Spend this summer with a delicious, fruity cocktail in your hand! You can easily beat the heat while giving yourself a refreshing beverage that will chill you out and let you relax in the sunshine. Grab some ice, your classy glasses, and a variety of juices, and you can be enjoying these amazing drinks before you know it!
1) Passion Fruit Martini
Treat yourself to this perfumey and subtle sweet martini! The martini is a classic drink for good reason, so this summer adaptation makes an excellent choice, whether it’s a scorching day or you’re just in the mood for a sweet, refined drink. To make this passion fruit martini, you’ll need about an ounce of vodka, 2/3 an ounce of passion fruit liqueur, 1 part passion fruit pulp, 1/2 of a passion fruit, and some ice cubes. It’s as simple as getting your cocktail shaker, shaking up your ingredients, and straining them into your chilled martini glass.
2) Tequila Sunrise
This drink is so beautiful and aesthetic that you may not even want to drink it, but you won’t feel sorry once you’ve tried this sweet concoction. This is a simple drink to stir up; you’ll need 2 ounces of tequila, 4 ounces of orange juice, and 1/2 ounce of grenadine, plus ice and fruit for garnish, like an orange slice or meraschino cherry. Simply mix your ingredients together, but if you want to get that deep red sunrise affect, you’ll want to add grenadine last and pour it in slowly. This beverage may be simple, but every part is effective– the strong punch of tequila, the tartness of orange juice, and the sweetness of grenadine.
3) Strawberry Jalapeño Mint Julep
Another fruity take on a traditional drink, this one packs quite a few flavors that balance each other wonderfully. Mint, spicy, and sweet all in one beverage! You’ll need 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, 2 halved japaños, 1/4 cup of halved strawberries, 8 fresh mint leaves, 2 ounces of bourbon, 1 can of seltzer, ice, and jalapeño and/or strawberries for garnish. In a small saucepan on medium heat, combine your water, sugar, and jalapeños. Bring this mixture to a boil, then reduce its heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Let it cool, and discard the jalapeños. In your glass, muddle the strawberries and mint. Add in your bourbon with a tablespoon of your jalapeño simple syrup mixture, and top it off with seltzer. Enjoy this unique combination of flavors!
4) Mermaid Lemonade
This azure version of lemonade gets its color thanks to curaçao, liqueur made from a rare citrus fruit grown on an Caribbean island of the same name. The liqueur adds hints of bitterness and orange flavour to the alcoholic lemonade, creating an intersting mesh of tastes. To make this mermaid lemonade, you’ll need 1/4 cup of curaçao, 1 cup of white rum, 2 cups of lemonade, ice, and lemon wedges for garnish. Fill your cup 1/4 up with ice, followed by a splash of curaçao, 1/4 cup of rum, and another 1/4 cup of ice. The division of ice helps the drink’s colors form a gradient. Pour 1/2 cup of lemonade over the top, and garnish with your lemon wedge, and enjoy your summer-perfect lemonade!
5) Frozen Sangria Margarita
This summer drink is not just a variation of one drink, but two! You’ll need to make two seperate mixtures for this cold beverage. You’ll need a 1 cup of red wine, frozen into ice cubes, 2 tablespoonds of orange liqueur, 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice, and half an orange’s worth of juice. The second part will need 6 ounces of frozen limeade concentrate, 2 shots of tequila, 1 shot of orange liqueur, and 1 cup of ice. Puree your wine ice cubes with orange liqueur, lime and orange juice. Pour it into a glass and leave it ready. Add your limeade concentrate, tequila, ice, and orange liqueur to a blender, which you will puree also until a slush. Pour your margarita mixture into your glass, and swirl in the sangria mixture, and enjoy your frozen sangria margarita!
6) Blackberry Mojito
This summer take on the classic mojito is crisp, cool, and refreshing! To make yourself a blackberry mojito, you’ll need 4 teaspoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice, 1/2 cup of seltzer water, 1/4 cup of vodka/rum, 12 blackberries, 12 large mint leaves, and ice. Start by muddling your blackberries, mint leaves, sugar, lemon juice, and lime juice in your glass. Add in your seltzer, followed by vodka and ice, and enjoy this minty treat!
This New Orleans drink is usually comes in a curved glass of the same name, but don’t worry about finding the best glass. You’ll be too focused on the delicious combination of rum and juices! You’ll need 2 ounces of light rum, 2 ounces of dark rum, 2 ounces of passion fruit juice, 1 ounce of orange juice, 1/2 of a lime, 1 tablespoon of simple syrup, and 1 tablespoon of grenadine. Squeeze your lime into your ice, in your cocktail shaker. Then add the rest of your ingredients, shake it thoroughly, strain and serve this tropical paradise of a drink!
8) Bahama Mama
This Caribbean beverage is an amazing choice for any time! To make yourself a Bahama Mama, you’ll need 1/2 ounce of rum, 1/2 ounce of coconut flavored rum, 1/2 ounce of grenadine, 1 ounce of orange juice, 1 ounce of pineapple juice, and 1 cup of crushed ice. Pour your ingredients into a blender and blend away until it’s thick and slushy. Garnish with fruit of your choice, like pineapple or cherries, and enjoy this frosty drink!
9) Sex on the Beach
For Sex on the Beach, you’ll need about 2 ounces of vodka, 1/2 ounce of peach schnapps, 2 ounces of orange/pineapple juice, 2 ounces of cranberry juice, and 1/2 ounce of Chambord, a rich raspberry liqueur. Add your ingredients to a cocktail mixer, shake it up, strain and serve! This delicious cocktail is a great way to relax yourself after a long day.
10) Grapefruit Sidecar
To treat yourself with a grapefruit sidecar, you’ll need a grapefruit wedge, 2 teaspoons of sugar, 2 teaspoons of chili powder, ice, 2 ounces of cognac, 2 ounces of grapefruit juice, and 1 ounce of Cointreau, an orange liqueur. Start by rimming your glass with a combination of the granulated sugar and chili powder, and rim your glass with your grapefruit wedge. This garnish is truly an essential part of this drink! Shake up the rest of your ingredients in your cocktail shaker, and your drink is ready to serve.
11) Dogwood Punch
To whip up some dogwood punch, you’ll need a bottle of sparkling rosé, 3 cups of strawberry lemonade, 1/4 cup of grenadine, 1 sliced lemon, 1/2 cup of sliced strawberries, and some mint sprigs for garnish. Simply combined these ingredients in a large bowl, over ice and mint sprigs. You might find this punch is gone before you realize it!
12) Watermelon Frose
No fruit says summer quite like watermelon! You’ll need a bottle of rosé wine, 4 cups of frozen watermelon cubes, 4 limes, and 2 tablespoons of sugar. To get your frozen watermelon cubes, you’ll need to cut and freeze them prior. You’ll also want to chill your rosé in the fridge, and juice your four limes. Put about half of your wine and half of your watermelon cubes into a blender. Depending on your desired consistency, add more watermelon or wine. Once it’s reached, blend in your lime jucie and sugar.
13) Blackberry Jam Cocktail
You’ll need to prepare this drink a few hours in advanced, but it’s worth that time! Your ingredients will be a cup of fresh lime juice, 1 cup of blackberry jam, 2 cups of gin, 1 can of club soda, and some fresh mint. Mix together your jam and lime jucie four hours before you want to serve. Once the jam is fully dissolved, stir in your gin, club soda, and mint, and enjoy!
14) Grapefruit Ranch Water
This country drink is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied! You’ll need 1/3 cup of fresh grapefruit juice, 3 tablespoons of simple syrup, 2 ounces of spiced tequila, celtzer water, and some grapefruit wedges or jalapeño for garnish. You’ll also want some salt for the rim of your glass. Once it’s salted, pour in your ingredients and stir thoroughly. Enjoy sipping on this delightfully pink beverage.
15) Honeyed Cherry Daiquiri
To make yourself this cherry daiquiri, you’ll need 8 pitted cherries, 2 ounces of light rum, 3/4 ounce of fresh lime juice, 1 tablespoon of honey, a dash of your preffered bitters, and 1/4 ounce of maraschino liqueur. Start by thoroughly muddling your cherries in your cocktail shaker. Add the rest of your ingredients to the shaker, along with ice, and shake until cool, about half a minute. Strain into your glass, and enjoy the cocktail!