Summer means longer days and more hours of sunshine, which means happy hour can sometimes last beyond 6 p.m. For restaurants and lounges with a Texas alcohol permit, this can also bring an opportunity to offer new summer-friendly cocktails to your drink menu.
Below are several popular summer-themed cocktails to add to your restaurant menu this season.
Lavender brings feelings of relaxation, which makes it the perfect addition to a happy hour menu to help people relax after a long day at work. This sangria is the combination of white wine and the scent of lavender, combined with fresh fruit, such as grapes or apples. To make it even healthier, you can use sugar-free sweetener.
Blood Orange Moscow Mule
Fruit is the theme of summer cocktails, and in this drink, oranges bring a twist to the classic Moscow mule drink. Just combine ginger beer, blood orange juice, vodka, and pomegranate juice for this sweet summer drink.
For another fruity twist on a classic drink, try the peach mint mojito. The combination of fresh peaches and mint make this both refreshing and sweet, making for the perfect happy hour cocktail. You just need peaches, mint leaves, limes, white rum, cane sugar, and club soda for this summer drink.
The Bramble Cocktail
This drink brings together blackberries and gin to make a sour but sweet cocktail. The muddled berries in the bottom of a glass are an added bonus and make this a very sweet happy hour treat. This recipe calls for gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and of course, muddled blackberries.
Fresh Cherry Lime Vodka Soda
Vodka sodas are a popular happy hour menu choice, due to their low calorie count. But, this fruity recipe brings sweetness to a popular menu item. Homemade cherry syrup is a simple addition that transforms a basic cocktail into a summer treat.