Cheers! Here are four fruity ways to kick off summer

By People Staff
Updated May 26, 2013 05:15 PM
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Courtesy Avion Silver; Courtesy Caliche

If you’re like us, you’re still waiting for your invite to George Clooney‘s Lake Como villa.

Still, that’s no reason to kick your summer off on a sour note come Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the season. And there’s no sweeter way to say hello to sunny days than a fruity, frilly drink.

Refreshing Cider

  • 1½ oz. vodka (recipe recommends Vikingfjord Vodka)
  • ½ oz. allspice dram
  • ½ oz. lemon juice
  • 1½ oz. apple cider
  • Dash of baked apple bitters
  • Combine the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice, and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Add a red apple slice for garnish.

Aloha Sparkle

  • 1 part white cherry vodka (recipe recommends Skinnygirl White Cherry Vodka)
  • 4 parts sparkling water
  • 1 part pineapple juice
  • Pineapple wedge for garnish
  • Cherry for garnish
  • Mint sprig for garnish
  • Mix cherry vodka and sparkling water over a glass of ice. Add a touch of pineapple juice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge, mint sprig and cherry.

Avién Lemonade

  • 2 parts tequila (recipe recommends Avién Silver)
  • 1 part fresh lemon juice
  • 1 part simple syrup
  • Club soda (to top)
  • Build ingredients in a collins glass with ice and stir. Garnish with a lemon wedge and mint leaf if desired.

Cali Swizzle

  • 1½ oz. white rum (recipe recommends Caliche)
  • 1½ oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • ½ oz. lime juice
  • ½ oz. Velvet Falernum liqueur
  • Lime wedge
  • In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients, fill with ice and shake. Strain over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a fresh lime wedge.