The Best Summer Mixed Drinks


Hey gals! I’m currently on vacation (#finally) but I couldn’t leave you hanging without a post this month, could I? Answer: No way, Jose!

Screen shot 2014-07-18 at 2.07.39 PMI mentioned in my post last month how much fun Midwest summers are. Barbeques, summer concerts, s’more nights around the bonfire. We really know how to it right.

But no summer shin dig is complete without killer cocktails. From margs to punch to sangria, there are so many recipes out there that it can sometimes get a tad overwhelming. So I decided to round up some of my favorite mixed drink recipes for you guys, because sharing is caring and I couldn’t not share. I’ve tried a good number of these and the ones I haven’t, well, it’s only a matter of time before that changes.

Blood Orange Gin and Tonic

My friends and I made this one a few weeks ago and holy guacamole is was good. A gin and tonic is usually my go to drink, so I loved mixing it up a little bit with the blood orange.

+ 1 ½ oz gin
+ 2 oz fresh blood orange juice
+couple dashes of orange bitters
+ 4 oz tonic water

1. Fill glass with ice. Add gin, blood orange juice and orange bitters.
2. Top with tonic water and gently stir. Garnish with blood orange slices and serve.

Pink Grapefruit Margarita

One of my friends hosted a “fiesta night” recently and she made these. They were super refreshing and perfect for summer. I immediately asked her to send me the recipe and I’ve made them a couple of times since. You can’t really go wrong with grapefruit anything in my book!

+ 1 lime, cut in wedges (optional)
+ Rock or kosher salt (optional)
+ 1 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (about 2 grapefruits)
+ 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes)
+ 1 cup orange liqueur, like Triple Sec
+ 1 cup white tequila
+ agave or simple syrup (optional)
+ 2 cups of ice


1. Rub lime wedges on edge of 4 empty glasses and rim in salt. Fill each glass with ice.
2. Combine juices, orange liqueur and tequila in smaller pitcher and stir. Add agave or simple syrup to taste for extra sweetness.
3. Pour into prepared glasses and serve with lime wedges.

Peach Sangria

I’m a big fan of sangria. I always make it whenever I’m having a bigger group of people over. Its so easy to make and is always a hit. I haven’t tried this one yet, but I got the recipe from Lauren Conrad’s website and if it’s good enough for LC, it’s good enough for me. Peaches and nectarines are some of my favorite fruits – and my favorite I mean I eat WAY too many – so I’m excited to try out this recipe next time I make sangria.

+ 1 bottle of white wine (your choice!)
+ 1 cup peach schnapps
+ 1/2 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
+ 2 nectarines, sliced
+ 1 cup green or red grapes, sliced or whole

1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large pitcher.
2. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or overnight.
3. Stir before serving.

I also decided to add a couple of other recipes of perfect summer drinks, just in case some of you don’t (or aren’t old enough) to drink!

Homemade Lemonade

Screen shot 2014-07-18 at 2.36.35 PMLemonade has been one of my summer favorites since I was a kid. I can’t get enough! I love making my own instead of buying it from the store so this is the recipe I usually follow.

+ 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
+ 2 cups simple syrup
+ 3 cups of water
+ 1/2 to 1 cup of fresh fruit puree (use whatever fruit you like…I usually use blueberries!)
+ Ice

1. Stir all of the ingredients together in a pitcher and serve

Ginger Beer Lemonade

I’m a massive fan of anything from A Beautiful Mess. They always have great recipes, but I was excited about this post they did about mocktails. I definitely want to try ALL of them. This ginger beer lemonade sounds so refreshing and simple to make.

Ingredients: (serves 1)
+ juice of one lemon
+ 1/2 tablespoon simple syrup
+ ginger beer

1. In a tall glass, mix the lemon juice and simple syrup.
2. Add ice.
3. Top off with ginger beer. Garnish with fresh lemon slices and serve.

Once you’ve tried these mixed drinks out, head here for some more ideas. Also, don’t forget to tweet us pictures or tag us on Instagram if you make any of these recipes!!

About Shelby Helton

Bio: Shelby is a 20 something college grad (nerd alert: I was a history major) living in Chicago and interning for ProfessionGal. I have a thing for coffee, interior design blogs, J. Crew, Seinfeld reruns and all things social media.

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