Estes PR’s Guide to Summertime Cocktails

8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen Manhattan Cocktails

Rye Manhattan at 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen

Public relations team shares cocktail recommendations to enjoy in the summer heat

Summertime is finally here and patio season is in full swing! With cloudless skies and beautiful views, the only question you need to answer is “Which cocktails go well with this 90 degree weather?”

If you can’t figure out exactly what to pair with your summertime sip session, don’t worry! The EPR team is here to help — being experts in food and beverage public relations means we have to do our research, right?

Jamie Estes — President
“If you’re looking for a versatile cocktail that can be enjoyed year-round, the Rye Manhattan at 8UP is one of my favorites. Couple that with an awesome view of the city, and you’ve got the perfect summer evening.”

Haymaker Grassy Knoll Cocktails

Grassy Knoll at Haymaker

Tammie Franck — Director of Strategic and Culinary Services
The Grassy Knoll is a perfect summer sipping cocktail and I recently savored one at chef William Dissen’s Haymaker restaurant in Charlotte. Developed by Brad Grubb, the establishment’s beverage manager, it is created with  gin, green chartreuse, lime juice and basil simple syrup.”

ALEX&NDER Spanish Gin and Tonic Cocktails

ALEX&NDER Spanish Gin and Tonic

Jaimie Schapker — Senior Account Executive
“Gin. I’d take a good gin cocktail over a glass of wine when the weather heats up. There is no one doing it better than ALEX&NDER, the new third floor brandy bar elevating Copper & Kings distillery in Butchertown to a new level. The Skydeck includes unparalleled view of the Louisville skyline.  From a Spanish style gin and tonic to the gin gin mule, the cocktail selection makes it hard to pick one. The bartenders are even taking their signature American Brandy and mixing it in a refreshing way. Even though gin is my go-to, they know how to make that brown spirit just as refreshing.

Sarah Ivey — Account Executive
“When dining out, I always have to get the Ale-8 & bourbon slushy at Feast! Especially when it’s hot out. At home, I like to mix Copper & Kings brandy with lime and ginger beer. Both are pretty simple, yet very refreshing cocktails.”

Doc Crow's Americana Cooler Cocktails

Doc Crow’s Americana Cooler

Tracy Green — Account Executive
“I am all about the low-ABV trend this summer — a little something spiked that’s refreshing and a bit tart. I’ve been on the gose and Berliner-style weiss train lately, but am loving cocktails that give me that same effervescence and pucker. Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar has the Americano Cooler, made with Cocchi Americano, orange juice, white balsamic vinegar, peach bitters and topped with club soda. My runner-up (and easier to make at home with fewer ingredients) is Pizza Lupo’s Aperol Spritz, with Aperol, Prosecco and soda.”

Sallie Gardner — Account Executive
“If you’re on the hunt for a summer cocktail in one of Louisville’s liveliest neighborhoods, you should try The Fresh Prince of Butchertown from Decca. It includes vodka, aperitif, orange, lemon and bubbles and is perfect for summertime sippin’.”

Red Herring Kentucky Mule Cocktails

Red Herring Kentucky Mule

Hayley Amoss — Public Relations Associate
“If you’re in the mood for a bourbon cocktail, but want to keep things on the lighter side, I highly suggest the Kentucky Mule from Red Herring Cocktail & Lounge! Their ginger beer provides a spicy kick with the bourbon and lime combination for something refreshing and smooth. Make sure to snag a seat on their covered patio to enjoy on a hot summer night. If bourbon isn’t your thing, my alternative suggestion is one of my year-round favorite cocktails and the perfect sip for summer, the Kir Royale. This champagne based cocktail can be made with Chambord or Crème de Cassis and provides a subtle fruity splash to the bubbly beverage. Garnished with a lemon, you can order this from Louisville’s Ruth Chris Steakhouse and watch the sunset from one of the city’s best views.”