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Best Summer Cocktails: Cheers!

Best Summer Cocktails: Cheers! Live Lighter

Most would agree that cocktails in general are great for summer. So narrowing down the list for the best summer cocktails is always a challenge. The consensus is that people want a drink that is thirst-quenching, above all else. This means tart flavors and fruit mixtures that send the right amount of summer vibes for any sweltering get together.  If you’re lacking inspiration and need help staying away from your worn-out go-to drinks, we’ve got some suggestions for your next cocktail here. Cheers, Tuscaloosa!

The Summertime Traditionals 



Hailing from Cuba, the mojito is a refreshing summer must-drink. This recipe swaps the traditional sugar syrup with superfine sugar, giving the drink a grainy twist. 

2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice 

2 (heaping) teaspoons of superfine sugar 

1 cup of crushed ice 

12 fresh mint leaves (five small sprigs for garnish) 

1/4 cup of white rum 

2 tablespoons of club soda 

Prep: stir lime juice and sugar in a 10 oz. glass until sugar dissolves. Add 1/4 cup of crushed ice and rub mint leaves over the glass rim. Tear leaves in half and add to glass. Stir gently for 15 seconds, add rum, remaining ice and club soda. Stir gently for 5 seconds and garnish. 


Mango Margarita 

Did you even have a summer if you didn’t have a margarita? The mango margarita puts a tropical twist on this summertime classic that is far from forgettable. 

1 large mango, seeded and chopped 

    3/4 cup of fresh orange juice 

    1/4 cup Key lime juice 

    1/3 cup of tequila 

    1/4 cup of orange-flavored liqueur 

    1/4 cup of simple syrup 

    Ice cubes

Prep: combine first six ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Add ice and process until smooth. 



An ode to the storms that pass through summer, the Hurricane is a fail-proof cocktail that always adds to any event. 

.50 oz. of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum 

.75 oz. of dark rum 

    3 oz. of passion fruit 

    3 oz. of mango juice 

    2 oz. of sweet and sour mix 

    1 wheel lime (if you feel like it) 

Prep: add the rums, passion fruit, mango juice and the sweet and sour mix to a cocktail mixer. Shake and serve. Garnish with lime wheel. 


Sips that Scream Summer 


Barbados Punch 

Reminiscent of a time on a far-off island, the Barbados Punch requires no passport or airfare.  

1 oz. of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum 

          .25 oz. of triple sec 

1 oz. of lime juice  

2 oz. of pineapple juice 

crushed ice 

1 slice of lime and pineapple (if you feel like it) 

Prep: add first four ingredients to a blender with ice. Blend until smooth and garnish with lime and pineapple slices 


Pink Bikini 

Sweet and succulent, the Pink Bikini personifies summer. From the name to the ingredients, there’s nothing not to gain here. Matching drink with swimsuit recommended for ultimate experience. 

 1 1 liter bottle of raspberry lemonade 

 3/4 cups coconut rum 

 1 cup of amaretto liqueur 

Prep: combine ingredients in a large pitcher, stir well and serve. 


Peach Fuzzies 

Like the warm fuzzies, only peach. Perfectly paired with beach outings, barbeques or sitting at home, Peach Fuzzies serves a crunch for everyone.  


1 12 oz. can of frozen pink lemonade concentrate, slightly thawed and divided 

3/4 cup of vodka, divided 

3/4 cup of water, divided 

4 cups of ripe peaches, peeled and cubed fresh, divided 

crushed ice 

Prep: process half quantities of first four ingredients in a blender until smooth, stopping to scrape sides. Fill blender with ice to five-cup level and process until smooth. Pour and then repeat procedure with remaining ingredients. 


The Fourth of July Guest of Honor 


Betsy Ross Martini 

Nothing says national pride quite like a martini named after the lady who has been credited with making the United States flag. In the spirit of pride, what better way to celebrate? 

3 tablespoons of vanilla vodka 

1/2 tablespoon of a hazelnut liqueur 

1 tablespoon of vanilla simple syrup 

1/2 tablespoons of half-and-half 


strawberry syrup 

6 blueberries 

Prep: mix vodka, liqueur, vanilla simple syrup and half-and-half in an ice-filled cocktail mixer. Shake hard and strain into chilled martini glass. Pour strawberry syrup into small squeeze bottle and squeeze stripes of syrup on top. Place blueberries in top left side of glass to make a flag-like rendering. 

See coastalliving.com, delish.com, epicurious.com and more sites to find your new favorite cocktail recipes. 

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