The Mixology Talk Podcast, Episode Nine

It is 95 degrees inside our house right now, so it’s the perfect time for a cold drink.  This week we’re talking about choosing summer cocktails – whether it’s for a restaurant cocktail menu, or for a trip to the beach!

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In today’s Episode…

It’s summertime and we’re looking for a nice, cold drink! Here are three things that we think makes a drink more “summery” – but of course, what you drink is completely up to you!

Summer Fruit

Using Seasonal ingredients in cocktails is always a great way to make them taste good.  In-season fruits always taste the best and there is no shortage of options in the summer.  Check out this handy tool to see what’s in season in your state at any given time. (Sorry non-US folks, it’s US-only)

So what’s our cocktail pick?

The Watermelon Daiquiri

This cocktail demonstrates one of the easiest ways to get fruit into your cocktail.  Puree it up in a food processor and throw it in!


  • 2 oz White Rum
  • 2 oz Pureed Watermelon
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • Small Watermelon Slice for garnish


Add rum, watermelon and lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake to chill and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice.  Garnish with the slice of watermelon.

Light-Colored Spirits

It’s no coincidence that you tend to see a lot more lighter-colored spirits on cocktail menus this time of year.  That’s because darker spirits typically get their color from spending time in oak barrels – something that also adds flavors we generally associate with winter – like vanilla, hard spices, cinnamon, etc.

We picked a Moscow Mule to show off “lighter spirits” – it’s made with vodka, lime juice and ginger beer which gives a nice kick!

The Moscow Mule

While it might not be a traditionally “summer” drink, I think the ginger and lime juice “kick” brighten this cocktail up and make it a great choice for a hot day.


  • 1/2 oz Lime juice
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 4 oz Ginger Beer
  • Sprig of Mint for Garnish


In a Moscow Mule cup (or a Collins glass), add the lime juice and vodka, then the Ginger beer.  Top with ice and garnish with a sprig of mint.


What do you drink at a hot picnic?  Soda? Beer?  Carbonated drinks!  … and Cocktails are no exception.

There are a lot of great cocktails that use carbonation.  It’s a great trick to “lighten up” what might otherwise be a heavy drink.  Often cocktails are “topped” with soda water, sparkling wine, or even plain old soft drinks.

We chose the Whiskey Collins to demonstrate how cocktails can be “lightened up” with soda water.

Whiskey Collins

This drink uses whiskey (a dark spirit), but has soda water which counteracts the “winteriness” of the whiskey.


  • 1 1/2 oz Bourbon or Whiskey
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • Lemon twist for Garnish


Shake all ingredients with ice to chill and dilute. Strain into a Collins or Highball glass filled with ice and top with soda water. Garnish with a lemon twist.

What are We Drinking?

We gave you three drinks – but what are we drinking right now?  Here’s the other two!

Chris is drinking a Peach Margarita


  • 1 1/2 oz of Blanco or Silver Tequila
  • 1 oz of Peach Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice


Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake to chill.  Strain into a Bucket glass which has been rimmed with salt and filled with fresh ice.

Julia is Drinking a Gin Bramble


  • 1 1/2 oz London Dry Gin
  • 1 oz Creme de Mure or Chambord
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice


Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake to chill.  Strain into a Bucket glass which has been filled with fresh ice.

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