Refreshing Cocktail Recipes for Summer

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Hot summer days in Flagstaff call for outdoor gatherings and refreshing cocktails — the colder, the better. New fun drinks recipes are always popping up, and summer is the perfect time to make them. Here are a few to get your summer started!

Refreshing Cocktail Recipes for Summer

Cucumber Tom Collins

Tom Collins is one of those old-school cocktails that you see a lot in movies, but it is coming back with a modern twist.


  • ¼ cup superfine sugar
  • 1 ½ cup chilled gin
  • 1 unpeeled cucumber
  • Thin lemon slices
  • Ice
  • Chilled soda water
  • Mint leaf garnish
  1. Mix together the sugar, juice, and gin in a jug or pitcher. Stir until all the sugar dissolves.
  2. Fill highball glasses about three-quarters of the way with ice; then add lemon and cucumber slices to the ice.
  3. Put a tray of ice into the gin mixture; then strain it into the glasses.
  4. Add a splash of soda water and mint leaves in glasses as a garnish.

Espresso Martini

Espresso martinis have been around for a while now, especially in Europe.


  • 1⅓ parts vodka
  • ⅔ part coffee liqueur
  • ⅔ part espresso coffee
  • Whole coffee beans for garnish

Like most martinis, it’s just a matter of pouring the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and straining the contents into a martini glass.

Aquavit and Tonic

Straight out of Scandinavia, just a few thousand miles from Flagstaff apartments, comes a spice-and-herb-flavored spirit made from caraway and dill seeds. For those tired of the same-old, same-old, cocktails made with aquavit are becoming a big hit this year, including this simple drink.


  • Ice
  • Aquavit
  • Tonic

Fill a highball glass with ice, and pour in the tonic; then splash in some aquavit. Add a garnish.  

Everyone has a go-to drink, but this might be the year to step outside your cocktail comfort zone for a little something extra. Call our office today to schedule a tour of our apartment homes.

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