The Best Summer Cocktails to Cool Off at Parties

14 May 2021
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Summer is here, and the focus of drinks shifts from cozy cold-weather favorites to refreshing warm-weather cocktails. Here are eight of the best summer cocktails, from the tried and true to the adventurous. 

Timeless and Classic Best Summer Cocktails

Daiquiri: A summer classic, the daiquiri is a smooth, delicious frozen treat you can whip up in the blender for a day by the pool. Choose your favorite fruit, slice it, add 1 ounce of lime juice, ½ ounce triple sec, 1 teaspoon of white sugar, and 1 ½ ounces of light rum. Throw in a cup of ice cubes, blend, and enjoy! For the less daring, there are daiquiri mixes to make prepping a little easier, but still every bit as tasty.

Mojito: This refreshing, sparkling cocktail is a tangy, sweet answer to summer heat that’s easy to make, and even easier to drink. Made up of rum, lime, and a bit of fresh mint, this is one of the best summer cocktails to enjoy after any hot day in the sun.

Pineapple Malibu Slushie: It doesn’t get any simpler than this. Frozen pineapple slices and malibu rum create the perfect slushy. Add a slice of fresh pineapple for a garnish.

Margarita: Nothing says “summer is here” quite like the classic margarita. For a simple, tasty twist on an old classic, mix ¾ of an ounce each of lime juice and triple sec with 1 ½ ounces of tequila. Shake the mixture together with ice, then strain into your glass. Don’t forget the lime slice and salted rim!

Adventurous Cocktails for Summer

Ready to move up a level with your cocktails? Here are a few more adventurous mixes for you to try this summer!

Michelada: Similar to a Bloody Mary, the Michelada is a classic Mexican drink guaranteed to spice up a summer day. Start with a bottle of Tecate, mix in 2 ounces of tomato juice and 1 ounce of lime juice. Now comes the fun part: add hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and Maggi seasoning to taste. Drink this over ice for an icy-hot cocktail any time of day.

Paloma: Tart and refreshing, the Paloma combines ½ cup of grapefruit juice, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, ⅓ cup of tequila, and a quarter cup of club soda. Garnish this with a wedge of lime and serve it up over ice.

Mai Tai: The secret to a great Mai Tai is rock candy syrup, made from boiling 2 parts sugar to 1 part water until the sugar dissolves. Add 1 ½ teaspoons of your rock candy syrup to 2 ounces of dark rum, 1 ounce of lime juice, and ½ ounce each of curacao and orgeat almond syrup. Shake it over ice and serve with a lime slice for garnish.

Watermelon Sangria: A tasty melon twist to an old favorite, this sangria combines the refreshing taste of summer chilled and perfectly blended to bring down the heat at any summer party. Start with 4 cups of diced watermelon, ¾ of a liter of Moscato, the juice of 4 lemons, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1 cup of rum. Next, refrigerate the mixture until the sangria is chilled, and serve with lemon garnish.

Pouring the Best Summer Cocktails

Here are a few rules to get the best taste from your cocktails:

  1. Chill the glass before pouring
  2. Choose the right glass for the drink
  3. Choose fresh fruit juice whenever possible
  4. If shaking a drink is required, shake it for at least 30 seconds
  5. You can’t go wrong by garnishing a drink with a slice of lemon or lime, or a sprig of fresh mint

This is a shortlist of just a few of the best summer cocktails. Experiment with them to create your own refreshing summer drinks for a day in the sun.

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