside. Get those pitchers out! Here are some tasty pitcher cocktail recipes for spring sippin’.

Blueberry Smash ~ Blueberry, mint, vodka, and elderflower liqueur? If you make this, can I come over?

Strawberry Basil Margaritas ~ Strawberry and basil go together so well. Take your pitcher of Margaritas to the next level. This is a cheater recipe that uses limeade. Considering the price of limes has shot up, I actually think this could be a good idea (not to mention easy).

Ruby Red Grapefruit Cocktail ~ A sparkling concoction with grapefruit, Campari, and gin is just the thing for barbecue season.

Strawberry Rosemary Sangria ~ The ultimate pitcher drink: Sangria! You could drink these all day long. Now that’s springtime living.

Jasmine Spritzers ~ The lovely scent of jasmine … now in cocktail form! Refreshing, lovely, and light.

Floral Cocktails

Elderflower Old Fashioned from Saveur

Elderflower Old Fashioned from Saveur

It isn’t just time for flowers in the garden. It’s also time for flowers in our cocktails! Whether it’s a liqueur, syrup, infusion, or simply a garnish … flowers are where it’s at, man.

Violet Vermouth ~ A low-alcohol, two ingredient cocktail of creme de violette and dry vermouth sounds lovely. Add a violet garnish and you’re good to go.

Garden Elixir ~ Peppery nasturtiums make an intriguing garnish for this gin cocktail that includes cilantro, celery, and apple among its garden ingredients.

Lavender Collins ~ A Tom Collins spruced up with some lavender syrup and Parfait Amour? What’s not to love?

Elderflower Old Fashioned ~ Sub some St. Germain for the sugar in an Old Fashioned for a spring twist on a classic.

Hibiscus & Ginger Champagne Cocktail ~ Ginger and hibiscus flowers (in rosewater syrup) and champagne? Yes, please!

Cocktails to Celebrate Spring

Lavender Bees Knees from Honestly Yum

Lavender Bees Knees from Honestly Yum

It’s official: Spring is here! Time to celebrate with cocktails. Here are some intriguing spring cocktails to help you ditch those winter blues.

Agricole Guava Cooler ~ Rhum agricole is a type of rum made in the West Indies using sugarcane juice instead of molasses. This gives it a lovely grassy flavor that is perfect for spring drinking. Mix it with guavas, which are coming in season now, and you have an unexpected and refreshing seasonal drink.

Lavender Bees Knees ~ Lavender, honey, gin, and lemon … a lovely spring-y drink great for early spring, since not all our favorite fruits are ready for us yet.

Kiwicha ~ Kiwi fruit is the star of this gorgeous green cocktail made with Pisco.

Pink Collins ~ Strawberries, grapefruit, and elderflower liqueur give a light spring touch to a vodka Collins.

Kumquat Lemongrass Rum Punch ~ Lemongrass and kumquat are a bright spring cocktail combo you can’t ignore!

Meyer Lemon Cocktails

Meyer Lemon Rosemary Gin Fizz from Crumb

Meyer Lemon Rosemary Gin Fizz from Crumb

I’m just going to say it: Meyer lemons are better than other kinds of lemons. (Suck it, Eureka lemons!) They’re an ideal cocktail lemon, and this time of year they’re plentiful. Meyer lemon cocktails are where it’s at, man. Here are some to try:

The Honey Bee’s Knees ~ Lavender and lemons are a delicious combo. Add gin, and you have a lovely cocktail for this lovely almost-springtime.

Meyer Lemon Fig ~ Fig is the name of the drink—there are no figs in the recipe. Just whiskey, ginger, vanilla simple syrup and meyer lemon, topped off with a little seltzer. Very refreshing.

Oaxacan Daisy ~ Smoky mezcal combines with sweet and tart meyer lemon for a complex-flavored (yet easy to make) cocktail.

Meyer Lemon Rosemary Gin Fizz ~ Herbaceous lemony good times … perfect for porch or backyard sipping.

Uncommon Threads ~ Instead of lemon juice, this uses lemon oil along with gin, Cocchi Americano and saffron-infused honey. Get it!