Each month Chilled presents you with five essential cocktails based on our National Drink Day Calendar. Don’t forget to reference it so you can prepare for the upcoming holidays.
Summer has officially arrived, and we couldn’t be more ready to bring you cocktails all season. If you’re looking to add something special to your menu, one of these essential cocktails will be a perfect addition. Use this new season of fresh fruits and new trends as an opportunity to offer unique cocktails that will be savored.
Here are five essential cocktails for the month of June.
How simple would it be to make a dirty martini for National Olive Day (6/1) and call it a night? That wouldn’t be creative enough. Instead, celebrate the beautiful fruit (yes, it’s a fruit) with this blood orange olive oil cocktail. These days, olive oil is all the rage, so use this cocktail as an inspiration to create something unique and different to serve to your guests.
Bubbly cocktails are a go-to in the summer. They’re light and refreshing for even the hottest days but strong enough to sip throughout the night. Celebrate National Bubbly Day on June 4 with this Strawberry Spritz Cocktail. Strawberries are officially in season, so there’s no better time to use the juicy fruit. The added orange juice brings the perfect amount of acidity to this sweet cocktail.
Another summer favorite: Rosé. It’s light and elegant and tastes better when the sun is shining. For National Rosé Day (6/11), offer the Pale Paloma as a special. Spicy cocktails have been trending for months, so if you haven’t already jumped on this bandwagon, it’s time to giddy up. The jalapeno-agave syrup brings the sweet heat to this tequila and rosé cocktail.
Instead of serving up the classic bourbon cocktail on National Old Fashioned Day, switch things up with a Chocolate Fig Old Fashioned. Although the traditional version is loved for a good reason, there’s no harm in offering something with a little more depth. For the younger generations just starting to venture into the dark spirits category, a cocktail like this makes it less intimidating.
End the month of June off with a bang by sipping this vanilla-bean-infused grenadine cocktail. For National Pineapple Day on June 27, enjoy something that highlights this golden fruit and all its glory. This cocktail speaks for itself in the beauty department, but its flavor profile will take you on a journey. Top it off with a chunk of brûléed pineapple to amplify that sweet vanilla flavor.