– By Michelle Ess –
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When the sun is shining there’s nothing like sitting on a patio or on your back porch sipping on something ice cold and refreshing – with a bit of a kick. Whether you’re entertaining guests or trying to catch the last rays of sunshine after a long day, these cocktails will help you relax and fight off the summer heat. I’m personally not a huge fan of the blended iced cocktails, so I’ve offered up some more traditional versions. But go ahead and take these recipes to the next level if you’re a more modern day drinker.
There are many variations of sangria, but we’re going back to the basics with this red wine recipe. This fruit-filled cocktail is great for serving a backyard full of guests at a barbecue! The key is to let the flavors meld together the night before.
750 ml Red Wine
½ Orange, Sliced into Wheels
½ Lime, Sliced into Wheels
½ Lemon, Sliced into Wheels
½ cup Blueberries
2 oz. Spiced Rum or Brandy
2-4 oz. Cranberry Juice
Club Soda or Ginger Ale
In a punch bowl or large pitcher, mix together wine, fruits, rum or brandy and juice. Let sit and chill for 24 hours. Fill wine glass with ice, pour in sangria mixture and top with Club Soda, or Ginger Ale for a sweeter taste. Stir. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds on top to garnish.
You can’t beat something so simple and cooling. If you’re catching some rays next to a pool, try this easy thirst-quenching recipe.
9 oz. White Wine
2-3 oz. Club Soda
Pour white wine into wine glass filled with ice, top with soda and garnish with lime wedge.
6 oz. Prosecco
½ oz. Peach Purée
Fresh or frozen peach slice
Fill a Champaign flute glass with peach purée, add Prosecco and garnish with peach slice.
1½ oz. Silver Tequila
1 oz. Cointreau
¾ oz. Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
Dash Simple Syrup
Add ingredients to a shaker tin or mixing glass. Fill with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks or martini glass and garnish with lime wheel.
I bet you were expecting Daiquiri mix right? Think again! This is the original recipe, however if you prefer the slushy version go ahead and blend these ingredients with ice. You can also try adding in grapefruit juice for a slight variation on the Hemingway Daiquiri.
2 oz. White Rum
1 oz. Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
½ oz. Simple Syrup
Add ingredients to a shaker tin or mixing glass. Fill with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with lime wheel.
Sweet, refreshing and perfect for any Tropical weather, the mojito can be enjoyed with this classic recipe or with a bit of a mad twist. By clapping the mint leaves between your hands you release the essential oils that gives this drink its minty flavor.
1½ oz. White Rum
¾ Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
2 oz. Club Soda
1 ½ oz. Simple Syrup
5 Mint Leaves
Clap each mint leaf between your hands. In a shaker tin or mixing glass, add mint leaves, lime juice, rum and simple syrup. Muddle and mix together. Fill up with ice and shake vigorously. Pour into highball glass and top with soda.
If you like piña coladas … then you’ll fully appreciate this original recipe. However, if you want to have a bit more fun try blending these ingredients with ice before hitting the Hurricane glass.
2 oz. White Rum
2 oz. Coconut Milk
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
Pineapple Slice, Quartered
Add ingredients to a shaker tin or mixing glass and fill with ice. Shake vigorously. Fill a Hurricane or tall glass with ice. Strain colada mixture into glass. Garnish with pineapple slice.