8 Gorgeous Summer Drinks You Can Sip All Day Long

Adriana Velez | Jun 11, 2013 Food & Party

watermelon margaritaI'm just a little bit obsessed with cocktails. NOT because I'm a lush -- I'm a lightweight, so I can't indulge very much at all. It's for the silliest reason: I just love the way they look. All those special glasses, and the way the light shines through the liquid inside. 

Okay, I also love the taste of a great cocktail, too. There are so many possibilities -- it's endlessly inspiring. But again, I'm a lightweight. The answer? Light, fruity drinks that guild your summer afternoons and nights. Add a little seltzer water, or a lot, to any of these recipes and you can enjoy that drink a lot longer (admiring it there in your hand) without getting totally sauced. Here's eight beautiful summer drinks for sipping.

  • Cucumber Gin Cooler


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    Cucumber and gin were made for each other. This cucumber gin cooler adds lime juice and some bracing tonic water. 

  • Watermelon Margarita


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    This one is a classic. All that sweet, juicy watermelon is just waiting to be pureed into watermelon margaritas, a crowd-pleasing summertime punch. 

  • Raspberry Mojitos


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    Rasperry mojitos are a fun, fruity twist on the rum classic.

  • Rhubarb Sour


    I made a rhubarb sour this weekend and loved it (using lemon-lime selzer instead of soda). Once you make that rhubarb simple syrup the drinks are easy to whip up. In fact, I'm thinking of making a double batch of the syrup next weekend just so I'll have more. Just the syrup with selzer makes a great non-alcoholic sparkler

  • Moscow Mule



    If you love ginger beer or gingerale you'll love a mule. It's just ginger beer with vodka and a little lime. Couldn't be simpler.


  • Persephone


    The Persephone might take some sleuthing at the liquor store -- it's apple brandy, sloe gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. But I think it's perfect for early summer -- just like Persephone returning from the underworld.

  • Chartreuse Smash


    Chartreuse is a fun liqueur made the same way for 400 years by monks in monastery in the Alps from a secret recipe using dozens of herbs and botanicals. Its taste is light, herbal, a little sweet, and mysterious. And it's especially nice with mint and lemon juice for a Chartreuse smash.


  • Gemini


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    St. Germain is a sweet liqueur made from wild elderberries. You can add an ounce to a flute filled with sparkling wine. Or you can try the gemini, St. Germain with grapefruit juice, vodka, and prosecco. Again, add some seltzer water if you want to enjoy this or (almost) any of the other drink recipes here.


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