summer cocktails

The Mimosa Mojito

May 31, 2017
Mimosa meets mojito - this fun spin on a mojito combines two classic cocktails for a refreshing (but strong!) summer sipper.

HAPPY HUMP DAY! Actually, I’m cheating; I’m sitting here writing this on a Friday. But by Wednesday when you’re reading this I’ll be in Boston for a week (← exciting!!!) so this is me being semi-responsible and not ditching the blog without cocktails to keep things going in my absence. I’ll keep today’s post on the short side […]

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Tropical Rum Punch

August 10, 2016
Tropical Rum Punch - An extra-tropical take on a fruity summer sipper. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Be honest with me here – is “Tropical” Rum Punch kinda a dumb name? Are you sitting there thinking, “DUH Alex, all rum punch is tropical”? Because the truth is, in my mind, this is just “that-tropical-drink-I-had-at-a-Kenney-Chesney-concert-and-then-recreated”.  It has no real name and I’m not even 100% sure rum punch is an appropriate one, but […]

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Blackberry Mint Mimosa

July 24, 2015
Blackberry Mint Mimosa - a summery spin on the classic mimosa that makes perfect use of the season's fresh produce. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

One of my favorite things to do is experiment with new cocktail ideas, especially during the summer when there’s all kinds of fresh fruits and herbs in season to play around with. And aside from the occasional flop – the kind where you realize the flavors you put together in your mind just don’t mesh well in reality […]

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Honey-Lemon Gin Rickey

June 26, 2015
Honey-Lemon Gin Rickey | A quintessential drink for warm summer afternoons - tart and refreshing with background notes of honey that lend the perfect bit of floral sweetness.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet (or long and a little tart if we’re talking about this cocktail), because it’s FRIDAY and anything more just feels overwhelming at the moment. Is anybody else this ready for the weekend? Please share your AMENS!! The truth is that you really don’t want to hear me […]

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Cucumber-Mint Gin Fizz

June 18, 2015
Cucumber-Mint Gin Fizz - a crisp, refreshing spin on the gin fizz with an added hint of basil and elderflower liqueur. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

SO – I’m calling this a cucumber-mint gin fizz, but really, there’s wayyy more going on with this cocktail. It’s a spin on the gin fizz that I first discovered at a bar in San Francisco and immediately set out to replicate, and it’s one of those drinks that surprises you with how good it […]

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The 3-2-1 Margarita

July 26, 2014
The 3-2-1 Margarita - a super simple and spot-on take on the classic summer cocktail. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

This is one of those recipes that I never really intended on posting, but then I realized that holymoly these margaritas are good and – hey! – the recipe is wayyyy easy. There are times for fancy schmancy drinks with a little more going on, and then there are times for I’d-like-a-drink-I-can-make-in-my-sleep drinks, and this […]

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Raspberry Limoncello Cocktail

June 25, 2014
Raspberry Limoncello Cocktail - a fruity, refreshing cocktail perfect for the 4th and all summer long. | brighteyedbaker.com #4thofjuly

I’m pretty sure Italians have a goal of converting everyone into limoncello drinkers. Honestly, if you’d told me three weeks ago that I should make a cocktail with limoncello in it, I’d probably pretend to think about it and then say no. But then I took a little trip to Italy (!!!) where I was […]

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The Incredible Hull: Strawberry Mojitos

May 26, 2014
Strawberry Mojitos - a fruity twist on a classic cocktail from @brighteyedbaker | brighteyedbaker.com #cocktail #recipe

Happy Memorial Day / day off / long weekend! Whoop! Tell me you have 5 minutes to spare today, right? Take those 5 minutes and make yourself this: Consider it an order if it makes you feel better. ;) I have to confess that I’ve become sort of enamored with cocktail-making ever since I made […]

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