An Awesome Summer Cocktail Party

Milena Kukurekovic

Sit back, relax, and enjoy summertime sipping with friends and family. Host a summer cocktail party! Alongside your signature cocktails, serve mini appetizers like Stuffed mushrooms or Caprese bites. Here are three of our favorite summer cocktail recipes definitely worth a sip (or two)!

Watermelon Tequila Cocktail

What you need: serves 8

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 8 cups diced seedless watermelon
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 3/4 cups blueberries
  • 3/4 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
  • 1 1/4 cups silver tequila
  • Ice
  1. Simmer water in a small saucepan with the sugar and stir over moderate heat until the sugar is dissolved. Let the sugar syrup cool.
  2. Puree watermelon in a blender until smooth. Strain watermelon juice and discard pulp.
  3. Combine sugar syrup with the lime juice, blueberries, and mint leaves in a pitcher. Lightly muddle blueberries and mint. Add the watermelon juice and tequila. Refrigerate until chilled.
  4. Pour cocktail into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with the mint sprigs.

The Clint Eastwood

What you need: serves 1

  • 1 1/2 oz bourbon
  • 3/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 2 cherries, for garnish
  • ice
  1. Combine bourbon, vermouth, and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a rocks glass; garnish with cherries.

Rum-Spiked Ginger Beer Cocktails

What you need: serves 16

  • 12 oz dark rum
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 oz ginger beer
  1. In a pitcher, combine 6 ounces dark rum and 1/4 cup fresh lime juice; refrigerate.
  2. Meanwhile, place 1/2 cup sugar in a shallow bowl and 2 tablespoons lime juice in a saucer.
  3. Sugar the rims of each glass by dipping them first in the lime juice, then in the sugar. Refrigerate glasses.
  4. Add two and a half 12-ounce bottles chilled ginger beer to the chilled rum-lime mixture and divide among the prepared glasses.

What's your favorite way to celebrate summer? Much Party Love, Smarties!

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