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?
Bee Sting Tea
Made with Cocktail Crate Ginger Bee Craft Mixer, the Bee Sting Tea is a zesty and refreshing twist on traditional iced tea. Easy to make and garnished with tart lemonade apple slices, it’s the perfect thirst-quencher on a hot summer afternoon.
Pair With: Dorothy’s Comeback Cow – Sweet, buttery, creamy and aromatic, this rustic cheese packs pungent flavor that’s addictively-good—especially when smeared on a soft croissant.
Mango Turmeric Margarita
Nothing says “summer fun” quite like a margarita. Use Powell & Mahoney 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.
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.
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: Lavender Gouda – This refreshing Dutch-made cheese is infused with fragrant French Lavender blooms, rosemary and thyme. Thanks to 10 weeks of aging, the lavender’s slightly sweet essence gives this creamy, decadent cheese the perfect balance of floral notes—delicious with a Buzzy Fig.
Sparkling Honey Ginger Prosecco
For an extra refreshing glass of bubbly, elevate your prosecco with the punchy flavor of Cocktail Crate Craft Mixer Ginger Bee. Garnish with crisp, tart lemonade apple slices for a palate-pleasing zing.
Pair With: Aged Provolone – This wonderfully smooth Italian-imported cheese is handmade, hand-shaped and aged for over a year. Its bold aroma and sharp, buttery, nutty flavor makes it a stellar accompaniment to the ginger and honey flavors of this prosecco.
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 new Hella Bitters, and swap out your generic tonic for Q Drinks or Fever Tree tonic waters.
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 Powell & Mahoney Margarita Mix, which adds vibrant citrus notes and a clean, crisp, finish to your favorite margarita recipe. 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 new Two Six Nine Snack Mix (made with salt & pepper peanuts, spicy wasabi peas, sesame sticks, sunflower seeds, almonds and cashews), Hot Curry peanuts 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.