Episode #027 – Summer Cocktails

summer cocktails

Summertime–that magical time when clothes shrink and drinks get bigger–though mostly making room for ice and non-alcoholic mixers. As we said in our spring cocktails episode, as the weather gets warmer, the ABV in your cocktails will typically go down. Summer is definitely part of this.

When you think summer flavors, you get a lot of people talking about two things: citrus and berries. We definitely agree with that assessment, so you’ll see that this episode reflect that shared philosophy.

In this episode, you’ll hear about:

  • Longer/Taller drinks, such as highballs, and how they’ll keep you in the game longer this summer
  • Your hosts waxing poetic about the wonders of the Dark and Stormy
  • Citrus pairings with other fruits, herbs, and flavors
  • A delicious and surefire hit party-punch with watermelon
  • An elusive summer Scotch cocktail
  • What Alex means by a “Tea-Tail”


Flavor Pairings: Summer is all about taking your flavors to the next level, so here’s a brief list of some of our favorites that you can get together in a drink of your choice–and be sure to let us know how you use them!


  • Peach & Mint
  • Watermelon & Mint
  • Zucchini & Cilantro
  • Raspberries & Meyer Lemons
  • Jasmine & Pomegranate
  • Earl Grey & Lavender


Passionate Presbyterian

  • Traditional Presbyterian Cocktail: 2 oz scotch (Famous Grouse is great) topped with equal amounts ginger ale and club soda
  • Passionate Presbyterian: 2 oz scotch topped, a squeeze of half a lemon, with 1 oz passion fruit puree & topped with club soda

Blueberry Jalapeno Margarita

  • Muddle 10-14 fresh blueberries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker
  • Add 3/4 oz Triple Sec, 1/4 oz Jalapeno Simple Syrup, 1 oz Lemon Juice, and 2 oz blanco Tequila (El Jimador is a great, affordable bottle for this)
  • Add 1 egg white for body
  • Shake hard for about 30 seconds
  • Strain into an Old Fashioned glass with ice (rimmed with sugar)
  • Garnish with a few blueberries (or a jalapeno if you love pain).

Watermelon Rum Punch

  • Combine 8 cups watermelon puree, 4 cups mango juice or puree, 4 cups cranberry juice, 2 cups rum (Aged is best), 1/4 cup spicy rye, (like Rittenhouse), and a 1/2 cup Cherry Kijafa (a cherry wine-ish type liqueur) into a punch bowl or, better yet, a hollowed-out watermelon, stir up, and serve chilled.
  • This may need to be watered down a bit if you don’t have fresh-made purees and juices. To do this, we’d suggest switching a cup of cranberry in the above recipe for a cup of cold water.
  • With purees, the flavors are best when extra cold, so serve over ice.

Jordan’s Summer Classics:

  1. Dark & Stormy (dark rum) (we’ve talked about it before on ginger beer episode)
  2. Paloma (tequila/mezcal) (we’ve talked about it on our Mezcal episode)
  3. Mojito (white rum)
  4. Negroni (gin)
  5. Whiskey Smash (whiskey)

Other Features:

Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince: There are many songs about summer. This is just one of them. But it is one of the better ones.