3 Fun & Fresh Drink Recipes Perfect for Summer Parties

So you’ve picked out the perfect sunglasses and straw hat combination but you’re still looking for something fantastic to serve at your next pool party or 4th of July BBQ. Instead of letting your drink list begin and end in the beer aisle, try out one of our fun & fresh drink recipes perfect for washing down hamburgers and hot dogs on a hot summer day.

Strawberry Vodka Lemonade

Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy go to, a sure-to-please staple, or something with an exotic twist, we’ve got you covered.

1. Strawberry Vodka Lemonade

Looking for something quick and easy but still inventive? Go for the Strawberry Vodka Lemonade. Using only three ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge, you’ll be mixing these up in seconds.

  • Vodka
  • Lemonade
  • Fresh Strawberries
How to Make It:

Muddle 2 medium to large strawberries per serving and mix 2 parts lemonade to 1 part vodka. Shake and pour over ice.

2. Simply Sweet Sangria

Sangria Fruit

Looking for a crowd-pleasing favorite? You can’t go wrong with Sangria. The simply beautiful thing about this recipe is you can mix all of the ingredients together the night before and have one less thing to worry about the day of the event. In fact, letting the mixture sit in the fridge overnight allows the fruit to soak up the wine, making for a yummy snack at the bottom of each glass.

  • Red wine
  • Lemon Italian Soda
  • Orange Juice
  • Oranges
  • Frozen Blueberries
How to Make It:

Unceremoniously toss the fruit into a large pitcher until you can no longer see the bottom. Add 1 part lemon Italian soda to 2 parts red wine and finish with a splash or 2 of orange juice. Stir with a spoon and store in the fridge for a few hours. Serve over ice.

3. Antiguan Rum Punch

Antiguan Rum Punch

Looking to impress your guests with something new? Try Antiguan Rum Punch. Although a little more difficult to scale and less aesthetically striking than the previous recipes, the results are more than worth it. As exotic as it is delicious, one sip will transport you to the tropical shores of Antigua.

  • Dark Rum
  • Lemon Juice (or Lime Juice)
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Simple Syrup
  • Nutmeg
  • Water
How to Make It:

Follow a 1-2-3-4 rule. Combine 1 part lemon juice, 2 parts simple syrup, 3 parts dark rum, and 4 parts water. Pour over ice, add a touch of Angostura bitters, and sprinkle nutmeg on top.

Serving something fun and fresh in addition to (or instead of) beer is a sure-fire way to prevent your party from being predictable. Whether you’re hosting or attending, bring one or all 3 of these drink recipes poolside or grillside this summer and enjoy the fruits (literally) of your labor.


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