Hudson Valley's Hottest Summer Cocktails

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


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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

Ingredients

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

Preparation

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;
www.baja328.com

 

At Ease 

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

Ingredients

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

Preparation

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; www.thethayerhotel.com/Dining/Zulu-Time-Rooftop-Bar-and-Lounge

 

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