It’s no surprise that with the summer heat looming over us, we begin our search for ways to keep cool. While seeking out shade, water balloon fights, or even lounging in the pool are great ways to cut through the stifling heat, there’s nothing quite like sipping on a summer cocktail while enjoying time with friends and family.
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While children have their juice coolers and water to sip at to keep them cool, adults may want something with a bit more of an edge to it during the heat of the day. If you want to try something a little more than your average beer or wine cooler, there are some alcoholic drinks to cool the summer heat that you absolutely must try.
1. Alcoholic Peach Tea:
The best part about this sweet tea is the fact that you can make it to suit just about any party. If you’re having one, two, or even twenty people over, it’s easy to add or subtract from this drink recipe.
2 Parts: Peach Moonshine.
1 part: Sweet Tea
1 part: Lemonade.
To make this alcoholic peach Tea, you will mix your ingredients in a large pitcher over ice. Garnish with peaches and fresh mint leaves.
2. Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade:
If you want a drink that embodies summer, this would be the one to make. While this does take a bit more work than combining liquids, it is an effort that is well worth it.
1 lb: Fresh Strawberries.
2 Cups: Sugar.
1 Cup: Bourbon.
1 Cup: Cold Water (Ice Cold works best)
1 Tablespoon: Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Ounce: Bitters
12: Basil Leaves (Optional Garnish)
8: Basil Sprigs. (Optional Garnish)
Puree your strawberries in a blender or food processor. In a medium sauce pan you will combine the strawberry puree with 1 ¾ cups of water and heat over medium-high heat until it begins to boil. (This will take approximately 5-10 minutes)
Add your sugar to the boiling mixture and stir until it is completely dissolved. Next, you’ll remove it from the heat and allow it to cool completely.
Strain your strawberries through a fine mesh sieve and discard any solids you’re left with. Chill your home-made syrup for at least 1 hour.
Once your syrup is cooled, you’ll combine your syrup, water, bourbon, lemon juice, and bitters in a large pitcher. Serve guests with unique glassware and garnish each with basil leaves and sprigs.
3. Berry Gin Rickey:
Take a creative spin with the classic Gin Rickey by adding summer berries to the mix.
1 Cup: Sugar
1 Cup: Fresh Lime Juice
1.5 Cups: Fresh berries of your choice.
12 Ounces: Gin
1 Quart: Seltzer
In a medium pot, bring your sugar and ½ cup of water to a boil over high heat; keep stirring until the sugar completely dissolves. Set it aside to cool for about 10-15 minutes.
Muddle (break up) your choice of berries at the bottom of your pitcher, get creative with this step as different berry combinations will create a new flavor profile. You can even set up a tasting bar with shot glasses to allow guests to try different flavors!
Combine your remaining ingredients and garnish with lime slices and more berries.
4. Mango Mimosa:
This is perhaps one of the easiest drinks of the bunch. Not only is it crisp and refreshing, it definitely spells out “summer time party”.
1 bottle: Champagne.
Dice your mangoes finely then transfer them over to your food processor. You’ll blend them until finely pureed. Afterward, you will strain your puree using a fine mesh sieve (Discard any solids left behind)
In a large pitcher, mix your mango puree and the champagne together.
For garnish, you can grab an extra mango and dice it into cubes. You can either toss them directly into the pitcher or garnish each glass with skewered mango slices.
Do you have a favorite summer drink recipe? Share it in the comments section below!