4 Sizzling Summer Cocktails

Summer is filled with endless pools parties, barbecues, beach days, and the occasional Hamptons soirée, but nothing completes the seasonal fun like an ice-cold cocktail. From cocktail experts at New York's top rooftop bars to representatives of nationally loved spirits, mixologists throughout the country have given their insight for crafting a unique summer cocktail and setting aside the usual warm-weather drinks.

 "Using ingredients that are in season is what makes a summer cocktail unique," Vincent Mauriello, managing partner at Gerber Group's The Roof at Viceroy New York, says. "You can get ingredients like strawberries and raspberries all year round, but there is nothing like the flavor that you get when they are in season."

Cherry Soda and Vodka Cocktail

Vodka is a favorite for many people, and Snow Leopard Vodka has grabbed the attention of numerous mixologists throughout the country. John McCarthy from Cedar Local in New York City explains that a Collins is his favorite drink, which he also calls a cherry soda.

Mix together Snow Leopard Vodka, Cherry Heering, and club soda. Serve in a tall glass and garnish with a lemon wheel and cherry.

Courvosier Sangria

Sometimes the best choice is just a glass of wine, whether it is a summer or sweet blend. Hampton's preferred hot-weather drink is sure to grab the attention of any partygoer. Whether you're celebrating the warm weather far above Central Park or at a casual party in your backyard, sangria is always a safe, refreshing choice that is sure to please.

Take 4 parts Courvoisier VS Cognac, 4 parts DeKuyper, 2 bottles of prosecco, ½ cup white grape juice, 2 peaches, and green grapes. Thinly slice the peaches, cut the grapes in half, and put the fruit in a pitcher with liquids. Let it sit in the fridge for 1to 3 hours and serve on ice.

Gerber Group's Moscow Mule

Mauriello notes that one of The Roof's popular drinks this season as patrons enjoy views of Central Park is the Moscow mule. "When it's hot outside, all people want is a cold drink," he says. "The copper mug keeps this cocktail ice cold, which makes our guests very happy." Mixed with vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, this drink packs a punch but is a summer classic.

One of The Roof's hottest summer drinks, it contains vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice.

Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach Spirit

Kicking off the season with a twist on a world-class cognac, Grand Marnier recently unveiled their new Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach spirit. With just one sip, the blend of peach and raspberry complement the orange essence. This is a spirit that can be used for sensational drinks. "For summer I like light, bright drinks that are cooling and hydrating and feature ingredients from the farmers market," Anne Louise, brand ambassador at Grand Marnier, says. "Fresh peaches, raspberries, and strawberries are a perfect addition to an easy-to-make lemonade."

Take 1.5 ounces of Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach, .75 ounce fresh lemon juice, .50 ounce simple syrup, and 3 ounces soda water. Quickly muddle fresh berries and fruit, shake, and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint. This drink can also be made in a pitcher.