Our Favorite Weekend Cocktails


Nate and I love to have a good, casual cocktail at home. When we find a drink we like, we can't seem to get enough of it. Especially on those hot summer nights! We're into the light, refreshing, and definitely the bubbly - usually white liquor based (plus liquor is keto ✨BONUS✨ and could we say "better" on our bodies than wine and beer?? Perhaps! I guess as long as we're not on a bender, and Nate and I usually are NOT 😜).

One of our favorite past times is hangin’ on the patio, casually sippin' a new beverage concoction, easing into the weekend. We're definitely cocktail people!

And sadly, summer is coming to an end. And maybe we can’t cheers to that, BUT. Gin and bear it, babe or just keep your gin up, really. You'll be on cloud wine soon because fall and pumpkin spice lattes, you know?


Any way, I thought it'd be fun to roundup some of Nate and I’s all time FAVE summertime beverages so you can end your summer, cocktail style! So, what do you say?? I can totally gin with that. Can't you?!

Let the cocktail-ing be-GIN!

  1. // Gin + [Elderflower] Tonic

    Super basic beverage, but the Elderflower tonic water is ah-maz-ing. This is not your average gin and tonic!

For 2 cocktails, mix together:

  • 6 oz of gin

  • top your glass with the tonic

  • Garnish with your favorite citrus of choice (lime is the most common).

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2. // Peach-Peach Vodka Tonic

Our newest #cheekyfamily cocktail is pretty much a fancy and fruitier version of a vodka tonic with lime juice.

For 2 cocktails, mix together:

3. // Jalapeno Margaritas

From the Cocktails Section of Ina Garten's, Make It Ahead Cookbook, this beverage quickly became a favorite AND summer staple in our house!

One of the first time's we made it was over a weekend a few summers back. Another one of our favorite past times, which compliments our cocktail addiction, is spending Saturdays and Sundays at home researching our next homemade meal. And that always and typically includes a signature cocktail to boot. This past time also typically involves bingeing a new (or our current favorite) TV series. At this particular occasion, it was the season 1 of Big Little Lies! Let me just tell you, we finished the season in one weekend.

But anyhoo, this cocktail. Hmm, hmm, hmm. Now I'm always weary of spicy things especially in cocktails, but this one is mild and has just the perfect hint of spice. It's easy for us to take down a pitcher in one sitting (the recipe serves 6).

Check out the recipe here and Ina's cook book over here. I also rounded up my favorite recipes from that same cookbook in another blog last year - check it out here!

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4. // Manhanttan

This is definitely Nate's go-to, and not one of my faves (although not for lack of trying!). So, we typically opt for something else when we're looking for a new cocktail together. But I had to include here. According to Nate, Manhattans are fun because you can mix and match whiskeys to your liking and you can also adjust the type of vermouth and bitters you're using. Plus you can play around with ratios to get it just right for you! Here's a basic recipe you can start with:

  • 2 oz rye whiskey or bourbon

  • 1/2 oz red vermouth

  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth

  • 2-3 dashes angostura bitters

  • Garnish: orange peel

Instructions: chill glass in freezer. In a mixing glass, add rye, vermouth, bitters, ice and stir for 15-30 seconds. Strain into your chilled glass. Garnish with orange.

5. // Rosemary Gin and Champagne Tonic

This next cocktail is a play on The Improper Pigs' drink called The Resolution. It's basically a gin and tonic with champagne and rosemary, and it's so delicious!! Nate and I had a fun little date night there earlier this year. Check out all the deets on the blog here! Now, onto our recipe! This one makes more than 2 (probably 3) cocktails.

Mix together:

  • 4 shots (or 6 oz.) gin

  • 3 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice

  • 2.5 oz homemade rosemary simple syrup

  • top with champagne or prosecco (we don’t discriminate)

  • How to make the Rosemary Simple Syrup: For any basic simple syrup, add equal parts water and sugar plus the flavor you want to add. We typically do a 1/4 or 1/2 cup each. Either will make plenty for a small batch of cocktails. After you add the sugar and water to a pot, add plenty of fresh rosemary, bring to a boil, take off the heat, and let cool.

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6. // Gimlet 2 Ways

So, like I mentioned earlier, Nate and I - we're cocktail people! Nate's literally THE BEST at creating fun homemade cocktails for us when we're in homebody mode. Around his birthday last year, our cocktail of choice was a spin on a gimlet. Nate had his version and I had mine, so here goes (each version makes 1 cocktail):

  • Nate's Version: The Ginger Gimlet

    • Juice from 1/2 of a lime

    • 1.5 shots gin

    • top with your fave ginger beer

  • My Version: Sparkling Cucumber Gimlet

    • Juice from 1/2 of a lime

    • 1.5 shots gin

    • top with cucumber sparkling water

7. // Lillet (Lee-LAY) anything

Literally. I'll take Lillet in anything! Nate and I first met Lillet in Charleston, SC earlier this year. We were visiting Isle of Palms with friends and had to end our stay in Downtown Charleston before heading home! at the time Lillet was all over East Bay Street. I tried cocktails with both the rose and the blanc, and both were super tasty. I also shared the deets on those cocktails in an earlier post here!

Most recently, we tried a cocktail called, The Great Gatsby, (find the recipe here) made with vodka, grapefruit juice & Lillet Blanc. Need I say more? Grapefruit juice can be really tart by the way. We used bottled grapefruit juice and I'm sure using that is a bit different from juicing a grapefruit in real time. If you do - TELL ME! I want to know ALL about it.


So what did I miss?! What's your favorite summer cocktail (or fall time cocktail for that matter)??

If you try ANY of these, let me know!! I'd love to hear what you think of them.