Who doesn’t love crisp and refreshing summer cocktails? Get out of the ‘ol Margarita rut and quench your thirst in style with these tips from Ketel One expert, Dan Kaman.
Hot Summer Trends
In the summer, you will generally find a lot of drinks featuring vodka, rum, tequila and gin. In the last five years spirits such as pisco, mescal and cachaça have also started making their presence known. This summer, you will notice drinks that are refreshing, easy to sip on and that have a hint of tartness to them.
His summer staple – Ketel One Vodka and San Pellegrino with two limes. Not too sweet and a touch of tartness. (This drink is also a favorite of Carl Nolet Jr.- 11th generation member of the Nolet family, distillers of Ketel One Vodka.)
It’s all in the mix
Quality Spirits: One of the most important things is using a quality base spirit and building from there. Bartenders and mixologists are using only ultra-premium spirits, to craft the perfect tasting cocktails.
Fresh Ingredients: Trending in not only restaurants, but local neighborhood venues as well is the use of fruits, vegetables and herbs that are sourced locally from farms that are common in the area. Adding fresh juices and flavors to the spirit definitely enhances the enjoyment of the cocktail.
This summer there is a focus on low calorie drinks from martinis to mixed drinks and punches. Consumers want a drink that is flavorful and natural without the extra calories and added sweeteners.
What to order: A mixed berry infused water with Ketel One Citroen or a watermelon-basil water mixed with Ketel One Oranje to create drinks that are crisp and flavorful and that are lower in calories.
Ketel One Oranje Collins
1 1/2 oz Ketel One Oranje Flavored Vodka
1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup (2:1 sugar/water mixture)
Shake the first three ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a Collins glass with ice. Garnish with an orange wheel.
Ketel One Citroen Shandygaff
1 1/2 oz Ketel One Citroen Flavored Vodka
1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 oz American Pale Ale
2 oz ginger beer
Build ingredients in a Collins glass with ice. Stir and garnish with a lemon.
Please enjoy these recipes responsibly.
If you’re anything like us, we are so excited to try out these recipes! We’d love to hear which recipe you’re most excited to try and also what else you’re sippin’ on this summer. Let us know!
Dan Kaman has been working in the spirits industry for the past eight years with experience at both the distributor and supplier levels. For the past five years Dan has been a member of the Ketel One Vodka team, working first with the Nolet Family and now serving as Ketel One Brand Ambassador for Independent Division within Diageo.
During his years of service, Dan has gained invaluable knowledge of the history of vodka, current trends in the vodka market and the Nolet family’s commitment to producing the highest quality vodka, Ketel One Vodka. Through seminars and educational programs, Dan shares his knowledge of Ketel One’s unique distillation process, which has been crafted and perfected by the Nolet family over the past 300 years, promotes brand awareness and educates distributors, wholesalers and consumers about what makes Ketel One Vodka unique in an ever expanding market.