Summer is winding down and we are all looking forward to the final barbecues and outdoor parties over the next couple of weekends. The best parties have the best drinks. Here is a list of our 20 favorite summer drinks and recipes that will have your End of Summer Parties Lit.
20 End of Summer Drinks:
1. Watermelon-Coconut Cooler
Blend 8 cups frozen cubed watermelon with 8 ounces lemon vodka, 7 ounces simple syrup and a 17.5-ounce can coconut juice. Serve with watermelon wedges. How to make simple syrup: Dissolve 1 cup sugar in 1 cup water in a saucepan over low heat; let cool.
2. Old Cuban
3. Blueberry Slush
4. Champagne Punch
5. Rosemary Gin & Tonic
6. Melon Sangria
8. Rum Punch
Mix 1/2 oz. lime juice 4 oz. orange juice 4 oz. pineapple juice 1 1/2 oz. dark rum 1 1/2 oz. light rum Add a little grenadine for color. Pour over ice and sprinkle with nutmeg and garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.
9. Dirty Banana
You will need 2 oz. Tia Maria (coffee liqueur), 2 oz. dark rum, 2 oz. rum cream liqueur , 4 oz. milk , 1 oz. simple syrup, 3/4 banana and Ice. Fill blender 3/4 way with ice and all ingredients. Blend until thick and smooth. Pour into glasses and sprinkle the top with cinnamon, allspice or nutmeg or add a floater of Tia Maria.
10. Outlaw Lemonade
Get your party Lit with this Outlaw .You will need 5-6 lemons, 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar, 1 1/2 cup Jack Daniels, ice and water. Juice all lemons, set aside fresh juice. Cut up the rind of one lemon, place in a medium saucepan along with 1 c. water and 1 c. sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat. After the sugar is dissolved, turn off heat, strain and let cool. In a 2 quart pitcher, combine lemon simple syrup, lemon juice and Jack Daniels. Fill pitcher with ice and water – stir well to combine.
11. Sunset Punch
To make you will need 8 ounces bourbon, 8 ounces white vermouth, 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, plus lemon slices for garnish,1/4 cup simple syrup 12 ounces chilled ginger beer. In a punch bowl, combine the bourbon, vermouth, lemon juice and syrup. Add the ginger beer and lemon slices and serve over ice.
12. Bahama Mama
No summer is complete without a Bahama Mama. To make: mix 1/4 ounce coffee liqueur 1/2 ounce dark liqueur 1/2 ounce coconut liqueur 1/4 ounce 151 proof rum, Juice of 1/2 lemon, 4 ounces pineapple juice. Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well Pour into a Collins glass with cracked ice. Garnish with a strawberry or cherry.
13. Thai-Basil Sangria
This makes 12 servings: You will need 1/4 cup water, 8 Thai basil sprigs, Zest of 1 lemon, peeled in 3-inch strips Zest of 1 orange, peeled in 3-inch strips 2 bottles chilled Pinot Grigio, 3/4 cup brandy, 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, strained Ice, Chilled club soda and 12 thin orange slices, for garnish
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the basil sprigs and lemon and orange zests. Let the syrup stand, stirring often, until cooled to room temperature, about 20 minutes. Discard the basil sprigs and zest strips.
In a large pitcher, combine the basil syrup with the wine, brandy and orange juice. Pour the sangria into ice-filled glasses, top with club soda and garnish each drink with an orange slice.
14. Real Man's Margarita
15. Pineapple Rummy
16. Strawberry Ginger Punch
12 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled, halved or quartered if large (about 3 cups), divided
1 3-inch piece ginger, peeled, thinly sliced, divided
1/2 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves, divided
1 1/2 cups brandy
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 12-ounce cans club soda
Combine sugar, 1/2 cup strawberries, half of ginger, and 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until berries soften, about 3 minutes. Let cool. Strain and set syrup aside.
Muddle 2 cups strawberries, 1/4 cup basil, and remaining ginger in a large jar or bowl. Add brandy, lime juice, and reserved syrup and stir to combine. Chill at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours to let flavors meld.
Strain mixture into a large punch bowl, pressing on solids to release as much liquid as possible.
Add club soda and remaining 1/2 cup straw-berries and 1/4 cup basil. Serve over ice.
17. Tequila Paloma
18. Derby Martini
19. Cucumber Pimm's Cup
Ingredients: 2 cups prepared lemonade, 1 large cucumber, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slice,1 cup Pimm’s No. 1, chilled, 1 cup ginger ale, chilled, 6 cucumber spears, mint leaves. Combine prepared lemonade and cucumber slices in a large pitcher. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Add Pimm’s and ginger ale to pitcher. Pour 1cup mixture into each of 6 ice-filled glasses. Garnish with cucumber spears and mint leaves, if desired.
20. Frozen Bligh’s Blood Mojito
Muddle the fresh lime, 6 mint leaves and brown sugar in a Mojito glass. Fill a martini shaker with ice. Add Bligh’s Rum and blood orange puree. Blend until frozen. Pour in the frozen mixture of ice, rumand puree over the top of the lime mint mixture. Splash the top with soda and garnish quickly with remaining mint sprig.