Cocktails for the Rest of the Summer

Cocktails for the Rest of the Summer

Summer is half over, and with the 4th of July done and gone, there are no more holidays until Labor Day. Sitting around for two months waiting for an excuse to break out the cocktails is a non-starter. There are plenty of good reasons to have a little gettogether with friends or even a big party – a day that ends with the letter y, a baseball game is on TV, or the sun rose.

Whatever the reason is, find it and run with it. Celebrate work, not entirely losing your mind from having the kids at home all summer, or gather in a shared hatred of all things mosquito. Grab your favorite mixers, your best craft spirits, and a bag of ice because there is still plenty of time left to party this summer.

The Cherry Sunfeld: A Capri Sun Mixer

Maybe you’ve come to the realization that your children are never going to drink all the Capri Sun’s stuffed in the pantry, or perhaps you're feeling nostalgic for your childhood beverage of choice from the 90's. The reason isn't necessary. What is essential is that Capri Sun mixed drinks are summery to the max and are super easy to make since they’re already perfectly proportioned to add in the alcohol.

Ingredients

  • Wild Cherry Capri Sun
  • Spicy Whisky or Bourbon
  • Cherries
  • A Wedge of Orange

 

Directions

  • Cut the top of the Capri Sun open.
  • Toss in a cherry or two.
  • Pour in the Hooch.
  • Garnish with the orange.

 

Blackberry Vodka Mojito

Those of you who grew up in certain parts of the middle of nowhere, or spent summers visiting grandparents who lived in rural spots, may have fond memories of picking blackberries on those hot summer evenings. Whether you did or not, this is a good drink.

Ingredients

  • 4 Whole Basil Leaves
  • 4 Large Blackberries
  • 1.5 oz. Vodka
  • 6 oz. Lemon-Lime Soda
  • Crystallized Ginger for Garnish

 

Directions

  • Take a highball glass, and muddy the basil and blackberries together.
  • Fill with ice and vodka.
  • Top it off with soda and garnish with the ginger.

 

Blueberry Boozy Popsicles

Granted, there are commercial versions you can buy at some stores. That said, sometimes it's more fun and almost without exception more economical to go the DIY route here.

NOTE:  Keep the ingredient to alcohol ratio at about 4 to 1. As I’m sure you know, alcohol doesn’t freeze. Boozy popsicles are also squishier and easier to break than regular ones due to the alcohol staying liquid.

 

 Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • 1.5 oz. Cups Fresh or Bottled Orange Juice
  • 2 Cups Fresh or Frozen Blueberries
  • Lime Juice

 

Directions

  • Place all the ingredients into a blender and puree them like a vendor who went bankrupt and kept your money.
  • Skim off any foam.
  • Pour into your popsicle molds, and place in the freezer for about 6 hours. If your popsicle molds don’t have holders for popsicle sticks, place them in after they have been in the freezer for 2 hours.

 

PRO TIP: Run your popsicle tray under hot water for half a minute or so to get them to slide right out.

Blood Orange Margarita

Margaritas are a staple of summer parties. This is an excellent and refreshing variation on a classic drink to liven up the party and keep in theme with the season.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Cointreau
  • 2 oz. Tequila
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 oz. Fresh Blood Orange Juice

 

Directions

  • Combine all the ingredients in a shaker then add ice.
  • Shake it.
  • Strain over rocks in a glass and garnish with salt.