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10 Summer Sippers and Cocktails

Beat the heat and raise a glass to fun in the sun (or shade)! These 10 refreshing cocktails and mocktails feature peak season fruit and favorite summer flavors with a twist of the unexpected. Sipping poolside is optional, but recommended.

Orange Crush Cocktail

Inspired by the seaside town of Ocean City, Maryland, this citrusy cocktail is perfect refreshment after a day at the beach. Freshly squeezed juice, Grand Marnier, and orange vodka combine for a pop of bright orange flavor finished with the fizz of lemon-lime soda.

Raspberry Lemon Sorbet Float

This light and refreshing riff on ice cream floats is coming up roses. A duo of raspberry and lemon sorbets gives sparkling wine or citrus seltzer a pretty pink blush.

Strawberry Frosé

This icy sipper is part drink, part dessert, and one great use for past-their-prime strawberries. A spin in the blender turns frozen rosé wine and fresh berries into grownup slushies.

Spicy Micheladas

Bring new kick to summer brunch on the patio with spicy micheladas. Tomato and lime juices with Mexican lager and the fire of hot sauce and a chili-salt rim make a zesty alternative to Bloody Marys.

Big Batch Moscow Mule

Set up by the pool without running inside to refresh anyone’s drink. Ginger beer, vodka, lime juice, and ice are all you need for big batch Moscow Mules that can chill in a pitcher all day.

Sunset Slushies

It’ll feel like you’re sipping on summer in a glass when you dive into this strawberry, mango, and peach slushie that’s delicious on its own, or can be made into an adult beverage if you add vodka or tequila.

Strawberry Peach Sangria Pops

This refreshing riff on sangria is served on a stick. Fresh peaches and strawberries bring bright summer flavor to icy pops made with white grape juice and dry white wine.

Spicy Peach Margaritas

Give taco Tuesday an infusion of fiery summer flavor with these one-of-a-kind margaritas. White tequila with the kick of fresh jalapeno pairs perfectly with sweet peaches, orange liqueur, and limeade.

Summer Fruit Agua Frescas

Pineapple, berries, mango, melon – the (summer) sky’s the limit on what kind of fruit can be made into the Central American refresher known as agua frescas. Just blend and strain your favorites and combine with water and a pinch of sugar for a super-hydrating, all-day sipper.

Strawberry Arnold Palmers

Even if you’re not on the green, everyone will love this rosy riff on Arnold Palmers. The classic concoction of lemonade and iced tea gets even sweeter with the addition of ripe summer strawberries. 

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