As the temperature rises, keeping your bedroom cool and comfortable becomes essential for a restful night's sleep.
As the scorching summer sun blazes overhead, nothing beats the delightful refreshment of a well-crafted cocktail. At Kennedy Cole Interior Design, we believe that summer entertaining should be a feast for all the senses, including taste. That's why we've curated a collection of classic summer cocktail recipes infused with seasonal fruits, aromatic herbs, and a touch of creativity.
Get ready to sip your way to summer bliss with these tantalizing concoctions. And fear not, we haven't forgotten about those who prefer non-alcoholic alternatives. We've included tips for creating mocktail versions of these beloved beverages.
Cheers to a summer filled with style, flavor, and relaxation!
No. 1 | Watermelon Mint Mojito
2 oz white rum
4-6 fresh mint leaves
2 tsp sugar
1 oz lime juice
2 oz fresh watermelon juice
Watermelon wedge and mint sprig for garnish
Muddle the mint leaves and sugar together in a glass.
Add lime juice and rum, then stir until the sugar dissolves.
Fill the glass with crushed ice and pour in the watermelon juice.
Top with club soda, stir gently, and garnish with a watermelon wedge and mint sprig.
Variation: Berry Burst Mojito
Replace watermelon juice with a mixture of fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries) muddled together. Garnish with a skewer of mixed berries.
Make It A Mocktail: Replace tequila with a citrus soda (e.g., Sprite or 7-Up). Muddle the berries and follow the same steps as the Citrus Berry Margarita, excluding the alcohol.
No. 2 | Citrus Berry Margarita
2 oz tequila
1 oz orange liqueur (such as Cointreau or Triple Sec)
1 oz lime juice
1 oz orange juice
Handful of fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries)
Lime wedge and berries for garnish
Salt or sugar for rimming the glass (optional)
1. In a shaker, muddle the fresh berries to release their flavors.
2. Add tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and orange juice.
3. Shake vigorously with ice.
4. Strain into a glass filled with ice.
5. Garnish with a lime wedge and a few berries.
Optional: Rim the glass with salt or sugar for an extra touch of sweetness.
Variation: Minty Watermelon Margarita
Replace the berries with fresh watermelon chunks and muddle them together with a few mint leaves. Garnish with a small watermelon wedge and a mint sprig.
Make It A Mocktail: Substitute rum with sparkling water or lemon-lime soda. Follow the same steps as the Watermelon Mint Mojito, skipping the alcohol.
No. 3 | Tropical Paradise Piña Colada
2 oz rum
4 oz pineapple juice
2 oz coconut cream
1 oz heavy cream or coconut milk
Pineapple wedge and cherry for garnish
Add rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream, and heavy cream (or coconut milk) to a blender.
Fill the blender with ice and blend until smooth.
Pour into a tall glass.
Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a cherry.
Variation: Berrylicious Pina Colada
Add a handful of fresh mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries) to the blender and blend together with the other ingredients. Garnish with a skewer of mixed berries.
Make It A Mocktail: Omit the rum and add extra pineapple juice and coconut cream. Blend with ice and garnish as usual.
As temperatures rise, these revitalizing summer cocktails will transport you to a tropical paradise with every sip. By incorporating seasonal fruits and fragrant herbs like watermelon, berries, and mint, these classics receive an exciting twist that will impress your guests and elevate your summer gatherings. And for those seeking non-alcoholic alternatives, these mocktail versions offer the same refreshing taste without the alcohol. So go ahead, let Kennedy Cole Interior Design inspire you to beat the heat and enjoy the ultimate summer experience with these irresistible drinks.
Cheers to a stylish and flavorful summer!