How’s the weather in your neck of the woods this week? Here in the Pacific Northwest we’re certainly kicking off the first days of summer in a sizzling style – the temperatures are holding fast at 90 degrees all week. In this steamy weather, nothing sounds better than refreshing summer drinks, chilled to perfection with lots of ice. Here are a few of our favorite summer beverages to help you beat the heat this summer! Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of all the fresh herbs and fruits to craft up delicious cocktails and mocktails – here are a few of our favorite and most sippable summertime drinks.
Strawberries, watermelon and summer go together like sunshine and sprinklers, and this Sparkling Strawberry Watermelon Cooler is the perfect cool-down after a long hot day working in the garden.
makes 4 coolers
10 mint leaves, roughly chopped
12 medium strawberries, sliced
4 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
20 oz. club soda
cubed or crushed ice
How To Prepare
It’s pretty simple: in a large pitcher, combine all the ingredients!
Cocktail Version: Add 1 oz white rum (such as Bacardi) to each glass before pouring.
Summer is all about the in-season produce, and that includes herbs and citrus! This Lemon Thyme Sparkler has a unique and delicious flavor profile that’s just begging to be sipped on the back patio.
makes 1 sparkler
2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 oz. gin
4 oz. club soda
juice of ½ lemon
dash of simple syrup
1 sprig of thyme & lemon slice for garnish
How to Prepare
In a shaker, muddle the thyme, syrup and lemon together. Add the gin and shake, pour over ice and top with soda.
Mocktail Version: Replace the gin and club soda with 5 oz lemon-lime soda.
Does your party of the country have tons (and tons, and tons) of ripe blackberries all summer like ours? Put those berries to work and make a delicious Blackberry Basil Fizz Mocktail – or Mojito, if you prefer! Herbaceous, sweet, tart and fruity – it’s absolutely perfect for this time of year.
makes 1 mocktail
5 fresh blackberries
3 leaves fresh basil
2 tbsp simple syrup
lemon lime soda
crushed or cubed ice
How to Prepare
Muddle blackberries and basil together in the bottom of a glass. Add simple syrup, fill the glass with ice. Top with equal parts club soda and lemon-lime soda until the glass is full.
Mojito Version: Replace the lemon lime soda with white rum, about 1.5 oz.
Now that your creative juices are flowing and the weather is warming up, GiftTree has a great selection of the perfect glasses, tools, coasters and even snacks to go along with all these refreshing summer drink ideas! Explore our curated collection and find barware, snacks and gifts that are perfect for your next patio get-together.
What’s your favorite drink to sip in the summer?