Nothing says summer like sitting outside with your loved ones, sipping a delicious drink in the sun (or the shade). These 6 drink recipes combine ingredients that are easy to find at the store in new, exciting ways. Whether your favorite summer fruit is watermelon, strawberries or peaches, there’s a recipe here for you.
1. Sweet Tea Sangria
This cocktail combines two summer favorites into one: sweet tea and sangria. Featuring peaches, raspberries and fresh mint, it’s a pinch to make and tastes like summer in a glass. Bring a pitcher to your next party or keep it in the fridge for sipping.
1 750ml bottle of white wine
4 cups sweet tea
¼ cup triple sec
2 cups sliced peaches
2 cups raspberries
Mint leaves for garnish
2. Watermelon Martini
Watermelon is one of those quintessential fruits of summer that’s best enjoyed fresh. This recipe uses fresh watermelon
juice to make a simple martini; it’s all the sweetness of a fresh watermelon without the mess.
2 cups watermelon chunks
½ cup vodka
1 ½ cup simple syrup (recipe below)
1 lime, juiced
3 cubes of ice
3 tablespoons salt or sugar (optional for rimming the glass)
3. Frozen Coconut Limeade
If you’re a fan of piña coladas, you’ll love this recipe! It combines coconut with fresh-squeezed lime juice instead of
pineapple, and it takes practically no time to make. This recipe doesn’t include alcohol, but you can add white rum to
taste if you like.
2 ½ cups crushed or small ice cubes
1 cup coconut milk
about 3 limes
3 tbsp granulated sugar, to taste
Lime slices for garnish
4. Strawberry-Basil Mocktail
Strawberry and basil go together so perfectly, it’s a wonder that people don’t combine these two ingredients more. This
alcohol-free mocktail is fruity, herbal and fizzy all at once.
Glass style: Rocks glass
Supplies: Cocktail shaker, muddler, strainer
6 fresh strawberries, sliced
12 fresh basil leaves
¼ cup sugar
⅓ cup lemon juice
2 ¼ cups club soda
Extra basil leaves for garnish (optional)
5. Pomegranate Mojito Mocktail
Enjoy the sweet-and-sour flavors of a mojito while skipping out on all the rum. This recipe adds pomegranate juice and
lemonade for a new twist, and it’s perfect for serving at a backyard function.
Glass style: Collins glass
Supplies: Rolling pin, cocktail muddler or mortar and pestle, large jug or pitcher, strainer
3 tbsp pomegranate seeds
large bunch of mint
4 cups pomegranate juice
2 cups lemonade