Hello friend. Friends who make cocktails for friends are the best, right?! This weekend, here in Canada, is Canada Day, who would’ve guessed, right?! In honour of long weekend celebrations, from Canada Day here, to Fourth of July in the United States, I wanted to share my current favourite cocktails aka Summer Sippers. These three cocktails and mocktails have been on repeat since May. I really wanted to believe that Summer would come if I was sipping on a beautiful summery drink. Unfortunately, summer didn’t come any faster, it actually came way slower, but at least I had a drink in my hand.
These cocktails and mocktails are delicious. They are fresh and bright and citrusy. Perfect for sitting dockside or setting out at your next cocktail party. Of course, this post couldn’t have been written without my cocktail connoisseur and mixologist boyfriend Topher. Especially for the margarita recipe, he really went with it, even though I was hesitant with how it would turn out. Let me warn you, the coconut sugar simple syrup does give the cocktail an overall brown-ish colour, but don’t let that get to you because this is the best margarita I’ve ever had, and now I’m hooked.
This margarita goes perfectly with Guacamole and chips, not to mention tacos and enchiladas! It’s perfect for any summertime party! If you’re looking for more cocktail inspiration and recipes, head to this post!
Alcohol & Hormones
I feel like, if you’ve made it this far down the post, you’re thinking to yourself, Elizabeth always tells us to minimize alcohol consumption for healthy hormones. And now she sounds like she drinks all the time. Let me assure you, I probably have one drink a week, there are months I don’t drink anything. When I do have a drink whether it’s a cocktail or wine or even beer (although very rarely), I want every sip to be life-changingly delicious. Plus, you’ll notice that for the Rhubarb Fizz, it can easily be made a mocktail and the Citrus Sour is a mocktail, so if you are a teetotaler, I have your back because 85% of the time I am too!
2 oz Seedlip Grove 42
0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz grapefruit juice
0.5 oz simple syrup
1 egg white (optional)
3-4 drops ginger or orange bitters
How to make your simple syrup, combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and let simmer until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.
To make your Citrus Sour, place egg white in a cocktail shaker. Shake egg white for 30 seconds. Then add 3-4 ice cubes, Seedlip, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake for 30-45 seconds. Pour into a glass, straining the ice cubes. Top with bitters and enjoy!
Rhubarb Gin Fizz
1 cup organic cane sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup rhubarb, chopped
2 oz gin (optional)
0.5 fresh lemon juice
2 oz rhubarb simple syrup
Starting with your simple syrup, combine sugar, water, and rhubarb in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and let simmer until sugar is dissolved. Let cook for 5-10 minutes. Strain the mixture through a strainer and let cool.
To make the Rhubarb Gin Fizz, combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup with 3-4 ice cubes in a shaker. Shake for 30 seconds, strain into a glass. Top the glass up with soda water.
Not-So-Classic Spicy Margarita
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup water
2 oz tequila
1 oz lime juice
1 oz triple sec
1 oz coconut sugar simple syrup
3-4 drops hot pepper bitters
For a salt rim: combine 3 tablespoons pink himilayan salt and 3 tablespoons ancho chili pepper powder on a plate.
For your simple syrup, combine coconut sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and let simmer until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.
To make your margarita, combine tequila, lime juice, triple sec, and simple syrup with a few ice cubes in a shaker. Shake, shake, shake. Rim your glass by getting the rim of your glass wet, using water or lime juice and dip the rim into the salt mixture. Pour margarita into glass and add an ice cube. Top with hot pepper bitters, give a bit of a stir and party on!