Summer Sipping: 10 Cocktails to Enjoy This Summer

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Sunny summer days are the perfect time for cool and refreshing cocktails. Whether you’re craving Whiskey, Vodka, Tequila, Rum, or Gin, we have the perfect summer concoction for you!

Whiskey & Bourbon Cocktails

The BLT, or Bourbon Lemon Tonic, is smooth and refreshing. Mix 1.75 ounces of Bulleit Bourbon with 4 ounces of tonic water and then garnish with a lemon wedge. (Click pic for video.)

Bourbon Lemon Tonic Cocktails

For another Bourbon treat, try Spiked Mint Tea Lemonade. Place ¼ cup of fresh mint leaves in the bottom of a glass. Top with the juice of half a lemon and 2 tablespoons of simple syrup. Fill the glass with crushed ice, and then pour in 1.5 ounces of Bourbon and 1.5 ounces of iced tea. Voila! Summer perfection.

Spiked Mint Tea Recipe


A Vodka Soda is a classic summer cocktail that’s easy to modify based on your tastes. Start with 1.5 ounces of Ketel One Vodka, and then add 3 ounces of club soda and a slice of lime. Mix things up by adding cranberry juice or other citrus fruits. (Click pic for video.)

Vodka Soda Recipe
You can also try something new with a Watermelon Cooler. Combine 1.25 ounces of Tito’s Handmade Vodka with 2 ounces of fresh watermelon juice and half an ounce of lime juice. Top with a splash of ginger beer, garnish with a slice of lime or watermelon, and enjoy!

Watermelon Cooler Recipe


It’s hard to beat a traditional Margarita on a hot summer day. Mix 1.5 ounces of Don Julio Blanco Tequila with 2 ounces of Stripped Margarita Mix. Don’t forget to garnish with lime and buy some margarita salt for the rims!  (Click pic for video.)

Kick things up a notch with a Moscato Margarita! In a blender, combine 3 ounces of Silver Tequila, 2 ounces of Moscato wine, 2 ounces of triple sec, and 2 tablespoons of lime juice. Add half a cup of ice and a quarter cup of strawberries and blend until smooth. Line the rims of your glasses with sugar and enjoy!  (Click pic for video.)

Moscato Margarita Recipe


Treat yourself to a classic Mojito. Combine 1 ounce of Captain Morgan White Rum with 2 ounces of Stripped Mojito Mix. Add a splash of club soda, fresh mint leaves, and a lime wedge. You can always add flavor with additional fruit (try blackberries!) (Click pic for video.)

Mojito Recipe
If you’re looking for something sweeter, whip up a Strawberry Daiquiri! Blend 2 ounces of light Rum with half a cup of strawberries and the juice of one lime. Garnish with additional slices of lime or fresh strawberries! (Click pic for video.)

Strawberry daquiri recipe


Gin and Tonics are classic summer cocktails. We recommend 1.5 ounces of Tanqueray London Dry Gin, 3 ounces of tonic water, and a slice of lime. (Click pic for video.)

Gin and Tonic at New Castle Liquors

A Tom Collins will also hit the spot on a hot day. Combine 0.75 ounces of fresh lemon juice, 0.75 ounces of simple syrup, and 1.5 ounces of Gin. Top with club soda and sip away (also great with a lemon wheel or cherry garnish)! (Click pic for video.)

Tom Collins Recipe

Want more drink ideas? New Castle Liquors is here to help! Our employees are so helpful that we won 2018 Locals’ Choice Silver Awards for the Best Wine Shop and Best Liquor Store in the Glenwood Springs area!

Related: Spritz Up Your Summer with Aperol

New Castle Liquors is located just off I-70, exit 105, near City Market in New Castle, Colorado. (directions) We’re open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

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