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There is nothing more refreshing than a cold drink in summer– bonus points if it’s a cocktail. Whether you’re looking for light, fresh, or fruity, these summer cocktail recipes are sure to woo your guests.
Elderflower Vodka Tonic by SkinnyMixes
The floral flavor in this is awesome, and is subtle enough to mix with a flavored vodka (like lemon or peach) as well. I got my elderflower syrup from IKEA, believe it or not, but it has become a staple for mixing because sipping on floral flavors always makes me feel like a fairy. Here’s how to make the elderflower vodka tonic:
- 2 shots Vodka
- 2 TBS Sugar Free Lemon Elderflower Syrup
- Pour one ounce of vodka over ice in your favorite glass.
- Add in one and a half ounces of your elderflower syrup.
- Pour tonic water over it all to fill the glass.
- Stir, garnish (with edible flowers, maybe), and serve!
Spiked Blackberry Lemonade by Bread Booze Bacon
This recipe is for a big batch of boozy blackberry lemonade that screams late summer. If you’re looking for a tasty batch drink, look no further and follow these steps!
- 12 ounce package fresh blackberries
- 12 ounce package fresh blueberries
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 cups good lemonade
- 1 cup citrus vodka
- 750 mL bottle of sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio
- 1/2 cup sweet and sour
- 1 cup cold water
- 2 lemons sliced
- In a separate bowl from your punch bowl or pitcher, muddle two packages of blackberries until relatively smooth, then strain into your punch bowl or pitcher.
- Pour in 1 cup of citrus or blackberry vodka.
- Pour in 4 cups of your favorite lemonade.
- Add in a bottle of Pinot Grigio and stir.
- Serve and garnish with lemon slices.
Peach Fizz-lini by thekitchn
We all know and love our peach bellinis, but this fizzier version is oh-so-fun. Here’s how to make this refreshing summer drink:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 3 large peaches
- 6 cups sparkling water or club soda
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cups vodka
- In a small pot, combine the sugar and 1 cup of water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
- Remove the skins from 2 peaches. Cut an “X” in the skin on the bottom of each one. Drop in a pot of boiling water for about 30 seconds. Transfer the peaches to an ice bath, and peel when cool enough to handle. Slice each peeled peach in half and remove the pits. Cut the peaches into cubes, place in a blender or food processor fitted with the blade attachment, and process until puréed. Pour into a large pitcher.
- Add the cooled simple syrup, sparkling water, lemon juice, and vodka. Stir to combine. Add ice and stir again. Cut the remaining peach into thin slices. Stir a few of the slices into the lemonade and use the others to garnish the glasses.
Tequila Sunrise Cocktail by A Southern Soul
If you’re looking for something very sweet and summery when going through our summer cocktail recipes, a tequila sunrise is always a great option!
- 1/2 ounce grenadine
- 2 ounces tequila
- 4 ounces orange juice
- Maraschino cherries
- Orange wedges
- Start by pouring an ounce of vodka over ice.
- Then, add one part orange juice and one part of lime margarita mix until the glass is almost full.
- Now, add a splash of sweet and sour mix and a splash of grenadine.
- Garnish with a lime and a cherry and enjoy!
Strawberry Lemon Drop by Christina’ Cucina
Lemon drops are a classic and super delicious, but if you’re looking to throw in something summery and fun, this strawberry version offers a great twist. Here’s how to make it:
- 2 shots Ketel One Citroen Vodka
juice of 1/2 lemon (fresh Meyer lemons are best)
- 2 or 3 fresh strawberries, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons Baker’s (extra-fine) Sugar
(extra sugar for rimming glass)
- Muddle strawberries at the bottom of your glass, then add ice.
- Pour one ounce of strawberry vodka over the ice.
- Add in half an ounce of triple sec.
- Finally, finish with sweet and sour mix and a splash of sprite or strawberry soda if you’re looking for a little fizz.
- You can garnish with a strawberry or lemon slice.
What are your favorite late summer cocktail recipes? Let us know in the comments below!