7 Easy Summer Cocktails For Those Lazy Sunday Brunches
When someone says summer, I immediately think of eating yummy coconut ice cream, binge-reading romantic novels, and insane family get-togethers.
It’s the time when almost everyone can manage a few days off and spend time with their loved ones. And that’s what we did — bond over great biryani and tasty drinks.
Whether you’re planning a house party or a scrumptious brunch, drinks are the conversation starter you need. But as the temperature rises with every passing minute, hard drinks are a little difficult to enjoy, which is when cocktails come to save the day.
Perfect for the heat, these 7 cocktail recipes will give you the kick you need to forget about the blazing sun and have some fun! So, put on your sunnies and get ready to get the party started with a martini or mimosa in your hand.
ALSO READ: 7 Best Summer Drinks To Survive The Heat
PS: they are so good, you won’t be able to stop at one and will get tipsy anyway!
Courtesy: Baking Beauty
1. Blueberry Mojito
The ideal drink for a lazy summer afternoon, this mojito will cool you off instantly. Ready to welcome some berries, lime, and the right amount of rum into your life?
- 1 cup fresh blueberries (set aside a few for garnish, if desired)
- 4 ounces rum
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- 2 teaspoons white sugar
- Juice of 2 limes
- 6 ounces club soda
- Ice cubes
Method: Blend the blueberries until smooth and set aside. Use a wooden spoon to blend in mint leaves and sugar. Stir in rum, lime juice, and blueberry mixture. Pour over club soda and ice, and give it a gentle stir. Garnish with extra blueberries, lime, and mint to make it look oh-so-pretty!
Courtesy: Jamie Oliver
2. Classic Wet Martini
For those elegant days when you feel super fancy, go for a gin- or vodka-based martini. Shaken or stirred, choose your pick and make sure you have a delicious appetiser to go with it.
- 60 ml Bombay Sapphire dry gin
- 15 ml Martini Riserva Speciale Ambrato Vermouth di Torino
- 2 small green olives
Method: Pour the gin and vermouth into a coupe glass, and stir for 30 seconds. Serve straight up, topped off with the olives speared on a cocktail stick.
Courtesy: Creative Culinary
3. The Firecracker
You know what’s better than watermelon juice? One that has cucumber and vodka in it!
- 4 ounce Prairie Cucumber Vodka (if there is no cucumber vodka, simple add pieces of cucumber and use regular vodka for the drink)
- 4 (1-inch) cubes of seedless watermelon
- 2 limes, diced
- 2-ounce simple syrup (boil 1/4 cup water and sugar just until sugar dissolves. Add 1/4 cup ice to cool — refrigerate leftovers)
Method: Combine vodka, watermelon, and lime in a cocktail shaker. Muddle all ingredients well. Add simple syrup, fill with ice, cover and shake until ice cold. Rim the glasses with a cut lime and dip in the lime rim mixture.
Fill the glasses with ice and pour the ingredients from the shaker into the glasses. Garnish with a watermelon slice, a cucumber slice, and mint.
Courtesy: Food & Wine
4. Thai Basil Sangria
Wine with a splash of brandy completed with fresh herbs — this drink has freshness written all over it.
- 1/4 cup water
- 8 Thai basil sprigs
- Zest of 1 lemon, peeled in 3-inch strips
- Zest of 1 orange, peeled in 3-inch strips
- 2 bottles chilled Pinot Grigio
- 3/4 cup brandy
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, strained
- Chilled club soda
- 12 thin orange slices, for garnish
Method: In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water, and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the basil sprigs, lemon, and orange zests.
Let the syrup stand, stirring often, until cooled to room temperature, for about 20 minutes. Discard the basil sprigs and zest strips. In a large pitcher, combine the basil syrup with the wine, brandy, and orange juice.
Pour the sangria into ice-filled glasses, top with club soda, and garnish each drink with an orange slice.
5. Raspberry Red Wine Slushy With Chocolate Whipped Cream
I think the name is enough for you to start making it ASAP!
- 1 cup sweet red wine
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
- 1 cup ice
For the Chocolate Whipped Cream
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Method: To make the slushy, blend the wine, frozen raspberries, and sugar (optional) for 30 seconds. Strain slushy mixture through a mesh strainer to remove any raspberry seeds.
Place the strained slushy mixture back in the blender with one cup of ice. Blend for another 30 seconds. Place mixture in the freezer while you make the whipped cream.
For the chocolate whipped cream: Beat the heavy cream, sugar, and cocoa powder with an electric mixer for approximately 5 minutes or until stiff peaks form. To assemble, pour slushy into glasses and top with whipped cream.
Courtesy: Martha Stewart
6. Plum Cocktails
Coming from the maestro herself, this Martha Stewart recipe will be your saving grace this summer. Legit.
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 8 plums (red, yellow, or both), pitted and cut into 6 wedges each
- 2 limes, cut into wedges
- 10 ounces gin
- Sparkling water
Method: Cook sugar and 1 1/2 cups of water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil. Stir in plums; remove from heat. Refrigerate syrup until cold.
Fill 10 tall glasses with ice. Squeeze 1 lime wedge into each glass. Stir 1/4 cup syrup and 1-ounce gin into each glass. Add sparkling water to fill and stir. Garnish with plums.
Courtesy: Country Living
7. Pineapple-Tequila Cooler
Say bye to ’em shots and mix your tequila with the gorgeous summer fruit — pineapple.
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 small pineapple
- ¼ small jalapeño
- ¾ c. añejo tequila
- ¾ c. blanco tequila
- Juice of 2 limes (about 1/4 cup)
- 8 c. Crushed Ice
- Peel of 1 lime
Method: In a small pot over medium-high heat, bring 3/4 cup water and sugar to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool.
In a large pitcher, mash pineapple and jalapeño into a puree with a wooden spoon. Stir in tequila, reserved simple syrup, and lime juice. Fill each glass with 1 cup crushed ice and pour in the cocktail.