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Summer vodka drinks to make right now

When it comes to summer cocktails, no liquor is more versatile than vodka. It’s colorless, neutral in flavor and mixes well with almost everything. Here are two refreshing concoctions to get your mind right heading into Summer 2020.


Shake it up

We’re convinced James Bond never drank in the Lowcountry summer heat. If he had, we’re certain he would order his favorite libation shaken so cold, it hurts.

Hilton Head Distillery – Southern Martini

Ingredients

Ice cubes

3 ounces HHD Aermoor Vodka

1/2 ounce dry vermouth

3 pimiento-stuffed olives

Directions Fill a shaker three-fourths full with ice. Add Aermoor Vodka and vermouth; cover and shake until condensation forms on outside of shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with pimento-stuffed olives.


Summertime sipper

The soothing smell of lavender and a soft summer breeze — it doesn’t get much better than that. Just add fresh blueberries and a spritz of citrus for a floral Tito’s cocktail that pairs perfectly with that first, sweet summer bloom.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka – Blueberry Bloom

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounces Tito’s Handmade Vodka

2 ounces sparkling water

3/4 ounce lavender syrup

3/4 ounce lemon juice

10-15 blueberries

Directions Muddle fresh blueberries in a shaker. Add Tito’s Handmade Vodka, lavender syrup, lemon juice, and ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a lemon slice and mint sprig.