Celebrating summer just wouldn’t be complete without our go-to cocktails to enjoy on our own patios. We checked in with local entrepreneurs on their favorite summer sips they enjoy at home.
Vance Gregory, owner, Edmond Wine Shop1520 S Boulevard St.

Margarita

Margarita
The essential ingredient here is 100% agave tequila.
It makes a huge difference in the quality of the cocktail.
2oz 100% agave tequila (Teremana, Codigo, Avion, El Mayor or La Gritonia are among our current favorites)
1 1/2 oz good Margarita mix (Zing Zang, Tres Agaves or Agalima)
1/2 oz Cointreau or Solerno
Shake well with ice and strain into rim-salted cocktail glass, add a twist of lime

Paper Plane

Paper Plane
Many people have never heard of this, but it is a great patio cocktail with a pretty red color
1 1/2 oz good bourbon (Woodford, Basil Hayden, Makers Mark or Weller)
1 1/2 oz Nonino Amaro
1 1/2 oz Aperol
Shake all the above well with ice, strain and pour into cocktail glass, add twist of lemon

Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned
Once again, choose a good bourbon or rye whiskey to anchor the cocktail
2 oz Bourbon or rye
1/2 oz Solerno orange liqueur (I know it’s not traditional, but trust me)
2-3 dashes Angostura or Regans Orange bitters
2 Luxardo cherries
Combine all liquid ingredients in a large mixing glass with ice and stir well
Strain into an Old Fashioned glass half-full with ice, add the Luxardo cherries and stir briefly again
If you have a fresh orange handy, add an orange wheel. If not, the Solerno adds a nice touch of orange on its own.

French 75. Photo credit: SimplyRecipes.com

Paula Hamby, owner of the newly established date night concierge service OKC Date Planners celebrates summer sips with a French 75.
Ingredients: 1 oz Gin, 1/2 oz Lemon juice, 2 Dashes Simple syrup, 2 oz Champagne
Combine gin, syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into an iced champagne glass. Top up with Champagne. Stir gently.
Cheers from our Yay Dude Team!