Summer means long, hot days, which can hopefully lead to some cool summer nights. Need a little help to make that happen? Try whipping up some light and refreshing spritzer drinks made with maple syrup.

Spritzers (aka spritzes) are the cocktail equivalent of a cool breeze on a sweaty summer day. Usually low in alcohol (or even non-alcoholic), these carbonated sippers are great for an afternoon of whiling the hours away. These can be cocktails or mocktails – either way, they are bound to help cool things off.

Maple Syrup Spritzers to Cool Off Your Day

Maple Mint Spritzer

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Divide mint between two tall glasses. Add maple syrup and muddle with a wooden muddling stick or a narrow wooden spoon.
  2. Add ice and vodka and then top with seltzer.
  3. For a mocktail version, follow the directions above but leave out the vodka.

Sparking Maple Orange Vodka Spritzer

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a glass, pour in vodka, lime juice, and maple syrup.
  2. Top with orange juice and finish with carbonated water and ice. Stir to combine.
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge and rosemary spring. Serve immediately.

Maple Bourbon Aperol Spritz

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Combine bourbon, Aperol, and maple syrup in a wine or lowball glass filled with ice.
  2. Squeeze and drop orange wedge into the glass. Top with Prosecco. *For a mocktail, use sparkling water instead of Prosecco.
  3. Stir gently to combine. Garnish with an orange slice, if desired. Serve immediately.

Blueberry Maple Spritzer

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Place water, blueberries, maple syrup, lemon juice, and mint in a large saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce to a simmer and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Strain mixture and return to pot. Press to extract as much juice as possible from berries.
  4. Bring back to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and simmer 20 to 30 minutes more until thickened and reduced to about two cups.
  5. Cool and store in a jar in the refrigerator.
  6. Mix 2 tablespoons syrup with 8 ounces of sparkling water and serve over ice.
  7. The boiled syrup can be stored in your refrigerator for several weeks.

Fruit Punch Maple Mocktail

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Add cranberry juice and maple syrup to a large pitcher.
  2. Add sparkling water and berries, then mix well.
  3. Serve in glasses filled with ice and garnish with mint leaves.

Maple Syrup Summer Cocktail Recipes

If you aren’t a big fan of bubbles, there are still plenty of maple-based cocktails you can make that are light and refreshing. Using seasonal fruits helps make your drinks feel like summer!

Kumquat Maple Cocktail

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Muddle kumquats, cranberries, and rosemary with lemon juice.
  2. Add bourbon, maple syrup, and ice. Cover and shake until cold.
  3. Strain into ice-filled glass.
  4. Garnish with additional cranberries skewered on a rosemary sprig.

Maple Blackberry Mojito

Ingredients:

  • 4 fresh or frozen blackberries, thawed
  • 5 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp Sugarman of Vermont Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1/4 cup club soda, chilled
  • 1 1/2 oz light rum
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. In a glass, muddle the blackberries and mint with maple syrup.
  2. Squeeze lime wedge into the glass. Stir in club soda and rum.
  3. Strain into a chilled glass; serve with ice.

Maple Cognac Summer Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Add cognac, lemon juice, maple syrup, and bitters to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
  2. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a Meyer lemon twist.

Cool Down with Fruit Ice Cubes

Another way to make your drinks, whether they are cocktails or not, more refreshing is to whip up a batch of fruit ice cubes. These can be added to mocktails, cocktails, or even to a glass of water to make them more refreshing.

These fruit ice cubes are a healthy, fun, and easy way to infuse your water or cocktail with naturally sweet fruit. What we love about them is that they are super customizable so you can use any fruit you’d like.

Fruit Ice Cubes

Ingredients:

  • fresh fruit like strawberries, oranges, lemons, kiwi, watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, apples, grapefruit, blackberries, or blueberries
  • filtered water
  • ice cube trays or molds

Instructions:

  1. Wash the fruit you’d like to use and cut them into smaller pieces to fit the ice cube tray you’re using. Cutting them into smaller pieces allows you to add more fruit into each ice cube so the color really pops and the flavor really stands out.
  2. Place the fruit into the ice cube trays or molds you’re using and add water to the cubes. We recommend using double-boiled filtered water. You can use regular filtered water, however, double boiling helps to remove any excess particles that could cloud the ice cubes.
  3. You’ll want to freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight. And when they’re frozen you can pop the fruit cubes out of the tray or mold and enjoy them!

Looking for an even sweeter way to dress up your drink? Our new Sweet Treat Flight fits the bill! With flavors like Bananas Foster, Chocolate Truffle, and Thai Coffee, you can indulge with sweetness. Drizzle on your breakfast, sweeten your cup of afternoon coffee, or splash in your evening cocktail for a special treat any time of day. Here are some fun drinks to try next time you need a delicious fix!