As much as we love fall flavors (pumpkin and cinnamon in particular), we live for summer’s warm days. So join us in toasting the sunny season with cocktails made with fresh berries, melon, cool cucumbers, and plenty of limes. Cheers!
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Grilled Watermelon Mint Julep
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: Ken Leung
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.
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.
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.
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.
What’s your favorite summer cocktail? Share your thoughts in the comments below or get in touch with the author on Twitter @SophBreene.