Summer Sips From Whiteface Lodge

With summer social calendars bursting at the seams, new crowd-pleaser cocktails are always welcome to kick that poolside gathering up a notch. BBQ mavens and hosts of just about any summer get-together can sip on one of these refreshing cocktails from Zachary Blair, mixologist at KANU Lounge at Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, New York.

For a cocktail with a kick, the Summer Shandy is a refreshing spin on a classic Shandy:

Summer Shandy

1 oz Huckleberry Vodka

.75 oz Aperol

2 oz Lemonade

2 oz Pilsner

Splash of lemon juice

Garnish with fat orange twist


Daiquiris are always a big summer hit. For a break from the typical daiquiri, try a Mountainside Mango Daiquiri:

Mountainside Mango Daiquiri

2 oz White Rum (Cruzan)
1 oz Mango Syrup
2 oz Saffron Mango Cardamom Juice
.75 oz Lemon Juice
3 Candied Lime twists
Blend above ingredients with 10 oz ice

1 oz Strawberry Liquor Puree (1/2 oz pureed strawberry 1/2 oz Fragoli Liquor)

Place in bottom of coupe

Pour Mango Mix into coupe to give swirl affect
Garnish with bright flower


For end-of-the-summer gatherings, sip on the earthy, aromatic tastes of fall with a Crimson Hero:

Crimson Hero

3 oz Charbay Blood Orange

.5 oz Barenjager

.5 oz Dolin Vermouth

Splash of Lemon

Twist of orange

Sage Leave

These drinks are bound to cool you off in the heat of the summer!

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