Nails & Cocktails

By Camille Styles
grapefruit cocktail ingredients

Y’all know that I love a great summer cocktail — and who doesn’t love a bright summer mani?! – so I couldn’t have been more ready to dive into summer with Target Style for a little shindig that’s all about experimenting with some new nail colors inspired by my favorite cocktail of the season: this refreshing Grapefruit Thyme Fizz. Click through the slides for the easy recipe, as well as a few bold new nail looks that you’ll want to try out this summer… I double dare you!

photos by jessica attie

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I usually like to keep things pretty natural when it comes to my makeup, but experimenting with some bright new nail polish shades is a great way to explore new beauty boundaries and bust out of a rut! Essie’s Neon Nail Color Collection is new for 2015, and the 6 vibrant shades are like bottled happiness.

also shown: Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm

Do y’all choose your nail polish based on your mood? These are pretty perfect for a summery state of mind. The height of summer feels like a great time to go bold with an unexpected look, like the Melody Maker shade of polish that Chanel contrasted with a red-toned gingham dress.

Now for the 411 on this cocktail, inspired by the cool shades of pink and green on our freshly painted nails! Trust me on this one: it tastes way too good to be this easy and only requires 4 ingredients. A pitcher of grapefruit juice gets infused with thyme simple syrup, then when it’s time to serve, topped off with fizzy prosecco. Told ya it was easy! Don’t worry — it can be our little secret.

Pour into a tall glass and get ready to beat the heat.

Click here for the recipe for this Grapefruit Thyme Fizz!

What cocktail combinations would your go-to nail shade inspire? When coming up with new recipes, I tend to look around and let my imagination run wild — there’s no doubt that inspiration can come in the most unlikely of places.

As you head off on your summer getaways (or prepare for a weekend staycation in your own hometown), don’t forget to pack a few summer beauty essentials in your weekender. There’s just something about lounging poolside with a stack of magazines and a couple new bottles of nail polish at the ready that speaks to summer’s best little pleasures.

Essie Neon 2015 Nail Color Collection in Melody Maker and Groove Is In the Heart.