This post is from last year but I wanted to freshen it up as here in Charleston it is porch and patio season and the cocktails are flowing. I keep referencing this post any time I have friends over, so I updated it with a few new favorites.
The inspiration behind this post was when a member (hi Jessica!) wrote into the Facebook group with a question:
“Does anyone have an easy, go-to summer drink? I’m not a big fan of beer or white wine and red doesn’t do it for me in the summer so I’m venturing into liquor (which I’ve found is usually just ok). I’ve done vodka, la croix, and lemonade and liked that so I’m looking for more drinks like that; minimal ingredients and easy to mix. I saw Simply watermelon lemonade on the grocery store website and thought about adding that to my next order. Any favorites you’d like to share?”
The comments were amazing. There were over a hundred great ideas, at least! I thought it would be fun to consolidate my favorites into a post. I bookmarked this post and refer to it all summer long when I need a little summer entertaining inspiration.
Your Favorite Summer Cocktails
Before we get into your suggestions for the best summer cocktail recipes, one of my favorite things to do is make a big pitcher of Aperol Spritzes, pictured above! The recipe is simple – lots of ice, a cup of Aperol, two cups of Prosecco, and three cups of seltzer! EASY and delicious (and yes, I usually use orange slices not lemons but I didn’t have any oranges on hand. I actually find the lemon was nice – it cuts the sweetness a bit!). An Aperol spritz makes for such a refreshing summer cocktail. Light and refreshing and just delicious.