Drink Recipes: Summer Cocktails

With the days getting longer — and in most locations, warmer — there is no better way to usher in the evening or start the weekend than with a refreshing cocktail at a nice bar. To entice patrons into your establishment, make drinks that give them the feeling they’re at a summer pool party, re-create favorite ice cream parlor treats by adding a splash of alcohol or muddle fresh fruit and transport your customer to white sand beaches. Helping your guests cool down and cool off with some of these thirst-quenching summertime cocktails can heat up your bottom line.

SKYY Starlight cocktailSKYY Starlight
Created by Adam Wilson, Beretta, San Francisco.

1 ½ ounces SKYY Vodka
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce simple syrup
1 ounce hibiscus or cranberry juice
Fresh mint
Muddle all ingredients except hibiscus/cranberry juice in bottom of tall rocks glass. Add half a glass of crushed ice and stir well. Add more crushed ice until tightly packed just over the rim of the glass, and pour hibiscus or cranberry juice over top. Garnish with sprig of fresh mint and serve with a straw.