Simple Summer Cocktails

As summer rolls around, the sun gets hotter and the drinks get cooler. Instead of offering just regular bar items, consider having a cocktail bar or signature drink to help keep guests refreshed. Below are three easy cocktail recipes that anyone can make and serve!

Summer Sangria


9 nectarines

1 pint of strawberries

2 oranges

4 bottles of sauvignon blanc

1 cup Cointreau

1 bottle sparkling water

1 bottle blood orange soda

One day prior to serving, cut up all of the fruit into bite sized pieces and cover the fruit with the wine and Cointreau. Refrigerate.

Immediately before serving, add sparkling water and soda.

French 75 Twist


2 cups gin

1 cup honey

1 cup water

2 cups lime juice

2 bottles champagne

One day prior to serving, make a simple syrup by heating the honey and the water on a stovetop. Mix one part honey simple syrup, one part lime juice, and one part gin together.

When serving, put two ounces of the pre-mixed ingredients into a champagne flute, and fill the rest of the glass with chilled champagne.

Spiked Watermelon Lemonade


            1 large watermelon

1 bottle lemonade

1 liter tequila

One day prior to serving, cut the watermelon into chunks and blend with the lemonade.

(To make this even easier you could buy bottled watermelon juice)

When all of the lemonade and watermelon is mixed, add the tequila.

When serving, pour over ice. Be sure to stir.


If you offer more than one, create a fun drink table or display for your cocktail hour or reception!

Credit: A La Crate- Vintage Rentals
Styling: Cherry Blossom Events
Photo by The Salty Peanut Photography

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