As we enter the final months of 2022, we anticipate the coming of cooler weather, sweaters, and cuddling up with our favorite fall cocktails. But September's warm weather isn't over yet!
That’s why we have compiled these best cocktails, ranging from Mai Tai to Peach and Berries-inspired concoctions, that will help you get through this month while celebrating the best of summertime.
1. Mai Tai
Mai Tai is arguably the most well-known tiki drink. It was originally invented by Trader Vic, who opened his Oakland, California, tiki restaurant.
This Mai Tai recipe by Riedel is straightforward, combining fresh lime juice and simple syrup with almond-scented orgeat, orange curaçao, and aged pot-still rum, shaken and served in a tall glass with crushed ice.
On top of the beverage are pineapple wedges and cherries, but a lime wheel and mint sprig are good alternatives if you want to keep the presentation cool and classic.
- 1.7 oz. Dark rum
- 0.7 oz. Dry orange liqueur
- 0.7 oz. Fresh lemon juice
- 0.7 oz. Fresh lime juice
- 0.7 oz. Orgeat syrup
- Ice cubes
- Crushed ice
- Lime zest
- Mint sprigs
- Put all the liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake vigorously to blend.
- Pour the cocktail into a glass with crushed ice using a bar strainer.
- Serve and garnish with mint sprigs and lime zest.
2. Long Island Iced Tea
Despite its name, this cocktail contains no tea. Its sweetness comes from the combination of citrus juice and cola, while vodka, rum, tequila, and gin provide a tart and fizzy contrast. As a result, you get a potent beverage that is easy to drink but packs a punch!
- 0.75 oz. White rum
- 0.75 oz. Gin
- 0.75 oz. Tequila
- 0.75 oz. Vodka
- 0.75 oz. Triple sec
- 1 oz. Lime juice
- 0.75 oz. Orange juice
- Splash of coke
- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
- Pour the vodka, gin, rum, tequila, triple sec, orange, and lemon juice into the shaker. Shake vigorously to combine and chill the ingredients.
- Pour the mixture, ice and all, into a glass or mug and top with cola.
3. Peach Boy
Are you looking for the perfect summer drink that is a little sweet and tart? Well, look no further than this Peach Boy cocktail. This recipe from Queen of Copes will surely suit your mood and palate.
Pebble ice cubes in the drink add a nice visual touch, but crushed ice works just as well. This cocktail recipe calls for Krogstad Aquavit, an interesting and relatively complex base for those unfamiliar with the spirit.
This aquavit is very approachable and is distinguished by the smoothness of the base alcohol and the wonderful blending of anise and caraway.
- 1.5 oz. Krogstad Aquavit
- 0.75 oz. Peach liqueur
- 0.75 oz. Lemon juice
- 0.5 oz. Orgeat
- Mint bouquet for garnish
- Fill a shaker halfway with ice and add all of the ingredients.
- Shake the mixture vigorously.
- Strain the liquid into a glass filled with crushed ice.
- Garnish with a mint bouquet.
4. Banana Hammock
The Banana Hammock recipe from All Season Cocktails is a delicious, sweet tiki drink with a kick. This is an ovenproof rum float with banana and nutmeg, containing Plantation rum and a couple of interesting ingredients to experiment with.
Even if you don't like bananas in your drinks, you should try this one because the spiced rum transforms the fruit's flavor into an entirely new experience. It's one of the best fruity cocktails, elevating it to a level of delicious sophistication.
- 1 ½ oz. Plantation rum
- ½ oz. Orgeat
- ½ oz. Banana liqueur
- 1 oz. Lime juice
- ¼ oz. Ovenproof rum float
- A spent lime
- Grated nutmeg
- Mint sprig
- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice and add the rum, banana liquor, lime juice, orgeat, and ovenproof rum float. Shake well.
- Strain the mixture into a coupe glass.
- Garnish with a spent of lime, grated nutmeg, and mint sprig.
5. Berry Rosé Ice Pop Cocktail
You've probably seen these boozy ice pop cocktails all over social media, so why not try making one at home?
Cocktail blogger Gabrielle paired Champs de Provence Brut Sparkling Rosé with Boozy Berry Ice Pops made with vodka, lemonade, orange juice, fresh raspberries, and strawberries to create this Berry Rosé Ice Pop.
The ice pops complement the wine's strawberry and raspberry notes, while the rosé keeps this drink crisp and refreshing.
For the Cocktail (1 serving):
- 5 oz. Champs de Provence Brut Sparkling Rosé
- 1 Boozy Berry Ice Pop
For the Ice Pops (yields 8 ice pops):
- 5 oz. Vodka
- 1 ½ cups Lemonade
- ½ cup Orange juice
- 1 tbsp. Sugar
- ¼ cup Raspberries and some to add to the ice pops
- ¼ cup Strawberries and some to add to the ice pops
- In a pitcher, muddle the berries, then add the remaining ingredients. Stir thoroughly.
- Fill an ice pop mold halfway with ice, then top with fresh berries.
- Freeze for a minimum of 10 hours.
- Once frozen, combine 1 iced pop with 5 ounces of Champs de Provence Brut Sparkling Rosé in a wine glass. Serve and enjoy!
6. French Mojito
Mojito, a symbol of Cuban culture, was first served in France in the early 2000s and quickly became the country's favorite cocktail. Its popularity can be attributed to its fresh, exotic flavors that transport the senses to faraway lands.
- 2 oz. White rum
- ½ oz. Chambord black raspberry liqueur
- 1 oz. Lime juice
- ½ oz. Simple syrup
- 12 Mint leaves
- Raspberries and blackberries for garnish
- In a highball glass, lightly muddle the mint leaves.
- Mix in the remaining ingredients, as well as some crushed ice.
- Stir the mixture for a few seconds with a bar spoon,
- Top with crushed ice and garnish with raspberries, blackberries, and a mint sprig.
7. Rum Old Fashioned
The Rum Old Fashioned is as traditional as they come. Part of its allure is that, despite being steeped in tradition, the cocktail allows for endless personalization for the adventurous drinker.
This recipe from Connor Stehr has a bright and tropical passionfruit combined with the spiced and rich demerara, a delicious match for aged rum. This isn't the Old Fashioned you're used to, but it's a classic cocktail you'll want to get to know.
- 2 oz Rum Bumbu XO
- 1 tsp. Spiced demerara syrup
- 1 tsp. Passionfruit syrup
- 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
- Orange oil
- Lime oil
- Lime medallion for garnish
- Fill an old-fashioned glass halfway with ice.
- Stir in the rum, passion fruit syrup, demerara syrup, bitters, orange, and lime oil until thoroughly chilled.
- Serve with a lime medallion as garnish.
8. Blue Lagoon
Blue curaçao, a Caribbean liqueur made from the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit, adds sweet and zesty flavors to this concoction’s vodka base. At the same time, the lemonade lengthens and adds tartness and some flavor to the beverage.
- Pour the vodka, blue curaçao, and lemonade into a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake the ingredients vigorously until completely cold.
- Pour the mixture into a hurricane glass half-filled with crushed ice.
- Garnish with a lemon wheel and a maraschino cherry. Serve!
9. Frozen Peach Cocktail
This tasty alcoholic drink is made with Empress gin, fresh peaches, sweet maple syrup, lime juice, and refreshing mint.
- 2 oz. Empress 1908 Gin
- 2 Fresh peaches (pits removed, cut into slices, and frozen)
- 1 oz. Fresh lime juice
- ½ to 1 oz. Maple syrup
- Fresh mint for garnish
- In a high-powered blender, combine frozen peach slices, lime juice, and 1/2 ounce of maple syrup. You can add more maple syrup if desired.
- Blend the ingredients until you have a thick frozen purée.
- Pour the Empress 1908 Gin into a glass.
- Top with frozen peach purée and garnish with fresh mint and a peach slice.
- Stir well and serve!
10. Empress Berry Patch Lemonade
What could be more enjoyable than sipping homemade berry lemonade? Sipping Empress Berry Patch Lemonade cocktail, of course!
Empress 1908 Gin's gorgeous floral and complex tastes are combined with the traditional flavors of raspberry lemonade to create this delightfully summery drink.
The gin complements the beverage’s vibrant flavors perfectly, and its all-natural indigo hue gives it a layered appearance that is equally dynamic and is sure to wow any guest.
- 1 ¾ oz. Empress 1908 Gin
- 1 ¾ oz. Lemon juice
- 1 tbsp. Sugar
- ¼ cup Fresh raspberries
- Soda water to top
- Muddle the raspberries in a Collins glass.
- Stir in the lemon juice and sugar to combine.
- Fill the glass almost to the top with soda water and ice.
- To create the layered effect, top with gin and garnish with fresh berries.
The weather may be getting cooler, but that doesn't mean you have to give up summer's sweetest treats. Thankfully, September offers plenty of fresh fruits and warm spices that allow you to create the best cocktails!