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Cape May summer cocktails you can make at home

summer cocktail recipes, summer drink ideas

If you can’t be in Cape May during the summer, why not mix up something that will make you feel like you’re on vacation right in your own kitchen? We asked a few of our favorite watering holes for summer drink recipes to help you beat the heat. Since we’re not mixologists ourselves, we rounded up simple shake & strain recipes that don’t require too much effort (I don’t even own a muddler), and ingredients you should be able to find at any liquor store. Don’t own a shaker? Just use a travel mug to shake, and “strain” through the spout. Enjoy!

Cape May Mariner / Aleathea’s Bar at the Inn of Cape May

  • 4 oz Stoli Orange
  • 3 oz Grand Marnier
  • 2 oz Pomegranate Liquor
  • Splash of Lime Juice
  • Splash Cranberry Juice

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain and serve.

Taste of Paris Martini / The Mad Batter

  • 2.5 oz Absolut Pear Vodka
  • 2 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1 oz champagne poured into martini glass as a floater

Pour vodka and St. Germain over ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of pear. Yum yum!

Bango Mango / Pilot House

  • 1 part Cruzan Mango Rum
  • 1 part pineapple juice
  • 1 part cranberry juice

Shake over ice and strain. Serve with an orange slice in a martini glass or on the rocks. Make as little or as much as needed!

Gin & Sin / Martini Beach

Gin & Sin 2012: our updated version of the classic Gin and Sin cocktail.┬áIt’s refreshing and potent, with a bit of a grapefruit taste.

  • 2 parts gin
  • 1 part Cointreau
  • 3/4 parts oj
  • 3/4 parts cranberry juice

Shake on the rocks with an orange slice.

Summer Cherry Limeade / e.m. Hemingway’s at the Grand

  • 3 oz Pinnacle cherry vodka
  • 3 slices fresh lime
  • 2 oz fresh lemonade
  • 2 oz water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1oz Roses lime juice
  • Splash of Grenadine

Mix all ingredients in shaker, shake vigorously, pour into a tall pilsner glass, and garnish with a lime and cherry.