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Quick n’ Easy Summer Cocktails

Impress guests with these simple cocktails


Summer is here and the temps are rising, time for a cool, crisp cocktail. I love bringing out my inner mixologist and trying out new cocktail recipes. Drinking my creations is not bad either! Summer should be simple so all these cocktail requires minimal ingredients and are easy to whip up. Whether you are pre-partying for girl's night or settling in for a night with your sweetie these drinks are sure to impress!

Note: I don't like sugary drinks so take out the simple syrup in recipes or substitute in a splash of tonic water. Most of the drinks that call for simple syrup don't really need it anyway. I also make my drinks strong with double-shots. So if the alcohol level is not to your taste reduce the alcohol content by ½ or 1 oz.


Entertaining essentials


Salted Greyhound

3 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
2 oz vodka
Sea salt for glass rim

Shake in cocktail shaker until icee cold
Garnish with fresh grapefruit slices

Alcohol Suggestion

Ketel One Vodka


To salt the rim of a glass:

  • Wet the top ½" of the glass
  • Pour and spread sea salt on a plate
  • Dip the rim in salt  

1 serving

Rosé Champagne Cocktail

½ oz vodka
4 oz champagne rosé*

Pour in champagne glass
Stir gently with cocktail stirrer
Garnish with frozen raspberries

Alcohol Suggestion

Ketel One Vodka
Moët Rosé Impérial


The boozy raspberry garnish is a delicious way to finish the drink

* You can substitute a brut rosé for champagne. La Burgondie Rosé Brut is a great choice and is available at Trader Joe's

1 serving


Georgia Moscow Mule

2 tbls fresh peaches, muddled* 
2 oz vodka
2 oz peach juice
4 oz ginger beer

Shake  peach and vodka in cocktail shaker until icee cold
Add and stir vodka, peach, and ginger beer in a Moscow mule cup
Garnish with a peach slice, or ginger candy

Alcohol/mixer Suggestions

Ketel One Vodka
Bundaberg Ginger Beer


Dice the peaches, sprinkle with sugar, and microwave for 20–30 seconds. This will soften them up and provide sweetness without using simple syrup. Muddle, strain, and cool before serving.

1 serving

Fizzy Cucumber Gimlet

½ Persian cucumber
2 oz gin
4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice*
4 oz tonic water

Shake in cocktail shaker until icee cold
Garnish with cucumber or mint

Alcohol Suggestion

Broker's Premium London Dry Gin
Fever-tree Tonic Water


Small dice the Persian cucumber and combine with the lime juice. Buzz mixture with a hand immersion blender until all the cucumber pieces are blended.

*This drink can be a little tart so feel free to add simple syrup to your sweetness preference.

1 serving


Final Thoughts

For a quick cocktail try Owls Brew mixer. It's a delicious all-natural tea blend I discovered at an artisanal fair in Los Angeles. I love the Classic Brew mixed with vodka!


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