5 Refreshing Cocktails Guaranteed to Impress

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It’s almost officially summer, and your deck is begging for some action. Whether you’re hosting a happy hour virtually or socially distancing in the backyard, these five elegant cocktail recipes will be sure to impress even the toughest of critics. 


Amaretto Sour ~ for the sweet tooth

o   1 ½ oz. (3 tbsps.) amaretto

o   ½ oz. (1 tbsps.) whiskey

o   1 oz. lemon juice

o   1 tsp. simple syrup

o   Optional: maraschino cherries for garnish

Combine amaretto, whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, and ice in a shaker. Shake well and pour into glass. Garnish with maraschino cherries.


Espresso Martini ~ for the coffee addict

o   1/2 oz. coffee simple syrup

o   ½ oz. chocolate liqueur

o   1 oz. cold brew

o   1 ½ oz. gin

o   Optional: coffee beans or cocoa powder for garnish

Combine coffee simple syrup, chocolate liqueur, cold brew, gin, and ice in a shaker. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with coffee beans or cocoa powder.


Paloma ~ for the marg lover

o   2 oz. tequila

o   ½ oz. fresh lime juice

o   4 oz. grapefruit soda

o   Optional: salt for rim

If desired, begin by rimming the glass with salt. Fill glass with ice and add tequila and lime juice. Top off with grapefruit soda.


Aperol Spritz ~ for the sophisticated

o   3 oz. prosecco

o   2 oz. Aperol

o   1 oz. soda water

o   Optional: orange wheel for garnish

Combine prosecco, Aperol, soda water, and ice in a wine glass. Stir and garnish with an orange wheel.


Cucumber Lemonade Vodka ~ for the semi-health conscious

o   3-4 oz. lemonade

o   1 oz. cucumber juice*

o   1 ½ oz. cucumber vodka

o   Optional: lemon and mint for garnish

Add ice to 16 oz. glass. Pour in lemonade, cucumber juice, and vodka. Garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves.

*If you don’t have a juicer, chop off ends of cucumber and slice in half. Add to blender with a splash of water and blend until pureed. Place mesh strainer over a bowl and pour the puree through. Enough juice should be made for the recipe.