Still, that's no reason to kick your summer off on a sour note come Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the season. And there's no sweeter way to say hello to sunny days than a fruity, frilly drink.
Refreshing Cider 1½ oz. vodka (recipe recommends Vikingfjord Vodka)
½ oz. allspice dram
½ oz. lemon juice
1½ oz. apple cider
Dash of baked apple bitters
Combine the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice, and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Add a red apple slice for garnish.
Aloha Sparkle 1 part white cherry vodka (recipe recommends Skinnygirl White Cherry Vodka)
4 parts sparkling water
1 part pineapple juice
Pineapple wedge for garnish
Cherry for garnish
Mint sprig for garnish
Mix cherry vodka and sparkling water over a glass of ice. Add a touch of pineapple juice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge, mint sprig and cherry.
Courtesy Vikingfjord Vodka; Courtesy Skinnygirl
Avión Lemonade 2 parts tequila (recipe recommends Avión Silver)
1 part fresh lemon juice
1 part simple syrup
Club soda (to top)
Build ingredients in a collins glass with ice and stir. Garnish with a lemon wedge and mint leaf if desired.
Cali Swizzle 1½ oz. white rum (recipe recommends Caliche)
1½ oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. orange juice
½ oz. lime juice
½ oz. Velvet Falernum liqueur
In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients, fill with ice and shake. Strain over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a fresh lime wedge.