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Creative Summer Cocktail Recipes

Bailey's Irish Cream Panna Cotta cocktailWe’re always looking for interesting ways to toast the arrival of summer. So our friends at some of the country’s top hotels and resorts asked their top mixologists and an award-winning pastry chef to offer a few elegant cocktails that are pure liquid gold.

Bailey’s Irish Cream Panna Cotta

On the heels of winning Food Network’s 2016 Christmas Cookie Challenge, pastry chef Brittani Szczecina has turned her attention to this smooth, sophisticated cocktail that tastes more like a dessert.

Recipe courtesy of Brittani Szczecina, pastry chef, 3800 Ocean, Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Resort & Spa.

  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 6 gelatin sheets
  • 4 oz. Baileys Original Irish Cream
  • Pinch of salt


Bloom gelatin in ice water for five minutes or until soft. Remove from ice water and squeeze; set aside on a dry towel. Bring the remaining ingredients to a simmer and stir in the gelatin. Pour into desired glasses and let set in the fridge for at least two hours. Garnish with your favorite toppings: crushed chocolate cookies, chocolate sauce, sprinkles, or even a mini cupcake.

Trinity cocktailThe Trinity

Ireland’s favorite three-leafed clover is the inspiration behind this cocktail with three distinct spirits.

Recipe courtesy of Zachary Blair, lead mixologist, KANU, Whiteface Lodge.

  • 2.5 oz. Irish whiskey (Westbrook)
  • 1 oz. elderflower liqueur
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  • .25 oz. lime juice


Combine all ingredients in a glass with ice, stir, and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lime twist.




Luck of the Irish cocktail Luck of the Irish

It may not be St. Patrick’s day, but all of us could use a little Irish luck. For fans of the “Black Stuff,” this Guinness-infused cocktail is genius in a glass

Recipe courtesy of Eddie Garcia, lead mixologist and manager, jade bar, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa.

  • 2 oz. Redbreast whiskey
  • ¾ oz. Guinness simple syrup (see recipe)
  • ¾ oz. lemon juice
  • ½ oz. apple juice


Make Guinness simple syrup: Heat 16 oz. Guinness in pan and cook down to 8 oz.; add 8 oz. raw sugar and stir to dissolve. Set aside to cool.

Combine ¾ oz. of the Guinness simple syrup and all other ingredients in a shaker. Shake and pour into a stemmed cocktail glass.


Emerald martiniEmerald Martini

The cool green of this creative martini will easy summer temperatures.

Recipe courtesy James Kruecher, director of food & beverage, McCoy’s Oceanfront, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa.

  • 2 oz Absolut Lime
  • ½ oz Sour Apple Pucker
  • ½ oz St-Germain elderflower liqueur
  • ½ oz lime juice, fresh squeezed
  • Dash of house-made orange bitters


Combine all in a mixing glass and top with ice, shake 20 times vigorously, and double strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime twist.



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Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor

RFT co-founder Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. An award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook, Bobbie is editor-in-chief at