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12 Light and Bright Cocktails to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

12 Light and Bright Cocktails to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

By Amanda Lauren

On June 14, 2019

In Astrology, Style, Summer solstice

12 Light and Bright Cocktails to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Is it even summer without a floral, fruity, or spritz cocktail to enjoy? Get ready, because June 21 marks the summer solstice—the one day a year where the sun hits the Earth an extra long time. This is the day when one of the Earth’s poles reaches the maximum tilt towards the sun. It’s the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, meaning the sunset occurs later in the evening.

After this, summer season officially begins! If that weren’t reason enough to celebrate, this year the solstice falls on a Friday. So, say cheers to the end of the workweek, the arrival of a new season, and a day absolutely abundant with sunshine! Here are eleven cocktails perfect for the occasion.

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Summer Solstice Sparkling Chamomile Sangria

Natalie Jacob of Arsenic Lace creates a cocktail that strikes the perfect balance with calming chamomile and peppy prosecco. It tastes as sweet as a summer’s day.

chamomile sangria

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Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G
  • 2 cups chamomile tea
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup gin
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup elderflower liqueur
  • Lemon wheels
  • Strawberries

Instructions

First, bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Add 2 chamomile tea bags and let steep 5 minutes. Remove bags and discard. While tea is still hot add your 1/2 cup of sugar and stir until fully dissolved.

Next, cut up the fruit and then add it to your pitcher or large serving vessel. Pour tea, lemon juice, gin, and elderflower liqueur into the vessel and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 3-4 hours. The longer you let the fruit steep the better!

Just before serving your Sparkling Chamomile Sangria, add ice and finally top with a bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. To make a boozier sangria I suggest using 2 bottles instead.

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Lime Balm Cocktail

Influencer Adaleta Avdić shares one of her favorite summer treats—a cocktail that’s both tasty and healthy. Did you know tequila has a naturally occurring prebiotic, which is a food source for the healthy bacteria that populate the gut? This drink is also 100% gluten and guilt free!

lime cocktail

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Ingredients

  • Sparkling water
  • Squeeze of organic blue agave sweetener
  • Squeeze of lime juice
  • 2 shots El Padrino tequila
  • Ice

 

Instructions

Place 4-5 ice cubes in the crystal whiskey glass. Drop 2 full shots of tequila into the ice, a squeeze of agave, squeeze a little lime juice into the mix, and then fill the rest of the glass with the sparkling water. Stir everything together. Cut a piece of the lime as a garnish, and then drop a few leaves of the lemon balm plant into the drink. Add 1-2 more ice cubes.

Dirty Banana

What says summer more than a frozen drink? We love this one from The Weekend Mixologist because it’s easy to make and delightfully creamy. A Dirty Banana is basically like drinking dessert!

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Ingredients

  • 1½ oz White Rum
  • 1 oz Banana Liqueur
  • 1 oz Coffee Liqueur
  • 2 oz Half and Half
  • 1 Whole Banana

 

Instructions

Add all ingredients into a blender and then add 1 large scoop of crushed ice. Blend until smooth and pour into a highball. Garnish with banana.

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Jalisco Sunrise

Summer solstice is the perfect day to celebrate until sunrise. So, why not enjoy a spicier take on the classic cocktail created by Sipping With Stella?

jalisco

Courtesy of Sipping With Stella

Ingredients

  • 2 oz YaVeTequila Jalapeño Reposado
  • 1/2 oz Campari
  • 1/2 oz Velvet Falernum
  • 1 oz fresh tangerine juice (approx 1 small tangerine)
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice – 1/2 oz for rimming, 1/2 oz for drink (approx 1 lime)
  • 5 jalapeño pepper slices (seeds removed) – 2 for muddling, 3 for garnish
  • 1 tbsp Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Seasoning Blend for rimming

 

Instructions

Squeeze & pour 1/2 oz or 1 tbsp fresh lime juice (or a little more if you need it) on one small plate and tip lip of highball glass at 45-degree angle. Rotate the glass through juice to wet approx 1/4”-1/2” of the outside of rim. Pour 1 tbsp of chili lime seasoning blend on other plate and coat top of outer rim in the same fashion. Tap the glass with your hand over your plate or sink to get rid of any excess seasoning.

Muddle 2 slices of jalapeño pepper in 1/2 oz of fresh lime juice for about 15 seconds in shaker. Add tequila, Campari, Velvet Falernum, and freshly squeezed tangerine juice to shaker & fill with ice. Shake until frosty, double strain into highball glass filled three-quarters of the way with ice, and garnish with 3 jalapeño slices.

Our/Los Angeles Vodka Kombucha Spritz

There’s nothing more summer solstice apropos than a cocktail that has refreshing kombucha. Easy to make, it’s a sensible spritz that isn’t too dehydrating. While you can choose your favorite flavor, may we suggest mango, guava or watermelon?

LA kombucha

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Our/Los Angeles Vodka
  • 1/4 oz lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • Splash of your favorite kombucha
  • Edible flower

 

Instructions

In a mixing shaker add Our/Los Angeles vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup. Add ice and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and top off with cold kombucha. Garnish with an edible flower. Enjoy!

The Blueberry Gin Solstice

Named for the celebration, this cocktail was created by The Bitter Fairy. It uses blueberries, which are more than pretty and tasty, they’re also perfectly in season.

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Ingredients

  • 2 oz Hendricks Midsummer Solstice gin⁣
  • 1/2 oz Cappelletti aperitivo⁣
  • 1/2 oz Luxardo Bitter Bianco⁣
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, muddled⁣
  • Elderflower tonic to top⁣
  • Blueberries, Campanula, and mint garnish⁣

 

Instructions

Combine ingredients and serve!

Mango Sunrise Pina Colada

No blender? No problem! This cocktail combines classic pina colada flavors and mango for a yummy treat on the rocks.

pineapple cocktail

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Ingredients

  • 2 oz coconut rum
  • 2 oz mango juice
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut cream
  • 1 tablespoon grenadine
  • Pineapple slice garnish

 

Instructions

Add juices, cream, and grenadine in a shaker. Shake to mix. Add in the coconut rum, shake, and garnish with a pineapple slice.

Summer Solstice Sparkling Sangria

This inspired drink from The Sweetest Occasion is served in a pitcher. So, it’s just right for a party. Luckily, this fresh, fruity recipe serves 12!

summer sangria

Courtesy of The Sweetest Occasion

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mango, fresh
  • 1 cup raspberries, fresh
  • 3 cups ginger ale
  • 1 cup raspberry vodka
  • 1 bottle sauvignon blanc wine

 

Instructions

Add raspberries and mango chunks to a large pitcher. Pour in the wine and vodka, then stir well. Refrigerate for 2 – 3 hours, or longer. Just before serving, top off with ginger ale then stir gently again.

Blood Orange Mezcal-Rita

Mezcal is smoky like the sun setting in the solstice sky. It’s easy to sip on this citrusy drink created by Sara Lehman of Somm In The City.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Limoneira blood orange
  • 3.5 oz Alacrán Mezcal
  • 1.5oz lime juice
  • TT salt (for rim if desired)
  • Dried orange slice (for garnish)

 

Instructions

In a shaker, juice the blood orange completely. Next, measure out your mezcal and lime juice. The blood orange juice is sweet enough, you do not need simple syrup, however if you feel you do, add in some agave. Add ice to the shaker and shake well. Pour into a cocktail glass, garnish with a dried orange, and enjoy!

Loose Skrew

This cocktail is like a summer solstice sunset with lots of different colors. The dark shades come from Skrewball, which is a delicious peanut butter whiskey. The light colors come from the fruit juices and coconut cream. If you thought a pina colada couldn’t get better, cheers to this cocktail proving you wrong!

screwball cocktail

Courtesy of Screwball

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Skrewball
  • 1/2 oz coconut rum
  • 1/2 oz orange juice
  • 1/2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1/4 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz coconut cream

 

Instructions

Mix together and garnish with nutmeg and pineapple leaf!

Classy Vodka Martini

Influencer Elizabeth Deo knows that you can’t go wrong with a reinvented version of an old school cocktail. It’s a little sour, a little sweet and entirely delicious.

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Ingredients

  • 2 oz Absolut Elyx
  • 1/2 oz elderflower liquor
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • Garnish with a lemon twist

Instructions

Shake or stir ingredients together, and don’t forget the garnish!

Summer Watermelon Ginger Spritzer

This deliciously refreshing cocktail was created by Mike Prasad specifically for the summer solstice. Serve this drink in a long glass to commemorate the longest day of the year. It’s also fun to share with friends. Just multiply the ingredient portions and serve in a punch bowl with ice!

summer watermelon drink

Courtesy of Mike Prasad

Ingredients

  • 1 oz lime juice (1–2 limes)
  • 1 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1 oz rum (white/silver/light)
  • 4 oz watermelon juice
  • 2 oz ginger ale

 

Instructions

Add lime juice, St. Germain, rum, and watermelon juice in a shaker with a single large piece of ice or only 2-3 smaller pieces of ice (to minimize dilution). Shake briefly. Pour into a tall glass over ice.Top with ginger ale and serve.

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11 Versatile Summer Dresses for Earth Signs—Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

11 Versatile Summer Dresses for Earth Signs—Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

By Amanda Lauren

On May 18, 2019

In Astrology, Style

11 Versatile Summer Dresses for Earth Signs—Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

When it comes to earth signs, they seem to have everything under control. (Basically, if you need something done or want advice, ask a Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn.) Sure they may hav e practical, disciplined, and focused wardrobe, but you can bet everything in their closet holds purpose. If an outfit can be worn to the office, out shopping, or on any given date night, you’ll likely find it in an earth sign’s closet.

But just because they’re practical, doesn’t mean they’re boring. Design and quality are just really important to any earth sign. This element appreciates a finished hemline, beading, or anything that’s a bit extra. Here are 11 dresses to keep them feeling grounded all summer long.

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Sage The Label Ring My Bell Wrap Dress

sage the label dress

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Sage The Label Ring My Bell Wrap Dress, $94

Earth signs have an appreciation for tried and true styles. This chic wrap dress will look on trend for years to come.

Plum Pretty Sugar Charlie V2 Tigerlila

plum pretty sugar

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Plum Pretty Sugar Charlie V2 Tigerlila, $129

This dress is more than pretty. It has removable shoulder straps, so it’s like having two dresses in one.

Speechless Women’s Scalloped Hem Fit & Flare Dress

speechless scalloped hem fit

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Speechless Women’s Scalloped Hem Fit & Flare Dress, $47

This pastel blue dress is simple, but sweet. The scalloped hemline is the icing on the cake here.

AE V-Neck Ruffle Midi Dress

ae v-neck midi dress

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AE V-Neck Ruffle Midi Dress, $60

This dress has a perfect balance of style and comfort, making it ideal for earth signs. The natural cream color of the fabric is just a bonus!

Draper James Embroidered Gingham Dress

Draper James embroidered gingham dress

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Draper James Embroidered Gingham Dress, $150

Earth signs know they can’t go wrong with a classic like gingham.

Jack by BB Dakota Women’s Sunshine of My Life Maxi Dress 

bb Dakota dress

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Jack by BB Dakota Women’s Sunshine of My Life Maxi Dress, $88

Toasting the season is extra fabulous wearing this green maxi. It’s also very easy to move around in, especially on those hot summer days.

Lilly Pulitzer Tiffani One Shoulder Dress

lily pulitzer Tiffani one shoulder

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Lilly Pulitzer Tiffani One Shoulder Dress, $228

Earth signs are drawn to good design, so they will love the structure of this one-shoulder dress. It’s the perfect go-to for any summer celebration.

Old Navy Fitted Crew-Neck Tee Dress

old navy dress

Courtesy of Old Navy

Old Navy Fitted Crew-Neck Tee Dress, $15

This versatile “French Girl” style dress isn’t only a steal, but it can be dressed up or down and become a wardrobe staple. It’s perfect for casual summer Fridays followed by happy hour cocktails at a rooftop bar. 

Alternative Apparel Rayon Challis Printed Button Down Dress

rayon challis printed button down dress

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Alternative Apparel Rayon Challis Printed Button Down Dress, $78

Add a belt to this super comfortable shirtdress to give it a more polished look. Or even pair it with a cropped denim jacket.

Amanda Uprichard Women’s Joan Strapless Mini Dress

Amanda Uprichard women's Joan strapless

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Amanda Uprichard Women’s Joan Strapless Mini Dress, $202

Earth signs know a classic little black dress is worth every penny! There’s no place this chic dress can’t be worn!

UO Donatella Crinkle Tiered Ruffle Wrap Dress

urban outfitters dress

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UO Donatella Crinkle Tiered Ruffle Wrap Dress, $89

Contrary to popular belief, Earth signs aren’t only into dark colors. They also enjoy the lightness of pastel shades, particularly in a comfortable dress like this one.

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