I’ve combed through the internet for my favorite summer cocktail recipes. It was hard to narrow it down, but I’m bringing you my top five to try out. I love that the days are getting longer and the nights are getting warmer. This collection of drinks will take you from day to evening. And yes, I’m a strong believer in day drinking! 🙂 So let’s jump into it!
1.) Pineapple Mint Prosecco Punch
This drink works well as a brunch cocktail with girlfriends. It’s light and refreshing with a little bubbly. Similar to the classic mimosa, this drink has pineapple, mint and citrus flavors. To put this drink together you’ll need the following:
- A bottle of Prosecco
- Pineapple juice
- Fresh orange (for garnish and juice)
- Fresh lemon (for garnish and juice)
- Sprigs of fresh mint
- Fresh pineapple chunks
Serve chilled in a mason jar or stemless wine glasses.
Special thanks to Bread Booze Bacon.
2.) Fresh Strawberry Mojito
I love mojitos. They became really popular a few years ago. The mint flavor is so refreshing to me. It’s a surefire staple of summertime. To put this drink together you’ll need the following:
- Large strawberries, sliced
- Lime juice
- Bacardi Silver Rum
- Club Soda
Pour over ice and serve in a Highball or Collins glass.
Special thanks to Joyful Healthy Eats.
3.) Moscow Mule
This drink is so simple and so good. I remember one summer it was so popular everyone was buying their signature hammered copper mugs. This cocktail is perfect for backyard gatherings or an after work wind-down. To put this drink together you’ll need the following:
- 1/2 oz. Fresh line juice
- 2 oz. Vodka
- 4 oz. Ginger beer
Pour over ice and serve in a Collins glass or copper mug. Slice the remaining line for garnish.
Special thanks to Esquire.
4.) White Peach Sangria
Normally I’m a red wine drinker, but when the weather is hot I want to drink something cool. This white peach sangria fits the bill. Even though it’s tempting to drink this one right away, it’s better if you let it sit for a few hours or even overnight. That will allow the fruit to seep into the alcohol. To put this drink together you’ll need the following:
- White wine
- Lemon juice
- Fresh peaches
- Fresh lemons
Mix in a large pitcher with ice. Let chill and serve in a stemless wine glass.
Special thanks to Vegan Family Recipes.
I saved the best for last! One of my co-workers turned me on to this one. Caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail made with cachaça rum, sugar and lime. I rarely see this one on the menu, but when I do, believe me I’m ordering it! To put this drink together you’ll need the following:
- Fresh limes (for garnish and juice)
- Cachaça rum
- Crushed ice
Serve in a Lowball or Old Fashioned glass with a sugar rim and line garnish.
Special thanks to Laylita’s Recipes.