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10 Essential Cocktails for Your June Parties

Rockey’s & Rum Swizzle. Image: Tim Nusog

June has arrived, which means summer is officially in full swing. Whether you’re looking for drinks to keep you company in the backyard or you just want something light and refreshing to enjoy after a long day, we’ve found the 10 cocktails you won’t be able to put down this month.

  • Cobbler

    Tim Nusog

    This three-ingredient tipple is easy enough to throw together at the last second, so it’s perfect for impromptu barbecues or pool parties. All you need to do is shake sherry, Chambord and lemon juice until combined, then serve over ice with a mint sprig and an orange slice.

  • Bebbo

    Tim Nusog

    Blood oranges are put to good use in this light and fruity cocktail. London dry gin provides a not-too-sweet base for honey syrup, fresh lemon juice and fresh blood orange juice. All you need to do is shake with ice, strain and enjoy.

  • Earl Grey MarTEAni

    Earl Grey MarTEAni. Tim Nusog

    Hailing from New York CIty’s Pegu Club, this twist on the Gin Sour is perfect for a pre- or post-dinner drink. Earl Grey–tea-infused gin is easy to make and can be stored indefinitely in the refrigerator, so you can whip up a batch to mix with lemon juice, simple syrup and an egg white whenever you get a craving.

  • Summer Fridays

    Tim Nusog

    Set your out-of-office message and start your weekend early with this tropical drink. Even if you aren’t headed to a white sand destination, this creamy and fruity mix of vodka, coconut milk, simple syrup and lime juice will make you think you’re sitting next to sparkling waters.

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  • Suffering Bastard

    Tim Nusog

    Originally designed to be a hangover cure, this cocktail can be adjusted to be as boozy as you’d like. Simply mix bourbon, gin, lime juice and Angostura bitters with as much (or as little) ginger ale as you’d prefer.

  • Lounge Chair Afternoon

    Tim Nusog

    Lazy summer days deserve a specially crafted cocktail, and this one is perfect for lounging in the sunshine. Pink port and añejo tequila get a citrusy spin from lemon juice, grapefruit juice and a simple homemade tarragon syrup for a cocktail that’s fresh, herbaceous and a little boozy all at once.

  • Hello, Sun

    Eden Laurin

    Aloe liqueur is the unexpected, but totally perfect, ingredient in this afternoon sipper. Though it sounds intimidating, the liqueur is easy to make by combining rhum agricole with reduced aloe water and honey. The resulting spirit enhances the floral and aromatic notes found in mint, cucumber, lime juice and mezcal.

  • Beauty Elixir

    Sparkling wine isn’t just for the holidays. This fruity and sweet cocktail puts Campo Viejo cava brut to good use by mixing it with gin, strawberry purée, cucumber water, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup. A lime chip is the perfect garnish.

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  • Northern Harvest Buck

    Michael Hnatov

    Whiskey isn’t just for the colder months. Don’t believe us? Try this drink. The combination of rye, fresh lime juice, ginger beer and Angostura bitters is a perfectly boozy but light drink that’s best served outside in the warm summer air.

  • Rockey’s & Rum Swizzle

    Rockey’s & Rum Swizzle. Tim Nusog

    Bottled, clarified milk punch liqueur is the secret to this spin on a traditional swizzle. When combined with light rum, pineapple juice and lime juice, the punch’s citrus, tea and milk notes are brought to a new level. Serve over crushed ice in a Mason jar for a true summer experience.