Summer Cocktail Recipes

Summer Cocktail Recipes

4 Fun Summer Cocktail Recipes Every Host Should Know

With summer comes heat, and with heat comes drinks. When you are entertaining guests, it’s all about making them feel comfortable. What’s the best way to beat the heat and satisfy your guests’ thirst at the same time? Drinks. But not just any plain old drinks, we’re talking party drinks.

We believe that every hostess that claims she has the mostest needs a few go-to party drinks that will lighten the mood, taste great, and look good while doing it (yes, we're still talking about the drinks here). We have listed a few of our favorite summertime recipes to help cool down your guests, but we recommend picking one or two to perfect and have them be your go-to. If you are known to have the best Bloody Mary on the block, we can’t see how that is a bad thing, can you? Keep in mind that these will be based on a summertime vibe, so you might want to do some independent research for your other seasonality specialties.

The Raspberry Gin Rickey Pear Mojito
1.5 oz. gin
4 oz. club soda
2 tbsp. simple syrup
fresh raspberries
2 tbsp. lime juice
1.5 oz. rum
.75 oz. lime juice
.75 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. pear puree
fresh mint leaves
club soda
Muddle two raspberries in the bottom of a highball glass. Add the rest of the ingredients together with ice. Garnish with a lime slice and more raspberries.
In a highball glass, lightly press on mint leaves with a muddler. Add the rest of the ingredients except club soda. Add ice and transfer into a shaker and shake. Add club soda and pour back in a highball glass. Garnish with mint leaves.
Peach Bourbon Iced Tea-Lemonade Spicy Mandarin Margarita
1 whiskey ball
1-part lemonade
1-part iced tea
1 tsp. simple syrup
1 oz. bourbon
1/2-oz. peach liqueur
1/2 of 1 peach- sliced
1 mint sprig for garnish
2 oz. of reposado tequila
1 oz. of lime juice
1 oz. of mandarin juice
1 oz. of brown sugar syrup – Mix equal parts brown sugar and boiling water to make the syrup
1 serrano pepper, chopped
1 cup of ice
chili pepper seasoning to rim the glass
serrano pepper for garnish
Pour tea, lemonade, simple syrup, bourbon, and peach liqueur over an ice ball in a rocks glass. Stir. Add several peach slices into the drink. Garnish with mint sprig - enjoy!
Fill a cocktail shaker with tequila, lime juice, mandarin juice, brown sugar syrup, chopped serrano pepper, and ice. Shake the mixture for at least 30 seconds to combine ingredients and chill the drink. Rim a margarita glass with chili pepper seasoning, pour in the cocktail and serve.

Ashley Jones Hatcher created these delicious cocktails using our bartender set and ice bucket.

With these recipes at hand, you should be able to satisfy any guest. You might have noticed some of these favorite formulas call for some hardware, but you’re in luck. Our bartender set and ice bucket give you everything you need to cook up these clever concoctions (well, besides the alcohol, and the ice, and the fruit, and th- okay you know what we meant). The best part about serving up party drinks is that it takes some practice to get them just right. So, you’re not drinking by yourself, you’re just practicing being the best hostess you can be! Don’t listen to the haters. Chase your dreams.

Nathan Ray is a Content Assistant at mDesign.
He is really, really good at catching the little pieces of eggs that they throw at you at Hibachi restaurants.

Photo courtesy of Ashley Jones Hatcher (@ashleyjoneshatcher).

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Posted: Jul 30, 2019