The End of Summer Cocktail


Raspberry Mint Gin Cocktail

I know from the outside it seems that Phoenix is the home of never-ending summers, but while we do have roughly 300 days a year of sun, we have the desert’s version of winter too.

I moved to Arizona in a November long ago, and I spent my first winter the way a lot of non-natives do- by the pool. My roommate and I would get crazy looks at our apartment as we were sunbathing, but to us the weather felt a whole lot like Oregon summers. It only took me one summer of triple digit days to acclimate and 14 years later I won’t go near a pool once September ends.

Most people around here don’t think twice about telling summer to piss off, but I’m trying to soak in the last of the pool days, watermelons, and fresh cocktails before moving on to apples and pumpkin everything. There’s things I love about each season. This cocktail came from me wandering around the store, grabbing everything that sounded delicious and summery, and mashing it in a glass.

For each drink:

Muddle the mint and raspberries in a shaker. Add the gin, lime juice, and ice, and shake it up. Pour in a glass with more ice, top with cucumber soda, and lightly mix. Garnish with a raspberry & mint leave.

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5 Responses to The End of Summer Cocktail

  1. Lauren says:

    That looks damn good.

  2. Justine says:

    That looks delicious especially in that adorable glass. Also I love your pool story. I think its crazy to think how people can acclimate like that. Ive always lived in snowy places, Boston in the North East and now Chicago in the Midwest both of which are no stranger to a snow storm so I imagine if I moved somewhere so warm Id probably be pool ready in November also. I wonder if that would change over time.

  3. Marlen says:

    im not even kidding you, my mouth literally watered reading about this. i’m off to see if my parents have gin stocked in their liquor cabinet muahaha

    xo marlen
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  4. Aghhh this sounds so good! Definitely need to try, and A+ on the presentation too :)

  5. This sounds so delicious. Adding this to my list!!

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