Summer Refreshers: DIY Cocktails from Local Bartenders

    Three summer cocktail recipes for every level of DIY bartender.

    cocktail recipes Blackberry Sage Gimlet
    Blackberry Sage Gimlet at Shame and Regret. Photo by John Mortland.

    The best way to celebrate summer is with a nice cool beverage. In the interest of keeping everyone refreshed, Frank Frey met with other local bartenders to see what keeps them cool in the heat of summer. Here’s a cocktail for every level of DIY bartender.

    Frozen Paloma

    Degree of Difficulty: Beginner

    Margaritas get all the love in the U.S., but the paloma just might be more popular in Mexico., I [Frank] like a twist on the traditional grapefruit soda and tequila by serving it frozen. The slushy frozen mix is perfect for summer.

    Freeze grapefruit soda in a shallow pan ahead of time.
    2 ice cream scoops of frozen grapefruit soda
    1 1/2 ounce silver tequila
    1/2 ounce lime juice
    Mix all ingredients until slushy, and beware brain freeze!

    Blackberry Sage Gimlet

    Degree of Difficulty: Intermediate

    “I love this cocktail for summer because it’s so refreshing!” says Rebecca Moon of Shame and Regret. “The fresh sage and blackberries add an earthy, garden twist to a classic gimlet.”

    Muddle 3 blackberries and a sprig of sage
    2 ounces gin
    3/4 ounce simple syrup
    3/4 ounce fresh lime
    Shake, strain and sip.

    The Chartreuse Swizzle

    Degree of Difficulty: Advanced

    Shayne Baldwin of the Archives calls this a drinking man’s summer delight. “With seemingly odd ingredients, this drink is the perfect combatant against a hot summer afternoon,” he says. “I love this beverage for its alpine herbs and clove beginning and middle, followed by a citrusy fresh finish.”

    1 1/4 ounce Green Chartreuse liqueur
    1 ounce pineapple juice
    3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
    1/2 ounce Velvet falernum liqueur
    Build in a Collins glass. Add crushed ice and mix.
    Garnish with fresh mint and grated nutmeg.