Refreshing Summer Cocktails from

School is out, grills are sizzling, sprinklers are running full tilt and gardens are in full bloom. Ah yes, the sights and sounds of summer! Often during these hot summer months, we find ourselves parched, but sometimes we are at a loss for creative, delicious summertime drinks to quench our thirst.

Well, look no further! If you’re having a summer party and need to find some refreshing beverages to put on the menu, you’ve come to the right place. Here we have a slew of tasty concoctions fit for any warm-weather bash. From sweet and fruity to punchy and savory, these hand-picked refreshing summer cocktails are easy to make and doubly easy to enjoy!

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Bee’s Knees Cocktail
From Chef Ricardo Zárate (makes 1 drink)

Bee's Knees Cocktail

  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 jigger gin
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice

Note: The orange juice is optional. Bars in Los Angeles and New York that serve the Bee’s Knees omit it.

Combine all the ingredients and shake well with ice. Strain into a glass.

Note: When made as directed, the honey often forms into a giant ball in the middle of the shaker. To avoid this, combine three parts honey to one part hot water and stir together until completely mixed, then continue with the recipe.

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