Don’t find yourself mixing something bland or overpaying at the local bar. Try out these summer drink recipes you can make at home that will impress you, your friends, and family!
One of the best summer drink recipes is a mojito. But why settle for a standard mojito when you can make it frozen? Food Network star Bobby Flay kicks up this classic cocktail by juicing two limes and mixing it with ¼ cup of simple sugar. You can make simple sugar by boiling sugar and water until the sugar is completely dissolved. Dump the simple syrup and lime juice in a blender along with a 10 to 12 mint leaves. Add four ounces. of your favorite white rum and two cups of crushed ice. Blend everything up until you reach your desired frothy texture. Pour it up and add on another mint leaf or two for garnishment.
Sangria is one of the best summer drink recipes you can make at home, especially if you plan on serving a group of people. Sangria is native to Spain and Portugal and was first introduced in the United States at the 1964 World’s Fair.
Sangria can be based with either red or white wines — the choice is entirely based on your personal preference. A simple white wine sangria (called Sangria Blanco in Spanish) can be made by mixing one bottle of a pinot grigio or riesling with a ¼ cup of your favorite brandy, rum, or vodka. Depending on how sweet you like your drinks, add anywhere from ¼ to ½ cup of sugar. Mix in some lemon juice as well as your favorite fruits, such as peaches, blueberries, and apples.
Dark ‘n’ Stormy
A dark ‘n’ stormy is a quick summer drink recipe to make that doesn’t require much effort or ingredients. Simply fill a taller glass with ice and add a shot and one-half of spiced rum with three ounces of ginger beer. If you want to get fancy, add just a sliver of ginger root for some extra kick.
For something on the lighter side, you have to try a Tom Collins. Jerry Thomas, a famous bartender from the 1800s, first curated this simple recipe. The drink’s name derives from “The Great Tom Collins Hoax of 1874,” a light-hearted prank that went viral in the eastern United States.
This classic summer drink is made by mixing a splash of soda water, two ounces of gin with one and one-half ounces of lemon juice. Add one and one-half teaspoons of sugar to the mix and pour over ice. It’s recommended to use a tall Collins glass or something similar for the drinks to settle just right.
You can’t quite get in the mood for summer fun without having a margarita (or two… or three). Start any fiesta with this simple margarita recipe!
Add two ounces of silver tequila in a shaker with one ounce of triple sec (orange liqueur) in a shaker. Squeeze in about one ounce of fresh lime juice and shake up the drink. Take a margarita glass and salt the rim, then pour in your mixture.
If you find yourself sweating it out on a scorching summer day, take the same ingredients for the drink recipe and add into a blender. Add eight ice cubes and blend up! You can pour your frozen margarita in a glass with a salted rim for the finishing touch.