Hit Refresh With These Italian Summer Cocktail Recipes

Pour on the flavor while you soak up the sun with these chilled libations.

Sparkling Italian Lemonade


  • 1 bunch fresh basil, washed and stemmed
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups lemon juice, from about 12 to 15 lemons
  • 2 cups cold sparkling water
  • Ice


  1. To make the syrup, combine the basil, sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan. Simmer and stir over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Cool and strain. Set aside or store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. Mix the lemon juice, the basil syrup and sparkling water together in a pitcher. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Pour over glasses filled with ice.

    Note: Stiffen up this virgin cocktail with 3-1/2 ounces of vodka.

Source: seeded at the TABLE

Fresh Spritz of Bel Air


  • 1 ounce Aperol
  • 1-1/2 ounces strawberry-infused Byrrh
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce soda (to fill)
  • Dried grapefruit
  • Edible flowers


  1. Add first four ingredients to a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a glass filled with crushed ice.
  3. Top with soda and garnish.

Source: The Globe and Mail



  • 1 ounce puréed strawberries
  • 3 ounces chilled prosecco
  • 1 fresh strawberry, sliced, to garnish


  1. Pour strawberry purée into a chilled champagne glass, and top with prosecco.
  2. Garnish glass with fresh strawberry.

Source: SAVEUR

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