Kick Back & Relax: Summer Cocktail Recipes

Looking to add a little extra inspiration to your homemade cocktails his summer? Want to uplevel your cocktail game to really wow your guests - and yourself?

Here's a list of our favourite go-to cocktails (kombucha + spirit + garnish) and mocktails (kombucha + garnish, minus the spirit) for the hottest months of the year. These are healthy, hangover-free, and easy to make - so you can whip them up, head outside, and relax!

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Sweet Memories

it's a cocktail, it's dessert, it's your fantasies come to life! We love enjoying this sweet, creamy drink with loved ones on  warm summer nights.

- Fernie Alpine Springs' Love Always kombucha
- 2 oz. rhum
- 1 scoop vanilla ice cream (we particularly love the Happy Cow brand!)
- 1 lemon wheel
- A few chopped mint leaves
- 1 tsp. hot chocolate powder (optional)
- 1 tsp. organic cane sugar (optional)

1. Scatter the chocolate powder and sugar on a plate and mix. Rim the edge of a coup glass with a lemon wedge, and dip the rim of the glass into the mixture. 
2. Scoop the ice cream into the glass. 
3. Pour 2 oz. of rum over the ice cream. 
4. Fill glass up with kombucha
5. Garnish with thinly chopped mint leaves, lemon wheel, and (optional) dark chocolate shavings.

 

 
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Lavender Field

 

This delicious treat is inspired by peaceful summer picnics, surrounded by rolling lavender fields.
Did you know that lavender grows really well in the Kootenays? This plant - which has a wide array of healing, soothing properties - has an incredible scent that always brings us a dose of serenity.
  

- Fernie Alpine Springs' Dreamer kombucha
- 2 oz. gin
- 1 oz. St. Germaine
- a few springs of lavender
- one lime wheel
- 1/2 oz lime juice


1. Add to a shaker the gin, St. Germaine, freshly-squeezed lime juice, and ice. 
2. Shake! (While thinking happy thoughts)
3. Strain over fresh ice in a coupe glass. 
4. Top up with Dreamer kombucha. 
5. Garnish with lavender springs and lime wheel. 

 
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The Spicy Smoky

It's like a savoury margarita, without the sweetness! Mezcal - a Mexican spirit made by smoking the agave plant - adds a unique flavour that's perfectly matched by the heat from the jalapeño, This drink is the perfect aperitif to a summer BBQ on a hot evening. 

- Fernie Alpine Springs' Live It Up kombucha
- 2 oz. tequila
- 1 oz. Mezcal
- 1.5 oz Cointreau
- 1.5 oz lime juice
- 2 slices of jalapeño
- 1 lime wheel
- a few mint leaves 

1. Add tequila, mezcal, cointreau, lime juice, and jalapeño into a shaker. 
2. Shake it like you mean it! 
3. Strain the mixture into a coupe glas
4. Garnish with slice or two of jalapeño, the lime wheel, and mint leaves. 

 
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Beet It!

Don't be fooled by the sexy appearance of this drink, as she's more than just looks: this is a powerful detoxifier, and works hard for your whole-body health. 

- Fernie Alpine Springs' Love Always kombucha
- 2 oz. vodka
- 1 rosemary sprig
-  1 grapefruit quarter wheel
- 1 grapefruit wedge (optional)
- 1 tsp organic cane sugar (optional)
- 1 lemon wheel

1. Scatter cane sugar on a plate, and rim a Collins glass with the grapefruit wedge before dipping the rim in the sugar. (optional, for a little extra bitter and sweet!)
2. Combine vodka, a new needles of finger-twisted rosemary, and ice in the glass and stir. 
3. Top it up with Love Always kombucha. 
4. Garnish with rosemary sprig, grapefruit quarter-wheel and lemon wheel, and enjoy!

 

 
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The Southbound Train

This is the perfect cocktail to share around a bonfire with friends on a cool Kootenay evening. The name Southbound Train is inspired by the distant sound of trains that are so common in the mountain towns of the Canadian Rockies. 

- Fernie Alpine Springs' Dreamer kombucha
- 2 oz. gin
- 1 lavender sprig
- 3 inch piece of cucumber (2 thin slices for garnish and the rest for the shaker!)
- 1/2 oz. freshly-squeezed lime juice
- 1 lime wheel

1. In a shaker, add gin, lime juice, cucumber, and ice.
2. Shake it while dancing to your favourite music!
3. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. 
4. Top it off with Dreamer kombucha. 
5. Garnish with lime wheel, cucumber slices, and serve! 


 

Celebration & Connection

Ahh, summer.

Sure, the Kootenays are stunning all year round. But we have a special place in our hearts for summer! The forests are fragrant and the flowers are all in bloom. There’s an abundance of herbs to collect for our kitchen concoctions.

What we love the most, though, is that certain joie de vivre that can be seen everywhere you look. Whether you’re enjoying life in a small town or a big city, everywhere you look, everyone seems a little, well, happier. The people you pass on bustling streets or in quiet trails all come across as more easy-going and friendly.

So many parts of life move outside for the summer: instead of always around a table, meals with friends often happen sprawled on blankets on the grass. Chats with a loved one happen, instead of on the couch, on the summit of a mountain. Suddenly the backdrop to our everyday rituals shifts to the gorgeous outdoors.

One of our most cherished pleasures at this time of year – one shared by people in so many different cultures across the globe – is enjoying cold, refreshing mocktails and cocktails with loved ones. Whether they’re savoured on a sun-lit porch, taken in mason jars to sip beside the river, or enjoyed on a rooftop patio under a sterling night sky, cocktails are one of the simplest joys of the season.  

They are, in many ways, the epitome of summer: the cold glass in your hand invites instant relaxation. The mindful act of concocting them indicates the slow pace of life on warm days. And it’s over these special drinks that we share stories, secrets, and laughter with the people we care about.

And we’re not just talking about any old highball! We mean thoughtfully crafted, healthy cocktails that use locally-grown or foraged herbs and plants, and swapping out sugary soda for kombucha, the fermented drink that helps our digestive systems – and whole bodies – thrive. Not only are these kind of cocktails healthier and more sophisticated, they also often come without a hangover.

Sound complicated? It’s not! Often the beauty of these drinks is in their simplicity. Our cocktails are simply kombucha + spirit + garnish, and the mocktails are kombucha + garnish. Our favourite recipes are fabulous and easy – and we’ll be sharing them with you over the summer, right here.

Here’s a great one to start with:


Cucumber Mojito
Live It Up! + Tequila + Garnish

  • 1 oz. tequila (optional)

  • Himalayan sea salt

  • Fresh mint leaves

  • ½ oz. freshly-squeezed lime juice

  • 1 lime wedge

  • 3 inches of peeled cucumber

  • 2-3 cucumber slices (garnish)

  • 1 sugar cube (optional)

  • Fernie Alpine Springs kombucha: “Live It Up!” flavour

 

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  1. Scatter the sea salt on a plate. Rim a mason jar or rocks glass with the lime wedge, then dip the rim of the glass into the salt.

  2. In the bottom of the glass, muddle cucumber, lime juice, mint leaves, and sugar cube (if using) until well-mixed or sugar cube is dissolved.

  3. Add tequila (or omit it if you’d prefer a mocktail)

  4. Top up with Live It Up! Kombucha

  5. Garnish with cucumber slices and a couple of mint leaves.

  6. Enjoy!

This summer ritual of connecting over cocktails really has us appreciating our loved ones these days, and wanting to reach out to let them know how much we appreciate them. So, with that in mind, we are so excited to unveil our latest project: postcards.

These pretty postcards will be available free with any purchase, at all of the places you can pick up Fernie Alpine Springs kombucha. Whether it’s your local tap station, or our booth at a farmer’s market, we can’t wait to share these little squares of connection with you. Postcards might seem archaic, but they’re the perfect way to easily and thoughtfully remind someone, in writing, that you care about them.

Handwritten invite to porch cocktails at your place, left in a neighbour’s mailbox? Or maybe a mailed love-note to someone who’s too far away for you to enjoy their company in person? Perhaps even just written reminder to yourself to show a little extra care to your body on more challenging days, then taped to the wall where you’ll see it.

We crafted these cards as a way to continue the ritual of hand-crafted drinks, as a way to celebrate a life outdoors, and – most importantly – as a way to spread a little extra love around this season. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Happy summer!    

 

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One-Minute Cocktail Master: The Blue Paradise
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The Blue Paradise

1 minute cocktail master recipe:

kombucha: raw juice: 1:1, on ice and vodka/gin (optional).

Dreamer kombucha pairs so well especially with vodka and gin.  It is filled with fresh lime zest, lime juice and beautiful lavender from Canada. 

 

The raw juice used in this recipe is The Peak by Stoke Juice, made with apple, pineapple, lime and spirulina.

Check out our locations to find our kombucha.

One-Minute Cocktail Master: OH. La. La !

Wait until these two power house babes show up a your party. OH. La. La !

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Oh. La. La !

1 minute cocktail master recipe:

kombucha: raw juice: 1:1, on ice and vodka (optional).

Gentle Soul kombucha pairs so well with any drinks.  It is loaded with cold pressed ginger, kaffir lime leaves and lemon grass in it.  It's our real cool, easy-going friend.  A must have in our fridge for any occations.

 

The raw juice used in this recipe is The Rocket by Stoke Juice, made with grapefruit, apple and rosemary.

Check out our locations to find our kombucha.