Cool Cocktails for your Summer Nights

the Durley Chine cocktail from Maritime Parc - New Jersey

Summer is the time to sip something refreshing, light and full of fresh ingredients.  We asked some of New Jersey’s premier cocktail experts to share their favorite summer drinks with us. (and we even got the recipes for you.)

What is your favorite summer cocktail and how can we get our hands on it? Leave a comment below with a favorite recipe or your favorite spot for a cool cocktail out.

Maritime Parc‘s Durley Chine

Interesting factoid: their cocktails are all named after tragic NJ shipwrecks !!

Ransom Gin. 2oz

Lemon Thyme Agave 1oz

Lemon Juice 1oz

Club Soda . splash

Sprig of Thyme

Combine ice, gin, agave and lemon juice in a shaker. Shake and pour with ice into glass. Top with a splash of club soda and sprig of thyme.



The Hibiscus Drop from Red Knot Restaurant at Galloping Hill Golf CourseThe Hibiscus Drop from Red Knot Restaurant at Galloping Hill Golf Course

1.5 oz. good quality vodka

.5 oz fresh lemon juice

.5 oz Creole Shrub (substitute Triple Sec)

.5 oz simple syrup Whole Hibiscus flower


Pour all liquids into mixing glass with ice and shake. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with preserved hibiscus flower. If using fresh flower, muddle in simple syrup first. We push a toothpick through the flower to help create a floating effect.



SM23 Bar & Lounge in Morristown Pink Grapefruit & Rosewater MojitoSM23 Bar & Lounge in Morristown


3 pieces of grapefruits

9-10 mint leaves

½ oz. mint syrup

Rose water

2 ½ oz Ten Cane rum

1 oz grapefruit juice

Muddle grapefruit with mint syrup, mint leaves, 1 tablespoon rosewater, and grapefruit chunks. Add Ten Cane rum
Shake well
Pour all ingredients to highball glass, add ice. Top off with a splash of rose water. Garnish with mint sprig




The Golden Goddess from 3FORTY GRILL, HobokenThe Golden Goddess from 3FORTY GRILL, Hoboken


1.25oz grey goose le poire

.25oz fresh lime juice

1.25 oz pineapple juice

3-5 mint leaves

.25oz simple syrup

2 oz prosecco

Fill a glass with ice and add grey goose poire, simple syrup, mint and pineapple juice and shake it up. Fill a wine glass with ice and strain the cocktail over the new ice. Garnish with a lime and fresh mint sprig.


Bibi'z in Westwood Summer Cocktails

 Bibi’z Restaurant|Lounge, a global American restaurant with a robust lounge scene in Westwood, offers delicious libations, some of which are even low calorie, using ripe summer fruits, organic spirits, herbs and preserved flowers.

Bibi’z Blossom  a flowery, feminine and seductive cocktail, blends St. Germain Elderflower liqueur and whole Australian hibiscus flower preserved in raspberry and rhubarb-infused simple syrup, is the quintessential feminine summer cocktail.

A celebration of flower blossoms and seductive wild hibiscus

2 oz. Absolut pear vodka

1 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur

½ oz. organic apple juice

Splash of cranberry juice

Splash of lemon-lime soda

Garnish with 1 wild hibiscus flower in syrup

Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.


White Peach Sangria. Another classic summer bar favorite, perfect for both men and women wanting refreshing fruitiness and the bracing qualities of an iced cocktail.  This versatile sangria is delightful when sipped before dinner or paired with a variety of grilled proteins like fish, beef or chicken.

A refreshing, easy-to-drink and versatile cocktail for warmer weather

2 oz. sparkling prosecco, moscato or cava

1 oz. fresh orange juice

½ oz. crème de peche or peach schnapps

Strong spritz of organic ginger ale

Splash of Aperol or Campari

Garnish with your favorite chopped organic fruits

Add ingredients to tall glass of ice, stir.


Skinny Karma – Rita

A thirst – quenching and low cal cocktail 

1.5 oz. Karma Natural Tequila

2 heavy dashes of Agave Nectar

Juice of ½ lime

Splash of sour mix

Splash of Triple Sec

Shake well over ice, pour into martini glass with salted rim and serve with a piece of fresh lime.