Summer is finally here, so it’s time to mix up your own cocktail menu. You need a drink that’s cool and refreshing that will not only help you beat the heat, but transport you to somewhere tropical. Here are a few DIY summer cocktails and recipes that shake up the classics, utilize seasonal ingredients and are perfect for summer!
Arnold Palmer says the drink was named after him because he was in the habit of drinking iced tea with lemonade at home, and at the U.S. Open he ordered the drink at a bar. Someone overheard him and ordered “the Palmer drink,” and the rest is history. This is a fun twist on the classic, with an added punch.
1 bottle of lemonade
1 bottle of sweet tea (or you can make your own)
1 lemon, sliced, to garnish
This pink drink is perfect for a celebration or a day by the pool. If you don’t love rosé, try using champagne or Prosecco instead for a sparkly version of this fun, pink drink! It’s delicious, super easy to make and everyone always loves it.
Rosé (as much as you want, I’m not judging)
1 bag of frozen strawberries, to thaw and blend with simple syrup
1 bottle of lemon-lime soda
Pineapple is one of those fruits that instantly reminds me it’s summer. Bring the beach to you with this cocktail that will instantly set you and your friends on island time. You can also make this a great virgin drink by skipping the alcohol and adding lemon-lime soda instead!
4 cups of pineapple juice
½ cup rum
1 bottle of prosecco or champagne
This is the most complicated recipe on the list, which is saying something since it’s still pretty easy! But if you’re in the mood for a more sophisticated cocktail, this is the one for you. You’ll want to combine the honey with 2 cups of water in a sauce pan over medium heat to make sure the sugar is fully dissolved. Let it cool before you add it to the other ingredients. Then combine all the ingredients except for the sparkling water together and put them in the fridge. When you’re ready to serve, just throw in the sparkling water.
1-2 cups of honey
2 cups of water
4 cups of gin
4 cups of grapefruit juice
2 cups of lemonade
1 bottle of sparkling water
several lemons, limes or grapefruit slices for garnish.
I’ve named this recipe the Cucumber Refresher because it’s so refreshing it’s almost dangerous. You’ll forget that it even has alcohol in it. For this recipe, you’ll have to muddle cucumber slices and mix that with a little bit of lemon juice and simple syrup. Then add your gin and club soda.
1 lemon or just a splash of lemon juice
simple syrup, as much as you want
2 ounces of gin
mint to garnish
Nothing says summer like watermelon, so why not incorporate it into your drink? For this recipe, you’ll need 6 cups of cubed watermelon. Blend the watermelon until pureed. You can strain the puree to remove the pulp if you prefer. Then add the rest of the ingredients.
6 cups cubed watermelon
1 cup of fresh lime juice
1 cup white rum
This is a fresh twist on the traditional, sophisticated mule. A Moscow Mule is usually made with vodka, ginger beer and lime juice. Adding strawberry and basil gives it a little extra sweetness.
3-5 chopped basil leaves
1-3 ounces of vodka
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