Go red, white and booze with these summer cocktails

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By: H. A. Fisher

There’s been a literal Lowcountry boil since summer descended on Charleston. The month of July will surely bring more heat, but it is possible to have your summer celebrations and stay cool.

This summer, go red, white and blue with your booze and create some refreshing drinks sure to brighten up and cool off any backyard cookout or neighborhood pool party.

Erica Bowen, marketing manager of Bottles Beverage Superstore in Mount Pleasant, has put together colorful and tasty drinks with a Charleston twist.

“These are so tasty and fabulous you’ll want to drink them all summer long,” she says.

Berry Charleston

  • Made with Boone Hall Farms strawberries, fresh basil from your garden and Charleston Distilling Co.’s King Charles Vodka.

1 part King Charles Vodka
2 parts club soda
1 table spoon sugar
3 strawberries
5 basil leaves

The Striped Piglet

  • Combine Striped Pig Distillery’s gin made here in Charleston for a new take on the classic summertime gimlet cocktail.

1 part Striped Pig Gin
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon simple syrup
½ teaspoon Rose’s lime juice
Tip: Use crushed ice in your shaker and shake it hard for a creamy texture.

Peninsula Punch

  • Try something new: Charleston’s own blueberry wine for a sensational summer punch.

2 bottles Charleston Blueberry wine
1 cup brandy
6 ounces Boone Hall Farm’s blueberries
½ cup Cointreau orange
1 cup POM juice
1 cup orange juice
½ cup simple syrup
Make in a large pitcher and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. Slice oranges and apples, add blueberries and enjoy.

Tip: Freeze 2 cups of blueberries to keep the punch cool without watering it down.
Mix up one – or all – of these cocktails to give your party a decidedly Charleston flavor and your guests a break from the heat.

“With this hot weather, all three of these drinks are really refreshing,” Bowen said. “They will cool you down as you drink them. They’re like little air conditioners in a glass.”