7 Awesome Cocktail Recipes to Mix Up This Summer

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The summer season is the cocktail season. Here are some of the best cocktail recipes to get you started.

There is nothing like lounging in the sun, drinking in the hand, not a concern for the world. But you should drink the good drink. If you want to live your best life, you should drink the best drinks. A good cold cocktail is an ideal companion for your summer fun.

Although the avant-garde ending of cocktails can be complicated, all these classics are easy to make at home. Unless otherwise stated, each recipe is for one glass only, increase if necessary.

General cocktail tips

Before diving, let's review some points.

The quality of your cocktails is (up to a point) directly proportional to the quality of your ingredients. You can make a margarita with cheap tequila, but your head will not thank you the next day. On the other hand, you should absolutely not make a margarita with a good mezcal sipping a drink, you are wasting it! For most cocktails, you'll get the best result with a decent premium liquor – the kind of thing you see in decent bars preparing cocktails.

Although you can make cocktails with any equipment, a proper shaker makes things easier. Similarly, a jigger to measure flow rates contributes greatly to the consistency of your cocktails. A set like this has almost everything you need for the cocktails on this list, but you'll also need a blender if you want to make iced cocktails.

And of course, although alcohol is legal and fun almost everywhere, it's a regular drug. Drink responsibly. Cocktails tend to be quite powerful (and their softness often masks how powerful they are) so be careful not to take one too much.

Classic Daiquiri

The classic daiquiri is one of my favorite drinks of all time. It's one of the simplest cocktails ever – just rum, sugar syrup and lime juice – but you need to know how it works with acidic limes balanced by sugar and rum.

ingredients

1.5 oz of white rum
1 oz of fresh lime juice
0.5 oz of simple sugar syrup
Lime

instructions

Pour the rum, lime juice and plain syrup into a shaker with standard ice cubes. Shake well and filter into a cocktail glass through a sieve. Decorate with a piece of lime. Channel your inner Hemingway and sip.

Frozen Daiquiri

Although iced daiquiri can be a staple of ugly theme bars, a well-made product is a great way to cool down on a hot day. You can leave them purely scented with lime or add strawberries for a more fruity option.

ingredients

1.5 oz of white rum
1 oz of fresh lime juice
0.5 oz of simple sugar syrup
0.5 oz triple sec
0.75 cup crushed ice
1 cup strawberries (optional)

instructions

If you're making a strawberry daiquiri, start by mixing the strawberries and mixing them into a puree. Filter the mashed potatoes with a sieve to remove most seeds. Book for later and clean for later.

Add the rum, lime juice, single syrup, triple sec, crushed ice and, if using, the strawberry purée, to a blender. Mix until you get a melting consistency. Pour into a glass and drink with a straw.

Margarita

Mexico has given the world a lot of amazing things. The two most expensive for me? Delicious cuisine and tequila. I'll have some tacos for lunch, but for now, let's take a look at the classic tequila cocktail: the margarita.

ingredients

1.5 oz of tequila
1 oz triple sec or Cointreau
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
1 lime district
1 teaspoon of salt

instructions

Spend the lime wedge on the edge of your cocktail glass, then roll it into salt that you have spread on a saucer. You get the classic edge of margarita salt. Add tequila, triple sec and lime juice in a shaker with ice cubes. Shake well and filter through a sieve in the glass. Decorate with the lime wedge.

Ice Margarita

If an ordinary margarita does not hit the place, you can increase the temperature of the temperature with a frozen margarita. It's a bit the same drink but served as a slush.

ingredients

1.5 oz of tequila
1 oz triple sec or Cointreau
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
0.75 cup crushed ice
1 lime quarter (optional)
1 C. Salt tea (optional)

instructions

Filling a glass of salt is optional for a frozen margarita, because you drink it with a straw, but if you want to stay traditional, pass the lime wedge around the edge of your cocktail glass and roll it in salt for cover it. . Add tequila, triple sec, lime juice and crushed ice in a blender. Mix until you get the gooey consistency you are looking for. Serve and enjoy.

sangria

Pitcher of sangria with fruits on a tableGoskova Tatiana / Shutterstock

Sangria is a Spanish classic for a good reason. This sweet and fruity punch is best enjoyed in the shade with cheese and cold cuts for a complete experience, but it is fun at any time. Be warned: this recipe is for a bowl of punch. You need a full bottle of wine, so do not plan to drink it yourself if you have something to do today (or tomorrow).

ingredients

1 bottle of fruity Spanish red wine. Think of something like a Rioja or Tempranillo
1 big orange
1 big apple. Note that you can replace the apple with seasonal fruits such as pears or melons.
1 small lemon or lime
1 cup of orange juice
3 tablespoons organic cane sugar
1/2 cup of cognac. Rum can also be used

instructions

Cut all the fruit into small pieces, leaving the crusts. Put in a large pitcher with sugar and mix or crush with a wooden spoon for about a minute. Add red wine, brandy and orange juice. Mix well for about 30 seconds. Taste and add more orange juice, brandy or sugar if necessary. Add ice to cool. Once cold, serve with a ladle. Otherwise, if you are in a hurry, serve on ice cubes in a glass.

Cuba Libre

It takes time to prepare tasty cocktails, so it is useful to have something fast and delicious in your bag of mischief. Cuba Libre is perfect. Not just a rum and coke, it is a celebration of the Cuban revolutionary spirit and long summer days.

ingredients

1.5 oz of spiced rum
3 oz Cola
1 lime

instructions

Add ice cubes in a tall glass. Cut two quarters of the lime and squeeze into the glass covering the ice with lime juice. Add the rum then the cola. Stir gently to mix. Viva Cuba Libre!

Aperol Spritz

The Aperol spritz seemed to conquer the world last summer. If the frenzy has faded a bit, it's still a classic summer drink and there's no reason not to make it a big part of your summer consumption plans.

ingredients

2 oz Aperol
2 oz prosecco
A pinch of soda
Orange

instructions

Fill a wineglass with ice cubes and add the Prosecco and Aperol. Finish with the soda line and garnish with a slice of orange. Now you have created your own Aperol spritz!

Cocktails are some of the tastiest drinks available. It's easy to enjoy these summer classics in hot weather or to hide from the rain.

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