2 Refreshing Cocktails You Can Sip All Summer Long

Lunar Inn co-owner Emily Kovach shares recipes that emphasize local ingredients and fresh flavors.

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Check out these refreshing summer cocktail recipes. Illustration by James Boyle

At the Lunar Inn in Port Richmond, the bar program focuses on easygoing cocktails meant to be sipped and shared with friends. Co-owner Emily Kovach says you can bring these refreshing community-focused drinking habits home with two summer cocktails focusing on local ingredients and fresh flavors.

Cider 75

1 oz. gin (such as Faber)
1/4 oz. lemon juice
1/4 oz. simple syrup
1/4 cup hard cider, preferably a local one, such as Ploughman, Hale & True or Kurant

In a shaker filled with ice, combine gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. Shake until outside of shaker is frosty, then strain into a coupe glass or champagne flute. Top with hard cider and garnish with a slice of lemon peel.

Pink Paloma

1 oz. white rum (such as Faber)
1/4 oz. hibiscus tea
1 oz. ginger simple syrup (see note)
1 oz. grapefruit juice

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients, then shake until outside of shaker is frosty. Strain over fresh ice into a Collins glass. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a lime wheel.

Note: To make simple syrup, combine 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is fully dissolved and syrup is very hot. Cool and store indefinitely in the refrigerator. To make ginger syrup, add three slices of fresh ginger to hot syrup and let cool, then strain.

Published as “2 Cocktails To Sip All Summer Long” in the Summer Starts Now guide in the June/July 2020 issue of Philadelphia magazine.