My Favorite Refreshing Summer Cocktail: The Afternoon Tea

Imagine a warm summer day and you’re sitting on the porch or deck with a few friends and you wish you had a refreshing summer cocktail to sip while hanging out. Never fear Claire is here to the rescue!
Every now and then I like to take some outside classes, and a few I’ve attended are some mixology courses.  Why not learn how to make something tasty from the experts?! At a recent class they were teaching the different types of drinks to make for hot summer nights.  One of the drinks that caught my interest was one called “Afternoon Tea”. The mixologist teaching the course kept referring to it as a “Porch Pounder”.  I didn’t really get it until I tasted it and then it all made sense.  Basically, a porch pounder is a light and refreshing drink that can be enjoyed in high quantities…..not that you would, of course.

Important safety note from Claire! Please drink responsibly and take a Uber or Lyft home if you really do “sip the day away”.  It’s better to be safe than sorry!

porch pounder

Basically, I love a refreshing cocktail during the summer.  I don’t want a summer cocktail that’s too strong or too weak.  That’s what makes The Afternoon Tea perfect.   It’s especially nice because all the fresh ingredients are easy to find like fresh lemon, mint and cucumbers for a sophisticated, yet refreshing drink.  Yes, I know I said cucumber and it sounds weird but it really works with this refreshing summer cocktail.  I find that the long skinny “English” cucumber works best.

I definitely recommend using fresh ingredients if you can, like fresh lemon juice instead of the pre-squeezed versions you can find in the store.  The fresh ingredients make all the difference.  What I discovered, with a little experimentation, is that you can further refine the drink by choosing either vodka (lighter) or gin (stronger).  Obviously vodka and gin are easy to get your hands on, the other liquor is Pims #1.   Pimm’s is a British gin-based liqueur with bitter herbs and citrus, also known as a “fruit cup”.  It’s meant to be mixed in a tall glass with an effervescent mixer and fruit garnish. Turns out its delicious and some people mix if 50-50 with lemonade.   I’ll have to try that soon!

summer cocktail, afternoon tea, Refreshing Summer Cocktail

Another things I love about this cocktail is that it’s also very easy to make in a pitcher so you can serve a crowd or a party. All of the ingredients are easy to find and it literally only takes about 5 minutes to mix up a big batch.

afternoon tea, porch

Trixie is even interesting in a sip.

Refreshing Summer Cocktail: The Afternoon Tea aka Porch Pounder

Imagine a warm summer day and you're sitting on the porch or deck with a few friends and you wish you had a refreshing cocktail to sip while hanging out. I've got you covered.


  • 4-5 cucumber slices
  • Small handful mint
  • 1/2 oz Honey simple syrup
  • 1 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz gin or vodka
  • 1/2 oz Pims #1
  • 5-6 Large Ice cubes


  1. Muddle cucumbers, mint and simple syrup 5-6 turns

  2. Add lemon juice, gin, pims and ice. Shake

  3. Strain onto ice

  4. Top with ginger ale

  5. Garish with mint & cucumber

Check out my latest YouTube video below to see exactly how I make this delicious and refreshing cocktail:

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Hi! I'm Claire Bahn, a personal branding expert and CEO and Co-Founder of Online Profile Pros and Stratus Branding. I have been helping people strategize and create their best personal brand for over 10 years. Read More

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