Recipe Roundup: End of Summer Cocktails for Poolside Sipping

blue curacao cocktail As summer moves slowly towards it warm, sticky end, there’s not much better than a refreshing, cold cocktail poolside at sunset. These warm weather favorites feature everything from vodka-in flavors like toasted coconut and red velvet cake-to summer ale, dark rum, and fresh ingredients like lemon, lime, grapefruit, and cucumber.

Sweet Summer Solera
by Robert Ortenza, Señora Martinez and Meat Market, Miami

  • 1½ oz. Botran Solera
  • ¾ oz. honey
  • ¾ oz. freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2.5 oz. Sam Adams Summer Ale
  • Lemon wheel for garnish

See the directions for this recipe here.

Emperor of Guatemala

  • 1½ oz. Botran Reserva Rum
  • 4 dimes of ginger, crushed
  • 2 handfuls of roughly chopped fresh pineapple
  • ½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ oz. agave nectar
  • 6 grates of stick cinnamon
  • 3 heavy dashes of aromatic bitters
  • Garnish pineapple slice

See the directions here.

peach julepPeach Rum Julep

  • 1 oz. Botran Reserva Rum
  • 1 oz. peach purée
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters
  • 1 dash of aromatic bitters
  • Garnish: mint sprigs, peach slices

See the directions here.

End of Summer Blues

  • 2 ½ oz. Sobieski Cytron Vodka
  • 2 oz. Blue Curacao
  • 1 oz. orange juice

Serve in a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with orange slice.

Pina Colada

Caribbean Island Cooler 

  • 2 oz. Sobieski Toasted Coconut Vodka
  • 1 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1 oz. Cranberry Juice

Shake over ice, strain into a tall glass with ice. 

Celtic Coconut Crush

  • 2 oz. Sobieski Toasted Coconut Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Irish Cream
  • 1/2 oz. Crushed Ice
  • Garnish pineapple slice

Blend together, serve in a daiquiri or margarita glass. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a tiki umbrella. pineapple upside down martini

Red Velvet Pineapple Upside Down Cake

  • 2 oz Zing Red Velvet
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • .5 oz grenadine

Method: Shake ingredients and strain into martini glass.  Pour grenadine slowly into glass to create layer. Garnish: Pineapple slice and cherry.

Summer Refresher

  • 1.5 oz. Zing Vodka
  • 5 Cucumber Chunks (approx 1 oz. juice)
  • 1 Basil Leaf
  • Splash Lime Juice
  • Garnish: cucumber slice

Directions here.

grapefruit basil cocktailGrapefruit Basil Martini

  • 1.5 oz. Zing Vodka
  • .75 oz. Grapefruit Juice
  • .25 oz. Lime Juice
  • .25 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 3 Basil Leaves
  • Garnish: Basil leaf and grapefruit peel

View the recipe here.

If you’re looking for something a bit darker, try these recipes from Camus Cognac.

The Camusrita

  • 2 oz. CAMUS VSOP Elegance Cognac
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. Triple sec

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.


  • 1 ¼ oz. CAMUS VSOP Elegance Cognac
  • ½ oz. Ginger Liqueur muddled with fresh ginger (2 slices)
  • 1 oz. unfiltered apple juice
  • ¾ oz. lime juice
  • ¾ oz. simple syrup

Shake all ingredients together, and pour over ice. Garnish with slices of granny smith apple and a sliver of ginger.

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