Taste of Summer

 In Feature, Food

Familiar flavors of the season take a spirited departure.


Summertime’s favorite daytime drinks have undergone a serious transformation—and we’re not just talking fresh fruits or new flavors. Seasonal favorites like lemonade and iced tea—as well as newly adopted warm-weather gulps like watermelon juice—are being kicked up a notch and transformed into spirited libations fit for any home patio, picnic or backyard barbeque, day or night. These sunny sips are a cinch to make, and they feature ingredients even the most novice of cocktailers will likely already have in their liquor cabinets. Because after all, it’s five o’clock somewhere.


  • 2 oz gin
  • 6 to 8 mint leaves
  • 2 oz lemonade
  • Club soda

Gently muddle the mint leaves in a mixing glass. Add gin and lemonade. Shake and strain into an ice-filled Collins or iced-tea glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig and lemon wedge.

Interpretation of the classic recipe by Jamie Kilgore, Niche

Screen Door

  • 1.5 oz London dry gin or 1.5 oz citrus vodka
  • 1 oz iced tea (black tea recommended)
  • Ginger beer
  • 3/4 oz lavender syrup (1/4 cup dried lavender; 1/2 cup water; 1/2 cup sugar)

Add all ingredients into a Boston shaker with ice; shake and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

To add lavender syrup:
Combine sugar and water in a sauce pan. Simmer on low heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Add lavender and let steep for about 10 minutes. Take off of heat and let cool, then refrigerate overnight. Strain syrup through a sieve to remove lavender and funnel syrup into a bottle for storage. (Will last about a month when refrigerated.)

Recipe by Matt Obermark, Salt

Belly Time

  • 1 medium slice frozen seedless watermelon
  • 2 medium basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup ice
  • 1 1/2 oz white rum
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a highball glass and garnish with a watermelon slice and basil leaf.

Recipe by Lucas Ramsey, Eclipse Restaurant



The Southside, Screen Door and Belly Time are just a few of the drinks you can enjoy this summer.

The Southside, Screen Door and Belly Time are just a few of the drinks you can enjoy this summer.


Photo credit: Photo by Jennifer Silverberg

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