5 Cocktails Made For The Summer Shade (Plus, Bar-Approved Recipes)!

UPDATE: The week of day-drinking is upon us with the Fourth of July coming this Wednesday, so mix up a couple of this sweet concoctions...just stay hydrated, too! This story was originally published April 4, 2012.
Nothing says the season like what you're sippin' — hot toddies when it's chilly, pumpkin brew in the fall, and, our favorites: fresh fruits and herbs meant to cool you in the sweltering sun. Since the temps are a-rising, we dug up the best summer cocktail recipes from our favorite Miami bartenders. This variety of refreshments keeps your taste buds guessing, with flavors ranging from an afternoon-friendly rum/brown-sugar to the heat-combatting cucumber coolness.
Not only will your friends be shocked by your sudden skill with the shaker, but with these handy recipes, you can keep pouring long after the sun has set. Bonus: If you can't be bothered to DIY bartend, each of these libations are poured by bar bigwigs around town, like Chalk Miami or Soho Beach House. While we can’t control the weather, we can guarantee some locally approved, thirst-quenching goodness that will keep the refills coming all summer long. Click through, and you'll feel cooler already...
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Beet Root Martini from Soho Beach House

From: Chris Hudnall, Bar Manager, Soho Beach House
"The Beet Root Martini is a great way to enjoy a refreshing and savory cocktail poolside or in your beach chair next to the ocean. The blended flavors of oranges, roasted beets, honey, bright citrus from meyer lemons, and the earthy notes of agave from Alacran Tequila mix perfectly to enhance the aromatics, taste buds. With the presentation, it looks as good as it tastes."


2 ounces Alacran Tequila
¾ ounces lemon juice
¾ ounces honey syrup
1 ounce fresh beet juice
2 dashes of orange bitters
Garnish with a sprig of thyme.

Add all ingredients into a Boston glass and shake vigorously. Double strain into frosted martini glass, garnish with a sprig of thyme, serve.

Soho Beach House, 4385 Collins Avenue, 786-507 7900.

Photo: Courtesy of Syndicate Media Group
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South Beach Sunset from Vesper

From: Teddy Collins, Bartender, Vesper at Shelborne South Beach
“This drink is very refreshing and the Absolut Miami gives it a hint of passion fruit and orange blossom. When combined with the fresh strawberry puree and pineapple/coconut from the Malibu, it tastes like Miami in a glass: bright, sexy and indulgent.”


1 1/2 ounce of Absolut Miami
1 ounce of Malibu rum
Splash of OJ
Strawberry purée (made in a blender)
Shake it vigorously and serve it in a cold martini glass, then garnish with a strawberry.

Vesper At The Shelborne, 1801 Collins Avenue (at 18th Street); 305-341-1500

Photo: Courtesy of Tara Ink
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FDR at Delano

From: Justin D’Angelo, Mixologist, Delano
“My favorite drink this season is the FDR cocktail. The brown sugar complements the Appleton rum perfectly. It’s very refreshing, sexy, and easy to make — the perfect beach cocktail for summer!”


1 ounce Appleton rum
¾ ounces fresh lime
A single tablespoon of brown sugar
¾ ounces of St. Germain
Fresh mint, 6-8 pieces
Add a splash of soda and pour over a glass with ice, then add a lime wheel garnish.

FDR at Delano, 1685 Collins Avenue (at 17th Street); 305-924-4071

Photo: Courtesy of Carma PR
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Honky Tonkitini from Chalk

From: Sayra Moto, Partner, Chalk Miami
For all the fruity drink avoiders, this mix of vodka, cucumber and mint is the most refreshing cocktail combination and may just become your go-to drink for the summer.


2 ounces of Belvedere Vodka
1 ounce cucumber juice
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/4 ounce frosted mint syrup (keep cool)
5-10 mint leaves hand-clapped (not a towel)

Really shake this well, with ice. It's best absolutely frigid. Use a cucumber wheel garnish.

Chalk, 1234 Washington Ave (at 12th Street); 305-532-8662.

Photo: Courtesy of Chalk
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Chu-cumber from SUSHISAMBA

From: Drew Peterson, Beverage Director, SUSHISAMBA
"Shochu is one of the lowest calorie alcohols you can order! We substitute agave syrup for sugar, a healthier alternative for its much lower glycemic index. And, because agave syrup is especially sweet, you can also use half the quantity of sugar. This delicious cocktail is low in calories, making it the perfect drink for the summer."


2 slices of cucumber
1/2 of bar spoon or agave syrup
2 ounces of shochu
1/2 ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur
1 oz lime juice

Mix together and shake thoroughly in a martini shaker, and then strain thoroughly. Of course, garnish with a cucumber!

SUSHISAMBA, 600 Lincoln Road (at Pennsylvania Avenue); 305-673-5337

Photo: Courtesy of Syndicate Media Group