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Summer = porch sitting, long, lazy dinners on the patio, ocean waves, sunny vacations, and fireflies.

And what better way to enjoy all the above mentioned activities than with a delicious summer-worthy cocktail in hand? (My top recommendation — which I’ve already shared — is my favorite limoncello recipe. It’s an ideal drink for this time of year.)

But beyond limoncello, if you’re looking for some refreshing new beverages to sip on this summer — join the club.*

(*Disclaimer: I haven’t tried any of these delectable-sounding recipes yet, but have added them to my summer bucket list.):

Fresh Cherry Mojitos

Kevin and I saw some beautiful cherries at our local farmer’s market recently, and they inspired me to give this twist on an already delicious drink a try.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pound sweet cherries, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 6 Tablespoons minced fresh mint
  • 12 ounces light rum
  • 28 ounces sparkling water
  • 6 limes

Directions

  • Combine the sugar and water in a small sauce pot on the stove. Bring to a boil and stir so that all the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add fresh, chopped cherries.
  • Stir and refrigerate for about two hours, or until chilled. You can make this cherry syrup ahead of time and keep covered in the fridge.
  • When you’re ready to make your mojitos (the recipe makes six), drop a tablespoon of fresh minced mint in each glass, followed by 1/4 cup of cherry syrup and juice of one lime.
  • Using the end of a wooden spoon, muddle the mixture together.
  • Then, add two ounces of rum and about a cup of sparkling water.

Ginger Shandies

Who doesn’t love a nice, refreshing shandy? Last year, Kevin and I fell in love with the version a bartender at Deckard’s in Atlanta crafted using the Alipne liqueur Zirbenz. This is a much more pared down version, but it sounds delicious all the same!

Ingredients

  • 3 12-ounce(ish) bottles chilled white ale (I love Allagash White)
  • 1 12-ounce bottle chilled ginger beer
  • 1 thinly sliced lemon
  • mint sprigs, for garnish

Directions

  • In a large pitcher, combine white ale with ginger beer.
  • Stir in most lemon slices and mint sprigs.
  • Fill six rocks glasses with ice.
  • Add remaining lemon slices to glasses and pour in shandy.
  • Garnish each drink with a mint sprig and serve.

Micheladas

When I saw that this drink contains some of my very favorite things — lime juice, hot sauce, and Mexican beer — I knew it had to be added to the list.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 teaspoon piquin pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salsa picante
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 12-ounce can Mexican lager, chilled
  • lime wedges for garnish

Directions

  • In a In tall beer glass, stir together pepper sauce, salsa, lime juice, salt, and lager.
  • Garnish with lime and serve immediately.

Anyone else have summer drink recipes to share?

Cheers!

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