This year’s summer cocktails consist of a variety of flavors like sweet or spicy to offset the heat with these cool and refreshing beverages. If you like citrusy, spicy, or salty, non-alcoholic beverages like virgin-Strawberry Daiquiris, then you will love these well-mixed and summer cocktails while you relax on your summer vacation. Here is a list of summer cocktails to start with for first-time drinkers.
A Bloody Mary is a basic brunch classic and it is a perfect summer cocktail for first-time drinkers to start with if you like spicy beverages. This alcoholic beverage is also good without the alcohol, a virgin Bloody Mary, which is good for diabetics. Add a celery stalk or a dill spear and use low-sodium tomato juice.
A Bloody Mary has other ingredients besides the low-sodium tomato juice, which is combined in this recipe like lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, freshly ground pepper, hot sauce (Tabasco or Cholula), and a celery stalk or a dill spear to garnish the beverage.
Margaritas are a perfect summer cocktail for first-time drinkers to start with if you like salty drinks. These beverages are also a viable option for diabetics, but you need to use a sugar-free mixer for this cocktail. Tequila comes in many varieties and quality. When mixing these types of drinks, you need to use top-shelf tequila. Casamigos, Milagro Barrel Reserve Silver, Tequila Fortaleza Blanco Still Strength, and Tequila Codigo 1530 Rosa are just a few of these types of tequila to use.
A Margarita also has other ingredients that are combined in this recipe like orange liqueur, freshly squeezed lime juice, simple syrup, and lime salt. If you are diabetic, you can change the simple syrup and replace the sugar with a natural sweetener like Stevia or a sugar substitute like Splenda.
A Mojito is a perfect summer cocktail for first-time drinkers to start with if they like the minty undertones of the beverage. This drink is also a good option for a person with diabetes: if you replace the sugar in the simple syrup with a natural sweetener like Stevia or a sugar substitute like Splenda.
White rum comes in many varieties and quality. When mixing these types of drinks, you need to use top-shelf white rum. Bambu, 10 Crane and Rogue are just a few of these types of white rum to use for alcoholic beverages. A Mojito uses white rum, but it also consists of other ingredients like lemon and lime juice, sugar (replace with sugar substitute), mint, ice, and sparkling water (or club soda).
If you like coconut or pineapple, you will love piña coladas! Piña coladas are perfect summer cocktails for the summer. This cocktail is one to add to your repertoire of first-time drinks. Piña coladas are made with white and dark rum.
White rum comes in many varieties. When you mix piña coladas, you need to use top-shelf white rum. Bambu, 10 Crane and Rogue are just a few of these types of alcohol to use for these particular summer cocktails.
Dark rum comes in many varieties. When you mix this particular cocktail, you need to use top-shelf alcohol. This alcohol includes Bumbu, Ron Zacapa and Dos Maderas are just a few dark rum brands of alcohol to use for piña coladas.
According to Wikipedia, “The piña colada is a sweet cocktail made with [. . .] cream of coconut or coconut milk, and pineapple juice, which is usually served either blended or shaken with ice. It may be garnished with either a pineapple wedge, maraschino cherry, or both.”
The Screwdriver is the perfect summer cocktail for first-time drinkers due to its citrusy flavor mixed with alcohol. This beverage is a somewhat popular highball alcoholic drink, which is made with orange juice and vodka. This cocktail may be a basic alcoholic concoction with two ingredients, but to 21-year-old college students, this drink is the cheapest way to indulge themselves. Although this beverage has two ingredients, there are multiple variations of this cocktail.
If you want your Screwdriver to have an interesting twist, you can add Sprite, 7-Up, or the equivalent. However, if you do not want to add anymore sugar to the concoction, then you can add club soda with each of these options you can get a spritzer effect. When you pour the drink over the ice (or the rocks) it will delude itself over time. If you want to get all of the tangy goodness, you should drink this cocktail with a straw.
A Strawberry Daiquiri is the perfect summer cocktail to start with for first-time drinkers due to its sweetness. This beverage is also a viable option for diabetics, if you use fresh fruit for the daiquiri and replace the sugar with a sugar substitute.
Rum comes in multiple varieties and quality. When mixing these types of drinks, you need to use top-shelf rum. Carupano Legendario, Santa Teresa, Cacique 500, and Diplomatico are just a few of these types of rum to use. A Strawberry Daiquiri also has other ingredients that are combined in this recipe like lime and lemon juice, sugar (sugar substitute), fresh strawberries, ice, and diet Mountain Dew.
A Tom Collins is a good summer cocktail for first-time drinkers to try due to its sweet undertones. This drink is also a good option for a person with diabetes since the gin and the club soda have a limited amount of carbohydrates compared to other drinks.
Gin comes in many varieties and quality. When mixing this drink, you need to use a top-shelf gin. Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray, and Beefeater are just a few of these types of gin to use for alcoholic beverages.
This cocktail’s ingredients consist of gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, club soda, and a maraschino cherry and a lemon slice to garnish the beverage. This diabetic cocktail also has one variation to replace the lack of sweetness and dryness of the club soda in this beverage.
If you want your Tom Collins to be sweeter, then you can replace the club soda with Diet 7-Up or Sprite Zero. You will also need to replace the sugar in the simple syrup’s recipe by adding a natural sweetener like Stevia or a sugar substitute like Splenda.
Do you imagine yourself lounging in your hammock with one of these refreshing summer cocktails? If you like these summer cocktails that incorporate their sweet, spicy and salty flavors, then add these simple drinks to your repertoire and let us know in the comments below.
My name is Kaitlin Felder. I graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional/Technical Writing in May 2019.