Ingredients for the Perfect Summer Cocktails

cocktail with strawberry

Summertime and the livin’ is easy, indeed! There’s something about sipping a cocktail on a warm summer night that brings bliss to the end of a hectic day. A refreshing cocktail can consist of a number of tasty ingredients from blueberries and lemons to mint and orange bitters.  Our patio or indoor bar are both ideal spots for imbibing or, if you’re feeling like more of a homebody tonight, you can take a cue from us and try these great, unexpected ingredients to create the perfect summer cocktails without leaving your bar cart.

Arugula – Typically thought of as a salad ingredient, slightly-spicy arugula is the ideal companion to gin. Try muddling it to make a unique, summertime gimlet. This is sure to be a crowd pleaser next time you host friends and family, so keep it on tap to impress everyone you know.

Honey – Honey is a summer staple that pairs well with all kinds of dark liquors. Drizzle it in bourbon or whiskey for the perfect bonfire drink or add a spoonful to straight rum for a delicious beachside cocktail. Pro tip: a lemon garnish works well with any of these concoctions!

Blackberries – Mix up a traditional Tom Collins by adding blackberries. They’re the epitome of summertime and they add a nice kick to the gin base. If you’re short on blackberries, you can substitute blueberries or even raspberries in a pinch.

Strawberries – A fair number of people would argue that rosé is already summer in a bottle, but you can take things up a notch by adding strawberries to the wine you’ve already got on-hand. Place sliced strawberries in a rosé and seltzer mixture and you’ll be in summer drink heaven in no time.

Jalapeno peppers – Tired of conventional margaritas? Spice things up by adding diced jalapeno peppers to your pitcher. This makes for a surprisingly refreshing drink and it pairs perfectly with Mexican food at home! If jalapeno alone is a little too much for you, temper the heat by adding a few cucumber slices as well.

Orange slices – If you’re not a cocktail kind of guy (or gal), adding orange slices to almost any light beer is a great way to make it feel more like summertime and less like football season at your local stadium. Just make sure you give the orange slices at least fifteen minutes to work their magic and disperse flavor throughout your drink.

These are just a few unique ingredients that can be used to make amazing summer cocktails. The bartending staff at Strega Waterfront would be thrilled to meet you and make one of the drinks suggested here or anything else your heart desires. Take a peek at our summer drink list to take advantage of limited-time offers before fall arrives!