There’s no better way to soak up the summer season than by relishing a thirst-quenching cold beverage on a hot summer day. Planning a summer cookout is when you can shine, show off your hosting skills, and make delicious cocktails.
You may not be a bartender, but do not allow that to intimidate you when it comes to making the perfect cocktail. Summer cocktails can be versatile, perfect for summer cookouts, great for cooling you down, and can even match your nautical theme party.
Complex mixed drinks are great, but we recommend keeping the cocktails effortless — a little shake here, a stir there — and garnishing them with fresh fruit.
You’re going to need more than a dip in the pool and a shaded seating area to beat the heat. Here are 10 of our favorite easy-to-create cocktail recipes for your next summer cookout.
Citrus En Vogue
This refreshing low-calorie cocktail is perfect for under-the-sun fun, and it keeps your summer body looking good.
Firework Party Punch
What’s better: the fireworks in the sky, or the ones at the bottom of your glass? It’s a toss-up with this spiced cranberry, gin-based cocktail from McFarland and Easterbrook that’s so ruby red, your guests will be “oohing” and “ahhing” even before the fireworks displays begin.