Sunny days, sandy beaches, and breezy nights: yes, the summer season is upon. The desire to kick back with a cocktail is stronger than ever this time of year, and luckily for you, we’ve got just what you need. Not only are we bringing you the best recipes to kick off season, but we’ve crafted the perfect combo for when boozy brunch turns into an all-day drinking affair. Here are three cocktails you need to start your summer off right.
Toast to the summer sun with a Rosé Bellini
There’s no better proof that summer has arrived than blush-hued booze being poured in a glass. Start your day off with a bright peach bellini, but swap out regular bubbles for sparkling rosé. Take advantage of the ripest produce of the season by using fresh peach juice in place of puree. See recipe
Laze away the afternoon with a Summer Session Old Fashioned
The warmth of an Old Fashioned typically makes it more appropriate for winter and fall, but this version is perfect for sipping in a lawn chair in your backyard. The addition of grapefruit and thyme lend a fresh, herbal flavor, while the extra club soda makes it easy drinkin’ all afternoon long. See recipe
Soak up your summer night with a Jungle Bird
Originally created in Malaysia in 1978, the Jungle Bird has recently been popping up on cocktail menus all across the country. Made with rum, Campari, pineapple, and lime, it’s sweet, bitter, and tangy all at the same time. It might just be the best tiki drink you’ve never heard of — and the ideal way to cap off the night. See recipe
Throwing a backyard barbecue? Be sure to check out our recommendations for the best big batch cocktails, which are easy to whip up in advance.
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