Published on June 18th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz


6 Summer Cocktail Recipes You May Be Able To Make At Home

During the weekend of July 4th, tens of — perhaps even hundreds of — millions of people will be celebrating the birth of the United States Of America. In the spirit of this joyful, celebratory and gathering-friendly holiday, I compiled 6 summer-friendly recipes from 3 top spirit brands (those brands being Disaronno, Empress 1908 Gin and Ravo Vodka) on behalf of The Hype Magazine.

#1: Disaronno Godfather:

– 1 Part Disaronno
– 1 Part Your Favorite Whisky

– Pour over large ice
– Garnish with orange twist

#2: Disaronno Sparkling:

– 2 Parts Disaronno
– 4 Parts Favorite Prosecco
– 1 Part Lemon juice

– Pour ingredients in champagne flute
– Stir gently

#3: Empress Negroni:

– 1 1/2 Oz. Empress 1908 Gin
– 3/4 Oz. Luxardo Bitter Bianco
– 3/4 Oz. dry vermouth

– Stir on ice
– Strain into a glass with a large ice cube/sphere
– Garnish with a wide grapefruit twist

#4: Cucumber Blue:

– 2 Oz. Empress 1908 Gin
– Soda water
– Cucumber
– Mint
– Basil

– Muddle cucumber, basil, and mint
– Add ice and Empress 1908 Gin
– Shake, single strain into a glass with fresh ice
– Top with soda water
– Garnish with cucumber ribbon and basil

#5: Ravo Vodka Bloody Mary:

– 1.75 Oz. Ravo Vodka
– 1 Oz. Beet Juice
– 0.5 Oz. lemon juice
– 0.5 Oz. agave
– 0.5 Oz. kale juice
– 1 round jalapeno (remove seeds)
– 3 slices fresh ginger
– 1 Tsp. black pepper
– 2 turns pink Himalayan Sea Salt

– Combine ginger, agave, lemon, and jalepeno and muddle
– Add juices and Ravo Vodka
– Add ice and roll to combine
– Rim pint glass with smoked paprika and Himalayan sea salt
– Optional: Leave muddled ingredients or double strain to new ice

#6: Disaronno Summer Treat:

– 1 Oz. Disaronno (or as much as your heart desires)
– 2 Scoops caramel-swirl ice cream (or whatever flavor you’re craving that day)

– Scoop ice cream into a chilled dessert bowl
– Pour Disaronno over ice cream
– Sit back, relax and enjoy your boozy treat in the sun!

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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