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Fun Summer Cocktails Popular in 2012

Last updated 6 years ago

If you’re starting professional bartending class this summer, you will probably want to know as many great summer cocktail recipes as possible. Whether you’re having a few friends over for an afternoon barbeque or hosting a dinner with the in-laws, a fresh, trendy drink menu will have everyone impressed with your bartending skills. Here’s a look at what’s new and hot for summer 2012.


Shows like Mad Men and clothing trends heading back to the ’70s has everyone feeling retro. Classic drinks like collins, rickeys, sours, and especially Don Draper’s favorite, the Old Fashioned, are gaining popularity among newer, younger crowds. As bartender, you can pour these cocktails just like they did decades ago or add some fun, fruity twists to bring them into the next millennium.

Gins with a Twist

Gin is a great summer drink because it is light and goes well with fruity flavors. Gin drinks with added floral and fruity mixers are very popular right now. The sloe gin fizz is a great summer drink. Steep gin in plums, then mix it up with some lemon juice, sparkling water, and ice for a cool outdoor drink that’s as refreshing as it is delicious.

Champagne Toppers

Not every day is a day for champagne, but the bubbly drink is gaining popularity in bars and bartender schools as a topper for many cocktails. It adds a bit of refreshing fizz and flavor to many drinks, making it perfect for hot summer days. Take your favorite recipes from bartending school and try them with a dash a champagne on top—you’re sure to find one that truly stands out from the crowd.

With bartender school training and these hot new drinks, you’ll be ready to make a splash with fresh cocktails this summer. At Professional Bartending Schools of America, we set the bar for excellence in bartending. If you’re ready for an interesting and exciting new career, contact the top bartending school today at (513) 542-3500.


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