summer isn’t about work–it’s about play! but for me, summer aint about ANYTHING if i’m too sweaty to move. this year, i’m trying to beat the heat with some fun summer cocktails, some fruity and some refreshingly not.
lemonade on its own is one of my favorite summer drinks. i’ll toss some fresh berries into the pitcher (blueberries and blackberries are my fave because you literally just toss them in there; strawberries you have to slice) to fancy up even store-bought lemonade with no effort.
but what really fancies up a lemonade? tequila and bourbon. tequila OR bourbon, i should say.
option 1 from my pinterest board: blackberry lemonade margarita
this festive drink from valerie’s kitchen includes fresh blackberry puree, lemonade, and, of course, because it’s a margarita, tequila. nothing says party like a salt-rimmed margarita, so i’m all about this.
option 2 from my pinterest board: blackberry bourbon lemonade
this cocktail from mom on the side involves more blackberries (my fave) but way less elbow grease to make.
it does, however, call for simple syrup. i used to shy away from any cocktail recipes that required it, but it’s actually quite easy to make ahead and just have in the fridge. you can also buy it pre-made!
watermelon is hands down my favorite part of summer.
the only thing more refreshing than a watermelon drink is a watermelon and mint drink. enter the mojito.
holly from spend with pennies drains the pulp from her sliced watermelon before putting it into this cocktail. but i’m lazy and would skip that step. hey–she says it’s okay!
who’s a fan of slushies and other blended drinks? my mom, for one, won’t drink a cocktail unless it’s brightly colored and in slushy form.
this recipe from the kitchen is my playground is perfect for you blender-friendly slushy fans. also, moscato is a semi-sweet white wine, so it’s a great alternative to the hard alcohol in some of my previous faves.
if you like where i was going with the moscato and want some more non-hard liquor options, here we go.
i love this damn delicious drink because it’s not as fruity as the others. sure it’s lemony and you’re throwing raspberries in there, but it’s essentially gussied up sparkling wine, which is what prosecco is.
when our neighbors brought italian limoncello back for us from their honeymoon, i found this one on pinterest. plus, i never met a sparkling wine i didn’t like.
this sangria idea from what the fork involves watermelon and pineapple, which is what makes it so summery and tropical.
while this recipe calls for moscato, you can use any dry white wine for sangria: pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, or–my personal fave–riesling.
let me know if you try any of these or if you have some other faves i should add to my pinterest board! check out my board and click follow, of course, if you want even more seasonal refreshment suggestions.
for more on summer entertaining, check out my 6 steps to planning the perfect summer menu.