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10 Sunny Cocktail Recipes You Need In Your Life

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Whether you're looking to simply cool off, entertain effortlessly or just enhance those summer afternoons with a little tipsy (go on girl!) we've rounded up 10 amazing cocktails that you definitely want to be sipping on this summer!

 

#1 Cherry Beer Margaritas

Recipe courtesy of www.theblondecook.com 

 

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces frozen limeade concentrate
  • 12 ounces cherry flavored soda
  • 12 ounce bottle of your favorite beer (we used Corona Light)
  • 12 ounces of your favorite tequila
  • Kosher salt, for rimming glass
  • Lime for garnish
  • Cherries for garnish

 

Rub a lime wedge around the rim of each glass; dip in kosher salt.

In a large pitcher, mix all ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.

Serve over ice and garnish with a lime wedge and a cherry. 

 

#2 Elderflower Champagne Cocktail 

Recipe courtesy of www.sousstyle.com
 

Ingredients

  • Dry champagne
  • St Germain liqueur
  • Thinly sliced cucumber
  • Mint

Fill a tumbler with ice.

Fill 3/4 of the glass with dry champagne.

Add thinly sliced cucumber and fresh mint.

Top off with St Germain.

 

#3 White Peach Cooler

Recipe courtesy of www.theclevercarrot.com

Ingredients

Puree:
  • 6 white peaches
  • 1-2 tbsp. of sugar, depending on sweetness
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 limes
Drink (for 1 person):
  • 1 oz. (2 tbsp.) of peach puree
  • 1 oz. (2 tbsp.) of peach vodka, such as absolut
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • A splash of club soda
Garnish:
  • 1 bunch of mint
  • Extra limes

 

Wash and pit your peaches. Leave the skin on.

To make the puree, chop up your peaches and pour them into a large pot. Add the sugar, water, and the juice of 2 limes. Simmer over medium heat until the fruit is soft and broken down. This should take about about 20 minutes.

Transfer to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. If you want a smooth puree, strain the mixture. This step is optional. Set aside to cool.

Fill a large glass with ice. Stir in your peach puree and vodka. Add a splash of club soda and lime juice, and give it a taste. Adjust to your liking.

Garnish with mint and extra lime.

#4 Watermelon Sugar

Recipe courtesy of www.bonappetit.com

 

Ingredients

  • 1 jalapeño, halved lengthwise
  • 3/4 cup tequila blanco
    • 2 cups 3/4' cubes seedles watermelon
    • 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    • 6 tablespoons Simple Syrup
    • 1/4 cup mezcal or gold tequila

     

    Scrape stems, seeds, and veins from jalapeño into a small jar (reserve green flesh for another use).

    Add the tequila; cover and let infuse for 15 minutes.

    Set a strainer over a small bowl. Pour tequila through strainer and discard solids.

    Place the watermelon cubes in a large pitcher. Using a muddler or potato masher, coarsely crush watermelon.

    Stir in the lime juice, Simple Syrup, mescal, jalapeño tequila and 2 cups of ice.

    Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.

    Fill Old Fashioned glasses with ice. Divide cocktail among glasses and serve.

     

    #5 Melon Sangria

    Recipe courtesy of laylita.com 

    Ingredients

    • 3 cups of mixed melon balls (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew)
    • 2-4 tablespoons of honey, adjust to taste
    • 1 lime, juiced
    • ¼ cup to ½ cup of grappa, adjust to taste – can also use pisco or a clear grape brandy
    • 1 (750 ml) bottle of moscato wine, chilled
    • 1 ½ cups of sparkling water, chilled

     

    Place the melon balls in a large pitcher, add the honey (2 tablespoons to start), lime juice, and ¼ cup of grappa. Mix gently and let rest in fridge for 1-2 hours or until 1 hour before serving.

    Add the moscato wine, mix gently, taste and add more honey or grappa if desired. Keep in mind that you will top it off with sparkling water right before serving, so it’s okay if it’s on the sweeter/stronger side. Refrigerate for another hour.

    Right before serving, add ice (or frozen melon balls as ice cubes), lime slices and mint leaves to garnish, and top off with sparkling water. You can prepare the final mix in the pitcher or serve it directly into glasses with melon ice cubes and top off each glass with the sparkling water.

     

    #6 Indian Summer Bourbon Cocktail

     

    Recipe courtesy of www.aspicyperspective.com

     

    Ingredients

    •  2 oz. good bourbon
    • 1/4 oz. limoncello
    • 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
    • 1 heaped tablespoon of apricot jam
    • 8-12 fresh sage leaves

    Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill the shaker with ice. Cover and shake vigorously 12-15 times.

    Fill a small tumbler with ice and double-strain into the cocktail into the glass.

    Garnish with a fresh sage leaf.

     

     #7 Pineapple Cinnamon Margaritas

    Recipe courtesy of www.bhg.com

     

    Ingredients

     

    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 10 lime wedges
    • 3 cups Triple Sec or other orange liqueur
    • 2 cups tequila
    • 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice
    • 1 cup superfine sugar 
    • 2 cups pineapple juice
    • Ice cubes
    • Cinnamon sticks (optional)

     

    In a small bowl mix the sugar and cinnamon until combined. Place sugar mixture on a small plate. Rub rims of eight glasses with lime; dip rims in sugar mixture.

    In a pitcher combine Triple Sec, tequila, lime juice, and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add pineapple juice to tequila mixture and stir. Chill until ready to serve.

    Place ice cubes in sugar-rimmed glasses. Pour the tequila mixture into prepared glasses and garnish with cinnamon sticks, if desired.

     

    #8 Blueberry Lemonade Fizz

     

    Recipe courtesy of www.ohlovelyday.com

    Ingredients

    • 1 can San Pellegrino Limonata {you’ll need about a half for each drink}
    • 1 oz. good vodka {or light rum} for each drink 
    • Fresh blueberries
    • Fresh mint
    • 1tsp. sugar

     

    Sprinkle a few blueberries into each bistro glass with sugar. Do a tiny bit of muddling.

    Pour your vodka into shot glasses for easy pouring and divide 1 oz. into each bistro glass.  Top with San Pellegrino Limonata {or a sparkling lemonade}

    Garnish with mint leaves.

     

    #9 Tequila and Campari with Tangerine

     

    Recipe courtesy of www.seriouseats.com 

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup Campari
    • 1 cup añejo tequila
    • 1 cup fresh-squeezed tangerine juice from about 6 tangerines 
    • 1 1/2 cups seltzer water
    • Garnish: 4 tangerine wedges

    In a large pitcher, combine Campari, tequila, and tangerine juice.
    Fill the pitcher with ice, top with seltzer, and gently stir to combine.
    Serve with tangerine wedges in each glass.

    #10 Rosemary Gin Fizz

     

    Recipe courtesy of www.cookieandkate.com

     

    Ingredients

    • 3 one-inch sprigs of fresh rosemary
    • 1 small lemon, juiced
    • ½ teaspoon honey
    • 1½ ounces gin
    • 3 ounces club soda

    In a small drinking glass, muddle the fresh rosemary, lemon juice and honey.
    Fill the glass with ice, then pour in the gin and top with club soda.
    Give it a little swirl with a spoon. That's it!

     

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