Easy Summer Cocktails for a Relaxing Lazy Day
Craft cocktails are all the rage. They should be they are pretty delicious. But you have to be honest with yourself, you are not a master mixologist so your attempt at home may not end up as an award winner. Here are some tips for easy summer cocktails. We have a handful of summer drinks with just a few ingredients that you can make and impress your friends with.
First off, use better ingredients and the drink should taste better. What is going to make a better burger? Cheap ground beef or grassfed ground sirloin? I typically buy good, not necessarily great booze and great mixers and it works out pretty good for me.
Simply Greyhound or Screwdriver
We will start with a real easy one that will be better than you will typically get a bar or restaurant. Simply Juice is a phenomenal juice you can find at any decent grocery store. Their flag ship brands are orange & grapefruit juice.
Step One Fill glass with Ice
Step Two Pour 1-2 ounce shot of Vodka (Gin, Rum, Tequila can work too)
Step Three Fill glass with Simply Juice (any good quality juice works). Leave ½ inch room at the top to avoid spilling when you walk to your lounge chair.
This is incredibly simple but will most likely be better than your screwdriver at your local bar because they often use regular orange juice. Also the high citric acid of fresher juice will really mask the taste of the alcohol.
Want to save calories? Use half juice and half sparkling water to cut down the sugar.
Want to step it up a notch? Add Red bull or Champagne. Even better make a “Good Morning Sunshine” which is basically a mimosa & red bull and vodka in one glass. Good Morning Sunshine goodness credit due to Jacob K.
The Paloma – a very easy summer cocktails
This is a traditional tequila-based Mexican cocktail. A paloma is typically prepared by mixing tequila on the rocks with grapefruit soda such as Fresca (a diet option), Squirt, or Jarritos.
Step One Fill festive glass with Ice
Step Two Pour 1-2 ounce shot of Tequila (Vodka, Gin, Rum can work too)
Step Three Fill glass with grapefruit soda.
I stumbled upon Steigl Radler a few weeks ago. Steigl Radler is a grapefruit soda and beer malt beverage from Austria. It is absolutely phenomenal. But it has a slightly lower alcohol content. I recommend mixing Steigl Radler over ice with some vodka, you will thank me for this one.
Moscow Mule – A True Classic Easy Summer Cocktails
A Moscow Mule is a great cocktail of vodka, ginger beer and lime typically served in a copper mug.
The Moscow Mule was a catalyst to help popularize vodka in the US, basically due to some brilliant marketing and sales. The Moscow mule is almost always served in a copper mug. The popularity of this way to serve the drink was due to Martin, who went around the country to sell Smirnoff vodka and popularize the Moscow mule. Martin asked bartenders to pose with a specialty copper mug and a bottle of Smirnoff vodka and photographed a polaroid picture of them. He took two photos, leaving one with the bartender for display. The other photo would be put into a collection and would be used as proof to the next bar that Martin visited of the popularity of the Moscow mule. The popularity of serving the Moscow Mule in a copper mug has carried through to present day, primarily due to tradition and aesthetic reasons. There is your history lesson for the day.
Step One Fill Copper mug with Ice
Step Two Pour 1-2 ounce shot of Vodka
Step Three Fill glass with ginger beer and garnish a squeeze of lime.
Adult Arnold Palmer
There are not many things more refreshing than ice tea and lemonade. A few years ago Firefly had a stroke of genius and created a sweet tea flavored vodka and it is outstanding. Remember Simply juice? They make lemonade, I hope you are following where I am going with this…
Step One Fill Glass with Ice
Step Two Pour 1-2 ounce shot of Sweet Tea Vodka
Step Three Fill glass with Simply Lemonade
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