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Our Favorite Summer Cocktails, and Where to Drink Them

There are few greater pleasures than savoring a fresh and summery cocktail—preferably with an outstanding view to go with it. From the hills of Amalfi to the shores of the French Riviera, these are a few of our favorite summertime properties, and the recipes for the festive cocktails they serve during the warm-weather season.

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Wild Walk
Domaine de Murtoli, Corsica, France

Set on a sprawling 6,000-acre estate, these 20 stone houses sleep from two to 16 guests. Add to that private pools, a golf course, three restaurants and breathtaking sandy coves and you have one of Corsica’s most coveted private estates. The resort’s head bartender Valentin Catoire, recommends a refreshing gin elixir:

Wild Walk

Herb-infused gin, 1.7 oz.
Lemon juice, 5 oz.
Nepita (wild mint) syrup, .6 oz.
Roots bitter, 2 dashes
Top with herbal tonic

Clayoquot Club Cocktail
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, British Columbia

For those whose idea of summer means mornings spent exploring the outdoors followed by lazy afternoons by the water, Clayoquot is ideal. Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Clayoquot was a pioneer in the “glamping” movement and is still one of its best practitioners, offering unique wilderness experiences with sublime food and service in a gorgeous, rugged setting. Indagare loves the Ivanhoe Glass Lounge, where guests can enjoy an evening cocktail overlooking the estuary. Patrick Francis, the lead bartender and mixologist, recommends the Clayoquot Club Cocktail:

Clayoquot Club Cocktail
Gin, 1.5 oz.
Lemon Juice, .75 oz.
1 Egg White
Salmonberry Syrup, .75 oz.

Directions: Dry shake (no ice) ingredients to emulsify, add ice, shake, fine strain and serve straight up in a coupe glass.

For Salmonberry Syrup:
Sugar, 3/4 cup
Salmonberries (raspberries will work too), 1 1/2 cups

Directions: Stir together the sugar, 3/4 cup water and the salmonberries in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. When the first bubbles appear, reduce heat to medium-low and gently simmer 5 minutes. Let cool, then strain. Keeps up to 1 week, chilled.

“Clayoquot’s glass lounge is the resort’s prime gathering area for guests. The view is stunning and peaceful: floor-to-ceiling windows look out directly onto the estuary, creating the perfect spot to end a day full of adventures.” ~ Indagare Trip Designer Lizzie McGirr

Related: Spotlight on Summer Family Travel

“Hollywood on the Lake”
Villa d’Este, Lake Como

One of the world’s most iconic hotels, Villa d’Este has become synonymous with old-world Italian glamour. For summer guests, a stay means boating on the lake, poolside relaxation and excellent alfresco dining, preferably with a cocktail in hand on Villa d’Este’s terrace. Barman Francesco Vanerio recommends the “Hollywood on the Lake” signature cocktail, which offers a “well-balanced flavor with a tangy acidity to provide a pleasant finish.”

“Hollywood on the Lake”
Tequila Patron Silver, 17 oz.
Bitter Campari, 8 oz
Fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, 50 cl.
Juice from half a lime
Simple syrup to taste

Directions: Shake all the ingredients and serve on the rocks; garnish with a lime wedge and mint leaflet.

“Villa d’Este’s pebbled outdoor terrace transforms throughout the day on Lake Como. In the early morning, it’s an idyllic spot to enjoy a cappuccino and croissant while the lake awakens for the day with the odd motorboat cruising by. By nightfall, it’s a hot spot with live music and dancing.” ~ Indagare Operations Manager Rose Allen

Related: The World’s Best Beach Clubs

Coastal Pimm’s Cup
Meadowood, Napa Valley

– Blair West on September 4, 2018

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