Summer Sipping: Edina’s Best Bartender Serves Up Exotic Summer Cocktail Recipes

Amy Trushenski (formerly Danielson) of Edina Grill, voted this year’s best bartender by readers of Edina Magazine, was recently married. She might have a new last name, but her great instinct for making delicious drinks remains unchanged. For summer cocktails that are easy, sweet, exotic, colorful and maybe even a little adventurous, Trushenski offers some ideas for spirited, homemade drinks for your summer sipping.

Frozen Coconut Lemonade

  • 1 ½ cups ice
  • 1 ½ oz. coconut rum
  • 1 oz. limoncello
  • ¼ cup coconut milk

Blend ice, coconut rum, limoncello, and coconut milk. Pour into hurricane or coco grande glass for that island feel.

Tequila and Grapefruit Soda with Lime

  • Grapefruit-flavored Jarritos (this Mexican soda is extra-fizzy.)
  • Tequila
  • 1 lime

Mix Jarritos and tequila in any ratio you’d like. Pour over ice. lowball or rocks glasses are fun for showing off this drink’s pink fizz. Finish it off with a squeeze of lime.

Apple-Pear Sangria

  • 2 Granny Smith apples, sliced
  • 1 pear, sliced
  • 1 bottle of pinot grigio
  • 1 lemon or a pour of limoncello

Put everything into a pitcher. Squeeze in the juice from a lemon (replace with limoncello to add a little kick, “just don’t get crazy,” says Trushenski). Chill ingredients for 3-4 hours. Pour over ice and top with soda water to add a little fizz.