Cocktails to Celebrate Summer

Summer Cocktails that you'll want to have again and again.

Cocktails to Celebrate Summer

Hello friends.  How is your week going?  We are recovering from our family vacay and sadly, getting ready to start thinking about heading back to school  Boo.  However, you’ll be happy to know that I have some awesome recipes to share with you today for delicious summer cocktails.  Moreover, I’ve tested them out myself and give them all two thumbs up.  I don’t know about you, but when it’s hot out, I really do not enjoy drinking red wine.  It makes me feel hotter.  I want something that is refreshing and delicious. These will give you just that.

Cocktail #1

Watermelon Colada

Summer Cocktails that you'll want to have again and again.

These are delicious, but a little on the sweet side.  If you love watermelon like I do though, this cocktail is a no-brainer.

1 container (?) of frozen pina colada mix

1 cup grapefruit juice

2 cups of watermelon cubed

1/2 cup of strawberries

1/4 lime juice

1 cup rum (coconut rum would be excellent)

Add all of the ingredients to your blender and go to town. Garnish with lime and watermelon.

I think adding an umbrella straw makes it even better.

 

Cocktail #2

Simple Sangria

This is a simple, wine sangria without a lot of chopping fruitSummer Cocktails that you'll want to have again and again..  It’s so easy and light you will be mixing it up all the time.  As a side note, adding frozen melon balls or grapes to this would not only make it beautiful, but it cool at the same time without diluting it by ice.

1 bottle of pinot grigio, chilled

1/4 cup Triple Sec or Grand Marnier

3 cups of lemon-lime soda

Mix all ingredients together.  Serve over ice or frozen fruit.  Garnish with lemon or lime slices.

 

**I totally forgot to snap a pic when I made this; so I am borrowing the pic from Take Two Tapas. **

Cocktail #3

Coconut Lemongrass Sipper

This is a little more complicated since you have to make a simple syrup; however, I assure you it is well worth your effort.

A simple syrup is made by heating equal parts water and sugar over medium heat.  In this case, you want to add lemongrass and basil as the water heats up.  You don’t need much, this is just for adding the flavor ~ maybe one stalk lemon grass and a few basil leaves.  Allow it to steep for a few minute to infuse the syrup with the lemongrass and basil.

To mix the cocktail add:

the juice of 1/2 a limeSummer Cocktails that you'll want to have again and again.

a jigger of vodka (or rum if you prefer)

1/2 jigger of simple syrup mix

2 jiggers coconut milk

You will want to shake the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Serve in a martini glass and garnish with a lime wedge.  For added flair, float a basil leaf on the top.

 

I can tell you when we mixed these cocktails, the girls kept demanding another.  It’s really fantastic!

 

 

 

 

Cocktail #4

Watermelon Rum Slush

It doesn’t get any  more summer than watermelon.  This cocktail is super easy to make, but you have to allow time for it to freeze(ish).

Summer Cocktails that you'll want to have again and again.

4 cups watermelon juice *

2 cups rum (again, I think coconut rum would be delicious)

1/2  cup simple syrup

Mix all ingredients and allow time to freeze and get slushy.  Definitely serve with an umbrella in this drink.

 

 

 

 

** To make watermelon juice, you will add cubed watermelon to your blender and puree it.  When it’s no longer chunky, you will press it through a strainer.  This will allow you to remove any of the solid watermelon while the juice goes right through.  We had plenty of juice from 1/2 a watermelon.**

 

I hope you enjoy these cocktails.  Since they’ve all been tested and received my approval, you are good to go.  So, do you have a favorite summertime cocktail?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

 

Until next time~

12 Comments

  1. I’ll take anything with watermelon and alcohol!!! HAHA!!! These sound and look so delicious!

  2. These all sound so very delicious and would be perfect to enjoy the whole year round not just for summer.

    1. Author

      Yay! Make sure to let me know how you like it. My favorite is the coconut lime and I am not even a fan of coconut! Thanks so much for stopping by.

  3. These all sound fabulous! Pass me one, lol! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!
    Kim

  4. That watermelon rum slush sounds good right now and it’s 8:30 in the morning.
    Thanks for sharing at Waste Not Wednesday.

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