Summer Cocktail Playlist

If you know me, you know it’s no surprise that I love a good cocktail and with having a bartending past, I’m always looking for ways to incorporate my calligraphy, watercolor artwork and my love of sharing speciality cocktail recipes into my work. Well, I’m happy to report that I think I’ve finally found a way to showcase them both!

Today I’m sharing with you 2 awesome cocktails you can make this Summer (don’t worry, these won’t be the only ones I share this summer!).

Santana Sour


This cocktail has all the things…. sweet, spicy, salty and boozy… yummmm. Right now this is hands down my favorite cocktail.

I wish I could take credit for creating this recipe but alas, I cannot. I found this recipe in my most favorite cocktail book by Julie Reiner titled The Craft Cocktail Party. Right now this is hands down my favorite cocktail.

However I have added a few small changes to make it more to my liking, so feel free to follow my recipe exactly or change it up to fit your tastes! Just an FYI I tend to make my cocktails more on the alcohol forward side, rather than the sweeter side.


2.5 Ounces Tequila (Blanco aka clear)

1 Ounce Pineapple Juice

10 Cilantro Leaves (more if you are a cilantro freak like me!)

1/2 Lime Juice

2 Slices of Serraño Pepper

1/2 Simple Syrup


In a cocktail shaker add cilantro, pineapple juice, Serraño Pepper*, lime juice, simple syrup and tequila and muddle for 20 seconds. Add ice and shake like crazy. Double strain the mixture (double strain with a cocktail strainer and a fine mesh strainer, otherwise you will not get all those little cilantro pieces out) into a salted cocktail glass with one large ice cube or a bunch of ice if that’s your thing. Sip and enjoy all the amazing flavors!

*A note about peppers in general, sometimes the spice level of one pepper to another can vary a lot. In general the tip of the pepper is going to be less spicy than the part closer to the stem. The seeds and area close to the stem are going to pack the biggest punch, so maybe only use one slice if you are getting close to that area on the pepper.

Minty Moscow Mule


Moscow mules are so refreshing, and I finally found a way to cut down the ridiculous sweetness of them, which makes me super happy! The Fever Tree ginger beer is SOOO important for this recipe. There are a TON of Ginger Beers out there, but they are definitely not created equal. I got so tired of the sickeningly sweet Ginger Beers, one popular brand has almost 40grams of sugar per serving… yuck! Fever Tree has a natural ginger flavor with about 1/3 of the sugar…honestly, it made me enjoy the drink again!


2 Ounces Vodka or Bourbon

FEVER TREE Ginger Beer

1/2 ounce Lime Juice

5 Mint leaves


Muddle mint leaves and lime juice in bottom of cocktail glass (if you want to get fancy, get a copper mug). Add Vodka or Bourbon (or tequila if that’s your thing) and add ice. Fill remainder of glass with Ginger Beer to taste. Cheers!

I hope you try out these recipes and if you do, let me know what you think of them below!!