Kitchen Essentials For The Ultimate Summer Cocktails

My fiancé + I love a good cocktail, especially on a warm summer evening. He's a fan of a traditional Moscow Mule, while I like to put a spin on mine with a flavor twist. These swears are must haves in our home + we hope you enjoy them!

Here's how we make our drinks:
Fill a glass at least halfway with ice. Pour two shots of vodka over the ice. Squeeze half a lime in, top with your mixer of choice (he uses ginger beer, while I've been experimenting with Belvoir lemonades) + swirl around with a fun stirrer before serving!

Assorted Swizzle Sticks

In the Spring, I stumbled across Prospect New York, which has some of the raddest party decor. These swizzle sticks are sturdy + perfectly kitschy!

FreshForce™ Citrus Juicer - Lime

Earlier in the year, I was jonesin’ to make cocktails at home + got frustrated trying to squeeze the juice out of the limes. I’m not going to lie, this sat in my Amazon cart for over a month before I decided to bite the bullet + purchase it. This is definitely one of my top 10 kitchen gadgets, I don’t know how I lived without it!

Baron Von Fancy Crystal Cocktail Glass Set

I’ve been a Baron Von Fancy fan for years. When I saw that he had collaborated with Prospect New York to create an assortment of goodies for the home, I was stoked beyond repair. These are our new favorite cocktail glasses!

Ketel One Botanical Cucumber & Mint | Real Botanicals, Fresh Taste | Ketel One Vodka

This is the perfect mixer for a light, refreshing summer drink. I usually do 1/2 Botanical, 1/2 regular vodka in my drinks, that way I can get a little wild with my mixer. My favorite for summer mules!

Organic Cucumber & Mint Lemonade 25CL | Belvoir Fruit Farms

Fantastic + refreshing on its own, but really stands out as a cocktail mixer. The smaller bottles are perfect to have on hand for impromptu drinks, but a larger bottle is a must have for parties!

Sonoma Coast Spirits Original Vodka

We are huge fans of Tito’s in our house, but stumbled upon this at our local shop. This is now our favorite vodka to stock at our bar! They ship across the US + shipping is reasonable, especially if you snag a case (there’s a 20% discount for that too, thanks to their free membership Spirit Club).

Q Mixers Ginger Beer

We usually keep a few of these smaller bottles on our bar cart for Moscow Mules. Love the bite of this ginger beer, it mixes magically!

Epicurean Kitchen Series Cutting Board

I like cutting boards that double as a prop to display food (hence the Star Wars Millennium Falcon cutting board we put on our wedding registry), so when I saw this while shopping one afternoon, I decided it was a must have for our kitchen. The size is perfect for prepping + doubles as an ample cheese board.

A New Yorker who moved back to the East Coast after a brief stint in Southern California, Michele is the Operations Manager and Website Manager for Enjoy The Ride Records, a record label that specializes in vinyl. Michele is also a freelance writer and music reviewer who never sports normal hair + can’t live without coffee (trust us, she tried + failed miserably), evo’s The Great Hydrator Moisture Mask, or the curated car collection she shares with her fiancé.