Refreshing Drinks of Summer

Now that summer has pretty much arrived following the Memorial Day holiday, it’s time to break out some of those simple refreshing cocktails that were made for a warm afternoon and evening. Here are a few to get you started.

The New(er) Old Fashioned

With the return to prominence of so many classic cocktails like the Manhattan and the Old Fashioned, along with new creations coming every day from mixologists everywhere, I want to add my own simple concoction that is now a staple among my friends. We call it the BBWD, because it’s Bourbon Beth Would Drink – a major milestone for somebody who until recently hadn’t discovered the amazing flavor qualities of bourbon whiskey. This one plays to the at-home bartenders looking for a refreshing summer thirst-quencher, while also wanting something a bit more complex. The keys to changing this from a simple Bourbon and 7 to a new cocktail are the bitters and the orange peel, which should be squeezed to emit the oils and aroma from the orange (without the pith). Rub the peel along the rim of the glass before serving. Cheers!

Fill a Highball glass with ice

3 oz. Bourbon

6 oz. 7-up (or Diet 7-up)

2 dashes Fee Brothers Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters

Garnish with Orange peel


POG (or the White Hawaiian)

This is a staple for us every time we visit Hawaii. Unfortunately, the popular POG juice (Passion, Orange and Guava) is not readily available on the mainland, but it can be found everywhere in Hawaii (including on the flights to and from the Islands). It’s also very easy to make your own POG by mixing equal parts of orange juice, passion fruit juice and guava nectar. POG juice is an ideal mixer for many different spirits, but I’ve found that because of its tropical nature, it goes extremely well with rum.

Muddle 1/8 lime in a shaker


2 oz. aged rum

1 oz. coconut rum

6 oz. POG juice

Shake and strain into a Highball glass filled with ice

Float a splash of Diet Coke to add fizz.

Float 1 oz. Koloa Hawaiian Dark Rum

Garnish with fresh pineapple


Vodka Fresca

3 oz. Vodka

6 oz. Fresca

This also lends itself to a number of variations, but always seems to work as a perfect summer refresher. This version works especially well:

3 oz. Vodka

3 oz. Fresca

3 oz. Lemonade

Garnish with lemon slice


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