Simple Summer Cocktail Recipes Anyone Can Make

Simple Summer Cocktail Recipes Anyone Can Make

Summer is nearly upon us, which means you may already have a good reason to take to the porch. Although many bars and restaurants have reopened, there’s something to be said about staying home — and enjoying a refreshing cocktail while you’re there. The CDC reports that approximately 1.8% of California drivers admit to driving after drinking too much. But if you never leave the house, you won’t have to drive home after one too many.

Simple Summer Cocktail Recipes Anyone Can Make

Fortunately, staying home doesn’t have to be boring (or dry!). Check out your fridge and see what kind of cocktail you can make from what you find there. It’s easier than you think. Here are some easy summer cocktail recipes that anybody can make.

Green Apple Grown-Up Tea

We’re not using Granny Smiths here; instead, the “apple” comes from apple juice and apple gin, while the “green” comes from green tea and lime juice. Combine approximately 50 ml each of apple gin and lime juice with half a liter of apple juice and two cups of green tea. Sip, then add more of whatever you think is missing. This is a refreshing twist on the iced tea you enjoy from the pitcher — and while apples are often associated with fall, they provide a neutral sweetness that’s well-suited for almost any recipe.

Rhubarb and Ginger Snapped Sap

It’s estimated approximately 1.8 billion websites are all operating simultaneously at any given point each day. Some of those are liquor delivery websites, which have grown in popularity during the pandemic. You may want to visit one of those sites to order a lime cordial, as you’ll need it for this recipe.

Rhubarb might be intimidating to some, but using it in a beverage is a great way to enjoy its flavor. Get some rhubarb stalks and chop them up, then boil them on the stove. When the rhubarb becomes mush, take it off the heat and strain it into a bowl. Stir in about one-half cup of sugar and cool it in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

Then, you’re ready to make your cocktail. You’ll need about 50 ml of your lime cordial, 50 ml of the rhubarb syrup you just made, 10 ml of lime juice, and 100 ml of ginger ale. Rhubarb and ginger ale balance each other beautifully. Combine in a fancy glass and enjoy!

Ode-to-Strawberry Overload

Furnaces are built to last you approximately 15 to 20 years, but you’ll probably be more concerned with your AC unit’s performance this summer. Fortunately, a cocktail is a perfect way to cool off.

First, make your strawberry syrup in the same way you made the rhubarb version. After you strain it, chill until you are ready to use it. Then, add 20ml lemon juice and a shot (or several) of vodka.

Lime or lemon juice pairs well with strawberry. Lemon makes strawberry pop with freshness, whereas lime complements the sweetness of the strawberry. It’s up to you. Make two different drinks and see what you like the best. You can also try this one with raspberries. They work as well with lemon or lime.

Other Ways to Chill Out

There are some pointers on chilling you may want to make note of. Flash-freezing the fruit syrup you just made is easy and fast, but so is puréeing your mixture with some ice. Then, your cocktail becomes a slushie, which is a great option to beat the summer heat.

If you don’t want to add water to your drink, get creative with your ice chips. You can freeze rosé or another kind of wine in ice cube trays and either throw that in a blender or add them to the cocktail itself. The taste of wine will elevate these cocktails a bit. The key here is to use what you have. These are great drinks for entertaining or to enjoy at the end of a long, hot day.

Savor the Smoothness: CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit

Savor the Smoothness: CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit

We have long enjoyed the combination of sweet and salty flavors. There’s one cocktail we can’t help but sing the praises of for this very reason. The CAMUS Cognac French Connection cocktail, which can be easily made with the CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit, is a short drink that’s perfect as a nightcap. For those wondering, what is the French Connection cocktail? A proper French Connection requires a very aromatic Cognac like CAMUS Cognac’s Ile de Ré Fine Island cognac and a dry Amaretto, in order to guarantee a good balance of sweet and roasted notes.

Savor the Smoothness: CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit

This slow-sipping cocktail is a highly sophisticated drink that also happens to be one of the easiest in the world to make. The French Connection is part of the International Bartenders Association’s IBA official cocktails list. Legend has it that it was invented in the 70s, named after the 1971 movie of the same name, with Gene Hackman.

Savor the Smoothness: CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit

CAMUS Cognac makes creating this cocktail at home incredibly easy, thanks to the CAMUS Cognac French Connection cocktail kit. CAMUS added a slight twist to the cocktail recipe by pairing the iodine-rich notes of Ile de Ré Fine Island cognac with Amaretto Adriatico; this reinterpretation of original amaretto is crafted with handpicked Italian almonds and a pinch of salt. This brings us back to our initial thoughts of loving the combination of sweet and salty flavors.

The CAMUS Cognac French Connection cocktail kit has everything you need (and we mean everything), including:

  • bottle of Ile de Ré Fine Island 70cl
  • bottle of Amaretto Adriatico 70cl
  • tumbler glass
  • professional cocktail spoon
  • booklet to discover the secrets of the perfect recipe

Savor the Smoothness: CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit

With this amazing drink kit, all you need is ice and your thirst. The other wonderful thing about this kit is you can create up to 14 cocktails with it and it retails for only €69.00 on the CAMUS Cognac website. As you can see, it makes a great gift.

We adore CAMUS and have enjoyed it for years. Read about our other CAMUS Cognac coverage here: CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other and Cognac Connoisseur: Lunch with Cyril Camus and Camus Cognac.

Cascade Moon Edition No. 2: The Latest in Cascade Moon's Whisky Series

Cascade Moon Edition No. 2: The Latest in Cascade Moon’s Whisky Series

We all know the saying, “they just don’t make stuff like they used to”. For many, being able to enjoy the nostalgic products of a bygone era is becoming more and more valuable. In the midst of all our industry advances, artisanal, small-batch, and traditionally made products are highly sought-after. Last year, Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. launched a brand new range of highly limited whiskies as part of their Cascade Moon Whisky series. These limited-edition whiskies, which are described as being “mellow as midnight”, celebrate nostalgia. As of today, two whiskies in the series have now been released. Cascade Moon Edition No. 1 launched last fall and Cascade Moon Edition No. 2 followed soon after, in late December. The whiskies in this series are described as being “mellow as midnight”.  Today, we’re exploring the latter.

Cascade Moon Edition No. 2: The Latest in Cascade Moon's Whisky Series

First a brief introduction to their first launch. Cascade Moon Edition No. 1 has a bright and fruity nose, with notes of raspberries, pineapple, and coconut. A surprising savory grain character on the palate with a hint of brothy salinity, and a delicate finish.

Cascade Moon Edition No. 2 on the other hand, honors the heritage of the George A. Dickel & Co. brand, a distillery known for forward-thinking. This second release from Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. is a bold, mature liquid that celebrates 150 years of passion for cra­fting quality whisky. It continues to set the tone for the future of the whisky category while looking toward the next 150 years.

Cascade Moon Edition No. 2: The Latest in Cascade Moon's Whisky Series

Further tying back to George Dickel’s history, the liquid for this second release was taken from a small batch blend curated around the first barrel of TN Whisky filled a­fter the distillery returned from the shutdown in 2003. This small-batch blend used less than 20 barrels, holding some of Cascade Hollow Distilling Co.’s best whiskies aged at least 17 years that are befitting a celebration of a 150-year heritage.

Even the release’s packaging pays homage to whisky-making over the last 150 years.  This unique, sandblasted ceramic bottle is sourced from one of the limited producers in the world. The labels are handprinted using a 130-year-old press, to create a stunning look and feel.

A 750ml of Cascade Moon Edition No. 2 will be sold regionally in Tennessee, California, and Texas for a limited time for the suggested price of $249.99.

Five Wives Canned Cocktails: Ogden's Own New Canned Drink Offerings

Five Wives Canned Cocktails: Ogden’s Own New Canned Drink Offerings

While cities across the country slowly beginning to open, many of us are still not fully comfortable with venturing out like we used to. Speaking to several people, no one feels safe enough to venture to bars and pubs. Thankfully, the Spirits industry has really stepped up and adapted to our current situation. The canned cocktails market has been a welcomed pleasure of delicious convenience and we’re excited that Ogden’s Own Distillery has joined this exciting drinks segment with the launch of their Five Wives Canned Cocktails; specifically Five Wives Moscow Mule and Five Wives Vodka Soda.

Five Wives Canned Cocktails: Ogden's Own New Canned Drink Offerings

The two new ready-to-drink varietals are Ogden’s Own first-ever foray into the canned beverage segment. Expect to see more canned cocktails on the horizon for release later this year. Packed with bold flavors and infused with all-natural ingredients, the Five Wives canned cocktails are both made with Ogden’s Own’s award-winning Five Wives Vodka. Each can of Ogden’s Own’s ready-to-drink cocktails contains two servings at 162 calories each and 16.5 carbs per serving. Both varietals are also completely gluten-free, as Five Wives Vodka is distilled with 100% corn.

Five Wives Moscow Mule

Five Wives Canned Cocktails: Ogden's Own New Canned Drink Offerings

Five Wives Vodka Soda is made from a simple yet balanced blend of Ogden’s Own Five Wives Vodka and a delicate hint of fresh-squeezed lime citrus. It’s not tart, rather it’s faint enough to add a layer of flavor depth and balance to the flavor of the vodka. Crisp and clean, Ogden’s Own’s Canned Vodka Soda is a smooth sipper that is equally refreshing whether you’re enjoying it directly from a chilled can or poured into a glass over ice. At 7% ABV, each can contains roughly two cocktail servings, so you definitely won’t confuse it with your grocery store seltzer!

Five Wives Vodka Soda

Five Wives Canned Cocktails: Ogden's Own New Canned Drink Offerings

Ginger lovers unite! Five Wives Moscow Mule brings the spice. The original Moscow Mule blend derives its awesome ginger punch from an exotic blend of Chinese and Indian ginger extracts. Once mixed with lime juice, raw cane sugar, and the award-winning Five Wives Vodka, the result is a canned, ready-to-drink Moscow Mule with a boldness that stands out from the crowd. At 10% alcohol-by-volume, Five Wives Moscow Mule delivers a robust fresh ginger zing and real lime burst that tastes like it was made right in front of you.

The Five Wives Moscow Mule and Five Wives Vodka Soda canned cocktails are available now at Ogden’s Own
Distillery Store, 615 W. Stockman Way, Ogden, Utah, for $3.99 per can. Check out our previous coverage of Ogden’s Own: Win Ogden’s Own x Deborah Czeresko Glass Decanter + Rocks Glass Set and Just Launched: Ogden’s Own Distillery’s Porter’s Peanut Butter Whiskey.

Biza Cocktails: These Tropical Canned-Cocktails are a Vacation in a Can

Biza Cocktails: These Tropical Canned Cocktails are a Vacation in a Can

.As the weather continues to get warmer and more vaccines are administered, everyone is hopeful about the opportunity to fully enjoy time outside their homes. Whether it be get-togethers with friends and family or vacations to exotic and tropical places. While we’re not yet at this point in time, there is a way you can enjoy an escape to a tropical locale; at least via your tastebuds – Biza Cocktails, the tropical canned cocktails.

Biza Cocktails: These Tropical Canned-Cocktails are a Vacation in a Can

The name Biza is originally inspired by the internationally known Spanish island of Ibiza. Although it celebrates a lifestyle experience, not necessarily tied to a specific location. Contrary to the hard seltzers found in the market today, Biza is a handcrafted cocktail, lightly sparkling and full of flavor. Created from premium vodka, Biza is slightly more alcoholic than the average canned cocktails, at 6% ABV. With only a touch of carbonation, the gluten-free, and malt-free Biza cocktails stand out in flavor and canned cocktail experience. Unlike the competition, Biza has carefully hand-selected their ingredients to create their natural tropical flavors. The low-calorie drinks are available in four bold flavors: Passion Fruit Peach, Coconut Pineapple, Pomegranate Vanilla, and Mango Jalapeño.

Biza Cocktails: These Tropical Canned Cocktails are a Vacation in a Can

If you’re ready to take your happy hour to the next level? These delicious, on-the-go libations will take you there. To gift us with the amazing level of deliciousness, Biza really focused on highlighting full flavor bursts. Their unique combinations are great tasting from start to finish.

Biza was started by a group of friends who came together during happy hour on a mission to fill a void in the marketplace. The goal was to create a brand that caters to their friends and the millennial generation. They tested all aspects of Biza’s product development on 100 millennials across varying age ranges. It’s made by millennials for millennials!

The easy-to-grab Biza Cocktails are available in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and online at www.bizacocktails.com.

Rémy Martin Rang in Lunar New Year With a Sugar Masterpiece

Rémy Martin Rang in Lunar New Year With a Sugar Masterpiece

While Western cultures observe the start of a new year on January 1, many east Asian cultures celebrate Lunar New Year. Lunar New Year marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar, which is traditional in countries such as Korea, China, and Vietnam and regulated by the cycles of the moon and sun. This means the Lunar New Year typically falls sometime between January 21 and February 20.

Rémy Martin Rang in Lunar New Year With a Sugar Masterpiece

This year, Lunar New Year was on February 12. In addition to being the most popular holiday in Asia, it is also celebrated by over 16 million Asian Americans each year. This year was no different, despite much of the United States still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Although there weren’t any large gatherings and festivals that typically mark Lunar New Year, people still found their own ways to incorporate art, craftsmanship, and food into this annual holiday.

Rémy Martin Rang in Lunar New Year With a Sugar Masterpiece

Rémy Martin has long been inspired by Lunar New Year traditions and this year, the cognac producer unveiled a sugar masterpiece. Developed with FRED & FARID New York, an independent boutique agency that is a mix of French, Chinese, and American influences, Rémy Martin used the concept of “sweet art” to create a confectionary triumph and wish the world a sweet Year of the Ox. “Sweet art” is an original art technique that gets its inspiration from sugar painting, a traditional form of art that is made out of caramelized sugar.

Rémy Martin Rang in Lunar New Year With a Sugar Masterpiece

With such an artistic feat in mind, Rémy Martin partnered with a couple of notable artists. Yajun Sui, a traditional Chinese sugar painting Master, and Multimedia Artist Elisabeth Hodes helped Rémy Martin create the sugar masterpiece. Together, they created 65 detailed pieces that made up the work of art, spent over 100 hours on it, and used over 20 pounds of sugar. This is quite the feat, especially when you consider that a human lifting a 20-pound box will put nearly 400 pounds of force on their spine.

Rémy Martin Rang in Lunar New Year With a Sugar Masterpiece

The end result of all of this work and sugar is a celebration of the melding of tea culture and cognac culture, as well as the craft that goes into both of them. The grand piece of artwork, rendered in tones of gold and red, features swirling clouds, cavorting oxen, celebratory humans, a half-full teapot, and a bottle of cognac. Just looking at the sweet masterpiece will make you want to go brush your teeth for the recommended two minutes, although you probably wouldn’t want to take your eyes away even for your dental health. The enchanting work of art gives the world a touch of sweetness after a uniquely challenging year, which was exactly the intention of its creators.

Jam Cocktails: Spring Libations with Crofter's Organic Fruit Spreads

Jam Cocktails: Spring Libations with Crofter’s Organic Fruit Spreads

Did you know you can use jams, fruit spreads, and preserves to make your cocktails? Yeah, neither did we but boy are we glad we discovered this. Apparently, the practice of jam cocktails has been around since the 1900s (who knew). Cocktails were created using jams, jellies, preserves, and marmalades as a sweetening agent. So if you’re ever in the mood for a cocktail and are out of simple syrup, reach into your pantry for that jar of fruit spread; it’s the fastest way to add sweetness to cocktails. Today, we’ll be sharing several delicious jam cocktails, all perfect for spring, using Crofter’s Organic fruit spreads.

Jam Cocktails: Spring Libations with Crofter's Organic Fruit Spreads

We’ve previously highlighted the absolutely flavorful organic fruit spreads from Crofter’s Organic; first, when we were introduced to them in 2014 and once again last year when they added more fruit and less sugar to their fruit spreads. This time around, we’re happy to share the versatility of these organic fruit spreads and show you another way you can enjoy them. Let’s get to know some of these Crofter’s Organic jam cocktails.

Peach Bellini

Jam Cocktails: Spring Libations with Crofter's Organic Fruit Spreads

1 ½ Tbsp Crofter’s Organic Premium Peach Fruit Spread
¾ oz Vodka
Prosecco
Ice Cubes (Crushed)
Fresh Mint
Begin by adding Crofter’s Organic Premium Peach Fruit Spread to a cocktail shaker along with ¾ oz vodka and some crushed ice. About 2-3 ice cubes. Shake for 20-30 seconds. Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into a glass and then top with prosecco. Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint. Enjoy!

Mango Radler

Jam Cocktails: Spring Libations with Crofter's Organic Fruit Spreads

¾ Cup Crofter’s Organic Premium Mango Fruit Spread
6 Oz Water
12 Oz Sparkling Water
Fresh Lemon Juice (Half a Lemon)
Fresh Lime Juice (Half a Lime)
4 Cans Beer of Choice (473ml each – We used a local Pale Ale)
In a small saucepot over low heat, combine the Crofter’s Organic Premium Mango Fruit Spread with 6oz of water to thin it out slightly. Let simmer for 3-5 minutes until slightly reduced. Remove from heat and strain out any chunks of mango that may be too big. Let cool. In a large beverage, pitcher add in the sparkling water, fresh lemon, and lime juice. Next, add in the mango syrup (once it has cooled slightly). Whisk to combine. Next, slowly pour in the beer to avoid making a lot of foam. We recommend tilting the pitcher for a smoother pour. Give the pitcher one last gentle stir. Now for the taste test! If the mixture is too citrusy add in more sparkling water. If not citrusy enough add in more fresh lemon and lime juice. Keep cool in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Blueberry or Strawberry Mint Lemonade

Blueberry or Strawberry Mint Lemonade Cocktail

1 Cup Crofter’s Premium Wild Blueberry Fruit Spread or 1 Cup Crofter’s Premium Strawberry Fruit Spread
¾ Cup Lemon Juice (2-3 Lemons)
1 Cup Cold Water
⅓ Cup Raw Organic Honey
2-3 Mint Leaves
In a blender, combine Crofter’s Organic® fruit spread, lemon juice, cold water, and raw organic honey. Blend until all components are mixed well and frothy. Strain the lemonade from the blender using a cheesecloth to remove the bubbly froth from the top and any clumps that may have missed being blended. Pour the lemonade over ice and garnish with 2-3 mint leaves. Enjoy!

My Easy Little Rum Away

My Easy Little Rum Away Cocktail

1 Tbsp. Crofter’s Seville Orange Just Fruit Spread
2 oz White Rum
½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
2 oz Pineapple Juice
½ oz Orgeat Syrup
¼ oz Simple Syrup
2-3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Garnishes: Lemon Wheel, Lime Wheel, and Freshly Grated Nutmeg
Combine Crofter’s Seville Orange Just Fruit Spread, rum, juices, orgeat syrup, and simple syrup into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass over ice. Top with bitters and garnish.

Simple Black Currant Mojito

Spring cocktail: Simple Black Currant Mojito

1 Tbsp Crofter’s Organic Just Fruit Back Currant Fruit Spread
4 Fresh Mint Leaves
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
1 oz Rum of Choice
1 Tsp Caster Sugar
Club Soda or Tonic Water
Crushed Ice
Lime Wedge (Garnish)
Sprig of Mint (Garnish)
Combine Crofter’s Organic Just Fruit Black Currant Fruit Spread, mint leaves, lime juice, and caster sugar in a small bowl. Muddle lightly (just enough to break down the mint leaves to release their flavor). Remove the leaves and place the Black Currant mixture in the bottom of a Collins glass. Fill the glass halfway with crushed ice and then pour your rum of choice on top. Top it off with club soda or tonic water. Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint. Enjoy!

Raspberry Bramble

Spring cocktail: Raspberry Bramble

4oz Gin
1oz Fresh Lemon Juice
2oz Crofter’s Raspberry Simple Syrup*
1oz Crème de Cassis
Garnishes: Lemon Peel and Fresh Raspberries
First, make the Crofter’s raspberry simple syrup. Using a fine-mesh strainer, strain the Crofter’s raspberry simple syrup to remove any chunks or debris. This will result in a nice smooth syrup. Let’s make the cocktail! Simply combine all of the bramble ingredients into a shaker and shake to combine. Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice and pour the Raspberry Bramble over the ice. Garnish with a fresh lemon peel and some fresh raspberries. Enjoy!

*Crofter’s Raspberry Simple Syrup
½ Cup Crofter’s Organic Premium Seedless Raspberry Fruit Spread
½ Cup Water
In a small-to-medium-sized saucepot, combine the Crofter’s Organic Premium Seedless Raspberry Fruit Spread and water. Bring to a boil. Let boil for 5 minutes or so until the sauce begins to thicken up slightly. Remove from heat.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these Crofter’s Organic jam cocktails. We’d love to hear your thoughts on jam cocktails.

Win Ogden's Own x Deborah Czeresko Glass Decanter + Rocks Glass Set

Win Ogden’s Own x Deborah Czeresko Glass Decanter + Rocks Glass Set

There’s something about art that speaks to everyone. It’s not the same for everything but they call art conversation pieces for nothing. Art, of course, comes in many forms. One favorite is glass blowing. We find it incredibly mesmerizing how glass artists mold and shape melted glass into the most exquisite things. From attention-getting decorative pieces to functional art pieces. Now imagine owning something like that. A functional piece of art that will always ignite conversation. We’re here to tell you, you can own one of those when you enter to win the Ogden’s Own x Deborah Czeresko Glass Decanter + Rocks Glass Set.

Win Ogden's Own x Deborah Czeresko Glass Decanter + Rocks Glass Set

If you’re familiar with Netflix’s Reality Show Blown Away, then you’re very familiar with Deborah Czeresko, the Glass Artist who won. For those not familiar, Blown Away is a competition show, much like Top Chef or Project Runway, where glass artists compete in creating innovative artworks. If you haven’t checked it out, we recommend you doing so to see all the amazing things these artists created.

Deborah Czeresko has teamed up with Utah’s beloved Ogden’s Own distillery for a special collaboration. This collaboration, Deborah’s famous piece, “Morph”, a handcrafted glass decanter + 4 matching rocks glass set valued at $8,000.00, will go to one lucky winner. All you have to do is enter the raffle for a chance to win. The best part, you’ll also be helping out a wonderful charity.

Win Ogden's Own x Deborah Czeresko Glass Decanter + Rocks Glass Set

For as little as $5.00, you can be the lucky winner of the stunning Ogden’s Own x Deborah Czeresko decanter set where 100% of the proceeds raised go to two Utah LGBTQ organizations, the Utah PRIDE Center and Equality Utah. This is an amazing and rare opportunity to both support a great cause and potentially win a one-of-a-kind artwork that any spirits aficionado would love.

Wouldn’t you love to win this conversation piece to display your favorite Ogden’s Own expression?  We’d love to hear your thoughts on this collaboration.