Summer Cocktails

9 must-try cocktails in the PNW sunshine!

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Summer is nearly here, which means we can hopefully say ‘the mountain is out’ more often in the coming days. If you’re feeling seasonal, try your hand at these delicious cocktails! Refreshing and fruity, these cocktails and frozen drinks (and even a popsicle!) will have you feeling summery in no time.


*Ingredients listed in bold are available at Bartell’s. Stock levels may vary per store.

Simply Peachy

1.5 oz Bomond Vodka
1 oz Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice
1 oz Tropicana Orange Juice
0.5 oz of Peach Schnapps
Splash of Domaine Ste Michelle Brut
Fresh peach, sliced

Pour vodka, orange juice, cranberry juice, and peach schnapps into a shaker over ice. Shake and strain into a glass with ice. Add a splash of brut and garnish with a peach slice.

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Blueberry Lemonade Margarita

Makes 4

2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp salt
1 lemon, cut into wedges
8 oz El Jimador Tequila
4 oz Triple Sec
1 cup Nantucket Nectars Lemonade
Splash of blueberry simple syrup

For the syrup:
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water
½ cup fresh blueberries
Zest of ½ lime


To make the blueberry syrup, combine sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add blueberries and lime zest and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until blueberries have burst, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool 10 minutes, then strain into a jar and let cool completely.

On a small plate, stir together the 2 tbsp of sugar and salt. Wipe the rim of each glass with a lemon wedge, then dip in the sugar & salt mixture. Divide tequila, triple sec, and lemonade between 4 glasses. Fill each glass with ice, then top with blueberry syrup. Garnish each with a lemon wedge.

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Watermelon Agua Fresca

Makes a large pitcher

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 chilled seedless watermelon (15 pounds), rind discarded and watermelon cubed
3/4 cup Jose Cuervo Especial Silver Tequila
6 limes, thinly sliced
3 mint sprigs, plus mint leaves for garnish
1 bottle chilled LaMarca Prosecco

In a small saucepan, combine the water and sugar, and bring just to a boil, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved. Transfer the simple syrup to a heatproof bowl and let cool. In a food processor or blender, puree the watermelon in batches until smooth. Strain the puree into a large bowl or pitcher. Stir in the simple syrup, tequila, lime slices, 3 mint sprigs, and 1/2 cup of water. To serve, pour the watermelon agua fresca into ice-filled glasses, leaving 1 inch at the top. Top off the drinks with Prosecco and garnish with mint leaves.

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Bahamian Sunrise

1 oz Bomond Vodka
1 oz Bacardi Superior White Rum
1 oz Sweet and Sour Mix
1 oz Tropicana Orange Juice
Splash of Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice

In a chilled glass, add ice, then layer ingredients beginning with the vodka to create the appearance of an ombré sky. Achieve this by pouring slowly down the side of the glass without mixing layers. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a maraschino cherry.

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Sangria Rosé Popsicles

Makes 10-12 popsicles

1 bottle 14 Hands Rosé
1 cup Limoncello
1 cup Purity Organic Juice – try Strawberry Paradise or Orange Mango!
1-2 cups fresh fruit of your choice
Popsicle mold

In a pitcher, combine the rosé, limoncello, and fruit juice to create the sangria. Add 6 or 7 pieces of fruit to each section of your popsicle mold. Fill each section with the sangria mixture. Add the popsicle sticks and freeze until firm. Once the popsicles are frozen, run some warm water over the molds to loosen the popsicles. Remove the popsicles and enjoy!

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Boozy Dole Whip

Makes 4-6

5 cups frozen pineapple
¾ cup Andre Prost Coconut Milk
½ cup Malibu Coconut Rum
¼ cup Nestle Carnation Sweetened Condensed Milk
Pineapple slices
Maraschino Cherries

Blend frozen pineapple, coconut milk, rum, and condensed milk in a blender. Pour into a Ziploc bag and snip off a corner with scissors. Pipe swirls into glasses and garnish each with a pineapple slice and maraschino cherry.


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Maribel’s Ponche

1 oz Bomond Vodka
0.5 oz Triple Sec
0.5 oz Grenadine
Splash of Fresh Lime, Fresh Lemon and Tropicana Orange Juice
Splash of Sprite

Add all ingredients except Sprite into a glass over ice and stir. Top with a splash of Sprite.

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Pomegranate Grapefruit Frosé

3 oz House Wine Rosé can
1 oz Bomond vodka
1 oz Ocean Spray Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
1 oz Pomegranate Juice
1/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 oz simple syrup
Fresh mint sprig for garnish
Strawberry slice for garnish
1 cup ice

In a blender, add the wine, vodka, grapefruit, pomegranate, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Quickly blend them. Add the ice and blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled cocktail or margarita glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of strawberry. Serve and enjoy.


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Raspberry Beer Cocktail

Makes a pitcher

1/2 pint fresh raspberries
48 oz beer – we recommend Silver City Tropic Haze
or Fremont Sky Kraken
1 container (12 oz) frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate, thawed
1/2 cup Bomond Vodka
Lemon and lime slices for garnish

In a large pitcher stir together the beer, lemonade concentrate, and vodka. Add ice and garnish with fresh raspberries, lemon, and lime slices. Serve in a glass with ice. Garnish with more raspberries.


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Looking for even more delicious summer cocktails? Take a look at last year’s list here.