There's no better way to celebrate summer than with an outdoor get-together with family and friends. As everyone gathers around the grill, keep your guests refreshed with some cool, delicious drinks using these recipes created by Martha Stewart – one of our favorite sources for all good things related to entertaining.
- 1 peach
- 1 nectarine
- 3 apricots
- 5 ounces peach brandy
- 1 bottle (750 mL) chilled Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine)
- 1 cup peach nectar
- Superfine sugar (optional)
In a pitcher, combine peach, nectarine, and apricots, all pitted and cut into wedges. Stir in peach brandy; let sit at least 1 hour. Stir in Prosecco and peach nectar. Add superfine sugar, if desired. Serve chilled.
- 2 cups strained fresh orange juice (from about 8 oranges)
- 2/3 cup light rum
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 4 teaspoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon bitters
- Orange zest, for garnish
In a large pitcher, stir together orange juice, rum, lemon juice, sugar, and bitters. To serve, pour over ice and garnish with orange zest if desired.
- 2 lemons, quartered
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 1/2 medium seedless watermelon (about 9 pounds), rind removed, flesh cut into chunks
- 1 cup vodka (optional)
Squeeze lemons into a large pitcher; add squeezed lemon quarters. Add mint and sugar; mash with a wooden spoon until mint is bruised and sugar is dissolved.
In a blender, puree watermelon in batches until smooth; pour through a fine-mesh sieve into pitcher (you should have about 8 cups of juice). Stir to combine. (Refrigerate, covered, up to 3 days.) Add vodka, if using; serve over ice.