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We can all agree that it is getting quite steamy outside! With the heat sneaking up on us as summer approaches, it is crucial to have a delicious cocktail in hand. Perfect for a Sunday brunch or Saturday night soiree, these drinks will leave a lasting impression. Fresh flavors and bright colors are must haves that enhance any cocktail. Impress your guests with one or all of these fun summer recipes!

(makes 4 cocktails)


-1 cup blackberries

-1 cup water

-1 cup sugar

-1 bottle of champagne

-1/2 cup gin

-4 sprigs of thyme

-1 cup ice

-Gold baking sugar for the rim

-Champagne glasses


Bring blackberries, water, and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove from heat, drain blackberries, saving the syrup, and set aside to cool.

The secret to a no drip rim is to line the glasses with the smallest amount of butter between your fingers, then dip into the gold baking sugar for a perfect look.

Add 1 oz. of gin to each glass followed by two blackberries

Next add 2 oz. of the homemade blackberry simple syrup and top each glass with champagne and a thyme sprig as garnish and enjoy!!

(makes 1 cocktail)


-3/4 cup water

-1/3 cup honey

-1-2 chamomile tea bags

-1/2 grapefruit squeezed

-2 oz. tequila

-4 fresh strawberries

-Sparkling water

-Crushed ice


Combine water and honey in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer 1 minute then remove from heat. Add tea bag and cover for 5-10 minutes. Allow syrup to cool completely

Add grapefruit juice, 2-4 tbs. of homemade syrup, tequila and strawberries to glass and muddle.

Add a handful of ice and top off with sparkling water. Stir and garnish with chamomile flowers and strawberries.

(makes 1 cocktail)


-1 part vodka

-3 parts kombucha

-1/2 lime, juiced

-Fresh raspberries for garnish

-Sparkling water to top off


Fill glass with ice then pour 1 part of vodka

Add 3 parts kombucha along with lime juice and mix

Top off with sparkling water and a couple raspberries for garnish.

All three of these delicious spirits offer a perfect "cheers" photo-op! We hope there are many pool and beach days in your future, along with great company!


The Hill & Co. Creative Team


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