In the summertime, I usually serve my drinks as simple as the laid-back vibe of the season: agave margaritas, tequila mixed with grapefruit juice, or prosecco, straight up. But the party I threw for Mark and Graham a few weeks ago (with lots of my very favorite girls in attendance) was definite cause for stepping up my game, so I came up with the recipe for this Summer Crush that combines some of my favorite ingredients of the season. I received so many “You’re sharing this recipe on your blog, right?!” comments that I figured I’d better. Keep reading for it, and would love to hear any ideas you all have for simple and delicious summer cocktails!

(how gorgeous is this cocktail menu? calligraphy by Mia Carameros.)

Summer Crush

*serves 4


  • 3 peaches, peeled and sliced (plums or nectarines would be great, too)
  • 1 large bunch of basil, stems discarded
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 3/4 cup gin
  • 3/4 cup Lillet
  • 1/2 cup light agave syrup
  • ice
  • club soda


In a large pitcher, muddle the fruit with the basil and lime juice. Add the gin, Lillet and agave. Stir well, then pour into 4 glasses filled with ice. Top with club soda, and garnish with extra basil leaves.

*photos by Wynn Myers


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Comments (17)
  1. 1
    Daisy June 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    That sounds like the ultimate summer refresher and so pretty!

  2. 2
    kelsey June 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    this looks delicious and the photos are exquisite
    kw ladies in navy

    • Wynn Myers June 6, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      So glad you like the photos- and the drink is absolutely delicious!

  3. 3
    Cristina Cleveland June 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Love her rings!

  4. 4
    Candice June 5, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I’ve been waiting on this one – thanks for sharing!

  5. 5
    Colleen June 5, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Please tell – who makes your watch? Thank you!

    • Bridget June 6, 2013 at 6:58 am

      Colleen beat me to it — I love that watch! Who makes it?

    • Camille Styles June 6, 2013 at 7:18 am

      Hey ladies – this is the arm of the lovely Kate LeSueur… and I agree, her watch is fab! I’ll see if I can get her to fill us in. 😉

      • Kate LeSueur June 6, 2013 at 7:30 am

        Hey Ladies! The designer is Daniel Wellington. I recently saw them at Stag (a men’s store in Austin, if you live locally) – otherwise you can easily order them online 🙂 Happy shopping! x

  6. 6
    Stephanie June 7, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Amazing….can’t wait to try! What about a Cherry Smash? My friend made it with fresh cherries and maybe you can use mint instead of lime juice.

  7. 7
    Stephanie June 7, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Also can you tell me style name of watch? I like the size and can’t tell if its the lady or men’s version plus there are a few style names to choose too! Thanks!

  8. 8
    Liese | lipstickandsoda June 7, 2013 at 7:51 am

    this looks very delicious, and the photographs are beautiful. thanks for sharing!

  9. 9
    Whatisinmyworld June 8, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Peaches,basil, lime and gin…..the summer crush may become my new drink. Thank you for the recipe.