Tequila sunrise cocktail

Mixing up paradise: Summer cocktail recipes

Escape with these summer cocktails from local distilleries.

Story By Bailey Gilliam

We all know a gripping book can take you places for less than the cost of a train ticket — just without the snack cart. These two local cocktail recipes promise the same kind of journey, but with a bit more buzz. Sip on one of these expert concoctions, and imagine yourself jetting off to a favorite summer spot, first-class daydreams included!

Hilton Head Distillery

Caribbean Spiced Rum Punch

This blend of juices and spiced rum from Hilton Head Distillery is like a teleportation device straight to your own tropical island. One sip and you’ll feel the sand between your toes, the sun on your face and possibly forget you’re just standing in your kitchen.

Tequila sunrise cocktail on wooden table. Close up


2 ounces HHD Spiced Rum

1 1/2 ounces orange juice

1/2 ounce cranberry juice

1/4 ounce grenadine


[1] Combine ingredients except grenadine into a shaker tin with ice and shake. [2] Add grenadine to a glass and add ice. [3] Strain over ice and garnish with an orange or pineapple wedge and an edible flower. 

Burnt Church Distillery

Midsummer Daydream

Want to travel the world without finding your passport or packing a bag? Whip up this delightful cocktail from Burnt Church Distillery. And don’t forget the edible glitter — it’s not just for arts and crafts anymore. It’s the sparkle you need to turn your living room into the luxe destination of your dreams. 

Midsummer Daydream - Burnt Church Distillery


1 1/2 ounces Original BCD Vodka

2 ounces lemonade

3/4 ounce Chambord

Edible glitter


[1] Shake and strain into a collins glass. [2] Garnish with two Luxardo cherries and a lemon slice.

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