4 Easy Cocktail Recipes for Summer Entertaining

For much of my early adulthood I lived in condos and town homes that left much to be desired in the way of space for entertaining. Now that we are home owners and have the ideal layout for having friends over for happy hour, I’ve become curious about how to create craft cocktails to enjoy with our guests. I admit I have never been the eager chef, however I really enjoy putting together creative drinks. I’ve enjoyed my fair share of crafted drinks at many of the travel destinations and food reviews I’ve covered in the past so now I’m having fun trying to recreate some of my favorites. Although I see myself as more of an amateur entertainer than Martha Stewart type, I think it just goes to show that anyone (no matter how basic the skill set) can enjoy getting a little creative in the kitchen. These easy recipes are a perfect start for those of you interested in learning how to create craft cocktails. 

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Red, White, and Blueberry Margarita
Red, White, and Blueberry 
Berry forward with a tequila kick, this “blue” margarita is perfection when cheers-ing with your friends on the Fourth.
12-15 blueberries
1 lime squeezed
1-2 parts filtered water
A couple sprigs of basil

Muddle blueberries and basil with Tres Agaves Tequila. Add remaining ingredients. Shake with ice and serve over fresh ice (Do not strain). Garnish with basil leaf float.

Patriotic State of Mind cocktail recipe

Patriotic State of Mind

Cheers to Independence Day with America’s one and only native spirit, bourbon, with this simple and delicious recipe.
1 part St. Germain
10 fresh blueberries

Muddle the St. Germain and blueberries together in a glass. Add ice and the Maker’s 46™. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Miss American Berry Pie cocktail
Miss American Berry Pie
A patriotic libation unlike any other… it’s enjoying your favorited mixed berry pie but in a glass! Made with California vodka, it’s a two-in-one take on America’s classic favorites.
½ part lemon juice
½ part elderflower liqueur
½ part raspberry/blackberry liqueur
2 Blueberries
2 Raspberries

Add all ingredients into a shaking tin and fill with a few ice cubes (3-4). Shake for about 10 seconds and dump ingredients into a rocks glass. 

Strawberry Firecracker Cocktail
Strawberry Firecracker
Created by John Henderson, The Happiest Hour, NYC

Sweet & bubbly, this concoction adds an exotic island flair to any beach bound fireworks celebration.
1-2 strawberries
½ parts fresh lime juice
1-2 packets of your choice of sugar substitute
Splash of ginger ale or ginger beer

Muddle sweetener and strawberries together; add lime, rum and ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass with ice. Top with a splash of ginger ale (diet optional) or ginger beer. Garnish with half a strawberry on the rim of the glass.

What are your favorite easy cocktail recipes? I’d love to learn about them in the comments below!

Until then…
Enjoy the Journey!

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