One of our favorite seasons is here for at least a month more. A hot, hot summer is always appreciated after enduring the chilly winter and cool spring. Now very characteristic of summer is dehydration because of the intense heat. Drinking water alone can be boring, to keep your drinks menu interesting you can incorporate, cocktails, mocktails, or plain juice. Icy drinks are best at this time so let us find the ten cocktail recipes to combat the summer heat!
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A mojito is a classic highball drink that originated in Cuba and so its ingredients are Cuban natives. This includes rum, lime, mint, sugar, and club soda serving as the thirst quencher. To prepare, crush mint leaves and lime to release mint oil and lime juice in a sturdy class. Fill the glass with ice, pour a moderate amount of rum, and top it up with club soda.
Now enjoy a refreshing, fizzy, and mildly sweet cocktail. This is a classic mojito recipe but can be altered to make a raspberry or strawberry mojito.
#2. Pina Colada
Pina colada literally means “strained pineapple,” an allusion to how pineapple is pressed and strained to make the drink and originated in Puerto Rico. This cocktail is made with pineapple juice, rum, coconut cream or coconut milk usually blended or shaken with ice.
There are many margarita variations depending on the base drink used. To make a classic margarita, rub a wedge of lime along the rim of a tumbler then dip the rim into salt.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, tequila, lime, or lemon juice and triple sec (can be replaced with champagne or sprite) and shake. Strain the mix into the glass over ice and serve with lime or lemon wedges.
This mix originated from Spain and Portugal, originally just wine mixed with fruits and spices. In a large pitcher, mix wine, orange juice, brandy, and sugar or honey. Stir in your choice of fruits like oranges, apples, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, pineapples, or peaches.
Refrigerate until ready to serve, this helps develop the flavor of the cocktail. Preferably, top off with a seltzer before serving to keep the bubbles nice and fresh.
#5. Tequila Sunrise
This is a very easy-to-make drink that originated in Arizona and California. Pour tequila and orange juice into a tall or highball glass filled with ice, then slowly drizzle grenadine down the side of the glass or pour it slowly on the back of a spoon.
Do not mix and as the grenadine settles at the bottom of the glass, garnish with an orange slice, cherry, or blackberry.
#6. Gin Basil Smash
This is a spin of the whiskey smash which uses basil and gin in place of mint and whiskey. Gently smash basil in a cocktail shaker, add gin, lemon juice, syrup, and ice, and shake. Then strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish with some basil leaves.
#7. Strawberry Daiquiri
Daiquiris are a mix of rum, citrus juice, and sugar. Frozen strawberry is used in making strawberry daiquiri. Place frozen strawberries in a blender, and add sugar, lemon, and lime juice. Then pour rum, sprite, and ice and blend till smooth.
Pour in a glass with or without ice and garnish with strawberries and lime wedges. For a frozen strawberry daiquiri, leave out ice when blending the mix.
#8. Bay Breeze Cocktail
A very stir-and-drink cocktail, just pour cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and vodka into a highball glass filled with ice. Stir and garnish with fruit wedges of your choice.
This classic cocktail was first served in the 1860s in Milan. It combines sour Campari and sweet vermouth and is extremely easy to make. Pour the Campari and vermouth into any vintage glass filled with ice, top with soda, and garnish with lemon or orange slices.
#10. Frozen Rosé
The frozen rosé or frosé is simply a blend of choice frozen fruits spiced with vodka. It was first made in New York in 2016 and is one of the favorite summer cocktails. Put some frozen strawberries, crushed ice, lemon juice, honey syrup, and rosé wine into a blender and blend until it’s smooth. Pour and garnish with your fruit of choice.
Have a chilled summer!
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Written by: Phoebe Addo, Thu, Jun 29, 2023.