Summer Sips


Summer flavors are fresh and vibrant. From bright citrus to rich pomegranate, along with some unexpected herbs, these drinks will have you sitting by a pool and soaking in the sun in no time. Add some fun straws into the mix and pair with your favorite summer dish! 


rosemary pomegranate cocktail

2 ounces vodka
¾ cup pomegranate juice
1 teaspoon honey
ice for shaking and serving,  
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves and sprigs for garnish
pomegranate arils for garnish

Pour pomegranate juice, honey, and rosemary into a shaker. Muddle rosemary leaves against bottom of shaker and into juice, until they become fragrant. Add ice and vodka. Shake vigorously. Strain and serve. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and fresh pomegranate arils. Courtesy of

grapefruit sunrise

1 part vodka
2 parts ruby red grapefruit juice
1 part orange liqueur
splash lemon juice
splash grenadine
ruby red grapefruit slices (optional)
fresh mint (optional)

Mix vodka, grapefruit juice, orange liqueur, and lemon juice together and pour in a glass over ice. Top with grenadine. Garnish with grapefruit slices and/or mint leaves, if desired. Courtesy of

apple & pear white sangria

1 bottle Moscato wine
1/2 cup lemon liqueur
zest of 2 lemons
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 Granny Smith apple, cored, halved, and thinly sliced
1 Bartlett pear, cored, halved, and thinly sliced
1 can (12 ounces) seltzer

In a large pitcher, combine wine, lemon liqueur, lemon zest, and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice, apple and pear slices and mix well. Place pitcher in refrigerator for 4 hours to chill and allow flavors to blend. Just before serving, top sangria off with seltzer. Courtesy of

orange Lime cocktail

1/2 cup light-brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
5 ounces light rum
1 orange, halved crosswise,   thinly sliced
1 lime, thinly sliced
6 cups ice cubes

Bring brown sugar and water to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring once. Remove from heat, and add mint leaves. Let steep 10 minutes; strain, and discard leaves. Let cool. (You should have about 3/4 cup syrup.) Stir together orange and lime juices, rum, and syrup in a pitcher. Divide orange and lime slices among glasses, and top with 3/4 cup ice. Pour rum mixture into glasses, and garnish with mint sprigs. Courtesy of