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Cocktail Crawl: Beat the Heat with Super Refreshing Vodka Sips

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As summer starts to heat up, you’ll be spending more and more time outside, soaking in the sun with your nearest and dearest. But while you’re out there, you’ll need a deliciously fresh drink to quench your thirst. Instead of opting for your go-to vodka-based beverage (sorry vodka tonics!) why not kick your concoctions up a notch?

To scout some of the best and most refreshing cocktails on the summer social scene, we recruited lifestyle bloggers and the cutest couple, Alex and Mike to source two must-try, Grey Goose-based local libations.

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Grey Goose vodka goes well with all of your favorite summer foods—from fish to fruit salad and anything in between. Plus, it’s gluten-free! A must for Mike, who suffers from gluten intolerance and usually orders red wine to avoid any unwanted gluten additives in certain spirits.

Ready to up your craft cocktail game? Grab your group and head out to try Alex and Mike’s favorite happy hour haunts:

The Ginger Pear Martini

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Want the sophistication of Samantha Jones without having to knock back a bitter dirty martini? Pepperoncini’s Ginger Pear Martini was made for you! It’s sleek, super refreshing and just the right amount of sweet. Made with Grey Goose, La Poire, St. Germain and ginger liqueur, the craft drink was a hit with both martini-obsessed, Alex and wine connoisseur, Mike. Both agreed the subtly sweet sip paired perfectly with an Italian antipasti. “It’s very light and super refreshing,” says Alex. “It would pair perfectly with a cheese board too,” says Mike. “We’d serve it during a casual get together with friends over light bites and great conversation.”

Grey’s Passion

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Inspired by the fresh flavors and vibrant colors of classic Peruvian art and cuisine, Vista Peru’s Grey’s Passion does a superb job of cooling you down as your taste buds indulge in slightly tart, slightly sweet fruity flavors. Made with Grey Goose, a dash of simple syrup, passion fruit liqueur and fresh passion fruit pulp, this cool concoction is just the right amount of fruity without being too potent or overpowering. “This is perfect for a hot summer day!” says Mike. “Pair this flavorful blend with a fresh salad, grilled shrimp and veggies to really wow your guests,” says Alex.

Now it’s your turn to try Alex and Mike’s favorite sips! For the month of June, Pepperoncini and Vista Peru will be serving the signature cocktails above. Just ask for Philly Mag’s summer cocktail crawl special.