Summer time cocktails: recipes for the right summer season drink

With just three classic spirits in your bar, you can prepare refreshing summer cocktails. Get your favorite rum, tequila and vodka as the basis for your refreshing summer cocktails. You will taste the difference when you choose high quality, fresh ingredients for your preparations. For now, just sit back and relax as we share four delicious recipes.

Premium Vodka Concoctions

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Ice cold summer drinks start with a premium vodka like Tito’s handmade vodka. You can prepare a classic cocktail like Seabreeze or Moscow Mule, or you can dare to try new flavor profiles with infusions. Fruit flavors and vodka are the perfect partners. Add some seltzer water or ginger beer to your standard recipe to give you some extra cooling.

Vodka can also be mixed with fresh fruit, vegetables or herbs. This is where you can be creative and resourceful. Think summer peaches or strawberries and basil for a unique flavor to add to your favorite mixers and fruit juices.

Sweet and savory tequila drinks

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When making a summer margarita, be sure to have fresh juice and a wonderfully smooth tequila on hand. Fresh juice is important as it enhances the look of the cocktail and naturally sweetens it. Choosing your favorite juice will bring summer to life in your cocktail. Watermelon or strawberry margaritas are a sure bet on a hot summer day. Citrus flavors can also be invigorating.

Use an excellent tequila like Cazadores Blanco or Reposado. Blanco is best for strong citrus and agave aromas and Reposado for mild, woody and spicy aromas. The next step in making the perfect margarita is to fill a shaker with plenty of ice and shake it until you think you can’t shake anymore. You have a nice cool drink with soft flavors built into the best cocktail of the day.

Salting the rim does not have to be done with normal salt. Stock your bar with different types of coarse salts, including sweet and spicy flavors. Adding salt to the rim of your glass will intensify the flavors in the margarita.

Tropical rum drinks

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Rum feels naturally tropical and transports every drink in the sand to the toes. Try a flavored rum or a coconut rum like Malibu. Caribbean rum from Malibu with coconut liqueur transforms any simple juice or soda into a tropical travel destination. Its coconut flavor gives that island feel that will instantly bring you and your friends to a happy place.

You can also try a pineapple daiquiri. It’s easy with lime juice, pineapple juice, simple syrup, and of course Malibu rum. Garnish with a pineapple slice and enjoy a little island vacation in a glass.

Frozen cocktail pops

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Frozen cocktails are perfect for the pool and make delicious popsicles. Take your favorite cocktail and freeze it to pamper yourself. You can use a popsicle shape for a traditional look or just use the bottom of a paper cup and pop a popsicle. Try adding gum worms for a whimsical look or fresh fruit for a more sophisticated dessert.

Summer is a great time to try a new and refreshing cocktail. With fresh fruit in season, it’s fun to puree some fruit and use it as a blender. Watermelon, blackberries, and strawberries all make great flavors. For a sweet and savory cocktail, try a blackberry and jalapeno margarita. Your taste buds will love this combination. As long as you have the basics, you are well on your way to some very summery happy hour. If you love reading about summer cocktails, check out Top Shelf: The Essentials You Need for Cocktail Hour.

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