When the sun comes out there’s little better than cocktails with friends. Check out this list to find your new favorite frozen, bubbly and big batch summer cocktails.
Frozen Peach Bellini
Off all the classic brunch cocktails, bellinis are a sure favorite. Freshen up your brunch plans by adding ice to this typical drink. Combine ice, peaches and sparkling wine in a blender and you’re done. This simple recipe will class up any gathering, so be sure to drink them at your next summer soiree.
Add a frozen twist to this tequila cocktail this summer. Combine simple syrup, a grapefruit, ice, lemon-lime soda, and tequila in a blender. Garnish with lime and a salt rim for a cocktail perfect for a sunny barbeque or a fun girls night in.
Frozen Watermelon Piña Coladas
Add a little theatre to your cocktails with this recipe from Sugar & Charm. Carve out the inside of a watermelon where your frozen drink will sit. Take the watermelon and freeze it overnight before adding it, coconut cream, coconut rum, banana rum, lime juice and pineapple juice in a blender. Pour the mixture back into the watermelon halves and enjoy!
Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco
Nothing says summer celebration like fruity and bubbly cocktails and this recipe has both. Simply middle fresh raspberries and add in limoncello and prosecco. Pour over ice and enjoy this fresh treat. To make this cocktail less boozy replace the prosecco with soda water, you’ll tell get the bubbles without the added alcohol.
Cucumber Melon Gin Spritzers
If you’re looking to keep your cocktails classy look no further. This recipe from Spices in my DNA is a bit more involved than some of the others on this list, but it’s totally worth it. The first step is making your own melon simple syrup before adding gin, seltzer water, melon balls, cucumber and mint. This is a homemade cocktail you can have some pride in.
One of the best cocktails on a hot summer night is a margarita, so why not upgrade it with a splash of prosecco? This recipe simply adds prosecco to the classic margarita with lime juice, simple syrup, Cointreau and tequila. To make these cocktails more professional run a lime wedge over the rim of the glass before dipping it into coarse salt. A few simple steps and you’ll have a cocktail a mixologist could be proud of.
This recipe is courtesy of Brooklyn Homemaker, who developed a couple of cocktails for his wedding! This citrus filled recipe takes vodka, grapefruit juice, vanilla, rosemary and soda water and makes an awesome summer cocktail you and all your friends can enjoy. Mix the batch up in a pitcher and get serving.
Fizzy Pomegranate Caipirinha
Caipirinhas are stunning Brazillian cocktails that are great for parties. Whip up a pitcher of this sparkling drink to surely impress your friends. You’ll need sugar, limes, pomegranates and pomegranate juice, cachaça and prosecco. For a great step-by-step recipe check out Stir and Strain.
Summer Berry Sangria
All the fresh fruit available in the summer is perfect for most cocktails, and this one is no different. Take blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries in a pitcher with sweet white wine, raspberry liqueur and lemon seltzer for a fun and fresh summer drink. If you can’t find fresh fruit, these cocktails still impress with frozen berries. To make this drink extra boozy switch the liqueur out for white rum and add in raspberry syrup for some added sweetness.
Pimms Royale is one of the many punch cocktails that are great in the summer. On top of the classic British summertime drink, add in a bottle or two of champagne to take this refreshing punch to another level. To make a Pimms Royale you will need a collection of fresh sliced fruit, orange juice, champagne, ice and of course a bottle of Pimms! For a less boozy version, you can stick to a regular Pimms punch and replace the champaign with lemon-lime soda.
What are your favorite summer cocktails? Leave your recommendations in the comments below.
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