Best Summer Cocktails: 6 Must-Try Recipes


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Salute! It’s officially sweet summertime, and what better way to celebrate the warm weather than with friends over a cold, cooling cocktail? This year, play mixologist and whip up some tasty drinks to try just in time for summer. Whether you prefer gin to tequila or if you like sweet over spicy – escape the heat with these fun summer cocktail recipes in the fully equipped kitchen of your furnished apartment.

 1.  Lillet-Basil Cocktail

Cheers to this refreshing gin cocktail. To create this masterpiece, put ice, ½ cup of Lillet Blanc, 2 tablespoons of gin, orange juice, and basil in a cocktail shaker; shake well. Fill a glass with ice and strain the mixture into the glass. Add tonic water and garnish with cucumber, cinnamon stick, and basil springs.

2. Watermelon-Tequila Cocktail

Nothing tastes like summer as much as watermelon. So to mix up this tequila drink, puree seedless watermelon chunks and strain the juice through a sieve. Mix this with silver tequila, sugar syrup, blueberries, mint, and fresh lime juice.

3. Early Grey Tea and Blueberry Spritzer

This five-ingredient recipe makes a sophisticated and delicious drink –one of the best summer cocktails- that’s as easy to make as it is to drink. Even better – the iced tea and simple syrup can be made ahead of time and refrigerated. Add sparkling wine to a mint syrup and fresh blueberry mixture. Garnish with sprigs.

 4. Mango-Peach Sangria

If you’re into red sangria, you’ll love this fruity twist of the traditional recipe. Try this lightly sweet, fruity white-wine sangria to cool down during the dog days. Cook sugar and water in a sauce pan and refrigerate.  Mix with Grand Marnier, Viognier, mango, peaches and mint.

5. Ginger Shandies

Whip up this ginger shandy for an exquisite take on the traditional summer shandy. For the ultimate summer cocktail recipe, combine Hoegaarden beer, ginger beer, and zesty lemon slices for a refreshing beverage. Perfect accommodation to the next cookout you’re going to.

 6. Tomato-Jalapeno Bloody Mary

This tomato-jalapeno Bloody Mary is perfect for when summer tomatoes and peppers are at their peak. So if you’re hosting a brunch or having friends over for afternoon cocktails, whip up this savory drink and soak up the summertime.

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