As the weather heats up, we find ourselves right on the cusp of full-blown summer 2016, and we've been itching for a summer cocktail party! We put together our list of the top summertime cocktails for any occasion. From intimate little black dress, to cut off shorts and crop tops - we've got you covered! Number three is happening this weekend!
1. The Fancy, Entertaining Friends Cocktail:
This cocktail is super fancy, and almost too pretty to drink. It should be reserved for house warming parties, girl's nights, and intimate birthday gatherings. Anytime you're hosting a small group and want to play the part of classy little hostess with the mostess, this is your go-to!
(Recipe via damndelicious.net)
- 3 cups prosecco, chilled
- 1 cup limoncello liqueur, chilled
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 6 sprigs fresh mint
- In a large pitcher, whisk together prosecco and limoncello.
- Fill cocktail glass with ice, serve over raspberries, and garnish with mint.
2. The Pitcher Cocktail:
Sometimes, you just need alcohol in mass quantities! This is best for pool parties, large gatherings, and generally anytime you have a lazy bartender or just need drinks on deck.
(recipe via popsugar.com)
1 large orange, cut into 1/4-inch half-moon slices
1 large lemon, cut into 1/4-inch round slices
1 large peach, pitted and cut into 1/4-inch half-moon slices
1 1/2 cups strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup peach liqueur
1 750-mL bottle dry white wine, like pinot grigio
1 1/2 cups sparkling Moscato wine
- In a large pitcher, layer orange slices, lemon slices, peach slices, and strawberries. Top with peach liqueur, white wine, and Moscato.
- Chill up to four hours. Before serving, give sangria a good stir, mashing the fruit slightly.
3. The Roadie:
Hear us out...theres a ton of summertime social activities and group outings that are best enjoyed with cocktails. Responsibly. NOT WHILE DRIVING. Not that kind of roadie..but a road dog, a ride or die cocktail companion who will be there when you reach your destination and are ready to party while on the move. These cocktails are best for festivals, beach birthdays, even just a picnic setting in the canyons over looking the city. We LOVE how easy these "zip-loc cocktails" are! Even better if you can throw them in the freezer for a little bit, then once they defrost in the sun, you've got yourself an adult slushy!
(Recipe via tastemeade.com)
- 2 tablespoons of lime juice
- 1/4 cup of tequila
- 1 tablespoon of triple sec
- 2 tablespoons of fine sugar
- 1 lime wedge
Long Island Ice Tea
- 1 tablespoon of vodka
- 1 tablespoon of gin
- 1 tablespoon of rum
- 1 tablespoon of tequila
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of triple sec
- 1 teaspoon of fine sugar
- 1/2 cup of orange juice
- 1/4 cup of vodka
- Orange slice
Throw all your liquid ingredients into a ziplock bag one at a time and and seal tightly. Carefully shake the bag up and toss in in a cooler filled with ice. When you’re ready to drink, it should be nice and cold. Just open the bags, throw in a straw and you’re sipping easy cocktails no matter where you are!