Summer cocktails get their punch from the booze but seasonal fruit boosts the refreshment factor. Strawberries, mango, berries and even grilled peaches are flavorful additions to both frozen drinks and cocktails on the rocks.
Cilantro Margarita from An Appealing Plan – Lots of freshly squeezed lime juice gives this herbal margarita plenty of pucker power.
Strawberry Lava Flow from Nosh My Way – Light and dark rum mingle in this creamy frozen drink that gets its fruit flavor from strawberries and coconut extract.
Stone Fruit Sangria from Because I like Chocolate – How can you go wrong with a big glass of fresh summer fruit, soaked in fizzy, fruity juice? Oh there’s wine in there too? No problem.
Grilled Peach and Cinnamon Whiskey Sour from Peaceful Cooking – Grilled peaches bring this summertime cocktail to a new, smoky level that’s perfect for a BBQ party featuring ribs.
Pineapple Margarita from One Sweet Mess – Make this classic boozy beverage by the pitcher so your guests can help themselves.
Skinny Watermelon Mojito from Peanut Butter and Peppers – Summer’s iconic fruit takes a bath with rum and mint in a drink that turns the mojito on its head.
Mixed Berry Martini from One Sweet Mess – Sweet mixed berry simple syrup gets shaken with blueberry vodka and fresh squeezed lemon juice for a sophisticated summer drink.
Cherry Almond Sparklers from Magnolia Days – Sparkling wine, cherry syrup and cherry brandy get cozy in a light drink that’s cold and crisp.
Blackberry Bellinis from Cosmopolitan Cornbread – Using frozen berries helps keep the fruity wine in this bellini ice cold, and honey adds sweetness.
Watermelon Wine Cooler from the Wimpy Vegetarian – A refreshing wine cooler that features crisp Riesling with watermelon juice, mint syrup and fresh lime juice.
Ginger Plum Sangria from Jelly Toast – Fresh ginger, ginger liqueur and ripe plums round out the flavors of this late summer sangria that features sweet red wine.