20 Summer Cocktail Recipes: Spice Up Your Barbecue with a Tasty Cocktail

So, you’re having a summer party. Some of your guests, of course, prefer beer. That part is easy enough. However, what should you make for the non-beer drinkers? This article offers twenty summer cocktail drink recipes that won’t weigh your guests down in the summer heat. You’re friends will marvel at your ingenuity, and you’ll throw the barbecue of the year.

(1) Alien Secretion
Fill a 10oz. cocktail glass with ice
Add 3/4oz. of melon liqueur
Add 3/4oz. of coconut rum
Fill with pineapple juice
Garnish with a pineapple slice

(2) Bahama Mama
Fill a 16oz. cocktail glass with ice
Add 3/4oz. of clear rum
Add 3/4oz. of amber rum
Add 3/4oz. of coconut rum
Fill with equal parts orange and pineapple juices
Add a splash of cherry syrup
Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry

(3) California Lemonade
Fill a 16oz. cocktail glass with ice
Add 1oz. of vodka
Add 1oz. of gin
Add 1oz. of rum
Fill with pink lemonade
Garnish with a lemon wedge

(4) Cosmopolitan
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
Add 1 1/4oz. of vodka
Add a splash of lime juice
Add a splash of triple sec
Add a splash of cranberry juice
Shake
Drain liquid into a martini glass
Garnish with a lime slice

(5) Electric Lemonade
Fill a 10oz. cocktail glass with ice
Add 1 1/4oz. vodka
Add 1/2oz. of blue curaco
Fill with sour mix
Top with a splash of lemon-lime soda
Garnish with lemon

(6) Hurricane
Fill a 16oz. cocktail glass with ice
Add 3/4oz. of clear rum
Add 3/4oz. of spiced rum
Add 3/4oz. of almond liqueur
Add a splash of orange Juice
Fill with cranberry juice
Stir
Top with a splash of dark rum
Garnish with an orange slice

(7) Long Island Iced Tea
Combine ingredients in 16oz. cocktail glass
Add 1oz. of vodka
Add 1oz. of gin
Add 1oz. of rum
Add either one packet of sugar or 1/2oz. of bar syrup
Add sour mix until glass is half full
Add a splash of cola
Fill with ice
Garnish with Lemon

(8) Lemon Drop Martini
Fill cocktail shaker with ice
Add 1 1/4oz. vodka
Add juice from four lemon slices
Add either 1 packet of sugar or 1/2oz. of bar syrup
Shake
Coat rim of martini glass in sugar
Drain liquid into martini glass
Garnish with a lemon

(9) Lynchburg Lemonade
Fill a 10oz. cocktail glass with ice
Add 1 1/4oz. of whiskey
Add 1/2oz. of triple sec
Add a splash of sour mix
Fill with lemon-lime soda
Garnish with a lemon wedge

(10) Mai Tai
Fill a 16oz. cocktail glass with ice
Add 3/4oz. clear rum
Add 3/4oz. amber rum
Add a splash of almond liqueur
Add a splash of peach schnapps
Add a splash of sour mix
Add a splash of pineapple juice
Add a splash of grapefruit juice
Fill with orange juice
Stir
Float a splash of dark rum on top
Garnish with a pineapple slice

(11) Manhattan Martini
Fill cocktail shaker with ice
Add 1 1/4oz. bourbon
Add a splash of sweet vermouth
Add a splash of bitters
Shake
Pour ingredients into martini glass

(12) Margarita
Cover rim of 12oz. cocktail glass with salt (optional)
Fill cocktail glass with ice
Add 1 1/4oz. tequila
Add 1/2oz. of triple sec
Fill with equal parts sour mix and lime juice
Garnish with a lime

(13) Melon Ball
Fill a 10oz. cocktail glass with ice
Add 1 1/4oz. melon liqueur
Add 1/2 oz. vodka
Fill with orange juice
Garnish with a triangle of honey dew melon

(14) Pina Colada
Fill a 16oz. glass with ice
Add 1 1/4oz. coconut rum
Add 3oz. pina colada mix
Fill with pineapple juice
Shake
Garnish with a pineapple slice

(15) Rum Punch
Fill a 16oz. cocktail glass with ice
Add 1oz. dark rum
Add 1oz. clear rum
Add a splash of lime juice
Add a splash of cherry syrup
Add a splash of bar syrup
Fill with equal parts of orange and pineapple juice
Garnish with an orange and cherry

(16) Sex on the Beach
Fill a 12oz. cocktail glass with ice
Add 3/4oz. of vodka
Add 3/4oz. of coconut rum
Fill with equal parts cranberry and pineapple juices
Garnish with a cherry

(17) Singapore Sling
Fill a 12oz. cocktail glass with ice
Add 1 1/4oz. gin
Fill cup half full with sour mix
Shake
Fill cup to top with lemon-lime soda
Top with a splash of cherry brandy
Garnish with a cherry

(18) Tequila Sunrise
Fill a 10oz. glass with ice
Add 1 1/4oz. of tequila
Fill with orange juice
Top with cherry syrup
Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry

(19) Washington Apple
Fill a 16oz. cocktail glass with ice
Add 1oz. vodka
Add 1oz. sour apple liqueur
Fill with cranberry juice
Garnish with a green apple slice

(20) Watermelon Cooler
Fill 12oz. cocktail glass with ice
Add 1 1/4oz. bourbon
Add 3/4oz. watermelon pucker
Add a splash of sour mix
Fill with cranberry juice
Top with a splash of lemon-lime soda
Garnish with a slice of watermelon

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