7 Simple Summery Cocktails That You Need In Your Beachside Rotation
Break out the SPF 70 and flip-flops because summer is in full swing. It’s time for those soaring electric bills, sidewalk brunches and endless trips to the farmers market. One of the best parts of summer is getting to enjoy a bounty of fresh produce. What’s the best thing to do with fresh fruits? Make a bunch of farm-to-counter summer cocktails, of course.
1. Rosé Sangria
For a summery twist on a white or red wine sangria, try a rosé sangria with dry rosé, peaches, raspberries, strawberries, sparkling wine and fresh mint. You’ll want to give your sangria about eight to 12 hours to chill before you serve it, giving the fruit enough time to absorb the rosé and sparkling wine. Here’s how to pair the perfect rosé with your personality.
2. Roasted Pineapple And Strawberry Daiquiri
If you’re ordering strawberry daiquiris at the bar, you’re either a recent addition to the 21 club or a creature of habit. But a roasted pineapple and strawberry daiquiri is an entirely different story (and it only requires one extra step). Here’s a roasted pineapple libation that’ll only take 10 minutes to prepare once you toss your pineapple into the oven. The roasting will add an extra layer of flavor to the poolside classic.
3. Mimosa Float
Take your mimosa to a creamy level with a mimosa float. If you like sparkling wine and ice cream, you’ll be hooked. Here’s a recipe that calls for sparkling white wine, orange juice, Triple Sec and vanilla ice cream. If you have Prosecco on hand, feel free to use it instead of white wine. Add a scoop of ice cream to each glass and pour the cocktail mixture right on top. The vanilla ice cream will make the entire cocktail a creamy, carbonated paradise.
4. Sweet Tea Sangria
Have a soft spot for sweet tea and a love for all things sangria? Here’s the cocktail of your dreams. For a fresh fruit sweet tea sangria, this recipe will make about six cocktails and it’ll only take you five minutes to prepare. As long as you have a bottle of white wine, sweet tea, Triple Sec and frozen fruit, you’ll be ready to party.
5. Frozen Peach Negroni
For a summery twist on a Negroni — a classic cocktail made of one part gin, one part vermouth, one part Campari and a garnish of orange peel — try adding peaches to the mix. Here’s a recipe for a frozen peach Negroni that calls for an addition of grilled, puréed peaches and lime juice. While the recipe says to grill the peaches, you can make your life easier and avoid the grilling process altogether by blending frozen peaches instead.
6. Grapefruit Tom Collins
A classic Tom Collins is a mixture of gin, lemon juice, sugar and carbonated water. But get your grapefruit fix this summer with a grapefruit Tom Collins. This refreshing cocktail has fresh lemon juice, grapefruit juice, simple syrup, gin and a splash of club soda. If you don’t have simple syrup in your liquor cabinet, pour equal parts sugar and water into a saucepan and heat it up until the sugar is dissolved. If you’re feeling fancy, add herbs like rosemary or thyme to your simple syrup.
7. Strawberry Gin And Tonic
Known as a highball cocktail — a concoction with a larger proportion of the non-alcoholic mixture than the liquor — a gin and tonic is made of tonic water, gin and ice cubes. When you have a carton of fresh strawberries lying around this summer, give the classic cocktail a fruity twist. Here’s a five-ingredient recipe with strawberries, lime, gin, ice and tonic water. Garnish the glass with an extra strawberry and a sprig or two of mint. You’ll be sipping these poolside all summer long.
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