Summer Cocktails

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Creating a fancy summer cocktail can seem like a daunting task– all the shaking, stirring, measuring and straining may make you want to pop open a cold beer and call it a day. Although beer is great for entertaining too, there’s something about cocktails that raises the sophistication factor on outdoor entertaining. It is possible to serve your guests refreshing and classy drinks at your next soiree without the hassle. Consider these recipes to help get you in a mixing mood:

Orange Strawberry Tequila Fizz

Courtesy of Olives and Garlic


  • 4 fresh strawberries
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of half lemon
  • Juice of half lime
  • ½ TBSP organic cane sugar
  • ½ TBSP agave syrup
  • 1½ ounce tequila
  • Sparkling water

Muddle strawberries and sugar in a glass jar. Stir in orange, lemon and lime juices. Add agave syrup. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve. Add ice to a tall glass, pour in the strawberry juice, tequila and top off with sparkling water. Stir and enjoy!

Cucumber Gin Lemonade

Courtesy of A Beautiful Mess

  • 3 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 3 ounces fresh cucumber juice
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 2 ounces simple syrup
  • Club soda

In a tall glass, combine the lemon juice, cucumber juice, gin, and simple syrup. Stir. Add ice and top off with club soda. Taste and add more simple syrup if more sweetness is desired. Garnish with lemon and cucumber slices. Enjoy!

If you find these recipes exciting and want to get even more cocktail-savvy and learn more about various spirits check out our public cooking classes:

L’École Culinaire St. Louis’ Beverage Study-Beginner Classes

  • August 14 class will focus on tequila cocktails
  • September 18 class will teach you about making cocktails using gin.
  • To learn more and register, visit or call 314-587-2433.

L’Ecole Culinaire Kansas City’s Beverage Study-Beginner Class

  • August 8 where you’ll gain insight into the world of spirits and fermented beverages

To learn more and register, visit or call 816-627-0100

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