Vodka’s Out, These Trendy Liquors Are in For Chic Summer Cocktails

Trendy liquors to drink this summer include whiskey and gin.

Vodka, we love you, but for now, it’s time to move you to the back of the liquor cabinet. This is the summer of gin and whiskey (and maybe a little tequila, too).

If you’ve been to any happy hour in the past few weeks, you’ve probably seen a signature cocktail or two that features trendy liquors, also known as gin or whiskey. And from what I’m tasting, I couldn’t be happier with these trends.

Now, we all know it’s fun to get cocktails made with trendy liquors while out, but making drinks at home can be equally as enjoyable (and much more affordable, too).

If you’re looking for a gin that’s filled with the essence of spring and summer, give Art in the Age’s SAGE a try. According to Art in the Age, the liquor is “instilled with organic American botanicals including thyme, rosemary, lavender, fennel, and sage.” You can make a killer drink with SAGE (called the Greenhouse Gimlet) with some simple syrup and limes. (Another organic gin to consider is Juniper Green Organic Gin.)

Now, for the whiskey lovers. Koval makes six types of organic whiskey, including bourbon, four grain, millet, oat, white rye, rye, and other various limited editions. In addition to slinging whiskey, the company also sells liqueurs and dry gin. While I’m not a whiskey lover, this user-submitted cocktail (called the Kentucky Bug) that uses the company’s bourbon looks great. It contains lemon juice, strawberry, bitters, and ginger beer. (Another whiskey to consider is Highland Harvest Organic Scotch Whiskey.)

I don’t know about you, but tequila is always “in” in my book. A great organic tequila to try is 4 Copas Organic Tequila. We suggest adding it to the below cocktail featured on EcoSalon:

The Mexican Mule with Tequila


Photos by Ally-Jane 

Makes 1 6 ounce cocktail over ice 


1 1/2 shots (1.5 ounces) tequila (very cold)
1 shot (1 ounce ) fresh lime juice (from about 2 limes)
1 jalapeño 
4 ounces ginger beer (very cold)


Slice the jalapeño into very thin pieces and add two (remove the seeds) to a highball class or mason jar. Add the tequila and use a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon to crush the jalapeño.

Add the lime juice and stir. Add 3 large ice cube then top off with the lime juice and ginger beer and stir gently.

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Abbie Stutzer

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