Summer is all about enjoying the sunshine before the weather turns. It is about taking a break and enjoying a multitude of outdoor activities. A great cocktail can set the tone for maximum summer enjoyment. These drinks can range from sweet and tropical to crisp and refreshing. Whichever way you choose to enjoy your summer, there is a perfect cocktail out there for you. Here are some of our favorite summer drink recipes that will be a boost to any summer shindig.
You can’t go wrong with any cocktail that includes fresh peaches. In this recipe, you muddle the peach with fresh basil and lemon juice, and then add gin, Lillet, and simple syrup. Top with ice cubes, add club soda, and garnish with a sprig of basil for a finishing touch.
Some say the High King Highball walks the line between a whiskey collins and a whiskey smash. Start with Irish whiskey and Aperol, and then add muddled grapefruit, lemon, raspberries, simple syrup, and bitters. Finish with a splash of sparkling water and a garnish of lemon wheel and raspberry.
Every summer drink list needs something with watermelon. We like the watermelon tequila cocktail because it’s equal parts sweet and refreshing. The fresh lime and mint add a cool touch, and you can’t go wrong with tequila.
The blackberry Moscato slushie is sure to be your go-to frozen choice for summer barbeques, cookouts, and other shindigs of the like. We like to freeze blackberries to prep for this recipe, but you can easily replace them with another favorite summer fruit—or whatever you have on hand. Watermelon, cantaloupe, cherries, and more all work well. Simply follow the recipe, blending all ingredients and adding white or rose wine. We prefer Moscato for our slushies, but you should opt for a dry rose if you don’t want it as sweet.
If you’re looking for something different—slightly floral and overwhelmingly refreshing—check out the cucumber rose gin spritz. Don’t overlook the rose petals; they truly make this cocktail recipe something special. Using gin as its base, the cucumber rose gin spritz combines cucumber, basil, and cardamom syrup with fresh lemon juice and club soda.
Limoncello is a staple for many cocktail artists in the summertime months. It’s delicious as a standalone beverage of choice or can be used for its versatility in many summer cocktails. We love the limoncello prosecco champagne cocktail because it offers a gorgeous presentation and tastes just like summer should.
This lovely, light spritz is just what you need for the long days of summer. It’s a refined choice, combining elderflower liqueur, grapefruit juice and liquor, pisco, tequila blanco, and more. It’s best with a splash of club soda and garnished with a grapefruit wedge.
Try any of these adventurous summertime recommendations to boost your fun this season. Contact us today for more cocktail ideas, or stop in to stock your bar for a memorable summer.