4 Refreshing And Easy Summer Cocktails

By Chelsea Becker

Summertime has us dreaming of vacations and summery cocktails. If you can't make it to Mexico for a margarita or Italy for some bubbly prosecco, we've got you covered. Try making one of these refreshing and easy summer cocktails at home:

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Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco

We're obsessing over this light and seriously yummy twist on prosecco - such a perfect match for your next brunch and get-together. Serves 4.

raspberry limoncello prosecco
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Ingredients:

  • 6 sprigs mint, fresh
  • 1 cup raspberries, frozen
  • 1 cup limoncello liqueur
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle prosecco

Instructions:

  1. Pour the limoncello into a large pitcher, then slowly add in the prosecco
  2. Next, add in the frozen raspberries and give it a good stir
  3. Split evenly into glasses and top with a mint leaf or two for garnish

The Paloma

We love the added health benefits that grapefruit brings to this cocktail - it's basically a healthier version of a margarita. Sipping one of these is a refreshing and tasty way to cool down on a hot summer day. Serves 2.

The Paloma
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Ingredients:

  • 3 oz tequila
  • 2 cups grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed)
  • Simple syrup to taste
  • 2 lime wedges, for serving

Instructions:

  1. Pour the tequila, grapefruit juice and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker with some ice
  2. Give it a good shake and pour into lowball glasses with ice
  3. Serve with a lime wedge on the lip of the glass

Watermelon Mint Mojito

A summery twist on a classic mojito, you can whip up this impressive cocktail in just a few minutes. It's so good that your friends will start to wonder if you have a part-time bartending gig. Serves 2.

watermelon mint mojito
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Ingredients:

  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 20 mint leaves
  • 1 cup watermelon chunks (fresh)
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 can club soda
  • 3 oz light rum

Instructions:

  1. Combine the watermelon chunks, mint leaves and lime juice and muddle until the leaves and chunks are broken up
  2. Add ice, rum, and simple syrup to the shaker and shake it up
  3. Pour, untrained, into glasses and top with club soda

Sparkling Rosé Sangria

As if rosé wasn't already girly enough, we made it even more girly. You've got drinks at your next girls' night covered! Serves 4.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle sparkling rosé
  • 1 cup strawberry vodka
  • 1/4 cup sugar (or your desired sugar substitute)
  • 10 fresh strawberries, hulled & sliced

Instructions:

  1. Pour the strawberry vodka into a large pitcher, then add the sugar
  2. Mix well with a whisk until the sugar has fully dissolved
  3. Add in the sliced strawberries and mix well, then top it off with the bottle of sparkling rosé
  4. Divide among stemless wine glasses and enjoy!