Six Refreshing Summer Cocktail Recipes
Summer is nearly here and after a difficult few months, everyone is eager to get outside and soak up some sun. This also means that the spring flowers and fruits are in full bloom, so what better way to get inspired for upcoming gatherings than by incorporating them into your drinks?
We found six refreshing spring cocktails guaranteed to make any party you’re hosting a big hit!
1. Spanish Sangria
Try our homemade Spanish Sangria with this delicious recipe guaranteed to be a hit with any of your wine loving friends!
- 2 3.5 oz bottle of DrinkAde Prevention
- 1 750 ml bottle red Spanish wine
- Several cups of fresh squeezed orange juice
- 3 Oranges
- 3 Pears
- 1 bunch of basil
- 3 peach, cubed
Slice fruit, ready to drop into a large punch bowl. Add ice to the punch bowl, along with red wine, OJ + DrinkAde. Stir Generously. Enjoy a glass right on the spot and/or refrigerate until serving - 4-6 hours would be ideal so the flavors can mingle. Drink within 1-2 days.
2. Ginger Beer Cherry Vodka Soda
Cherry Simple Syrup:
- 1 cup fresh or frozen cherries pitted
- 2-3 tablespoons honey I used 2
Ginger Beer Cherry Vodka Soda:
- crushed ice
- 3/4 cup ginger beer
- 2-4 tablespoons cherry simple syrup depending on your taste, above
- 1-2 ounces vodka
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- fresh cherries for garnish
- 1 3.4oz bottle of DrinkAde Boost
Cherry Simple Syrup: In a small to medium size pot, combine the cherries and honey. Use a muddler or just a fork to mash the cherries up until they are almost pulp like. Add 1 cup water and place the pot over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring often for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Chill until completely cool, about 30 minutes. Syrup can be kept in the fridge for at least one week.
- Ginger Beer Cherry Vodka Soda: Fill your glass with ice. Add the ginger beer, NTH Boost, cherry simple syrup, vodka and lime juice. Stir to combine. Garnish with fresh cherries and thyme. DRINK.
Recipe from Half Baked Harvest
3. Spring Fling Cocktail
Some say drinking gin is for old people, but we would have to disagree. This cocktail is proof that gin can be youthful! To add a spring twist to the “old gin” you’ll need rose water, fresh roses and lemons. It is bursting with citrus and quite fancy!Ingredients:
- 1 oz gin
- 3/4 oz st germain
- 1/2 oz lemon syrup (recipe below)
- 8 drops rose water
- 5 oz club soda
- edible flower ice cubes (such as peonies and marigolds)
- Lemon Syrup Recipe
- 1/2 cups lemon juice
- 1/2 cup water
- zest of one lemon
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 3.4oz bottle of DrinkAde Prevention
Begin by adding edible flowers to an ice cube tray and filling with water and freezing. Mix all ingredients except for club soda, and flower ice cubes in shaker filled with ice. Add flower ice cubes into glasses. Pour cocktail over ice and top with club soda.
Zest lemon. Juice lemons to make 1/2 cup juice. Add to pot with water and sugar. Bring to a boil and then turn off the heat. Let syrup cool before using.
4. Ice Tea Sangria Popsicles
Who said cocktails always have to come in drink form? Try this delicious Popsicle recipe to keep you super refreshed this Spring! All you’ll need is some seasonal fruit (mangoes, cherries, raspberries, etc.), some wine and you’re pretty much good to go!
- 1 cup unsweetened brewed ice tea
- 1 cup white wine
- 2 3.4oz bottles of DrinkAde Boost
- 1/2 - 1 cup simple syrup (depending on how sweet you want your popsicles)
- 1 cup of chopped fresh fruit (I used mangoes, peaches, lychee, strawberries, raspberries)
- To make your own simple syrup, boil 1 cup water with 1 cup granulated white sugar until sugar is dissolved. then let syrup cool a little before adding in to tea/wine mixture.
Blend wine, DrinkAde Boost, iced tea and simple syrup. Pour into ice pop molds, filling 2/3 full. Add in a variety of chopped fruit to each mold until they are full. Use the popsicle sticks to push the fruit down and spread out across the ice pop molds. Freeze overnight to set. Because of the alcohol, the popsicles do melt fairly fast, so eat right away after removing them from the freezer.
Recipe from Kirbie Cravings
5. Thyme-Lemon Bourbon Cocktail
Thought all Spring Cocktails had to be girly? Think again! This bourbon-based cocktail is a great option for all the whiskey lovers! A few ingredients you will need include lemon, thyme and bourbon of course!
- Lemon Thyme Simple Syrup
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Lemon Extract
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 1 ounce Lemon Thyme simple syrup
- Lemon wedge for serving
- 1 3.5oz bottle of DrinkAde Prevention
Heat all of the ingredients for the simple syrup in a small saucepan. Bring to a full boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook at a gentle boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow syrup to cool to room temperature. Strain syrup with a fine strainer to remove the thyme leaves. Add the pure lemon extract and refrigerate until ready to use. Note: Simple syrup can be saved in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Combine the ingredients for one cocktail in a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously and serve over ice with a lemon wedge. Note: you can also make multiple cocktails at a time, or even a large batch of cocktails.
Recipe from The Roasted Root
6. Cucumber Lime Tequila Cocktail
What’s a Cocktail blog post without including a Tequila-based drink? For all our tequila lovers out there we found this super refreshing Cucumber and Lime number.
In addition to cucumber and lime (obviously), you’re also gonna need some sugar, club soda and of course Tequila!
- 3 ounces of fresh cucumber juice
- 1 1/2 ounces of lime juice
- 1 1/2 ounces of tequila
- sugar/ stevia to taste (~1/4-1/2 a teaspoon per drink)
- club soda (~3 ounces)
- 1 3.5oz DrinkAde Prevention
- Lime and cucumber wedges for garnish
- Fix a small glass with ice.
- Mix the cucumber juice, lime juice,NTH Prevention, tequila, and stevia/ sugar together in the glass.
- Fill up the glass the rest of the way with club soda (~3 ounces). This step can be skipped if desired.
- Garnish and ENJOY!
Recipe from Bbritnell
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