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What’s in season at Birmingham farmers’ markets for late summer + 3 amazing cocktail recipes – Tricks and Tips

What's in season at Birmingham farmers' markets for late summer + 3 amazing cocktail recipes

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Bushwacker Spirits is the perfect base for your summer and fall cocktails. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Summer is winding down, but that doesn’t mean you have to let the deliciousness of fresh produce and the fun of creative cocktails end. We’ve got you covered with what’s in season at farmers’ markets for late summer and three amazing cocktail recipes made with Bushwacker Spirits, the Alabama-founded “beach in a bottle”.

What’s in season for late summer

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Grab fresh peaches for the end of summer at a market like Local Source Market. (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

Many Birmingham farmers’ markets are in full swing for most of the year, including late summer. It’s the perfect time to support local farmers and pick up produce, including fresh fruits that will make your recipes pop.

While you’re making farmers’ market runs, look out for produce that’s in season for late August and September:

  • Apples
  • Basil
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupes
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Figs
  • Mangos
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelons
  • Zucchini + zucchini blossoms

Fresh fruit + Bushwacker Spirits 🤝  amazing cocktails

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One word: DELISH. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

If you haven’t been living your beach dreams all summer with tropical drinks, it’s not too late. Thanks to Bushwacker Spirits, the shelf-stable spirit with flavors of cream, coffee, chocolate and coconut, all you need to do to make the summer vibes last forever is pick up a bottle at your local liquor store.

The best part? You’ll be transported to the beach—no long drives necessary. And, because Bushwacker Spirits combines all the flavors of your favorite frozen drink in one bottle, you also don’t need a blender or multiple liquors.

Alabama summers feel like they last way after the calendar officially says “fall”, which is even more of an excuse to enjoy ice-cold Bushwacker drinks for months to come. Grab a few bottles of Bushwacker Spirits, pick up fresh fruit at a farmer’ market, then make a recipe like the ones we’re sharing below…

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3 summer drink recipes with fresh fruit

1. Strawberry cream Bushwacker 🍓

Strawberry Cream Bushwacker Cocktail

Recipe from Bushwacker Spirits
  • 3 oz Bushwacker
  • 1 oz strawberry puree (blended pint of strawberries + 1/4 cup of sugar)
  • whipped cream + berries for garnishing
  • Pour Bushwacker over crushed ice, or shake and strain over ice.

  • Top with strawberry puree.

  • Garnish with whipped cream + berries.

2. Bushwacker Spirits + watermelon 🍉

Making a tropical cocktail doesn’t have to require much effort—because we all know that the ideal summer drink is as easy as possible.

Take advantage of the season’s freshest melons (cantaloupe and watermelon) and turn them into ice cubes that won’t water down your cocktail.

Simply freeze a few cubes of melon, then serve your Bushwacker over “ice”.

Pro tip: add leftover watermelon juice to your glass for even more flavor!

3. Bushwacker peach milkshake

Bushwacker Peach Milkshake

Recipe from Bushwacker Spirits

  • 4 scoops peach ice cream homemade or store-bought!
  • 1/4 cup Bushwacker Spirits
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Combine all ingredients in a blender + mix at a low speed for a few seconds.

  • Garnish with whipped cream, fresh peach slices or a maraschino cherry.

Not in the mood to make a cocktail? Bushwacker Spirits is so good, you can enjoy it by simply pouring over ice.

Need more drink inspiration? Check out Bushwacker Spirits’ website for more. And, of course, always enjoy responsibly!

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