It's hot out there!
You're going to want to stay properly hydrated, so it's important to make sure your drinks are ice cold, refreshing and boozy to boot!
Add some fruit, herbs and maybe a few floral flavors and you're good to go -- you'll have the most deliciously summery, buzzed beverages that are sure to be a hit with guests.
The melon balls are a gorgeous, scrumptious addition to the classic drink. Rose makes it decidedly more summery, but you're encouraged to use whatever cheap wine you have on hand -- even better if it's a reject that you had a taste of and didn't care for. You're adding soda, fruity flavors and more booze to it anyway.
Mint juleps are nice, but they can be a bit strong when you're trying to whet your whistle. Adding some juicy fresh watermelon gives you a little extra hydration, plus watermelon and mint are always fabulous together!
There's a secret ingredient that makes this sparkling lemonade cocktail absolutely wonderful, but you probably wouldn't guess it: cherry (or any other berry) preserves! It's lightly sweet and just so delicious!
Sounds a little weird, but the fizzy earthiness of kombucha (preferably a plain or floral flavor) is just perfect for this cocktail. If you're not feeling it, you're more than welcome to use a dry cider for a similar effect.
This one is delicious if you make it virgin, too! Palomas are usually made with tart, bittersweet grapefruit juice, but this recipe swaps it out for light, floral chamomile and bright, summery strawberries.
Besides the optional herbal garnish, all you need are three ingredients: grapefruit soda, peach ice cream and Campari. This is really versatile, and you can use just about any soda that's not overly sweet -- like ginger beer, apple soda, pear soda or even hard cider -- just about any kind of ice cream -- vanilla or any fruit flavor are particularly fabulous -- and your booze of choice -- sweet vermouth, bourbon or brandy would be nice. Follow your heart.
Botanical gin + malty, floral Earl Grey syrup are meant to be together. Top with ginger ale or a similar mild soda to brighten it up even more.
This is about as light and refreshing as it gets! If you don't have thyme available, you're more than welcome to swap it out for a similar herb like rosemary, sage or basil, or you could even use lavender.