Bored with your go-to drink? Amp up the festivity of your next pool party – even when it’s a party of one. Get adventurous by trying new summer cocktails.
You start celebrating with your eyes, so take the time to use your special glasses (plastic if near the pool!), ice them down and add pretty garnish. Shake all non-fizzy liquids if possible. It makes the drinks colder, adds show appeal and tones your arms.
Our Prime writers share their favorite summer cocktails to refresh your repertoire. Cheers!
by Danielle Dayries:
“Yes, a pitcher! it is hot here in NOLA!”
You can use either fresh or frozen (and thawed) blueberries. Mash the berries up until they’ve released their juice. Then pour the juice and berry skins through a mesh strainer and set the juice aside for the moment.
Next, take a big handful of mint leaves and lightly muddle them in the pitcher, just enough to bring out their flavor but not enough to make them bitter. A simple press and a turn or two is enough.
At this point, juice the limes and pour the juice into your pitcher. Or if you have a hand juicer, squeeze straight in. Then pour in the blueberry juice, rum (1/2 cup), and sugar syrup (make ahead and keep in the fridge!).
Give everything a stir and add some ice to the pitcher. Then add the soda water.
Serve the mojitos in tall, ice-filled glasses and add whatever garnishes like blueberries, fresh mint, basil leaves, an umbrella, etc..!
by Tricia Conover
Pour into a flute and stir lightly:
by Janice Sharry
“Can also make a big pitcher! Everyone will want more!”
4 bottles Pinot Grigio or other dry white wine
2 cups Licor 43
1 cup limoncello
1 Sliced orange
2 cups of raspberries and/or blackberries (also can use blueberries)
3 bottles sparkling wine like Prosecco or Cava
Combine the wine and liquors. Place mint leaves at bottom of each glass and add a few berries and one orange slice. Fill glasses half full. Before serving, top off with sparkling wine.
by Nancy Weiss:
“It’s a lighter version of a pina colada. There aren’t exact measurements as a group of friends and I just made up drinks for fun after a round of golf.”
Coconut Flavored Rum
Splash of pineapple
by Stephanie Davis
“The yogurt changes everything. But it only works frozen.”
Serve in a fancy glass with a salted rim and slice of lime.
by Dorthy Shore
“These are so good, you won’t even notice all the calories you are missing.”
2 oz of tequila
2 oz of fresh lime juice
2 oz of fresh lemon juice with pulp
Few drops of liquid Stevia to taste
Splash of triple sec or Grand Marnier
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add tequila, lime and lemon juice and triple sec. Add Stevia (may need to experiment on how much to add). Shake. Pour, with the ice, into a highball or footed glass (salt rim first if you like). Garnish with a wedge of lime.
Ready to up your summer cocktails game? Invest in a good bar set – comes with a shaker, muddler and all the tools to make these drink delights!
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