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What To Sip On This Summer – Summer Cocktail Recipes


With the summer season in full swing, we’ve got just the right cocktail recipes to get you through these sultry, and sometimes sweltering, days and nights ahead.

We seem to be crushing on gin lately, the slightly floral botanical-derived spirit is the perfect foundation for a refreshing summer sipper. The fine folks at Colangelo & Partners recently introduced us to The London No 1 gin. The color is gorgeous – it has a blue hue and I must say the taste is exquisite! Twelve botanicals give it its smooth taste and the blue hue comes from the gardenia flower also lending a jasmine aroma.


G & Tea

1.25 oz The London No 1

.5 oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

.75 oz Cold Earl Grey Tea

Top with Tonic Water

Shake first three ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled Collins/highball glass. Top with tonic water. Garnish with Lemon



Created by Camilo Canevaro, Maluca Bar

2 oz The London No 1
3 oz Rose’s Lime Cordial concentrate

Add London N1 and Rose’s Lime Cordial to a cocktail glass with ice, stir. Garnish with lime wedge and cherry on a toothpick.

Next, we take a sip into summer from the fine folks at Uchi in Austin, Texas, with James Beard award-winning chef Tyson Cole. Cole has a creative knack for putting a delicious spin on traditional menu items, his version of chips and salsa are somewhat of a lettuce wrap with dipping sauce – it’s divine! The folks at Uchi followed his lead and created the Watermelon and Thai Chili Sakerinha (pictured at top), this cocktail is inspired by the traditional Caipirinha cocktail. They describe it as refreshing with just a hint of spice.

Watermelon and Thai Chili Sakerinha

1.5 ounces of watermelon/thai chili juice

0.25 ounces of lime juice

2.5 ounces of sake.

Served over ice, with a 1/3 salt rim.  Lime round garnish.

 Wishing you and yours a refreshing and happy summer! Cheers!

Nicole Carbon

Nicole Carbon

Nicole Carbon is the Editor-In-Chief of VODA Magazine. She is based in beautiful Sarasota, FL. For over a decade, she has been writing for both print and online media outlets about food, wine, travel, and other lifestyle-related finds. She received her Level 2 Award in Wines certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and writes a monthly wine column in the Venice Gondolier Sun. She contributes to Edible Sarasota, writes a health and wellness blog, and various feature articles and content for other media outlets. Previously, she wrote two magazine columns titled “A Girl Walks Into a Bar,” and “Inside the Kitchen.” Her work has appeared in the Austin American Statesman, Austin MD, Austin Monthly, Austin Woman, Austin Man, Citysearch Austin and Los Angeles, CultureMap.com, JetBlue’s blog, SRQ Magazine, and the list goes on. She has also made TV appearances on local NBC and Fox news affiliates as well as Cooking Channel’s Eat Street.

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