Here’s a big secret bartenders don’t want you to know: making cool, refreshing cocktails for summer sipping isn’t that hard. All it takes is a few foundational liquors, some ice, and some fool-proof recipes.
Don’t be confused by the many different types of alcohol to choose from at your local liquor store. Just go for the basics:
You will also want to add some mixers to your home bar selection, including:
Club soda: Mix with vodka, whiskey, gin, rum, or tequila; club soda is sweetened
Lemons and limes: Mix with whiskey, tequila, rum, vodka, or gin
Tonic water: Mix with gin, rum, or vodka
Sodas: Lemon lime, colas, and ginger ale are perfect add-ins for nearly every alcoholic drink
Sour mix: Mix with Gin, whiskey, vodka, tequila, and brandy
Simple syrup: Make your own by boiling equal parts of sugar and water, and letting it cool
Grenadine: Gives drinks a splash of color, with the tart and sweet flavor of pomegranate
Triple sec: Orange flavored liqueur
Soda water: Unsweetened carbonated water
Don’t forget to pick up your favorite fruit juices, like pineapple, orange, or cranberry as well as some berries, spices, and herbs for the perfect summer blends. Whipped cream and maraschino cherries are excellent toppers for frozen cocktails.
Now that you have your bar stocked with essentials, let’s start making cocktails!
Sweet, with undertones of nutmeg
Fruity and light
Combine all ingredients, then pour over ice with an orange garnish or maraschino cherries
So easy, so fruity, so cool
Combine all ingredients and blend with a cup and a half of ice. Serve in a chilled glass.
An easy, icy favorite
Light, tart, bubbly
These are just a few easy, light, and delicious summer cocktails to enjoy by the pool or on the patio.
For more recipes, check out our picks for The Best Summer Cocktails to Cool Off at Parties.