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Sip-worthy summer cocktail recipes

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Cool, refreshing summer drinks

Summer cocktails featuring fresh fruit and exotic flavors are luscious drink alternatives to the usual beer and wine. Whether you prefer to relax solo at poolside and sip a refreshing fruity drink or throw a festive summer bash on the patio and show off your mixology skills, the following summer cocktail recipes will help you deliciously beat the heat.

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Blackberry Mint Crush

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 7 to 8 fresh blackberries, plus extra for garnish
  • 7 to 8 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 2 ounces Three-O Berry Vodka
  • 2 ounces club soda

Directions:

  1. Muddle blackberries and mint with a wedge of lime in a shaker. Add vodka and shake with ice
  2. Pour into a cocktail glass with ice and top with club soda. Garnish with blackberries and remaining wedge of lime

Midori FloatMidori Float

Serves 1

This frothy, icy cold dessert in a glass – a creation from Texas mixologist Michael Malone – cunningly combines lemon sorbet, Midori, rum and fruit juice to create an exotic yet simple to make poolside cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Midori Melon Liqueur
  • 3/4 parts rum (orange flavored)
  • 2 parts pineapple juice
  • 1/4 part cranberry Juice
  • 1-1/2 scoops lemon sorbet, divided
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Slice of pineapple


Directions:

  1. Pour Midori, rum, pineapple juice,  cranberry juice and half a scoop of sorbet into a shaker and shake to froth
  2. Pour over ice and garnish with pineapple slice and remaining scoop of lemon sorbet

Green Isaac's Special

Serves 1

Niccole Trzaska, head mixologist at Stone Rose in New York and one of the New York Post's "25 Sexiest New Yorkers," is a pro at mixing up summer drinks that are beach body friendly. At 100 calories, this cocktail can be a favorite all season long.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Vita Coco Natural
  • 1-1/2 ounces Chamomile infused Bombay Sapphire Gin
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Directions:

  1. Pour all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake to combine.
  2. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with lime wedge.

Slimming Sally

Serves 1

Another fresh and fruity cocktail, this low-cal drink is refreshingly simple to mix and delicious to sip.

Ingredients:

  • 3 parts gin
  • 2 dashes of maraschino liqueur
  • 1 part HINT Mango-Grapefruit
  • Splash of simple syrup
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake to combine.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a marschino cherry.

CocoluaCocolua

Serves 1

Though this may not be the easiest drink to create, it is simply one of the most indulgent cocktails you'll savor all summer. Created by Adam Schuman, beverage director of Fatty 'Cue in New York City, the Cocolua will take your taste buds on a luscious tropical vacation.

Ingredients:

  • 1 young coconut
  • 1 part Kahlúa
  • 1 part dark rum
  • 4 ounces coconut water
  • 1/2 ounce egg white
  • Splash of soda
  • 1 stick sugar cane
  • 1/2 tablespoon Chinese 5-Spice powder

Directions:

  1. Remove top of a young coconut by making 4 to 8 clean cuts with a cleaver. Transfer fresh coconut water into a clean container. Combine Kahlúa, rum, coconut water and egg whites in a small shaker. Dry shake for 20 to 30 seconds until mixture is well incorporated.
  2. Add ice to a pint glass to the top and transfer shaken mixture over ice. Cover pint glass with large metal shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Add a splash of soda to shaken mixture and strain back into the young coconut.
  3. Garnish the cocktail with a stick of sugar cane that has had one end dipped in Chinese 5-Spice. Garnish additionally with a straw and small spoon for eating the flesh of the young coconut.

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