Cheers to summer.
Summer is the perfect time for refreshing, fruit-forward drinks—especially when the temperatures start to rise. Whether you’re hanging out by the pool or hosting a backyard BBQ, we’ve got your cocktails covered.
Add seasonal fruit, handcrafted mixers and gorgeous garnishes to your ingredients list. Complement your cocktails with some of our unique, crowd-pleasing snacks. And, most of all, be sure to enjoy your summer—down to the last drop!
Put Your Best Fruit Forward
One of our favorite ways to enjoy summer flavors is in a glass. Try these five new fruity drink recipes, including nonalcoholic versions of each. We’ve also added cheese pairings, because why not?
Mango Turmeric Margarita
Nothing says “summer fun” quite like a margarita. Use Swoon Margarita Mixer, then jazz it up with fresh mango and bright turmeric. Finish off your margarita with a chili-sugar rim and your guests will be asking for seconds! To enjoy this without alcohol, substitute equal parts Q Spectacular Club Soda for the tequila.
Pair With: Stilton with Mango and Ginger – Tangy mango and spicy ginger add a new dimension of sweet, savory flavor to creamy Stilton. The zesty and fruity elements complement Mango Turmeric Margaritas beautifully.
Sparkling Elderflower Spritzer
This spritzer is light, fruity and oh-so refreshing. Elderflower and rose lend lovely floral notes to the lemonade, while blueberries and watermelon are colorful, summery additions. Sparkling wine adds festive bubbles that tie it all together!
Pair With: Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese – Handmade in Northern California, this lightly aged cheese has a creamy texture and clean, tangy flavor with hints of lemon. The cheese becomes earthier as it ages and is marked by a distinctive line of edible ash. Its luscious texture pairs nicely with the fruity, floral flavors and effervescence of this spritzer.
Bourbon & Blue
Blueberries and bourbon are a lovely match in Preservatory’s Blueberry & Bourbon Preserves. In this drink, the preserves mingle with zesty lime juice and Citrus Hella Bitters for a fun spin on the classic bourbon sour. Whether you make it with alcohol or not, top each glass with Q Spectacular Club Soda for a fizzy finish.
Pair With: Fromage d’Affinois – This luscious, soft-ripened French cheese is in the double-crème category. Its flavors are sweet and mild, with a light freshness that distinguishes it from Brie. Its buttery sweetness pairs nicely with the fizziness and fruit flavors of a Bourbon & Blue.
Navy Hill Transfusion
Grape, ginger and lime make an enticing trifecta in this easy-to-sip drink featuring Navy Hill’s crisp Ginger Soda + Tonic. Our simple recipe calls for just a few ingredients, so it’s ready in minutes—and is equally delicious with or without alcohol!
Pair With: Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue – Creamy and buttery, this semisoft, crumbly cheese is cold-smoked for 16 hours over Oregon hazelnut shells. The effect is a sweet, well-balanced flavor reminiscent of candied bacon. We love the subtle smokiness of the cheese paired with the sweet, tart flavors and refreshing crispness of our Navy Hill Transfusion.
The Buzzy Fig
Langnese Summer Flower Honey blends beautifully with aromatic rosemary and fresh, seasonal figs in this bright, fizzy beverage. The figs add a beautiful crimson hue and sweet, berry-like flavor to this citrusy-sweet drink. Feel free to use fresh orange juice in place of rum for an equally enjoyable mocktail.
Pair With: Marieke Honey Clover Gouda – Each wheel of Honey Clover Gouda is aged on Dutch pine planks and has a sweet, earthy flavor with notes of fresh grass.
Upgrade Your Cocktail
With the right tools, tips and ingredients, it’s easy to look like a seasoned mixologist. Here are some of our favorite ways to spruce up our cocktails—including fruity, floral tips that are perfect for summer.
- Keep it fresh. Make an infused simple syrup with fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary and basil.
- Combine equal parts sugar and water and a handful of fresh herbs in a saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and cook until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from heat and steep for 30 minutes. Strain herbs and discard.
Add aromatics. A couple dashes of bitters can instantly elevate your cocktail. Try one of our Hella Bitters, and swap out your generic tonic or club soda for Q Drinks,Fever Tree or Franklin and Sons tonic waters and Navy Hill Club Soda.
Stay cool. Make your own ice using cocktail-friendly herbs, fruit and/or fruit juice, and even bright blooms (think hibiscus or other edible flowers). If you use juice instead of water, the melting cubes won't dilute the flavor of your drink! Some of our favorites are:
- Lemonade, fresh blueberries and thyme
- Cucumber slices, fresh basil and lime juice
- Watermelon puree and fresh rosemary
- Muddle. For a pop of color and flavor, try muddling fresh berries into your drink. You can also muddle fresh herbs for even more brightness and color.
Stock Up for Summer
Hosting summer soirees is easier when you have the right bartending tools. We offer high-quality sodas (delicious solo or as elegant mixers), bitters, hibiscus flowers, citrus garnishes and more, so you can serve up seasonal drinks in style.
We love Cocktail Crate Craft Mixers. They’re made with fresh, non-GMO ingredients and make it easy to create an impressive whiskey cocktail. We also offer Runamok Maple Cocktail Syrup, a delicious mixture that already has all of the elements of a perfect cocktail. Clean, carbonated Q Drinks are another versatile essential, along with Hella Bitters, Tillen Farms Cherries, Bittermilk hand-crafted mixers and hibiscus flowers from Wild Hibiscus Flower Co.
You can’t have a summer cocktail party without snacks! Stock up on some of our sweet and savory favorites, including Buffalo Stampede Mix (a smoky, spicy mix of buffalo-flavored peanuts, everything sticks, butter toasted peanuts, hickory smoked almonds and guacamole bites), Ferris Craft Beer Mix (made with cashews, salt & pepper peanuts and salted sesame sticks), Feridies 5 O’Clock Crunch Mix (featuring honey roasted Virginia peanuts, cheddar cheese crackers, chili-lemon corn sticks, honey roasted sesame sticks, honey mustard pretzel sticks and salted corn chips with flax seed) and Chili Lemon Pistachios. Each blend offers the perfect balance of flavors, from spicy and savory to hot and sweet.
We also offer a variety of imported olives and antipasto staples in our gourmet Antipasto Bar.