Sometimes a cocktail is a necessary summer accessory. That’s why Chia Kougianos has rounded up these simple recipes to quench your thirst and help you beat the heat so you can stay refreshed all season long, no matter where you are.
From frozen slushies to seasonal staples, these delectable drinks hit the spot like nothing else. Get ready to raise your a glass as we celebrate the season with these summer cocktails that rightfully belong on your bucket list.
With just five ingredients this elegant cocktail has an unbeatable tropical taste. You can expect every round to be gone faster than you can say, “Under the Sea”
2 c. ice
1/4 c. blue curaçao
1 c. white rum
2 c. lemonade
4 lemon slices
8 maraschino cherries
Place 1/4 cup of ice in each glass, and then add a splash of blue curaçao, 1/4 cup rum, and another 1/4 cup ice. Pour over 1/2 cup lemonade. Skewer a lemon slice and add two maraschino cherries together with a paper umbrella or toothpick and garnish before serving.
Triple Layer Piña Coladas
After one sip of this feisty cocktail you won’t mind getting caught in the rain. Aptly nicknamed a liquid vacation, this classic drink is given a serious upgrade and promises to transport you to a different tropical oasis with every layer.
3 oz. rum
1 1/2 c. pineapple
3 tsp. agave syrup
3 tbsp. coconut cream
3 oz. lime juice
1 c. ice
12 strawberries, chopped
2 small peach, chopped
Strawberries, for garnish
Toasted sweetened coconut for garnish
Fill your blender with 1/3 of the rum, pineapple, agave nectar, coconut cream, lime juice, and ice. Set aside. Repeat two more times, first adding strawberry, and then peach.
Blend mixture and pour into serving glass in layers starting with base mix, then strawberry mix, and lastly peach. Make sure to chill each layer before adding the next.
Beat the Heat Slushies
This is the kind of cocktail that allows you to have a drink and eat it too. Sit back and relax as the booze-infused ice soaks into your glass while you sip, then enjoy the adult-friendly treat once your glass is almost empty.
4 c. frozen raspberries
1 (750 ml) bottle white wine
2 (12 oz) cans Spindrift® Raspberry Lime
1/4 c. vodka
Juice of 1/2 lime
4 slices lime for garnish
Combine the raspberries, wine, Spindrift, vodka, and lime juice in a blender and blend until smooth. Divide among glasses and garnish each with a slice of lime.
The Bahama Mama is a beloved classic cocktail and is the kind of drink that will keep you refreshed and cool all summer long thanks to its perfect ratio of juice to alcohol.
2 parts orange juice
1 part pineapple juice
1 part dark rum
1/2 part coconut rum
1/2 part lime juice
Pineapple wedges for serving
Maraschino cherries for serving
Fill a glass with ice. Pour over orange juice, pineapple juice, dark rum, coconut rum, lime juice and grenadine. Garnish with pineapple and maraschino cherries.
Margarita Snow Cones
It’s not summer without at least one round of margaritas, so why not quench your thirst with this delightful frozen cocktail as it’s given a fresh makeover.
4 oz. tequila
2 oz. triple sec
1/2 c. lime juice
1 tbsp. honey
2 c. Ice
In a measuring cup, combine tequila, triple sec, lime juice and honey and stir until honey is fully dissolved. Run a lime wedge around the rims of two glasses and dip in salt.
In a blender, blend ice until the consistency resembles shaved ice. Using an ice cream scoop, add shaved ice into some glasses, then pour the tequila mixture over the shaved ice, garnish with a lime round and serve.
*Delish are the ones to thank for these delightfully decadent cocktails*