There is nothing like freshly squeezed juice on a sweltering summer day, and it is even better when squeezed into a cocktail. Squeezing oranges, lemons and limes is a natural, but if you have a juicer, you can make any fresh summer fruit into a juice. In addition to the fresh juice, fresh mint, fresh cucumbers and fresh berries can become delectable little garnishes. Avoid canned or bottled juices for summertime drinks since they tend to be heavy and syrupy.
White rum is the quintessential summer liquor, but gin is also a great option because it is light and pairs perfectly with tonic and citrus. White tequila is another good choice.
Simple syrups are a good substitute for pure sugar because syrups dissolve more easily. You can make your own simple syrup by combining water and sugar in a one to one ratio and heating on the stovetop until the sugar is dissolved. You can also infuse the syrup by adding mint or other herbs, citrus peel, lemongrass or other favored flavors.
Instead of sticking to one, combine a few different fresh or fruity flavors in one drink. For example, make a signature summer cocktail by mixing watermelon and mint or cucumber and thyme (fresh herbs work wonders in drinks!). You can also get creative by updating classic drinks with new flavors. Make margaritas with pomegranate juice or mojitos with basil instead of mint.
The more unique your summer cocktails, the more memorable your summer fun will be.
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