Summer is here! With hot days ahead, we decided to put together a week’s worth of refreshing summer cocktails that use seasonal ingredients including watermelons, strawberries and blueberries.
So, get out the blender and your favorite glass (by the way, we have some pretty amazing personalized glasses) and let’s get started.
Frozen Watermelon Daquiri
Who doesn’t love watermelon on a hot summer day? It’s cool, refreshing and basically represents summer! This frozen watermelon daquiri is no exception!
- 4 cups of watermelon cubes (frozen)
- ½ cup of white rum
- ¼ cup of lime juice
- ½ cup of orange juice
- 2 ½ tablespoons of simple syrup
Cut watermelon into cubes and put in the freezer. Once frozen, add watermelon cubes, lime juice, orange juice, run and simple sugar in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into glass and garnish with a slice of watermelon.
Frozen Spicy Grapefruit Margarita
Feelin’ hot, hot hot! This frozen margarita combines refreshing citrus flavor with the bold heat of jalapenos to make a cocktail unlike any other.
- 1.5 ounces of tequila
- 2.5 ounce of grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed)
- 1 ounce of lime juice (freshly squeezed)
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- Jalapeno slices
- Grapefruit slices (for garnishing)
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon of chili powder
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
In a small bowl, mix salt, sugar and chili power. Use this mixture to rim your glasses.
In a blender, combine ice, tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and honey and blend until it forms a slushy-like consistency. Pour into the rimmed glasses. Add jalapeno slices – depending on your spice preference add 1 to 3 slices. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit.
Note: Your drink will become spicier the longer that the jalapeno slices sit in your drink. Remove slices when the spice level is to your liking.
Blueberry Lime Smash
Blueberries are a summer staple! This blueberry lime smash is a sweet treat that will leave you feeling cool even on the warmest summer days.
- 2 cups of fresh blueberries
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1.5 ounces of tequila
- Club soda
In a pot, combine 1.5 cups of blueberries, sugar, vanilla extract and one cup of water. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, decrease heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes (until the blueberries have burst and the sugar is dissolved). Remove from heat and strain. You’ll be left with a syrup mixture.
In a glass, add 3 tablespoons of the syrup mixture, 4-6 blueberries and 2 slices of lime. Muddle until blueberries and lime are smashed. You will be able to smell the lime. Add ice and 1.5 ounces of tequila and stir quickly. Top with club soda. Garnish with a slice of lime and fresh blueberries.
Orange Ale Sangria
When you think of sangria, you think of wine, right? Not this time! This version of sangria pairs oranges with liquor and beer for a refreshing summer drink that leaves everyone wanting refills.
- 2 cups of orange juice
- ½ cup of Curaçao
- ¼ cup of tequila
- 6 (12 ounce) bottles of Blue Moon (or another Belgian Wheat Ale)
- 2 oranges, sliced
In a pitcher, mix orange juice, Curaçao, tequila, orange slices and rosemary. Pour in three bottles of beer, slowly. Stir. Put lid on pitcher and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes. Add remaining three bottles of beer. Pour into individual glasses. Garnish with orange slice and rosemary springs.
A bright twist on a classic mojito! This pomegranate mojito is light, fruity and colorful enough for an Instagram-worthy picture!
- Fresh mint leaves
- 1 ounce of simple syrup
- Fresh lime
- 1 cup of pomegranate juice
- ½ cup club soda
- ½ cup white rum
- Fresh pomegranate arils
Cut lime in half and squeeze juice into a shaker. Add mint leaves and lime juice. Muddle until the aroma of the mint leaves is released. Pour in pomegranate juice and rum. Shake.
Fill glass with ice and pour mixture into glass, leaving ¼ of the glass for the club soda. Top with club soda. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and pomegranate arils.
Strawberry Gin & Tonic
Give your gin and tonic a summer makeover! This strawberry version of a gin and tonic pairs the classic flavors with the sweetness of strawberries that screams summertime.
- 1 ½ ounces of gin
- ½ ounce of strawberry syrup
- ½ ounce of lime juice
- Dash of orange bitters
- Tonic water
- Fresh strawberries
Fill shaker with ice, gin, lime juice and strawberry syrup. Shake. Pour into glass then slowly top with tonic water. Garnish with fresh strawberry slices and rosemary.
The Bootleg Cocktail
If only lemonade stands sold this! The minty lemon flavor is wildly refreshing on hot summer days and, unlike other summer cocktails, it’s not overly sweet.
- 2 ounces of vodka
- 2 ounces of club soda
- ½ cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
- ¼ cup lime juice (freshly squeezed)
- ¼ cup of honey
- Fresh mint leaves
In a blender, mix lemon juice, lime juice, honey and two tablespoons of mint leaves. In a cocktail glass, add ice and then fill 1/3 of the glass with the lemon juice mix, 1/3 with vodka and top with 1/3 of club soda. Garnish with mint leaves.