Is there a cold drink in your hand right now? If not, try one of these summer drinks to cool you off. These recipes feature seasonal fruits and are ideal for those hot summer days when you need a delicious, refreshing drink. We've included tips for alcohol-free cocktails and alcohol-added mocktails to keep everyone happily hydrated.
Rum, Strawberries, Basil or Mint Leaves, Simple Syrup or Agave, Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
Alcohol-free version: Replace rum with sparkling water.
Remove green tops from berries. Muddle 5 or 6 hulled strawberries and mint or basil in a glass. In a shaker with ice, mix 2oz Rum, 1/2oz Fresh Lime, and 1 1/2oz simple syrup or agave with muddled berries and herbs. Shake, strain into serving glass over ice. (Non-alcoholic version: mix all ingredients but rum, top with seltzer.)
Blackberry Agua Fresca
Blended Blackberries, Water, Agave Nectar, Lemon Juice, Lemons, Gin (optional)
Cocktail Recipe: Muddle or blend 1/4 C blackberries. In a shaker with ice, mix 2oz gin, 1/2oz lemon juice, and 1 1/2oz agave with berries. Stir, strain into serving glass over ice, and garnish with a few blackberries. (Non-alcoholic version: omit gin.)
Stir gin and blackberry mixture with ice, and strain into a collins glass.
Homemade Jalapeno & Basil Limeade
Alcohol to add: Tequila
Muddle 3-4 jalapenos with basil and simple syrup or agave. Shake with 2oz tequila, 1/2oz lime juice and ice and strain into a chilled coup glass or over ice. Garnish with lime. (Non-alcoholic: omit tequila.)
Watermelon-Infused Lemonade, Mint Garnish
Alcohol to add: Vodka
Shake 1.5oz lemon juice, 1.5oz simple syrup, 1/4 C pureed watermelon and 2oz vodka with ice. Strain into a chilled glass and top with a splash of seltzer. Add berries for an extra burst of sweetness! (Non-alcoholic: omit vodka.)