{Recipes} Summer Sips

summer cocktail recipes

Summer is here! It’s time to enjoy refreshing drinks on the patio with friends. I absolutely love mixing up delicious cocktails for backyard dinner parties and celebrations. Add some cute drink stirrers or drink flags for a little extra decoration. Another favorite tip? Freeze lemonade or other fruit juices in ice trays instead of plain ice cubes for a colorful splash that won’t water down your drinks.

Here are some of my favorite Summer Sip recipes!

Peach Sangria


Makes 8 cups

1 (750-milliliter) bottle white wine
1 cup peach schnapps
1/2 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
2 nectarines, sliced
1 cup green or red grapes, whole or sliced
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or overnight. Stir before serving.

watermelon berry sparkler


2 cup(s) watermelon, cubed and seeded
1 container(s) (6 ounces) red raspberries
2 tablespoon(s) superfine sugar, use 3 tablespoons if too tart
Cold brut champagne or prosecco (dry Italian sparkling wine)

Puree watermelon and raspberries in a blender. Scrape mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard seeds. Stir sugar into puree (adding more if too tart). Puree can be made up to 1 day ahead and refrigerated.

For sparklers, pour 2 tbsp puree into each champagne glass and top with 4 oz cold brut champagne or prosecco. For a nonalcoholic version, use club soda or seltzer instead.

cranberry margaritas


1 (10-oz.) can frozen mojito mix
3/4 cup tequila
1/4 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
2 tablespoons orange liqueur
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Combine first 5 ingredients in a blender. Fill blender with ice to 5-cup level, and process until smooth. Serve immediately.

basil lemonade


1/2 cup rinsed, lightly packed fresh basil leaves
3 tablespoons sugar
4 cups water
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
sprigs of fresh basil

In a 1 1/2- to 2-quart glass measure or bowl, combine basil leaves and sugar. With a wooden spoon, crush leaves with sugar until thoroughly bruised. Add water and lemon juice. Stir until sugar is dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes. Taste and add more sugar if desired. Pour through a fine strainer into ice-filled

pink lemonade cocktail


1 (12-oz.) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
3 (12-oz.) bottles beer (not dark), chilled
3/4 cup vodka, chilled
Garnishes: fresh cranberries, citrus slices

Stir together first 3 ingredients. Serve over ice.

images via Southern Living

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  1. 4


    These drinks look simply delicious! They would make our Breeze Collection crystal glassware even more refreshing at an Independence Day barbecue =)

  2. 5

    A College Girl says

    We call the pink lemonade one “pink panty-droppers” at school. It’s really good… also really dangerous.

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      Marie says

      Wayyyyy back in the day when I was in college (mid-1970’s) we called the pink lemonade drink…’Run, Skip and Go Naked’. We put all ingredients in a large blender and served…! Yummy and dangerous. :)

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    Diane Ostman says

    Where can one find 1 (10-oz.) can frozen mojito mix.
    I checked every store I could last year, no one had them.


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