The New Star of Your Next Backyard Party: Refreshing Summer “Session Cocktails”

What are “session drinks”?

Low-alcohol drinks for any occasion.

Out with the Old, In with the New: Bamboo Too

The Bamboo, created in the 1890s in Japan and a regular on American menus by the turn of the 20th century, is made with sherry, dry vermouth, simple syrup and a mix of Angostura and orange bitters. 

Combine 1 1/2 oz. each dry sherry and dry vermouth with 1/2 oz. Campari in a cocktail shaker. Add a few ice cubes. Stir until chilled, then strain into a coupeglass. Twist 1 strip of orange peel over the drink to squeeze out the essential oils, then garnish with it. Serving size, 1 drink, less than 120 cal.


The Ultimate Refresher: Pimm’s Spritz

In the 1840s James Pimm, the exalted landlord of an oyster bar in London’s financial district, invented and marketed it as a health tonic. The mixture became so popular over the next decade that Pimm then began selling his top-secret concoction commercially and then globally as the fingers of the British Empire reached into India, Canada, Australia and the Caribbean.

Muddle 1 halved slice of cucumber with 1/2 tsp. sugar in a cocktail shaker. Add 1 1/2 oz. Primm’s No. 1 liqueur, 1/2 oz. lemon juice and ice. Shake well, then strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice. Top with 1/2 cup club soda and stir to chill. Garnish with a cucumber slice, a lemon slice, and fresh mint, if desired. Serving size, 1 drink, less than 120 cal.


A Cure for the Summer Heat: Basil Caipirioska

Caipirinha (a Brazilian cocktail made with cachaça (pronounced “cah-cha-za”), lime or lemon juice, sugar and crushed ice) isbelieved to have originated in São Paulo towards the end of World War I. It’s original recipe consisted of cachaça, green lemon, honey and garlic and was initially prepared as a medicine to ease the effects of the Spanish Flu.

Muddle 2 lime wedges and 3 fresh basil leaves with 1 tsp. of simple syrup in a rocks glass. Add 1 1/2 oz. vermouth bianco, 1/2 oz. vodka and ice to fill the glass. Stir to chill. Top with 1/2 cup club sodaServing size, 1 drink, less than 120 cal.


Escape the heat and enjoy one of our many cocktails. We have a wide selection of alcohol supplying our talented bartenders waiting to serve you!


Source: Eating Well (July/August 2018), “Drinks You’ll Remember”.