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10 Refreshing Summer Cocktail Recipes to Help You Keep Your Cool

Cheers to the ultimate season of entertaining

Written by Karla Walsh

Raise a glass to patio parties and alfresco fetes with friends. These summer cocktail recipes are refreshing—as are their easy instructions and short ingredient lists. Shake or stir up a new beverage to make your bash even better.

Pomegranate Caipirinha

Caipirinha, the most popular mixed drink in Brazil, is a muddled lime and sugar drink that’s spiked with a sugar cane-based spirit called Cachaça. Add a splash of pomegranate juice for color, sweetness, and a few vitamins (it’s practically a health elixir now, right?).

 Get the recipe: Pomegranate Caipirinha

 

Grilled Peach Whiskey Smash

Don’t reserve whiskey for winter alone. With a squeeze of lemon, slices of grilled peaches, fresh basil or mint, this shaken sip tastes like pure summer.

Get the recipe: Grilled Peach Whiskey Smash

 

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Blackberry Shrub Cocktail

A shrub isn’t just something you find in landscaping! (Speaking of which, have you tried these 2019 garden trends?) The handcrafted vinegar blend is one of the secrets of mixologist seeking unique ways to level-up the flavor in their cocktails. Here, red wine vinegar lends a puckery punch to the bubbly rum drink.

Get the recipe: Blackberry Shrub Cocktail

 

Strawberry-Rhubarb Frosé

When the heat is on outside, little is more refreshing than a popsicle. For a twist for your 21+ guests, put rosé, rhubarb, strawberries, and a few bonus ingredients on ice, then scrape into a grown-ups-only granita.

Get the recipe: Strawberry-Rhubarb Frosé

 

Campari Sunrise

This two-tone cocktail is a tasty twist on the ever-popular Tequila Sunrise. Good morning!

Get the recipe: Campari Sunrise

 

Spicy Margarita

Heat up your happy hour this summer with a pitcher of jalapeno-infused tequila margaritas. A couple peppers offer the just-right amount of spice to balance the sweet orange juice and citrus soda.

Get the recipe: Spicy Margarita

 

Lavender Gin Rickey

A traditional gin rickey is already ideal for summer, with a cool combination of gin, citrus juice, and club soda. For a seasonal boost, we like to add a complex-tasting yet easy-to-create lavender simple syrup.

Get the recipe: Lavender Gin Rickey

 

Carrot-Orange Cocktail

Whether you’re hosting for brunch, a mid-afternoon shower, or simply relaxing on the patio, this vibrant, vegetable-forward gin drink will please. The shot of Cynar will have everyone asking, “Hmm...what is that?” (It’s an artichoke-flavored Italian liqueur.)

Get the recipe: Carrot-Orange Cocktail

 

Champagne Float

Why choose between an after-dinner drink or a dessert when you can savor both at once? This fizzy float is a sophisticated play on an ice cream float, with fruit sorbet, a simple DIY raspberry syrup, and Champagne.

Get the recipe: Champagne Float

 

Related: Grab an Extra Bottle of Bubbly and Bake a Champagne Cake

 

Sparkling Wine and Roses Cocktail

Impress all your gardener guests with this edible flower-garnished beauty. This petals are a nod to the rose syrup that sweetens this grapefruit juice and sparkling wine punch.l

Get the recipe: Sparkling Wine and Roses Cocktail

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