Simple and refreshing alcoholic drinks make every summer gathering complete. From a casual barbecue gathering on a weeknight to a full-blown birthday bash weekend, serving a cool drink or two keeps everyone relaxed and hydrated. The following alcoholic drink recipe roundup gives you enough drink options to serve delicious beverages all summer long.
Vodka watermelon cooler
Vodka watermelon coolers feature a green layer at the bottom of the glasses, which looks like an actual slice of watermelon, while the honey adds a hint of sweetness. In a blender, combine eight cups cubed fresh watermelon, two tablespoons lime juice, two tablespoons honey, one cup water, and ½ cup vodka. Once fully pureed, pour through a fine mesh strainer. Add vodka. Fill each glass with ice and sour apple pucker. Slowly pour the watermelon mixture, which will float on top. Makes 4 servings. [Source: Jennifer Meyering]
Blackberry lemonade margaritas
Blackberry lemonade margaritas are tart with a pinch of sweet and have a beautiful pink color. To make a blackberry puree, blend one and a half to two cups of fresh, rinsed blackberries in a blender. Pour the puree through a colander to get rid of the seeds. Add one to two tablespoons sugar to the seedless puree. You can make the puree up to three days in advance. Combine the zest of one lemon and one-quarter cup sugar, and rim the glasses. Fill a cocktail shaker ¾ full with ice. Add two ounces silver tequila, two ounces lemonade, two teaspoons blackberry puree, and the juice of half a lemon. Strain over ice. Repeat for the second cocktail. Makes 2 servings. [Source: From Valerie’s Kitchen]
When the local liquor store starts carrying decent rosé in the late spring, pick up a few bottles, so you’ll be set for making sangria and other tasty drinks all summer. Slice two oranges, two limes, one cup of melon, and one pint of strawberries. Layer the fruit in the bottom of a glass pitcher. Pour in one bottle dry rosé, half a cup brandy, half a cup Grand Marnier, and two cups club soda (flavor of your choosing). Stir to combine. If possible, prepare the sangria at least a couple of hours ahead of time to allow the flavors to intensify. When you’re ready to serve, rim glasses with orange sugar (the zest of half an orange combined with two tablespoons sugar) and fill them with ice before adding the sangria. Makes 4 servings. [Source: How Sweet It Is]
Strawberry pineapple mojito
The strawberry pineapple combination adds a tropical twist to a classic drink, which is ideal for summer. You can also transform this recipe into a non-alcoholic drink with ease. For each drink, muddle three lime wedges, two strawberries, one tablespoon mint leaves, and one tablespoon sugar in a cocktail shaker until lightly crushed. Stir in six ounces pineapple juice, six ounces light rum, and two cups club soda. Pour over ice in glasses, then garnish with lime wedges. Makes 4 servings. [Source: Damn Delicious]
There’s nothing like a specialty rum-coconut drink to announce that summer is officially here. As this drink recipe is listed in parts, you can adjust the quantity easily to accommodate as many people as you like. Combine two parts Captain Morgan Spiced Rum and two parts pineapple juice. Add a splash each of Malibu coconut rum, blue Curacao, and lime juice. Stir to combine. Serve immediately, poured over ice in individual glasses. [Source: Only In Your State]
When you serve refreshing alcoholic drinks in the summer, don’t forget to supply cool glasses, drinking straws, and plenty of ice!