Fresh Fruitful Summer Cocktails (not too sweet)

Fourth of July has always signaled the start of “deep summer.” While June’s Summer Solstice marks the official start of summer, summer in June always feels tentative. June is just trying summer out. June is a practice summer. But once Fourth of July has gone out with a bang summer settles in. Days are long, languid and hot. Motivation ebbs. Movement slows down. Strawberries, raspberries, peaches and plums ripen in the sun. And here in Brooklyn we need something to cool off!

The slower pace, fresh produce, and hot temperatures of summer serve as cocktail inspiration for me. After a long day at the beach on Fourth of July I was motivated to make these two fruity cocktails as colorful as the illegal fireworks exploding outside of our windows. Fourth of July may be over, but summer has just begun!

Strawberry Basil Gimlet

Strawberry basil gimlet

2 basil leaves, ripped

2 Fresh strawberries

2 shots vodka

2 limes

Optional: Seltzer (not Gimlet, then, but very refreshing!)

Wash and roughly chop the strawberries. Wash and tear the basil leaves. Place in a cocktail shaker. Juice the limes into the shaker. Add vokda and muddle. Add 3 to 4 ice cubes and shake. Pour into a glass. If adding seltzer, top off with seltzer and stir gently.

Fruit Cup Cocktail

Fruit cup cocktail

1 Peach

1 strawberry

1 lime

1/8 cup raspberries

1/8 cup blueberries

2 shots vodka


Mint or basil for garnish

Roughly chop the peach and strawberry and place them in a cocktail shaker. Add the blueberries and raspberries. Add the vodka and juice the lime into the shaker. Muddle. Add 3 to 4 ice cubes and shake. Pour into a glass and top with seltzer and stir gently. Add a ripped mint or basil leaf for garnish.

A few notes: If you want your fruit more infused with vodka, let the fruit, vodka and lime juice sit together in the shaker in the fridge for an hour or two and then shake and serve.

If you are not so interested in large chunks of fruit in your drink you could always strain the cocktails for a more sophisticated finish. But I like alcoholic fruit.

About 2cooksinthekitchen

Two cooks, one from Bushwick and a passionate meat-eater, one from Sunset Park and a former vegan, and both NYC transplants, set out to share original recipes that can be made dairy free and vegan deserts; showcase culinary resources in the outer boroughs (and sometimes Manhattan) where one can find unique, specific and fairly priced ingredients; and participate wholeheartedly in the many cultures of cooking and eating that make up New York City.
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2 Responses to Fresh Fruitful Summer Cocktails (not too sweet)

  1. I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the recipe.

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