13 Cocktail Recipes to Celebrate an Extra Second of Summer

file5421245874248(1)Brace yourselves, friends. Tomorrow’s going to be a long day.

One second longer, to be exact.

On June 30, an extra second will be added to the clock to account for a discrepancy between Earth’s rotation and the atomic clock. It’s called a Leap Second, and if if means an additional bit of Summer, then I trust we’re not alone in feeling that we’ll take every extra second of summertime we can get, right?

Toast this extra second of summer with one (or more!) of these 13 tropical concoctions from top mixologists — perfect for summer cookouts, pool days and beach trips.


Cantaloupe Martini
Eddie Garcia, jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain – Paradise Valley, AZ

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Image credit: jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Skyy Citron Vodka
  • 2 oz. watermelon liqueur
  • Splash orange juice
  • Splash fresh lime juice
  • Cantaloupe balls for garnish

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake and strain into chilled martini cocktail glass. Garnish with cantaloupe balls.


 Umstead Mai-Tai
The Umstead Hotel and Spa – Cary, NC

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Image credit: Umstead Hotel and Spa

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. Orgeat cream
  • 1 oz. Malibu rum
  • 1 oz. 10 Cane
  • 0.5 oz. Cointreau
  • 0.5 oz. Lime juice
  • Small batch grenadine floater

Fill cocktail shaker with ice and add pineapple juice, orgeat cream, Cointreau, lime juice and rum. Cover and shake until very cold. Short shake and pour into rocks glass. Float grenadine in corner of glass and top with ice.  Garnish with pineapple wedge, orange slice, pineapple wedges, lemongrass, and cherry.


 The Perfect Mojito
David Conley, Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort Spa

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. White Rum
  • 0.5 oz. simple syrup
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 6 mint leaves with a sprig for garnish
  • Splash of soda water

Slap the mint, and add all ingredients except for the soda water into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Only shake a couple of times. Instead of floating the club soda, pour the drink into the glass on top of the soda water, allowing it to evenly filter throughout the drink.


 Planter’s Punch
The Newes from America Pub at Kelley House – Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Image credit:  The Newes from America Pub at Kelley House
Image credit: The Newes from America Pub at Kelley House

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. light rum
  • 1 oz. dark rum
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 0.5 oz. grenadine
  • Dark rum floater

Shake all the ingredients together (minus the dark rum floater) with ice. Strain into a large glass with fresh ice and top with a dark rum floater, a cherry, and an orange slice.


 Lighthouse Lemonade
Greg Fournier, Harbor View Hotel – Martha’s Vineyard, MA

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Image credit: Harbor View Hotel

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka
  • 0.5 oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liquor
  • 0.5 oz. house-made sour mix
  • Club soda

Mix together the vodka, elderflower liquor, and sour mix. Serve over ice and top with club soda and garnish with mint and lemon slice.


 Farmer’s Market
Zachary Blair, Whiteface Lodge – Lake Placid, NY

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Image credit: Whiteface Lodge

Ingredients

  • 2.5 ounces of 44 nectarine potato vodka
  • 2 ounces of homemade watermelon basil juice
  • 0.5 ounce of Cynar artichoke bitters

Shake in a cocktail shaker with ice and serve straight up. Garnish with salted lemon and watermelon rind.


 Summer on the Rocks
Travis London, celebrity chef and founder of Healthy Chic Eats

Image credit: Travis London, Healthy Chic Eats
Image credit: Travis London, Healthy Chic Eats

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Seagrams Escapes Classic Lime Margarita
  • 1 oz. Grapefruit-infused Tequila
  • 0.5 oz. simple syrup
  • Handful of Blueberries
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • Club Soda
  • Lime slice for garnish

Muddle berries with lime margarita, tequila, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, and shake and strain into glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with lime slice.


 Wildberry Lemonade
Sarah Santos, Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills – Plymouth, MA

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Image credit: Mirbeau Inn & Spa at the Pinehills

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
  • 5 oz. Homemade lemonade (1 part fresh lemon juice, one part water, one part simple syrup)
  • 7 Blackberries
  • 2 Fresh thyme sprigs

Muddle 4 blackberries in a cocktail shaker, and add gin and lemonade. Shake with ice and strain over fresh thyme into a highball glass of fresh ice. Garnish with a thyme skewer of fresh blackberries.


 Glad Rags
Taylor Hall, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa

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Image credit: Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Titos vodka
  • 0.5 oz. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 0.5 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 0.5 oz. St. Germaine liquor
  • 1 rosemary sprig

Muddle rosemary with juices in a shaker glass, and then add vodka and top with ice. Shake and double strain over fresh ice in a highball glass. Top with a rosemary sprig.


 1000 Islands Iced Tea
Sabrina Starr, 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel – Clayton, NY

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Image credit: 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel

Ingredients

  • 0.5 oz. Clayton Distillery Vodka
  • 0.5 oz. Clayton Distillery Gin
  • 0.5 oz. Clayton Distillery Bourbon
  • 0.5 oz. Clayton Distillery Peach Whiskey
  • 0.5 oz. Clayton Distillery Lemonade Moonshine
  • 4 oz. Raspberry iced tea
  • Splash pink lemonade

Add liquor and iced tea to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and pour. Top with a splash of pink lemonade.


 Red’s Good Time
Owen Joseph, Sea Crest Beach Hotel – Falmouth, MA

 

Image credit:  Sea Crest Beach Hotel
Image credit: Sea Crest Beach Hotel

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Absolut Citron
  • 0.75 oz. guava puree
  • Splash of Sprite
  • Splash of club soda
  • Mint, to taste

Pour ingredients over ice in a 10-oz. highball glass. Stir and top off with Sprite and club soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint.


 Sin Humo
Erik Thiess-Kusiak, Mirbeau Inn & Spa – Skaneateles, N.Y.

 

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Image credit: Mirbeau Inn & Spa

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Fidencio Unico Mezcal
  • 0.75 oz. Cointreau
  • 0.5 oz. Patron Citronage
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 0.5 oz Cranberry Juice
  • Lime slice for garnish

Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker, and serve straight up with a lime garnish.


 Skinny Pina Colada
Chatham Bars Inn – Chatham, Mass.

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Image credit: Chatham Inn Bar

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Coconut Water (VitaCoco)
  • 1.5 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1.5 oz. Brugal 1888
  • 0.5 oz. Three Olives Elvis Vodka
  • 2 tsp Coconut Palm Sugar

Shake, strain into Collins filled with cubed ice, garnish with pineapple leaves.