In Season: Summer Cocktails

By Joy Manning | Last Updated June 01, 2016
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Those looking to level up their home bar have a fascinating new resource in The New Cocktail Hour (Running Press) by André and Tenaya Darlington. The book takes a local-food approach to drinking, with recipes and advice for making homemade mixers from whole ingredients. Cocktails are approached through the lens of seasonality. Many recipes, like the ones we excerpt here, are best when their ingredients can be gathered at the farmers’ market or from your own garden. Their flavors will be fresh and vibrant compared to cocktails made with canned tomato juice or without in-season fresh herbs. 

Gin Basil Smash Cocktail

gin basil smash cocktail recipe
This drink demonstrates so ably how fresh ingredients can be incorporated into everyday drinking cocktails. Head to your kitchen garden or snag a big bunch of basil at the farmers’ market, and you...

Mint Julep Cocktail

mint julep cocktail recipe
Pair a julep with fried oysters, a burger, or a club sandwich. The mint brings refreshment to a salty, heavy lunch. Today, juleps are associated with bourbon, mint, and the Kentucky Derby, but the...

Red Snapper Cocktail

red snapper cocktail recipe
Freshly squeezed tomato juice is the backbone for this stunning, garden-fresh version of a Bloody Mary. It’s the exact opposite of a kitchen-sink brunch drink. Use a juicer to express the tomato...
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