Sun's out, drinks up! One of my favorite things about summer is the day drinking, and we've got the best summery cocktails for you to try! Whether you're at the beach, by the pool, or just lounging on the patio, you'll need a pitcher of some sort of alcoholic concoction!
White Strawberry-Lemon Sangria
It's like the big-kid version of strawberry lemonade! You'll need two thinly sliced lemons, one apple (cored and sliced, any kind), one cup of lengthwise-cut strawberries, one bottle of white wine (chardonnay or sauvignon blanc works best), half-a-cup of rum, and four cups of lemon-lime soda. Pour the wine over a pitcher full of all the fruit and refrigerate for about four hours. Take it out, pour the lemon lime soda, and drink up!
Because what's summer without Prosecco, right? All you'll need is three cups of chilled Prosecco, one cup of chilled limoncello liqueur, one cup of frozen raspberries, and six sprigs of fresh mint. In a large pitcher, mix the Prosecco and limoncello together, then serve over the raspberries, garnished with fresh mint. YUM!
Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade
This is for all you little whiskey girls out there. Gather up 12 oz. of fresh blackberries, half a cup of sugar, 7.5 oz of whiskey, 7.5 oz of lemon juice, one large rosemary sprig, and 6 oz of blackberry simple syrup. There are two parts to this fancy summer drank. For the blackberry syrup, put the blackberries and sugar into a small sauce pan over medium heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain the syrup to get the seeds out, then let it cool. Combine the syrup and the rest of the ingredients into a shaker with a handful of ice. Shake it (ow ow). Pour over ice into glasses and serve!
Maui Island Breeze
Vodka time! You can make it as a single drink or into a punch. To make it into a punch, you'll need 36 oz of pineapple juice, 12 oz of vodka (or more), half a cup of cranberry juice, and up to one liter of sparkling water or lemon-lime soda. Pour over ice, mix it up, and enjoy!
My favorite... Tequila! You'll need 1.5 cups of tequila, 4.5 cups of grapefruit soda, juice from six limes, and a few extra limes to garnish with. Combine the tequila, grapefruit soda, and lime juice and stir to combine. Pour over ice-filled glasses and garnish with that lime. Cheers!
Ginger Peach Moscow Mule
Moscow Mules are the bosses of beer cocktails. To serve four, you'll need three large peaches, peeled ginger root, a fourth cup of fresh lemon juice, 1/4 cup of water, 6 oz. of vodka, 2 cups of ginger beer, lime or lemon for garnish. For the puree, cut the peaches in half and remove the pit (do not peel). Slice the peaches and reserve four slices for garnish. Combine the peach slices, ginger root, lemon juice, and water into a blender and puree until smooth. To make each cocktail, combine one cup of the puree with vodka in a large shaker filled with ice and shake until frosty. Divide into glasses over ice. Pour half a cup of ginger beer into each mug. Garnish with a lemon/lime and peach slice. Serve immediately!
With these recipes, you're sure to be the hostess with the mostest this summer... and for sure get your party on. Invite friends over for the day and play around with these recipes, because half of the fun is making them with the squad! You've got all summer, and every kind of liquor, so start experimenting! Warning: May Cause Lots of Running Man challenges.