5 Cocktails You Must Try Before Summer Ends

summer cocktailsYou're having a big blowout this weekend, right? Or at least a casual get-together to celebrate the end of summer in as many delicious ways possible. Even if you're not the one throwing the party, you don't want this summer to get away from you before trying the most amazing cocktails of all (summer) time. Just like the white clothes, after Labor Day, it may be time to put away these refreshing drinks in favor of the warm-ups that fall and winter require.

So hit your liquor store, and bring home enough ingredients for these five summer cocktails before it's too late!


1. Raspberry Bourbon Lemonade

My personal favorite, I put this together after having something similar in a Brooklyn restaurant. It will most definitely be on the menu this weekend.


6 raspberries
1.5 ounces bourbon (equivalent to a shot glass)
6 ounces lemonade (regular or raspberry flavored)

1. Muddle raspberries and place at the bottom of the highball glass

2. Pour bourbon and lemonade, give a quick stir, and throw in one big ice cube.

2. Michelada

Normally people don't mix beer and turn it into a cocktail, but the 'Chelada is a super fun, and delicious, way to dress up your brewski.


Lime wedge
Margarita salt
One ice cold beer
2 ounces fresh lime juice

1. Wet rim of pint glass with lime wedge. Put rim of glass on plate of margarita salt.

2. Pour in beer, add lime juice, and stir lightly.

3. Blue Hawaiian

Break out the blender. You're not letting summer go by without trying a frozen, blue drink, are you? I thought not.


1.5 ounces rum
1.5 ounces creme de coconut
1.5 ounces blue curaco
3 ounces pineapple juice
1 cup ice
Maraschino cherry for garnish
Pineapple wedge for garnish

1. Add liquid ingredients and ice into blender. Turn that sucker on.

2. Garnish. Enjoy.

4. Strawberry Lemon Mojitos

From Food and Wine, they improved upon the already amazing mojito by adding strawberries. I'm trying this one out this weekend, and stocking up on strawberries, mint leaves, lemons, rum, and agave nectar. YUM.

5. Vodka Raspberry Fizz

You see the raspberry theme, yes? Another one I put together when I wanted to summer-up my traditional gimlet.


1.5 ounces raspberry flavored vodka
1.5 ounces Rose's lime juice
3 ounces seltzer

Make sure everything has been chilled well, mix together, and serve.

What are you serving this weekend?


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