Cool Summer Cocktails

It's hot out there and there's no better way to cool off this Independence Day than with a few patriotic and refreshing cocktails. Bruce Carroll, of the Michigan-based Rebel Spirits Group, stopped by the Fox2 Kitchen Thursday morning to showcase some of his favorite refreshing recipes. 

Watch the video above and follow the recipes here. 



  • 1 Cup Vodka
  •     2 heaping cups watermelon chunks
  •     ½ cup of the watermelon juice from cutting the melon
  •     ¼ cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  •     1 ½ ounces Simple syrup 
  •     Watermelon balls or triangles and lime segments for garnish

1.    Place watermelon chunks and watermelon juice in your blender, give it a whirl until it is pureed.
2.    Add in lime juice and simple syrup and pulse until combined.
3.    Add in 1 cup Vodka and pulse until combined.
4.    Fill tall glasses with ice, pour mixture over-top.
5.    Garnish with watermelon balls and lime. Serve. *If you like a little fizz in your cocktail, add in a splash or two of club soda or lemon-lime soda


  • 1.5 ounces Vodka
  •     1 ounce fresh squeezed Lime Juice (fresh REALLY makes the difference!)
  •     1 ounce *Simple Syrup (see below how to make Simple Syrup)
  •     4 Blackberries
  •     6 Blueberries
  •     Dash of Mint
  •     Splash of Soda Water


  1. Muddle the blackberries, blueberries, mint, lime juice and simple syrup in a mixing glass or shaker.
  2. Add the vodka.
  3. Top with crushed ice.
  4. Add a splash of soda water and stir.
  5. Serve in a Collins glass.
  6. Garnish with a skewer of berries.

*How to make Simple Syrup:  ½ cup water, ½ cup sugar.  Combine water and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat; stir until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool.

Coco Chanel Cocktail


  •     1.5 ounces Vodka  (just 89 calories when using ZIM'S 59 proof Vodka)
  •     2 ounces Coconut Water
  •     1.5 ounces Pineapple Juice
  •     Pineapple Slice for Garnish


  1.     Shake & Strain

Black Cherry Cosmo

  •  1  oz  Vodka
  •     .5 oz  REAL Black Cherry Puree
  •     3  oz  Cranberry Juice
  •     .5 oz  Fresh Lime Juice


  1.     Shake & Strain