Waiting around for your nail polish to dry can be a drag, especially during the summer months when it’s beautiful out. So don’t sit idly by, mix up a cocktail ahead of time to sip on while your mani dries! Then head out to your porch with that pitcher of rum punch, a pair of sunglasses and a beach towel to wait it out in style.

Below you’ll find our favorite cocktail recipes and their spirit animal manis to get you primed for the heat. Forget all the fuss about winter, summer is coming …

three summer cocktails with fruit garnishes

The New Old Fashioned

Call us old fashioned, but we love to swirl a bourbon drink every now and then. And we also have a penchant for putting a new spin on a classic, so here’s our recipe for The New Old Fashioned – with a cherry on top!

Sip on this while your cherry red nail polish dries.

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1 part bourbon

½ part amaretto

¼ part simple syrup

3 dashes bitters

1 orange peel


1. Stir ingredients in a shaker with ice.

2. Strain into rocks glass.

3. Serve chilled neat and garnish with an orange peel and cherry

Summer Berry Spritzer

Our power breakfast includes Greek yogurt, berries and hearty granola, because … health. But our fave way to pack in the antioxidants is via muddled berries in a summer spritzer! We made a couple of tweaks, but the basis for this next recipe comes to us from our friends at Well + Good.

Sip on this cocktail while donning a raspberry beret and fanning your wet nail polish.

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2 raspberries

6 blueberries

1 strawberry

1 ½ ounces gin

1 ounce basil syrup

Thimble of Cava


1. Muddle berries in a mixing glass.

2. Add gin and basil syrup. Shake!

3. Top with a touch of Cava.

Melon Mojito

What’s better than a juicy slice of watermelon during the height of summer? Not a thing. Our melon love runs so deep, we even paid homage to it with a DIY mani tutorial.

To make time pass while watching the paint on your nails dry, try revamping the traditional mojito recipe by mixing in kiwi and, you guessed it – fresh watermelon juice.

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1 ½ ounces vodka

2 ounces fresh kiwi juice

1 ounce watermelon juice

¼ ounce organic agave

½ ounce lime juice

1 ounce organic mint “juice” (a blend of mint and water)


1. In a mixing glass, add all ingredients except the mint juice.

2. Shake and pour in a highball glass over crushed ice.

3. Then pour mint juice on top of the crushed ice.

4. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig and slice of kiwi.

RELATED STORIES: For more DIY mani tutorials and nail art ideas, check out our roundup here! Oh yeah, and some hacks, for those who need a little extra help.


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