Summer Cocktails For Your Next Pool Party

When warm weather rolls around and sunny days make us crave for the outdoors, there’s nothing better than a pool party with friends. And what makes a party better, 100% of the time? Cocktails. Especially fruity, sweet cocktails that taste like summer.

1. Pink Bikini – Even the name of this cocktail reminds you of summery fun. It’s sweet, refreshing and it packs a punch, so be careful with drinking too many. Simply mix one part amaretto liqueur, two parts coconut rum and seven parts raspberry lemonade. Serve chilled in coconut shells for full effect (and deliciousness).

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2. Watermelon Bloody Marys – The perfect cocktail for summer brunch meets the perfect summer fruit. This recipe makes a batch for both children and grownups, so it will be a hit on your next BBQ. Puree 12 cups of watermelon chunks and add one teaspoon of sugar (you can make it more or less sweet depending on your taste). Strain through a fine sieve into a bowl, pressing down with a spoon. You’ll get around 5-6 cups of juice. Divide 2-3 cups of juice among 4 “children drink” glasses, with ice and chilled watermelon cubes. Stir the remaining 3 cups of watermelon juice with 1 ½ cups of tomato juice and 1 cup vodka. Add Tabasco sauce to taste, 1 ½ teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon ground celery seeds and freshly ground pepper. Serve with ice and garnish with a watermelon cube and a celery stalk.

3. Raspberry-Lime Margarita – A classic summer cocktail gets updated with sweet raspberry flavor. To make a pitcher mix 6 ounces of tequila, 4 ounces of orange liqueur, 2 ounces of fresh lime juice, 2 cups of raspberries, 1/3 cups sugar and four cups of ice in a blender. Blend until smooth and serve in glasses with salted rims. Enjoy by the pool with your friends.

4. Blue Hawaiian – If you are all up for brightly colored and fun cocktails but hate the overwhelming sweetness, this tart turquoise drink is for you. Blend 1/3 cup pineapple vodka, 2 tablespoons blue curacao, 2 tablespoons coconut rum, 1 tablespoon amaretto, 2 tablespoons lime juice, ¼ cup agave nectar or sugar and 4 cups of ice. Serve in tall glasses with tiny umbrellas in them. Everything tastes better with tiny umbrellas.

5. Mango Colada – If Pina Coladas do not give you enough of that “tropical beach” feeling, kick it up a notch with mangoes! Blend ½ cup unsweetened mango juice, ½ cup mango cubes, ½ cup crushed ice, ¼ cup cream of coconut, 1 tablespoon lime juice and ¼ cup white rum. If you want an alcohol-free version, skip the rum, it will be just as good. Ideally enjoy in a Caribbean beach, but you can make it for your next tropical-themed party as well.

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