10 Simple Yet Beautiful Summer Cocktails And How To Make Them

Most people have a rotation of drinks that they stick to throughout their lives. That rotation changes as people get older and their tastes change, but it still doesn’t change drastically. For example, my rotation would include any IPA, Jack n’ Coke, Vodka Cranberry and the vast majority of daiquiris, ’cause who doesn’t love sipping a daiquiri in a hammock on a tropical island?

That being said, there’s a time and place for each drink. I would never drink an IPA at 2pm on a Friday during summer in Arizona, because that sounds awful and miserable and I’m already sweating thinking about it. On the other hand, I would never drink a Daquiri while eating a Whiskey River BBQ Burger at Red Robin. People just don’t do weird things like that.

Summer calls for a very specific kind of drink, one that’s a bit fruity and a bit sweet, but not overbearing. Above all else, summer requires STRONG drinks. With that being said, these are my 10 choices for most desirable summer cocktails.

Classic Mojito


While not a particularly special or surprising cocktail, it still manages to pull its weight at the top with the best of the best. This particularly lovely Mojito with the special sugar cane garnish can be found at The Bar at Level 25 at Conrad Hotels & Resorts.


1.5 oz Silver Rum

8 Mint Leaves

1 Lime, Wedged

.5 oz Simple Syrup

Club Soda

Dash of Bitters (Optional)


-In mixing glass, muddle mint and limes with Rum

-Add simple syrup

-Pack with ice and shake

-Pour contents into chilled glass

-Top with club soda (and a dash of bitters an added twist)

-Garnish with Mint leaves and Sugar Cane Stick

Ella’s Sinful Secret


This beauty is one of six showstoppers that come out of Hilton New Orleans Riverside’s bar known as Public Belt. These drinks hail from legends based on the Storyville Women, the ladies of the night working the red light district at the time. The name makes more sense now, doesn’t it?


1 oz Gin

1 oz Elderflower Liqueur

1 oz Dry Vermouth

3 Drops Celery Bitters


-Add all ingredients to ice-filled mixing glass

-Stir well

-Strain into cocktail glass

-Garnish with lemon and orange twist

Pretty Sadie’s Swizzle


The next harlot on our list of working girl drinks is Pretty Sadie’s Swizzle. With a smokey, luscious red-brown hue and a delicately placed garnishes, this pretty lady will have you wondering where the hell she’s been all your life. Now you know.


1 ½ oz Dark Rum

½ oz Blackberry Liqueur

1 oz Fresh Lime

½ oz Simple Syrup

3 drops Angostura Bitters


-Add to a short ice filled glass


-Garnish with mint bouquet dusted with powdered sugar and blackberries.

Fanny’s Sweet Rhythm


Number three of six on our list of floozy-praising beverages is Fanny’s Sweet Rhythm, falling in line with the other hardworking women of the evening. If Fanny’s rhythm is as smooth and deliberate as this cocktail, then any hardworking men will surely enjoy this as much as Fanny’s fanny.


2 oz Gin

1 oz Green Chartreuse

3 Drops of Orange Bitters

½ oz Fresh Lime Juice

½ oz Simple Syrup

5 Mint Leaves


-Add all ingredients to mixing glass

-Add ice to tin

-Shake well

-Strain into cocktail glass

-Garnish with mint bouquet and lime wheel.

(Option to light on fire: invert spent lime shell. Fill with over-proof spirit and light.)

Florence’s Floozy Fix


Number four revolves around yet another vice that likely haunted these women during their time in the “service” industry. With a thick, luscious orange tone and served in a martini glass, this drink will seamlessly cool you down and get you tipsy in the best way possible.


1 ½ oz Bourbon

½ oz Aperol

½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice

1 oz Fresh Orange Juice


-Add all ingredients to mixing glass

-Add ice to tin

-Shake well

-Strain into cocktail glass

-Garnish with an orange and lemon twist

Lulu’s Clever Hands


This Godsend is our fifth lady. This spritzy, refreshing number packs a citrusy punch to go along with the very summer-inspired look of raspberry lemonade. It also boasts, what I think, is the most fun garnish of all the drinks. If only this drink gave insight into how clever Lulu’s hands truly are.


1 ½ oz Citrus Vodka

½ oz Fresh Lime Juice

3 Drops of Peychaud’s Bitters

Ginger Beer


-Add all ingredients to an ice-filled tall glass


-Garnish with cucumber ribbon

Storyville Minx


The Storyville Minx, the last of the six harlots, stands out above the rest for two reasons: the delightful garnish and the ginger liqueur, an ingredient not often used in cocktails. But the pineapple leaf garnish gives it a sort of life and vigor that makes it seem almost animate.


1 ½ oz Spiced Rum

1 oz Ginger Liqueur

1 oz Pineapple Juice

½ oz Fresh Lime Juice

Lemon Lime Soda


-Add all ingredients into mixing glass

-Add ice to tin

-Shake well

-Strain into tall glass

-Top with lemon lime soda. Stir. Garnish with a pineapple leaf and lime wheel



The aptly named Campfire cocktail might be the most curious drink of all on this list. Served in a metallic mug and adorned with a large and freshly roasted marshmallow, this cocktail is sure to make you feel like you’re hearing ghost stories around a campfire with friends and family. This beverage can be found at MYTH Bar in the lobby of Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.


1 part High West Whiskey

1 part Sweet Water

1 part Choco Bitters

1 Roasted Marshmallow


(check back for updated instructions on 7/29/16)

Queen Bee


The Queen Bee (commonly mistaken for a drink honoring Queen Bey) is another rum-based cocktail, only this time it exudes a tea-like aura, solely because of the ingredients in this simple, classy and elegant drink. Look for this bad gal at the W Resort & Spa on Vieques Island.


2 oz. 10 Cane Rum

2 tea spoons of honey syrup

2 tea spoons of lemon juice


-Finished with 1 oz. Torre Oria Sparkling Cava


-Serve chilled in a champagne flute



Although this drink is a little more difficult to make compared to some of the others, the payoff certainly takes the preparation into consideration. With the sweltering summer we’re already battling, this beauty from the W Retreat & Spa on Vieques Island is sure to be at the top of the list of most refreshing drinks.


2 Teaspoons Sugar

1 Lime Wedge

3 1/2 Cups Cubed Seeded Watermelon

1/2 Cup Tequila (Suggested: Patron or Don Julio)

1 to 2  Tablespoons Sugar

3 Tablespoons Lime Juice

1 Tablespoon Triple Sec

Watermelon Balls (optional)


-Place 2 teaspoons sugar in a saucer

-Rub the rims of the glass with 1 lime wedge

-Spin rim of each glass in sugar to coat

-Set prepared glasses aside

-Combine watermelon and next 4 ingredients (through Triple Sec) in a blender; process until smooth

-Fill each prepared glass with 1/2 cup crushed ice

-Add 1/2 cup margarita to each glass

-Garnish with melon balls


Fancy McDonald’s Requires A Reservation To Try Its Upscale Burger


When you think of McDonald’s, the first word that probably comes to mind is “Upscale.”


Well, McDonald’s in Europe wants to change the negative perception of the fast food chain by attaching notions of class and elegance to it.

McDonald’s Sweden just released a burger called the Maestro Classic, which consists of a beef patty topped with bacon, red onion, lettuce, Cheddar cheese, ketchup and a “Wild Mustard” sauce with mustard seeds.

Not really anything new, or exciting, but that’s on purpose.

It’s being marketed as “Sophisticated, but simple,” according to Burger Business.

Not just anyone will have access to this burger, however, as you have to make a reservation October 2, just to try it.

While reservations for McDonald’s will probably never become the norm, at least it’ll make the chain feel important and pat itself on the back.

h/t burger business

Fast Food

For One Day, McDonald’s Is Turning Itself Into A Fancy Pop-Up Called RESTAURANT M


A McDonald’s in Japan is turning itself into a fancy pop-up for a single day. Called “Restaurant M,” a Roppongi Hills McDonald’s is offering customers full course meals inspired by the fast food menu.

Items include deconstructed burgers served with skewers, french fry vichyssoise, veggie jelly and McDonald’s desserts served in fancy glasses. A far departure from the traditional fast food experience, everything at Restaurant M is eaten with utensils and plates.

Set to open on July 27, Restaurant M will only serve 10 groups of 20 customers who sign up through McDonald’s Japan’s website. Would you be down to try?

Photo: Kotaku


This Giant Ice Cream Scoop Gives You Pint-Sized Scoops

ice cream scoop

Have you ever read the serving size on your favorite pint of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream? Well in case you haven’t, it says that pint of yours is four servings. We here at Foodbeast refuse to believe those pints a) serve four people and b) would serve you four times. Let’s be real, it’s a single serving pint for one, and this Giant Ice Cream Scoop proves it.

Yes, that may look like a kid’s cone, but it’s just your average cake cone stacked with an entire pint of ice cream, NBD. This ridiculously large ice cream scoop fits an entire pint’s worth of ice cream in one scoop, thus proving our one pint per person theory. At $60, the scoop is ridiculously pricey considering it’s way cheaper to grab a spoon and go to town on a $4 pint. Just sayin’.

Giant Ice Cream Scoop, $60 @ Fancy

H/T + PicThx That’s Nerdalicious


Would You Shell Out $1,700 for This Glamburger Covered in Edible Gold?


Here at Foodbeast, we’ve seen our fair share of crazy ass burgers along with a plethora of expensive as fuh luxury dishes, but today, those lines are forever blurred thanks to this Glamburger.

Located at Honky Tonk, a London based American diner, this burger has indeed been authenticated by Record Setter as a world record burger. Crafted by Chef Chris Lange, the Glamburger touts a Kobe Wagyu Beef and venison patty that houses black truffle brie in its meaty inner sanctum. The burger then gets the surf and turf treatment with the addition of Iranian saffron poached lobster and bacon covered in maple syrup to the point where it’s nearly candied.

Still not decadent enough for you fancy pants? Well the Glamburger comes topped with a smoked duck egg covered in edible gold, Beluga caviar, matcha mayonnaise, nestled between a bun swimming in gold leaves. To take this thing just over the edge of insanity to the brink of WTF, Chef Large adds shaved white truffle and tops it with a mango champagne jus. Can you say luxurious?

The Glamburger was created in partnership with Groupon to celebrate the site’s five millionth voucher milestone. Not to worry if you don’t have a cool two grand to drop on this swanky burger, Groupon is given one lucky winner the chance to experience the Glamburger absolutely free.

H/T + PicThx Today


This Topographic Tea Tray Has ‘Lake’ Drains for Spilled Tea


Here in the states we probably don’t take tea as seriously as we should. And why don’t we? It’s delicious, healthy, and good for you without making you too much of a caffeine addict, and makes you sound delightfully pretentious when you tell your friends about your hybrid English/Oolong blend harvested from on high in the mountains, watered by jaguar tears (or something like that).


But if you do want to take your tea seriously, try out this topographical tea tray.  The gorgeous wood tray is carved to look like a topographical map, with drains leading down to a “lake” in the center  in case you spill tea. With little indentations for your teapot and assorted cups, it’s a unique and beautiful way to display that fancy stuff you’ve been telling your friends about for months. Just try not to be too froufrou about it.


Confluence, $1,700 @artonomos

H/T That’s Nerdalicious

Fast Food

Two Guys Create Fancy, Gourmet Meals Out of Big Macs and French Fries


Redditor MarkHayes, an apparent aspiring Chopped contestant, recently challenged a friend to see who could create the fanciest meal using only ingredients from a McDonald’s Big Mac combo. That is, french fries, buns, beef patties, pickles, wilted lettuce, Big Mac sauce, salt and pepper, and a Coke. The results of their little contest can be viewed below. As the saying goes, you can’t polish a turd, but damn us if these guys don’t give it their best shot.


Mark decided to go with a simpler approach, carving his burger and fries into stacked towers, garnished by a dotted arc of Big Mac sauce. His friend on the other hand transformed his meal into miniature shepherd’s pies served with a side salad and sesame bun “crisps.”


The reddit community pretty strongly proclaimed the second man the winner. They both still did a better job than we did though, so color us impressed.

H/T Twisted Sifter


This Adorable 100% Chocolate Easter Atelier Will run you $1200


In case you were still looking for that perfect Easter centerpiece that’s not only crazy adorable but also completely edible, this Easter Atelier might be what you had in mind. Of course, what I mean by that is if you were hoping to spend $1200 on chocolate.

Handcrafted and painted by Nicolas Cloiseau, Master Chef of La Maison du Chocolat, along with his chocolatiers, this baker bunny studio scene is made up entirely of chocolate. From the floor tiles to the tiny desserts and even the baking tools literally everything in the scene is made up of white, milk, or dark chocolate.

The entire piece weighs 11 pounds and measures in at L 17.3 in x W 12.2 in x H 10.6 in, the perfect size to compliment your Easter dinner table. Unfortunately, supplies are extremely limited, as in there’s literally only one Easter Aterlier in the U.S.

H/T + PicThx Gothamist