Ahh, summer! The time for sunny days by the pool/lake/beach with a cool drink in hand. This week, we’ve gathered some easy recipes to try out this summer for a party, wedding, or family gathering! The key to a great cocktail (or mocktail) for a party or large group is to make it easy for the bartender – so keep the ingredient list down and the recipe fairly simple. These cocktails (and mocktails) are simple and oh so tasty. Now we just need an excuse to host a party of our own so we can make them all!
Up first: The Greyhound. In this version of the Greyhound, all you need is:
- Grapefruit Juice
Fill a rocks glass with ice, then pour 2 oz. of vodka followed by 5 oz. of grapefruit juice. Make it fancy by adding a wedge of grapefruit or a rosemary sprig, pictured below! For an even more refreshing version of the popular Greyhound, use gin instead of vodka.
Next up we have a sure-to-be smash hit for any pool party or summer gathering: Rosé Lemonade. This can be served in small or large batches! For either option, you will need:
- Dry Rosé Wine
- Club Soda
For a small batch (serves around 8), combine 1 750 ml bottle of rose, 3 cups of lemonade, and 1 lemon (sliced) into a large pitcher filled with ice, and top with 1 12 oz. can of club soda.
For a larger crowd, it’s a tad more labor-involved, but still simple! Buy the ingredients and prepare the wine+lemonade combination in advance and pour into pitchers or gallon jugs. Fill a glass with ice, then fill 2/3 of the glass with the wine mixture, and 1/3 with club soda. Garnish with a lemon wedge, and voila! For a wedding, have the bartender serve the wine mixture from decanters for a more classy look 🙂
This next recipe is great for large groups and can be served with or without alcohol, depending on your crowd! 🙂 For this tasty Sparkling Citrus Punch, all you will need is:
- 30 oz. Lemonade
- 30 oz. Limeade
- 1.5 Liters of Sprite
- Lemon & Lime Slices for Garnish
- (optional) Vodka – Plain or Citrus Flavored
Combine chilled lemonade, limeade, and sprite in a large punch bowl or drink dispenser. If you’re unsure if you have a drinking crowd, display the vodka and some ice next to the punch and let your guests decide for themselves if they’d like a little extra kick!
A new take on a popular brunch and shower drink is up next, with this Non-Alcoholic Mimosa. Don’t get us wrong, we’re huge fans of the classic. Champagne and OJ… Ya’ can’t go wrong. However, if you’re hosting a baby shower, or are in a setting where alcohol isn’t being served, this option is so easy! All you need is:
- 1/2 fresh orange juice (chilled)
- 1/2 sparkling apple juice (chilled)
For a group or party, place the chilled bottles out for display and make a DIY mimosa bar! You can add different garnishes to choose from such as orange slices, frozen berries, mint leaves, etc.
One last drink for all the whiskey lovers out there like myself- my very own recipe. Since I created this drink a few years ago it has been aptly named the “Summer Whiskey Drink” and my friends and family know what it is. However for this blog post, I’ll call it the Whiskey Summer Tea. You’ll need:
- Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey (or another honey whiskey of your choice)
- Peach Tea (Snapple is my favorite.)
Simply combine 1 part whiskey with 3 parts tea over ice. If you want to make it fancy you can add some slices of fresh peach, but it’s not necessary. This is a really refreshing summer time whiskey drink and I guarantee you’ll love it!
Whether you’re going to the beach, the lake, the pool, or just your backyard – these refreshing drinks are sure to be a great addition to any party or gathering.
ENJOY! (and drink responsibly)