Summer Sips


Summer is right around the corner.  At least for those of you located outside of the Pacific Northwest.  Here, we’ve got about a month until we see sunny skies and feel warm temps; the 4th of July is our “official” start of summer.  Whether summer is weeks away, or already present, where you are, Elle Décor’s lineup of designer-favored libations is sure to be tantalizing.  

Especially beachside, lakeside or poolside with a sultry summer read. 

cranberry fizz  

(cranberry juice, prosecco, sprinkled with mint)  

 “It’s superglamorous, and you won’t fall over after you’ve had it.”  

~ William Yeoward, British designer  


castellane special 

“A Castellane Special, made at my house in France.  I blend strawberries, raspberries and blackberries from the kitchen garden with vodka and large chunks of ice, then shake it up.  You can make jugs of this in advance for effortless entertaining.”  

~Kathryn Ireland, decorator 



“I serve it at brunch, lunch, early dinners and late-night soirees.  It‘s the little black dress of cocktails.” 

~ Robert Verdi, Celebrity stylist 


east end cooler 

(shots of gin, lemon juice, St Germain liqueur, simple syrup and muddled strawberry) 

Garnish with a mint sprig, a white bikini, and an azure pool heated to precisely 80 degrees. Sip. Talk. Dance. Repeat.” 

~ David Easton, interior designer (and quite a fabulous wordsmith)


East End Cooler, Courtesy of St Germain


Find more here, or on page 62 of the June 2010 issue (which hopefully you are reading while drinking one of the above).  Cheers!   

Do you have a favorite summer bevvie? 










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