Summer Time and the Sipping is Easy and Refreshing with these Cocktails Made Using Premium Spirits
While summer activities might look a bit different this year, there’s never been a better time for you to improve your home bartending game with simple recipes using top quality spirits. With options including an All-American whiskey and vodka, a New York-made gin, several varieties of rum and a whiskey BBQ sauce, we have you covered! We even have ready-to-enjoy canned cocktails for those who would prefer to skip the mixing.
Tod & Vixen’s Dry Gin 1651 by The Vale Fox Distillery – Tod & Vixen’s Dry Gin 1651 is made by The Vale Fox Distillery in Lagrange, NY. A 2020 SFWSC Double Gold Winner, Tod & Vixen’s Dry Gin 1651 was created by Master Distiller Roselyn Thomson and top bartenders the late & great gaz regan, Leo Robitschek and Jeffery Morgenthaler specifically for optimal use in classic cocktails. Distilled on a Forsyths gin still from 100% wheat neutral spirit, Tod & Vixen’s Dry Gin 1651 botanicals include juniper, coriander, angelica root, red rooibos tea and fresh orange peel. With non-chill filtering and an ABV of 48%, the resulting gin is robust and flavorful ($39.99/750ml).
Tod & Vixen’s Dry Gin 1651 Six Seeds
By Ali Martin at The Up & Up
1 oz Tod & Vixen’s Dry Gin 1651
.75 oz Grapefruit Juice
.5 oz Lemon Juice
.5 oz Grenadine
2 Dash Peychaud’s
Directions: Shake with two Orange Peels. Strain into Coupe Glass and Top with Dry Sparkling Wine.
Woodford Reserve – Woodford Reserve is crafted at the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery, tucked in the heart of thoroughbred country in Versailles, Kentucky. A National Historic Landmark, the Woodford Reserve Distillery represents craftsmanship with a balance of historic heritage and modern practices. They proudly are among the first of American whiskey brands to offer all four unique expressions based on the US government’s guidelines of American straight whiskey: Bourbon, Rye, Malt and Wheat (SRPs $34.99).
Woodford Reserve Porch Swing
1 ½ oz Woodford Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Honey
6 ozs Peach Tea
Directions: Combine ingredients into a tall glass and stir. Garnish with a slice of peach or lemon wheel.
Seagram’s Sweet Tea Vodka – The new and improved Seagram’s Sweet Tea Vodka is lighter in color and is made using all-natural flavors as well as 20% less sugar. This formula has a well-balanced black iced tea taste with hints of cocoa and walnut mixed with a floral essence followed by notes of honey and caramel. True to the versatility of the all-American Seagram’s Vodka product line, the Sweet Tea flavor is highly mixable and is sure to be the perfect ingredient for gatherings both large and small. Enjoy hints of natural tea notes in a refreshing cocktail, sipped neat, or over ice (SRP $10.99).
Seagram’s Vodka Summer Tea Jam
2 ozs Seagram’s Sweet Tea Vodka
1 oz lemon juice
½ oz simple syrup
1 bar spoon strawberry jam
Directions: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake hard to chill and combine ingredients. Strain into your glass over fresh ice. Garnish & Enjoy!
Zaya Gran Reserva Rum – Produced in Trinidad & Tobago, Zaya Gran Reserva is an ultra-premium rum composed of a blend of rare rums aged up to 16 years, carefully selected by the Zaya master blender to achieve a delicate balance and unique profile. On the palate, Zaya offers rich notes of vanilla, caramel, cocoa, apple, banana, and cherry and gives way to a heavy, velvety smooth finish (SRP $29.99).
Zaya Sip and Sail
1 ⅕ oz Zaya Rum
1 ⅕ oz White Rum
2 oz. Lime Juice
Muddled Blackberries and Raspberries
3 Dashes Allspice Dram
1 Egg White
Directions: Shake and strain into a coupe glass.
Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey – Proper No. Twelve is a blend of Ireland’s finest golden grain and single malt. It is produced in an area known for its rich soil and pure spring water. It is triple distilled and aged in oak barrels delivering a taste that is smooth and approachable with hints of vanilla, honey-like sweetness, and toasted wood. For each case of Proper No. Twelve sold, $5 is donated to local First Responder organizations, up to $1 million annually (SRP $24.99).
The Proper Whiskey Barbecue Sauce
1/2 cup Proper No. Twelve Whiskey
1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 tbsp Garlic Powder
1 tbsp Onion Powder
1/2 tbsp Salt
3 cups Ketchup
1/3 cup Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup Packed Brown Sugar
1/3 tsp Hot Pepper Sauce
Directions: Bring it to a boil in a sauce pot. Let it simmer for 20 minutes. Serve.
Cutwater Spirits – Cutwater Spirits is a San Diego-based distillery known for its award-winning lineup of 19 canned cocktail classics made from its portfolio of premium bottled spirits. Their Cutwater Bali Hai Tiki Gold Rum is distilled from pure cane sugar and combined with pineapple and coconut flavors to create the perfect tropical spirit at 40% ABV. And if you’re looking for a ready-to-enjoy option, Cutwater’s Mai Tai canned cocktail combines their Bali Hai Tiki Gold Rum, Cutwater Barrel Aged Rum, pineapple, coconut, with citrus for a balanced, bright cocktail with an aged depth and a 12.5% ABV (SRP $12.99 per 4-pack).
Cutwater Spirits The Bali Hai
2oz Bali Hai Tiki Gold Rum
3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1/2oz Ginger Syrup
2oz Fresh Orange Juice
Method: Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Strain over ice in a tall glass, then garnish with a lime wheel. Add a straw and finish with 6 dashes of Angostura Bitters