Summertime, when the livin’ easy. And there is not much easier than sitting back in the sunshine and sipping on a delicious and refreshing cocktail. But there are so many different cocktails to try it’s hard to pick a favorite.
To help you narrow your selection, we curated 7 refreshing summer cocktails that you can make right now at your home or bar.
1 – Bangin’ Pineapple Punch
Pineapple is a classic summer flavor and a feature in our first cocktail on the list. This one will have extra spice and flavor because of the infused simple syrup. We wrote a great piece on simple syrups, check it out here.
1.5 oz Spiced Rum
1 oz Brandy
2 oz Pineapple Juice
0.5 oz Lime Juice
0.75 oz Spiced Simple Syrup (Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, anise),
2 Dashes Bitters,
Pineapple Wedge and Cinnamon Stick
Combine rum, brandy, pineapple juice, lime juice, and simple syrup into a shaker with ice. Shake. Strain into glass over ice and garnish with a pineapple wedge and cinnamon stick.
2 – Peach Tree Fizz
The Peach Tree Fizz is built in the glass and layering this one will get you a nice green to yellow transition. Which you will enjoy for about 3 seconds because this one is delicious! This cocktail is built in the glass and if you do it just right the colors should fade from green to orange. A great presentation and an even better flavor.
1 oz Peach liqueur
1.25oz Blue Curacao
2.oz Orange Juice
0.5 oz Lemon Juice
Prep your glass with crushed ice. Shake the peach liqueur, orange juice and lemon juice in ice. Pour your blue curacao into the bottom of your glass then strain the shaker on top. Fill the gap with lemon/lime soda. Garnish with orange round.
3 – Smokey Cilantro Paloma
Say hello to the Smoky Cilantro Paloma. This cocktail is prepared by packing the shaker with a fist full of cilantro before straining over ice. Combining this with the smokiness from the Mezcal will give you a memorable cocktail perfect for the pool.
1 oz Mezcal
1 oz Grapefruit Juice
1 bundle cilantro
0.75 oz Coco Real
1.5 oz Soda Water
Put a fist full of cilantro into your shaker with ice on top. Second add your grapefruit, mezcal and coconut cream and shake. Strain over ice top with soda water and garnish with more cilantro.
4 – Pete’s Pina Colada
Pina Colada! Everyone seems to have a different way to make theirs, ours is a riff on the original hold the slush. Shake and server over ice, please.
1.5 oz White Rum
2 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Coconut Cream
In a shaker add your rum, pineapple and coconut cream then shake and serve over ice. Garnish with pineapple. These don’t last long so you can batch make a few at a time if your shaker can support it.