15 Cool Cocktail Recipes for Summer Sippin’
There’s something illogical about our urge to drink booze in the sun while our bodies are begging for hydration. But cocktails are delicious, and life is short, so why question our natural desires? Here are 15 chilly drink recipes that are best enjoyed on a hot summer’s day next to some sort of body of water.
Frozen Cucumber Lemonade Cocktail: This drink may be as green as the Hulk, but its contents are as natural and refreshing as they come. Cucumber, mint, and cilantro are the healthy mix-ins you never knew a shot of vodka needed. (via What Should I Make For...)
Frozen Sangria Slush: When the sun is blazing down upon you with relentless fury, you need to sip on something extra cold to quell the heat. That’s where this fruity, frozen red-wine sangria comes in. (via Delish Knowledge)
Pomelo Mojito: Grapefruit-like pomelos are sweet but not bitter, so they pair fabulously with mint and lime juice in this crisp mojito. (via Simmer + Sauce)
Rosé Hibiscus Mimosas: Show company that you know a thing or two about florals with these easy mimosas. The pink color makes them look like they belong at a hotel high tea, but all you have to do is cook sugar, water, and hibiscus leaves in a saucepan and mix the resulting syrup with your bubbly of choice. (via How Sweet Eats)
Maple Mint Julep: Few drinks double as both delicious and breath-freshening as well as the mint julep. This version is sweetened with maple syrup, which must mean it’s an acceptable accompaniment to pancakes. (via Cookie and Kate)
Citrus Champagne Punch: Red Solo cup mimosas get an adult upgrade with this very drinkable prosecco punch, made with orange and grapefruit juices, simple syrup, and grenadine. (via Pizzazzerie)
Pineapple Ginger Mojito: If you like a little sour in your sweet, you’ll be a fan of this pineapple mojito, which has the unexpected but delightful addition of ginger liqueur. (via Pizzazzerie)
Piña Colada Daquiri: This is the kind of cocktail for someone whose daydreams involve mai-tais and tanning on the beach. It’s a hybrid between a piña colada and a strawberry daiquiri. (via Salty Canary)
Rosé Chilton: The chilton was supposedly born when an overheated Texas man approached an innocent bartender and requested a mixture of vodka, lemon juice, club soda, and ice. The resulting chilly beverage should definitely make its way onto your summer drinking list. (via A Zesty Bite)
Skinny Pineapple Jalapeño-Infused Cocktail: If summer to you means endless chips and guacamole, meet your dream cocktail: a sweet and spicy vodka drink that makes salty food taste even better. (via Physical Kitchness)
Raspberry Sorbet Rosé Floats: Because no one should drink a mimosa with juice if there’s sorbet in the freezer. (via Joyful Healthy Eats)
Strawberry Orange White Wine Sangria: This recipe calls for strawberries and oranges, but as long as you stir your favorite white wine with tasty summer fruits, you’ll be sippin’ pretty. With tequila and fresh basil in the mix, it’s the kind of big-batch cocktail you really can’t mess up. (via My Food Story)
Rhubarb Pie Cocktail: If you’ve always been curious about rhubarb but aren’t feeling bold enough to bake a pie, turn to this sweet-as-dessert cocktail, which is simply a mix of rhubarb, sugar, water, and vodka. (via Boulder Locavore)
Blueberry Pitcher Margaritas: Sweet summer blueberries take the edge off tough tequila, and the vibrant color offers a totally new twist on a classic margarita. (via Simply Recipes)
Strawberry Moscow Mule: A Moscow mule is the kind of cocktail you can drink year round, but additions of strawberries and mint give the staple a seasonal spin. (via The Roasted Root)
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