Whether hosting a backyard cookout or weekend brunch, welcome guests with refreshing summer drinks. Here, we’ve gathered recipes for a trio of alcohol-free sippers, eight spirited concoctions, and fun floral ice cubes to dress up your own favorite beverages, shared by some of Flower magazine’s favorite (and most gracious) hosts, drinks masters, and other creative souls.
Ages 21 and up - Artist Ronni Robinson cuts a lot of blueberry branches in search of the perfect specimen to create the molds for her works of art. So her husband David, aka The Philly Wine Guy, came up with a tasty gin cocktail to make use of the leftover berries. See recipe.
Photography courtesy of Ronni and David Robinson
Ages 21 and up - "As refreshing as a mojito," this cocktail hails from the late designer William Yeoward's favorite haunt, Blue Bar at The Berkeley. See the recipe in an excerpt from William Yeoward’s American Bar: The World’s Most Glamorous Cocktails.
Photography © Loupe Images/Gavin Kingcome
Ages 21 and up - “The cocktail I’ve made here, the Sea Witch, is a crowd-pleaser that’s easy to make at home," says Laura Newman of Queen's Park in Birmingham, Alabama. This "postmodern tiki" drink features vodka instead of rum and a simple homemade passionfruit syrup. See recipe.
Photography courtesy of Queen's Park
Ages 21 and up - Based on a cocktail at Aquitaine, a restaurant in Boston’s South End, this delicious summer drink made with freshly squeezed grapefruit and fragrant rosemary sprigs was a favorite of the late, beloved author Julia Reed, who shared it in her book Julia Reed's South. See recipe.
Photography by Paul Costello