Summer cocktails make an excellent addition to a fun outdoor party. And, because of the selection of fresh fruits available during this time of year, you can incorporate them into your drinks to make them even more refreshing. Keep reading for inspiration.
Strawberry Wine Punch
There’s nothing like a fresh batch of summer strawberries, and you’ll love them in cocktail. Wine makes a great base for punch and strawberry wine adds a little sweetness that goes well with a light summer salad. With very few ingredients required, strawberry wine punch can be made in advance, or quickly for last minute dinner guests. You might even make some to unwind on Friday nights after a long week at work.
Is your party going to be a lavish brunch instead? Then the perfect cocktail is a Bloody Mary. Don’t limit yourself to just drinking it to treat hangovers; if they’re made with chilled Clamato juice and the perfect Bloody Mary seasoning, these cocktails will be a real a treat for your guests.
To make them even more exciting, experiment with different types of garnishes. You could opt for a classic celery stick, or you could expand the range to include pepperoni, smoked gouda, sweet cherry peppers, baby dill pickles, or even stuffed olives. Each garnish complements the spicy flavors of the Bloody Mary, and makes a simple cocktail into a delightful appetizer. You’ll never go back to the old garnishes ever again.
Sparkling Lemonade Sangria
Nothing conjures up the image of holidays in Spain like sipping a cold glass of sangria. This delicious sparkling lemonade sangria is the perfect refreshment to serve at a BBQ.
The night before your big party, marinate Moscato wine, berries, lemons, lemonade, and sugar in a pitcher. If you want to get a little creative, add in different kinds of fruits such as oranges, pineapples, and kiwis. You could also add some pink lemonade to your sangria to give it a little more color. I like to use frozen fruit instead of ice to keep it cold.
Ginger Beer-Pineapple Rum Punch
For those who want something sweet and spicy, this ginger beer and pineapple rum punch is guaranteed to delight the taste buds. Rum punch makes everyone feel like they’re on a tropical getaway in the Caribbean, so this is the perfect drink to serve with jerk chicken or seafood. This is yet another simple cocktail, requiring only fresh lime juice, ginger beer, dark Jamaican rum, and pineapple juice. Simply combine all the ingredients in a pitcher, stir well to combine, then pour over ice to serve.
Cider Rum Punch
As the warm weather begins to wane, a cider rum punch is perfect for warming the soul and holding onto the heat of the summer for a little while longer. Cider combines the fruity, fresh taste of summer with the warmth and depth of fall.
I hope these ideas inspire you to get creative in the kichen and develop some summer cocktails of your own — and remember, they don’t need to be alcholoic to be enjoyed!