There's a reason most summer barbecue pairs best with lighter beers: It's hot outside and you want a thirst-quenching and cool beverage, something that you can drink for hours. Summer cocktails should also follow this rule. So at your next outdoor party, offer up refreshing concoctions that pack a little less punch, and also be sure to make use of the season's fresh fruits and herbs. Here are 21 recipes to get you started; make them to individual taste or tinker with the recipes and serve them in a punch bowl (or, for big bashes, a trash can).
Best Use of Vegetables: The Sunset Stalker
If you've ever had a bloody mary with extra celery you already have an idea of what the vegetable can bring to a drink. The Sunset Stalker, however, proved to us that celery and vodka are made for each other. This simple cocktail – one of the most dangerously drinkable we had all night – celebrates mixing our vegetables, with sugar-beet Industry vodka, a celery tonic (adding a bit of sweetness), and celery ribbon. This will be our go-to drink this summer.
The Sunset Stalker
1.5 oz Industry Standard Vodka
1 oz ICD's House-Made Celery Tonic (or heavily muddle a stalk or so of celery, double-strain into a cocktail shaker and add one dash of an anise liquor like Herbsaint)
Credit: Bonnie Burke