Influencers Summer Cocktails
“What are you drinking this summer?” That’s what we asked fourteen of our favorite influencers from out, about, and beyond. From hitboy Jason DeRulo, to Parks and Recreation’s Retta, to taste jockey’s AndrewAndrew, we uncovered a bevy of cocktails just in time for your 4th of July weekend. Cheers to that.
Benardo RojoCreative Director, Joseph Abboud
“White wine sangria. Of course it reminds me of my summers in the south of Spain. Not many people can make it the way I do since it is all about the wine you use. One of my secrets is that I use the Barbadillo wine from Cadiz. This is not a drink to have indoors.”
“I'm not drinking! I had a jalapeno-infused lemonade with vodka last summer on Fire Island that I liked and that could possibly persuade me back to the dark side, though.”
“Anything to do with whiskey! I like to get creative with my jameson cocktails... "Beg borrow and steal" would be my title because I really just use anything I can find, I'll even put it in a yummy iced pineapple smoothie with a cherry on top.”
Sam ShipleyShipley & Halmos
"My favorite drink is beer, it's a no nonsense summer essential. So in order to honor beer's rich history I started brewing my own. This summer's next batch is all about clear, cold, and golden. Cheers!"
"We love entertaining but as working DJs we rarely have guests over before 4:00 am. A few late nights ago Andrew accidentally began to replenish a guests Champagne with Gin, not wanting to waste Andrew graciously imbibed the concoction himself, and loved it. Now The French 50, two thirds of a French 75, is the signature cocktail of our late night soirees."
Brett DavidMaitre D', The General
"I'm not much of a day drinker, as too much fun in the sun can knock me out. But in the early evening, I like to head to Catch in the Meatpacking District for my favorite cocktail, simply titled ‘Zeus’. Absolut Vodka, with peppercorn syrup, lemon and mint - all around delicious. The 1st time I tried it, I wound up having 6 of them. I wound up texting my sister (Faye), Instead of girl of the Moment (Faith), telling her to meet me for a nightcap. Needless to say, I know cap off my Olympic-size libations at two.”
“Grey Goose and soda. It's my go to drink in the studio. It helped inspire the second verse and chorus for ‘Ridin' Solo’.”
Matteo GottardiCreative Director/Founder, WRK
“Summers for me are spent out east at a beach cottage on Towd Point in South Hampton. The spot has a ton of character and the best part is the back porch which overlooks North Sea Harbor and the wildlife refuge. Evening cocktails there with friends are a given- I like to keep the drinks I'm pouring simple and let the amazing sunset views provide the splash. Don Julio Blanco Tequila and Soda with a wedge of fresh lemon and lime-light and refreshing its the perfect start to warm summer nights.”
RettaParks & Recreation Actress/Comedienne
“I am partial to a peachy drink. Peach drinks make me feel like I'm on vacation. So normally I order a peach martini or some variation of but RECENTLY my friend Laura made me a peach martini-esque drink with vodka (Peach Ciroc, preferably), fresh squeezed oranges and PEACH SORBET! It was divine! We had some last night in their kitchen before dinner and it was like I was on vacation with friends.”
Brothers MuellerArt Directors, Lead Developers and Principals at Studio Mercury
“Our summer cocktail is the Colonial Collins. For us it invokes sweet memories of London and the handsome Italian bartender at the Connaught bar who came to our aid after a long day of house museums.”
- 50 ml coconut soda
- 40 ml gin (sipsmith)
- 20 lemon juice
- 25ml rhubarb sherbet
- Stir all the ingredients in a. Mixing glass filled with ice. Pour into a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with dried coconut flakes and cute of rhubarb stick.
“My favorite drink of the summer is a classic margarita, the ideal summer drink- on the rocks with salt and always with Cointreau. Never with triple sec! Since I spend most of my time at various venues DJing, I especially enjoy a margarita while I'm working at outdoor venues such as The Beach at the Dream Downtown or the PH-D rooftop parties. It always makes it feel like I've escaped to the beach, even if that beach party is in the city!”
William WardBeverage Director at Dream Downtown
“My go to drink for summer is a simple concoction of Campari, soda water, grapefruit juice and a touch of fresh squeezed lime juice. I make it all of the time at home, and order it often when I am out. It's the perfect drink for summer because it is refreshing, thirst quenching, and low in alcohol. You can start with one for breakfast and drink it all day and night. I had a similar cocktail - with the addition of gin - on our menu at Marble Lane when we opened; it was called the Cloud Nine. Using gin makes it a more serious cocktail and not one for simple poolside imbibing.”
Ernest SabineDesigner and Founder, Ernest Alexander
"My favorite drink of the summer is probably the Mint Julep. I really enjoy a good bourbon year round but when the hotter months hit it's nice to mix it into something a bit more refreshing. Mint and simple syrup seem to just make everything taste better anyway. I'll make them by myself occasionally, but I like to leave it to the professionals usually. Whenever I'm down at our store in SoHo I like to stop over at Kitchen (in the James Hotel). They always make a great drink and there's an awesome rooftop bar there that overlooks all of downtown."
Amy SaccoCreative Director & Creative Consultant for Nightlife, LDV Hospitality’s No. 8
“Watermelon martini......refreshing and light....and always makes me giggle a bit as it reminds me of The night I first met Quentin Tarantino....His two blonde dates were crushing the melon garnishes on their ‘melon’ and the look on his face was priceless..... it was and still is hilarious.”
"No matter what season it is, I have only one drink. Greyhounds. Vodka, grapefruit, and some lemon. It's become my signature drink and I even got my dad into them."