Beaches, bikinis, sunglasses, flowy dresses, summer cocktails? What makes you look forward to summer? Anyone who knows me knows that I am a cocktail junkie! Nothing better than a summer BBQ with the girls and a cold refreshing cocktail to go with it. Here is a list of some of my favorite summer cocktails.
1. White Wine Sangria
Instead of the traditional red, try this delicious sangria recipe with some white wine. Sangria is always a safe choice for a summer BBQ or pool party because it can be pre-made in large quantities. Not to mention all the colorful, in-season fruit varieties make it a much better... and prettier... summer cocktail. I tend to like the white sangria better in the summer because whites are better served chilled and are lighter on the waistline, but if you'd prefer the red then I'm sure this recipe will be just as wonderful if made with a red.
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup orange-flavored liqueur or orange juice
1 cup vodka or lemon-lime carbonated beverage
2 medium peaches or nectarines, thinly sliced, slices cut into half
1 medium orange, thinly sliced, cut in half if desired
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 lime, thinly sliced
1 bottle (750 ml) dry white wine, chilled (3 1/2 cups)
1 bottle (1 liter) club soda, chilled (4 cups)
In half-gallon glass or plastic pitcher, stir sugar, orange liqueur and vodka until sugar is dissolved.
Into another half-gallon glass or plastic pitcher, pour half of vodka mixture. Divide fruits and wine evenly between pitchers. Refrigerate until serving.
Just before serving, pour half of club soda into each pitcher; stir gently to mix. Serve immediately. If desired, serve over ice.
2. Lime Sorbet Margaritas
Margaritas are my fave! After trying this recipe, I bet this super easy margarita will be your favorite too. Besides being refreshing, easy and delicious, this summer cocktail can be shared with the children (minus the tequila, of course)!
1 lime, cut into 8 wedges
1/4 cup sugar
2 pints lime sorbet
1/2 cup tequila
Rub the lime wedges around the rims of 8 stemmed glasses. Place the sugar on a small plate. Turn each glass upside down and dip the rims in the sugar to coat.
Place 2 scoops of sorbet in each glass and pour 1 tablespoon of tequila over the top of each. Serve with a spoon.
This drink takes me back to my childhood summers running to the Good Humor truck for the one-of-a-kind orangey treat. Familiar creamy goodness topped with some vodka... and I am making new unforgettable memories!
1 oz vodka
1 oz triple sec
1 oz orange juice
1 oz fat free half-and-half
1 slice orange
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
Pour in the vodka, triple sec, orange juice, and half-and-half.
Shake until frosty, about 15 seconds.
Strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with an orange slice.
4. Caribbean Martini
This martini recipe will take you to new heights and to... the Caribbean! Whenever I feel like mommy needs a day away from the chaos (which is more than I probably should), I lie in the yard in my hammock and enjoy the islands in my glass. I don't actually make this recipe in a martini glass because, well, it's not big enough and makes another mess I do not need, so a red Solo cup always works wonderfully. I'm sure you'll enjoy this one as much as I do.
1-1/2 ounces Absolut Mango vodka
3/4 ounce Malibu coconut rum
1 splash pineapple juice
Fresh pineapple chunks
Put the vodka, rum, shaker and martini glass in the freezer several hours before mixing your drink
Fill your martini shaker with ice. Add all of the ingredients to the shaker and shake vigorously until well blended.
Pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish it with a fresh chunk of pineapple.
5. Cherry Moon
As you can probably tell after reading my articles, I am a mom who is always looking for a way to enjoy adulthood without excluding the kids. My daughter loves Shirley Temples (and so do I), so this cocktail is what I call, "Shirley Temple: All Grown-Up." GREY GOOSE calls it Cherry Moon, so I disagree, but I won't get into that. This fun favorite is simple and sweet, and a perfect mommy-friendly summer cocktail.
1 1/2 parts GREY GOOSE Cherry Noir
3 1/2 parts Lemon-Lime Soda
1/2 parts Grenadine
Fill glass slightly above rim with cubed ice.
Pour ingredients in order listed to 1/2 inch from top of glass and stir.
Add soda straw and garnish with a cherry.
6. Purple Martini
This martini is not only delish but it is absolutely gorgeous. I have a friend who had a backyard wedding and asked me to find a creative cocktail to serve. After browsing the internet for worthy cocktail recipes, I found this one! It was perfect, especially because her color scheme was purple! At first I was a little skeptical because the ingredients seemed a little bit on the sweet side, but after some adjustments and taste tests, it was perfect. Below is the original recipe; make any changes to your liking.
3 oz vodka
1 1/2 oz cranberry juice
1/2 oz blue curacao liqueur shopping list
1/2 oz sweet and sour mix
1/2 of 7-Up
**Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake gently.
Add more blue Curacao if the color isn't purple enough.
I don't know where the name came from, but frankly I don't care, because this drink is simple and tasty. I love the cranberry and pineapple juice combo, it looks great and it tastes great... add some vodka and it's a party!
1 1/2 oz Pear Vodka
3 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Cranberry Juice
In a chilled glass filled with ice, add your vodka and pineapple juice.
Top with a splash of cranberry juice.
8. Pink Grapefruit Margarita
This pretty pink margarita is a blast in a glass. I love the freshly squeezed fruit taste that the lime adds. One very important piece of info that this recipes does not mention is that it is essential that you use the Ocean Spray brand. It is sweeter than the others, or your drink will be unpleasantly bitter (trust me... I had to learn the hard way)...
1 cup ruby red grapefruit juice
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes)
1 cup triple sec orange liqueur
3 cups ice
1 cup silver tequila
1 lime cut in wedges
Combine the grapefruit juice, lime juice, triple sec and ice in a blender.
Pour into a large pitcher (or just keep it in the blender) and pour in the tequila, stir.
Summer is almost here, so stock the bar and start the BBQ, because I'm coming over! I hope you enjoy this list of my favorite summer cocktails and create a list of your own. Drink responsibly! Which cocktail are you going to try first? Do you have any other summer cocktail favorites for me to try?