The Perfect Summer Cocktails – and How to Enjoy Them

There’s only a little bit of summer left here on Long Island. We can’t think of a better way to enjoy the last of it than with a refreshing cocktail (if you’re of legal age, of course).

Here are some classic summer cocktail recipes to prepare during your next outdoor gathering or dinner. Stop by Port Jeff Liquors to stock up on supplies, then get to mixing!

Ingredients: Ice cubes, 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice, 1-ounce simple syrup, 1 teaspoon orange liqueur, 1 tablespoon of salt.

Directions: Wet the rim of a glass and coat with salt. Mix ice, tequila, lime juice, simple syrup and orange liqueur in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a glass filled with ice.


If you’re looking to grab a margarita while you’re out rather than make one yourself, Nantucket‘s has them—and they’re discounted during happy hour!

Ingredients: 1-ounce fresh lime juice, 2 teaspoons of sugar, 1 cup ice, 12 fresh mint leaves, 2 ounces white rum, 1-ounce club soda.
Directions: Stir lime juice and sugar in a cocktail glass until dissolved. Add ice. Shred mint leaves into the glass and stir. Add rum, more ice, and club soda, then stir until chilled.

Fresh Mojito cocktail in summer on a terrace with bokeh

Not sure you can make this well? Head down to Smoke Shack Blues for a great mojito that perfectly complements their barbecue food.

Piña Colada
Ingredients: 1 ½ cups ice, ½ cup frozen pineapple cubes, 2 ounces pineapple juice, 2 ounces coconut cream, 1 ½ ounces white rum, 1-ounce dark rum, pineapple slices.

Directions: Blend ice, pineapple, pineapple juice, coconut cream, and both rums in a blender until smooth. Pour into two glasses and garnish each with a pineapple slice.

Homemade Frozen Pina Colada Cocktail with a Pineapple Garnish

Blender not working? Grab one at The Steam Room, where frozen drinks are a specialty!

Ingredients: Two diced apples, 1 diced orange, whatever other fruit you desire, 1 bottle medium-bodied red wine, ¼ cup brandy, ½ orange juice, 2 tablespoons lemon juice.

Directions: Add fruit and lemon juice to a large pitcher and stir. Add red wine, brandy, and orange juice, and stir. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, but best overnight. Serve over a glass of ice and top with sparkling water if desired.

Sangria in glasses with ingredients – orange, lemon and lime slices, sugar, dark stone background

Don’t have the time to let your Sangria sit? Barito always has pitchers ready!

The Best Way to Enjoy Them
What’s even better than enjoying these cocktails is doing so in a relaxing, modern maritime environment. Shipyard residents can prepare cocktails in their own state-of-the-art kitchens, or in a conveniently-located shared kitchen space.

The Shipyard’s outdoor amenities and rooftop deck offer opportunities to enjoy cocktails, with company around a fire, grilling some tasty summer meals, or just as an accompaniment to peaceful relaxation as you take in the panoramic view of Port Jefferson.

If cocktails aren’t your preference, Shipyard still offers ways to enjoy a beverage in luxury. We have wine lockers residents can rent, so they always have a temperature-controlled bottle ready for dinner or a surprise guest.

Enjoy the perfect summer cocktail, and many more year-round features and amenities, as a resident of Shipyard at Port Jefferson. Contact us to learn more.

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