Unfortunately, summer is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean we can’t extend it a bit longer with the help of some refreshing mixed drinks. With that in mind, we put together a list of end of summer cocktails that should help everyone squeeze out those last drops of fun in the sun.
Whether you’re looking for some sweet and spicy sangria, a tequila and tea combo, or plays on classics like a strawberry whiskey sour, these end of summer cocktails will make sure you get every bit of enjoyment out of everyone’s favorite season.
Dano’s Summer Sangria
- 1 Bottle Rose Wine
- 4 oz Dano’s Pineapple & Jalapeno Tequila
- 3 oz Triple Sec
- 3 oz Lime Juice
- 8 oz Orange Juice
Chill wine, then combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Add fresh fruit like strawberries, pineapple, and lime wedges. Include jalapeño slices for extra spice. Serve over ice. Makes 4-6 servings.
- 1 ½ oz Tequila Don Julio Primavera
- ½ oz White Tea
- ½ oz Lemon Juice
- ¼ oz Saffron Syrup
- 1 oz Topo Chico
Add all ingredients except sparkling to a shaker tin with ice. Shake and strain into glass and top with Topo Chico
The Passion Project
- 1.75 parts Courvoisier VSOP
- .25 parts lemon juice
- .25 parts Giffard Banane du Bresil Liqueur
- .5 parts Passionfruit Puree
- .5 Lapsang Souchong tea syrup*
- Glass: Cocktail or “Martini”
- Optional Garnish: Edible flower (Pansies are easiest to get and very colorful options)
Build all ingredients into a shaker, add ice, shake and fine strain into glass.
*Make tea, then add super fine sugar for a 1:1 ratio
High West Whiskey Sour
- 2 oz High West Double Rye
- 0.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- 0.5 oz Simple Syrup
- 1 Egg White
- Brandied Cherries Garnish
Chill a martini glass. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Strain back into the cocktail shaker and shake again with no ice (reverse dry shake). Double strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with Angostura bitters and brandied cherries.
Vera Wang 72 PARTY Cocktail
- 2 oz Lillet Blanc
- Very Wang Party prosecco
- 1 oz Vera Wang X Chopin Vodka
- ½ oz fresh lemon juice
- ½ oz agave
Shake & pour into a chilled cocktail glass, royale with Vera Wang PARTY, garnish with lemon twist
Tia Maria Espresso Martini
- 1 Part Tia Maria Cold Brew Liqueur
- 1 Part Vodka
- 1 Part Espresso
Add Tia Maria’s liqueur, vodka and espresso to a shaker filled with ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with coffee beans, if preferred.
Strawberry Whiskey Sour
- 1½ oz I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
- ¾ oz lemon juice
- ¾ oz strawberry syrup*
- Sliced strawberry, for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled. Pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with a strawberry
- 2 fl oz Three Spirit Livener
- 2 fl oz cranberry juice
- 2 barspoons lime juice
- 1/2 barspoon Seville orange marmalade
Add all ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker or mason jar and shake hard. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with candied cranberries and a wheel of dried orange. Fresh orange also works.
For a low alcohol twist, drizzle in half an ounce of citrus vodka before you shake!