Our Favorite Summer Cocktail Recipes

It’s Friday and you just got off work. You are so tired you don’t even want to take off your work clothes and to make matters worse, it’s about ninety degrees outside and you’re about ready to pass out fromOne of Our Favorite Summer Cocktails at Ceres Bistro is a Blood Cosmo! heatstroke. It feels like it has been the worst week ever and a beer just won’t cut it.

It’s the perfect time for a nice smooth summer cocktail, but not just any old summer cocktail.  You need something new, something fresh, something with an “extra kick.” Here is exactly what you need: A list of great summer cocktails from Epicurious.com. There are twenty four summer cocktails featured on the website, but we narrowed it down to our top ten favorite summer cocktails, and here they are:

Summer Cocktails: Our Favorites

24 cocktails, from the classic Martini, Manhattan, and Margarita to the exotic Royal Blush, El Diablo, and Blood and Sand

Sure, there are those who believe any cocktail is refreshing and suitable for summer. And they have a point. But when you’re grilling, or feasting on clams, or kicking back on the sand, some combinations of ingredients do quench the thirst better than others.

First, consider fruit. There’s a reason why Gatorade and lemonade are popular in the summer months. They rely on the sweet-and-tart balance that only lemon/lime—and sugar—can provide. This is the formula for a sour (a.k.a. sour mix). Drinks like the Margarita and the Daiquiri have spawned a million cocktails in this category. The Cosmo introduces cranberry to the equation. And if you can’t decide what fruit to use, try adding whatever you have lying around to drinks like the Sangria or Pimm’s Cup, powered by ginger ale (this drink sometimes even gets a slice of cooling cucumber).

Bubbles are another well-known refresher: Add Champagne (and gin) to sour mix, and you’ve got a French 75. Employ beer (along with hot sauce), and you’ve got the makings of a Michelada. Fresh mint, too, can tickle the palate as it refreshes; the success of rum-driven Mojitos and bourbon-bomb Mint Juleps proves the point.

Don’t let brown spirits scare you, either: The international boom in cocktails has, in fact, inspired many bartenders to make lively, effervescent drinks with bourbon, rye, and Scotch, and to reinvent classics like the Old Fashioned (big on Mad Men), the Manhattan, and the Blood and Sand.

For our summer cocktail slideshow, we’ve selected two dozen drinks to help you beat the heat. There’s something for everyone: bitter, sweet, salty, sour, up, on the rocks, shaken, stirred, even bubblegum-infused.



Mint Julep
The classic tequila cocktail also has lime juice, sugar, and Cointreau. The salt rim is optional; use fleur de sel if you want to get fancy.


The traditional Kentucky Derby drink contains whiskey, mint, soda water, and sugar. And a glass full of crushed ice



This refreshing Cuban cocktail relies on a balance of mint, lime, rum, sugar, and club soda.



Dating back to the 1830s in New Orleans, the Sazerac essentially melds Cognac and bitters. It’s one of America’s first great inventions.



The sugar rim gives this old-school cocktail some panache. Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice pack a flavorful punch.

Royal Blush


Eben Freeman created this drink, inspired by Champagne cocktails. It turns from green to pink when poured into a glass.

El Diablo


Tequila fans will appreciate the complexity of flavors achieved by adding ginger beer and crème de cassis in this original cocktail.

Blood and Sand


Strong enough for you? This one’s got whiskey, vermouth, bitters, OJ, and either beer or brandy.



Can’t decide between vodka and gin? This one’s got both! Trivia note: First ordered by James Bond in Casino Royale.

Kumquat Caipirinha


Bartender Eben Freeman swaps in kumquat for lime and adds a soy-caramel sauce to this Brazilian beverage.

How excited are you to go home and make one of these fun summer cocktails? If these kinds of summer cocktails are what make your mouth water, then you should stop by Ceres Bistro! We have all types of delicious summer cocktails that’ll quench your thirst and excite your taste buds. Here’s just sample of the wide variety of summer cocktails we serve:

Thatcher’s Lemonade

  • Double Cross vodka
  • Thatcher’s Organic blueberry liqueur
  • Meletti limoncello
  • Lemon juice

Rosemary Limeade

  • Grey Goose vodka
  • Patron Citronage
  • Rosemary infused limeade

Bubbling Pear

  • Xante pear cognac
  • Thatcher’s Organic blueberry liqueur
  • Honey simple syrup, topped with cava

So when the summer sun is beating down and you need to get away from your crazy busy life, take a trip to Ceres Bistro and  sip on one of our fabulous summer cocktails. Our skilled bartenders will make your cocktail just the way you like it, and it may be just the vacation you need.

The only problem with all of these delicious summer cocktails is that after you taste one, you might need to have another!