5 Healthy Summer Cocktail Recipes from Around the Web

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Labor Day is coming up, and with it, the unofficial end to summer. As much as we love fall flavors (pumpkin and cinnamon in particular), we're still hanging on these last warm days. This week, we're celebrating the season with warm weather-influenced cocktails made with fresh berries, melon, cool cucumbers, and plenty of limes. They're a perfect way to toast the end of summer. Cheers!


Grilled Watermelon Mint Julep via A Cozy Kitchen
Mint juleps (fun fact: they're the official beverage of the Kentucky Derby horse race) are ideal for sipping on a porch on a hot afternoon. Pureed grilled watermelon gives this drink plenty of summery flavor. Photo: Adrianna Adarme / A Cozy Kitchen

Blueberry-Cucumber Gimlet via The Boys Club
Muddled cukes and blueberries give this pretty gin cocktail a slightly sweet yet complex flavor. A splash of lime juice, simple syrup, and gin rounds it out. Photo: Ken Leung / The Boys Club

Blackberry Mojito via Just Putzing Around the Kitchen
Start this ruby-colored cocktail by smashing blackberries and mint leaves. Add sugar (or simple syrup), rum, lime juice, and then pour club soda over the whole concoction. Give it a stir and you're good to go. Photo: Tina / Just Putzing Around the Kitchen

Grapefruit Crush via Tide & Thyme
This drink is basically sunshine in a glass. Combine grapefruit juice, orange liqueur, vodka, and a splash of lemon-lime soda. If soda's not your thing, sub in seltzer water, a bit of simple syrup, and a lime wedge. Photo: Laura / Tide & Thyme

Fizzy Lime Margaritas via The Endless Meal
Nothing says summer quite like a chilled margarita in a salty-rimmed glass. This version has a pretty short and sweet ingredient list — just lime juice, sugar, tequila, and soda water. Photo: Kirsten / The Endless Meal

What's your favorite summer cocktail? Share your thoughts in the comments below or get in touch with the author on Twitter @SophBreene.

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Sophia Breene
After spending eight years as a high school and college athlete, I'm learning how to maintain a healthy lifestyle on my own (aka without a coach...

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