Except for air conditioning, there aren’t many better ways to cool off other than a cool, crisp, and refreshing cocktail. Whether it’s a classic homemade frozen margarita or a simple glass of whiskey on the rocks, everyone has their perfect summer cocktail preference. However, sometimes it’s nice to change things up, try new recipes, and add a drink to your repertoire. Take the advice from our chief mixologist at here at our bistro style Chicago restaurant, Bistro 750, and try these four refreshing cocktails below before the summer season is out.

Strawberry Mule

A unique twist on the well-known Moscow mule, the strawberry mule is pretty similar with a few changes. It’s fruity but not too sweet, and definitely hits the spot when temperatures are tipping the 90 degrees scale. Make your own strawberry mule cocktail by following the steps below

Combine ⅓ cup sugar and ⅓ cup water in a saucepan, frequently stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Chop up one cup of strawberries and add them to the mixture. Mash the strawberries with a fork until all three ingredients are combined. Let simmer for about 10 minutes.

After the mixture has cooled, pour it through a mesh sieve into a bowl and use a spatula to get all of the liquid out.

Combine ½ of the strawberry mixture with two tablespoons lime juice, three ounces vodka of choice, and one ginger beer. Enjoy your strawberry mule in a regular glass or copper cup!

Blueberry Vodka Lemonade

A lovely balance of flavors, blueberry vodka lemonade is a summer staple drink, and for a good reason. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s super delicious too!

First, you want to make the blueberry simple syrup. Combine one cup sugar, one cup water, and one cup of blueberries in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, bring to simmer for about 15 minutes (the mixture will thicken). Next, you want to strain the mixture into a bowl, getting out as much of the juice as you can. Set the mixture into the refrigerator until it’s cool.

Once cooled, in a shaker bottle add two ounces of simple syrup mixture, two ounces of fresh lemon juice, three ounces of water, and one and a half ounces of vodka. Shake well and serve!

Raspberry Collins

For all of the gin lovers out there, the raspberry Collins is an effortless combination of only a few ingredients that when shaken up, produce a gorgeous pink cocktail that’s ready in 10 minutes or less!

To begin, rim the edge of a tall glass (hi-ball) with a lemon slice. Then, muddle about six raspberries with two teaspoons of honey in the bottle of the glass. Add a few ice cubes to the glass (if you wish), along with one and a half ounces of gin, one tablespoon of lemon and lime juice. Lightly stir and top off with club soda. You’re all done!

Stop in and ask for any of these drinks at our Italian bistro restaurant located right in the heart of Chicago, today.