The Prettiest Garnishes for Summer Cocktails

If there’s a time of year I like to pretend I’m a mixologist, it’s summer. When those temps are toasty, one of the best ways to cool off is concocting an iced cold cocktail…

I have been playing around with a few new sips to share at a girls night next week and found a handful of recipes that sound divine. I had a heyday experimenting this past weekend and topped them off with the prettiest garnishes. Here are some ideas below…


Watermelon Wedge

My personal favorite, inspired by my friends at 21st Amendment, who top their watermelon beer with a hearty chunk. The classiest way you can drink a can of beer if you ask me. I decided to throw one on this delicious recipe, and if we’re playing favorites in this post, this is mine.

A few recipes to try
watermelon sangria
watermelon piña colada
watermelon elderflower
watermelon rosé margs

This one is for Matt and like-minded people out there who love their whiskey. Well, also for me because I’m obsessed with our new decanter and think that lavender is such a gorgeous garnish, so we both win. If you’re having guests over who prefer this route with drinks, pull out your pretty crystal (look how gorgeous it looks drenched in sunlight), a few dried lavender pieces and viola…cutest host award goes to you!

This one is obvious (and kinda *basic*) but what the hell… at this point in my life, I’d put an edible flower on anything. So many color schemes to play with, too. Simple beauty 101.



This was new for me, but I picked these up the other day for a cheese spread and the insides were SO gorgeous. I’m a sucker for peachy pink and green, so I thought, why not put them on the rim of a gin and tonic cocktail?! 

A few recipes to try
Fig & Honey
Endless Summer Gin + Tonic
Saint Germain Gin + Tonic
Fig Cooler

more garnish ideas

prickly pear
I’m also not above umbrellas…


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  1. I need to become a cocktail maker! This summer so far I have been living on tequila, topo chico lime/lemon or vodka + topo + st germain + lemon both so refreshing and low sugar!

  2. Love, love, love the simplicity of these! It’s amazing how a simple garnish has the ability to elevate any cocktail. And I know exactly what you mean about suddenly becoming a mixologist during summer. I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but I’m totally guilty of that too! x


    1. I totally agree. Anytime I go to a place known for culinary cocktails, I always look forward to seeing their presentation. It really is half the fun!

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