Hudson Valley's Hottest Summer Cocktails

Local bartenders tell us what spirits they've been slinging this season


Take the hassle out of mixing individual cocktails at your next party and try whipping up a pitcher of these crowd-pleasing punches instead. Here are some of our favorite big-batch cocktail and mocktail (alcohol-free) recipes made with blackberries, strawberries, kiwis, and other luscious summer fruit. Cheers! 

Seasonal Strawberry Kiwi Margarita
BAJA 328, Beacon
Makes one pitcher; serves 4


12 strawberries 
12 kiwi slices
2 oz simple syrup
8 oz Espolon Reposado tequila
4 oz agave syrup
4 oz Dekuyper 03 orange liqueur 
4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice


Muddle strawberries, kiwi slices, and simple syrup in a pitcher. Fill with ice.
Add tequila, agave, 03, and lime juice. Stir well.
Garnish with strawberry and kiwi slices.
For an extra pop, try adding 8 oz of Prosecco.

Party tip: Have an area where guests can salt the rims of their Margarita glasses. 

BAJA 328
328 Main St, Beacon
(845) 838-2252;


At Ease 

Zulu Time Rooftop Bar & Lounge at The Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point
Makes one pitcher or small punch bowl; serves 6


16 oz Captain Morgan white rum
1 bunch fresh mint
1/4 cup lime juice
2 Tbsp sugar
32 oz soda water
Splash of cranberry for color


Mix Captain Morgan, soda water, and lime juice in a pitcher.
Muddle mint and sugar in glasses, then fill with ice. 
Top with sparkling soda and Captain Morgan mixture. 
Add a splash of cranberry juice in each glass for color.
Garish with mint and lime.

Party tip: give just two or three twists when muddling mint, otherwise it loses flavor. 

Zulu Time Rooftop Bar & Lounge at The Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point
674 Thayer Rd, West Point
(845) 446-4731;


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