There’s never a more perfect time for a cool, refreshing cocktail than summer. The sticky Midwest heat has made even our favorite springtime patios unbearable – or rather, a tad too warm for comfort.

So, with the help of some of Kansas City’s finest artisans and distillers, we’re heading indoors and creating our own boozy concoctions.

Raise a glass to delicious local cocktail “fixins” and enjoy these top-notch homemade libations. Cheers!

KC Collins

  • Handful ice cubes
  • 3 ounces Kansas City Canning Co. Meyer Lemon & Lavender Shrub
  • 2 ounces J. Rieger & Co. vodka
  • 2 ounces club soda
  • Fresh rosemary needles, muddled
  • Sprig of rosemary (to serve)

| Preparation |

Combine all ingredients (except the rosemary sprig) in a cocktail shaker and shake very well. Strain and pour into a Collins glass or mason jar. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

Brookside Buzz

  • 1 to 2 cups iced Roasterie coffee
  • 2 ounces Dark Horse Distillery Reserve Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1 scoop Fleur de Sel Caramel Glacé Artisan Ice Cream

| Preparation |

Combine iced coffee and bourbon in a mixing glass and stir for about 30 seconds. Pour into a snifter and add 1 scoop of ice cream.

Midwest Margarita

  • Handful ice cubes
  • 3 ounces Kansas City Canning Co. Watermelon Habanero Shrub
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Jalapeño slice (to serve)

| Preparation |

Combine all ingredients (except the jalapeño slice) in a cocktail shaker and shake very well. Pour into a margarita glass or mason jar. Garnish with a slice of fresh jalapeño.

The Watermelon Habanero Shrub is available for presale on the Kansas City Canning Co.’s website and will be in stores August 1.

Kansas City Canning Co., kansascitycanningco.com

J. Rieger & Co. Distillery, 2700 Guinotte Ave., East Bottoms, Kansas City, Missouri. jriegerco.com

The Roasterie, multiple locations, theroasterie.com

Dark Horse Distillery, 11740 W 86th Terrace, Lenexa, Kansas, 913.492.3275, dhdistillery.com

Glacé Artisan Ice Cream, multiple locations, glaceicecream.com