Recipe Round Up: Refreshing Summer Cocktails

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Summer is finally here! Why not cool off with a unique, locally-inspired cocktail? We’ve put together a list of seasonal cocktail recipes, featuring a few of our local beverage producers and fresh local produce. Best enjoyed on a patio or in the comfort of your bubble – these refreshing cocktails are perfect for summer!

1.Blueberry Lavender Gin Fizz

A blueberry cocktail sitting on a table surrounded by blueberries.

Wild Nova Scotia blueberry juice perfectly compliments the local gin in this cocktail. Lavender syrup adds a floral sweetness for a refreshing finish. Ideal for a personal drink or a crowd pleasing punch at a backyard BBQ!

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2. Le Vie en Rosé

la vie en rose cocktail

Did someone say rosé? Featuring rhubarb gin, Earl Grey tea syrup, fresh strawberries, and local rosé – this cocktail tastes as good as it looks!

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3. Nova 7 Cocktail

Nova 7 Cocktail

If you’re a fan of Benjamin Bridge‘s Nova 7, you will love this light and refreshing cocktail! The grapefruit and herbs are the perfect marriage for the sweet lychee, passionfruit, and floral aromas of the Nova 7. It’s the ideal drink to sip on a hot summer day!

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4.Blueberry “Bluenose” Spritzer

A pitcher of blueberry spritzer

Named after the iconic Nova Scotia Bluenose – this cocktail is bursting with flavour! The blueberry wine, club soda, fresh blueberries, and your choice of either a lemon slice or cinnamon stick, gives the drink its refreshing taste. When blueberry season arrives, you can even pick your own blueberries for this recipe at the Lunenburg County Winery. Stay tuned for details on our upcoming blueberry season!

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5. Basil Smash

Two cocktails

Looking for a cocktail that’s not too sweet? Made with vodka, lime juice, and basil – this cocktail is packed with flavour and zest. It’s simple to make and perfect for those with a savoury palette. Enjoy this cocktail on a patio or with a small group of friends. You won’t be disappointed!

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6. Strawberry Cider Cocktail

What do you get when you mix cider and strawberry vodka? This delicious and tart strawberry cider cocktail. It’s the best of both worlds! Fresh local strawberries muddled together with crisp cider, strawberry vodka, and a spritz of lime – it’s just want you want in a summer cocktail!

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