As the weather heats up, stay cool with a crisp, refreshing summer cocktail. Here is a list of classic summer stand-by’s that have been given a twist to shake up the contents of your cocktail shaker. Enjoy these new spins on five tried-and-true favorites, including sangria, mojitos, sweet tea and more.
Swapping out red wine for white makes an already quintessential summer drink that much fresher and smoother. Loaded with colorful citrus slices, this sangria looks and tastes like a party.
2 bottles white wine, chilled
1 cup brandy
2 navel oranges, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 lime, sliced
1/4 cup superfine sugar
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher or punch bowl and stir until sugar is dissolved. Serve over ice.
You don’t have to be bothered with muddling when you make this frozen version of a mojito. Just blend everything up and go!
1/4 cup simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water heated until dissolved, then chilled)
2 limes, juiced
12 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
4 ounces white rum
2 cups crushed ice
Combine the simple syrup, lime juice and mint leaves in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the rum and crushed ice and blend until frothy. Pour into two glasses and garnish with mint.
Spiked Sweet Tea
Sweet tea gets a little sassy when it is spiked with bourbon and jazzed up with orange and mint. A tall glass of this will make you want to relax in your swinging bench on the veranda.
6 cups water
4-5 black tea bags
1/4 cup agave syrup or honey
1/4 to 1/2 cup bourbon (choose your own adventure)
4 to 6 sliced orange rounds
6 sprigs fresh mint
Bring water to a boil. Turn off the heat and steep the tea bags for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags, pour the tea into a pitcher, and refrigerate until cold.
In a bowl, combine the agave, bourbon, orange slices and fresh mint. Muddle (mash together) the ingredients with the back of a spoon until the orange slices release their juices and the mint is bruised.
Pour the mixture into the pitcher of tea and stir well. Serve over ice.
Orange Cream Mimosa
A mimosa takes a ride on an ice ream truck and turns into an orange creamsicle. This brunch beverage gets a frozen, frothy twist by freezing the orange juice first.
2 1/2 cups orange juice
1 orange, zested
1 cup half-and-half
1 cup superfine sugar
1 bottle sparkling wine or champagne
Strawberries, for garnish
Put orange juice, zest, half-and-half and sugar into a blender and blend for about 30 seconds. Pour this mixture into a shallow pan and freeze until hard.
Remove the pan from the freezer and allow the mixture to soften slightly. Scrape out a small scoop and drop into a champagne glass. Fill the rest of the glass with champagne, and garnish with a strawberry.
Give the margarita mix a rest and renew your drink with the bright flavors of grapefruit. This pretty drink will change the way you drink tequila.
1/2 teaspoon grenadine
1/4 cup tequila
1/4 cup grapefruit juice
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon superfine sugar
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup grapefruit soda
Fill a glass with ice, and add the grenadine. In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice and salt. Shake well and pour into the glass. Top with the grapefruit soda.