Are you ready to kick off your summer fun on June 8th at 303’s first pool party of the season? It’s only days away, so hopefully you’ve got your tickets bought, outfit planned and your tan ready. But to really get in the mood to party, we’ve got four cocktails that are perfect for summer poolside sipping courtesy of some of our favorite Denver restaurants.

 

Wazee Supper Club’s Watermelon Rita

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Photo courtesy of Wazee Supper Club

 

Nothing says summer like a big, juicy slice of watermelon. But for a grown up take on this classic warm-weather favorite, take Wazee Supper Club’s advice and toss in some tequila for a fresh version of a classic cocktail:

  • 1.5oz Silver Tequila
  • .5oz Triple Sec
  • 4oz of Watermelon Puree
  • A Splash of Sweet and Sour

Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin with ice and shake.

Strain mixture into a sugar rimmed glass with ice.

Garnish with an orange slice.

 

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill’s Grapefruit & Basil Martini

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Photo courtesy of Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill

One of my favorite additions to a summer cocktail is fresh herbs because they instantly brighten any drink. The newly opened Thirsty Lion Gastropub in Union Station has created a cocktail that combines the tartness of grapefruit and the sweetness of fresh basil for the ultimate refreshing summer martini.

  • Absolut Ruby Red Vodka
  • St. Germain
  • Grapefruit Juice
  • Fresh basil
  • Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters
  • Lime
  • Simple Syrup

Chill martini glass prior. Muddle basil leaves, and lime wedge with ice.

Add fresh grapefruit juice, vodka, grapefruit bitters, simple syrup and St Germaine.Shake12 times.

Strain into a sugar rimmed martini glass.

Garnish with a fresh basil leaf (hand slap to release the oils) in the center.

 

Churchill Public House’s Pimm’s Cup

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Photo courtesy of Churchill’s Public House

The Pimm’s cup, a cocktail that is an English summer favorite, is having a comeback this year. If you’ve never whipped one up at home, Churchill’s Public House has a simple recipe that will have you mixing up this timeless choice all summer long.

  • 1 1/2 oz Pimms
  • ½ cup Lemonade
  • ½ cup Sprite
  • Lime Slices
  • Cucumber Slices

Mix Pimm’s, lemonade and sprite

Garnish with lime and cucumber slice

 

Linger’s Mai Tai

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Photo courtesy of Linger

Rum lovers rejoice: Happy hour at Linger is one of Denver’s most popular late-afternoon options, but you can recreate the experience at home with their recipe for a Mai Tai, a drink that bring beachy flavor to your Denver summer days.

  • 1.5oz Jamaican White Rum
  • .5oz Dark Rum
  • .5oz Orange Curacao
  • .5oz Luxardo Amaretto
  • .75oz Lime Juice
  • .25oz Simple Syrup

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.

Strain into a double old fashioned glass filled with ice and garnish with a sprig of mint.

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