Story By: Mary Aho
The days are getting longer, and temperatures are rising- it is clear that summer is right around the corner. The summer solstice marks the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere. It falls each year on or around June 21, and is the longest day of the year. Nothing says summer like the great outdoors. This includes being on the beach, a boat, having a picnic in the park, or relaxing right in your own back yard. While soaking up that summer sun, having a light, bright, and refreshing cocktail in your hand is a must.
If you are planning on celebrating this year’s summer solstice and need a great drink menu, look no further. Here are some ideas to help you get inspired and channel your inner mixologist. With the summer heat, a sure way to cool off is with a light cocktail. Choosing lighter and bright libations, such as champagne, give you a great base to make your own. Adding fresh fruit and syrups easily elevate your bubbly drink to a solstice worthy cocktail.
Summer produces some of the most flavorful and delicious fruits. Incorporating fresh fruit like berries, watermelon and peaches are not only complimenting to the season, but also refreshing. Pairing blueberries or strawberries with mint is so light and refreshing. Try making sangria with fresh watermelon for a sweet summer twist. Infusing alcohol with fresh fruit gives you a base to mix up some wonderful concoctions like a pro.
While celebrating summer solstice, make your party feel like a “stay”cation with resort inspired cocktails. Mixed frozen drinks are the perfect way to cool off and get you in the mood for summer. Frozen cocktails like strawberry daiquiris, margaritas, and piña coladas can all be made into a delicious mocktail for those who don’t or can’t have alcohol. However, you choose to welcome summer, all of these cocktails are the perfect way to toast the solstice. Enjoy the longest day of the year in the sun with a light and bright cocktail.
SUMMER SOLSTICE SIPPER
2 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
1 1/2 parts Ginger Beer
1 3/4 parts Lemon Juice
1 large Strawberries
4 Basil Leaves
1 dash Rhubarb Bitters
Muddle strawberries and basil well. Add rhubarb bitters, lemon juice and Makers Mark® Bourbon. Add ice and shake. Strain over ice in a highball glass. Add ginger beer and stir lightly. Garnish with a slice of strawberry.