Summer Cocktail Favorites – 2021

Last summer I shared our favorite summertime drinks.

While these are still favorites around here and, I think *runs to pantry to check* – yep, we still have each of these stocked in our house, over the past year sometimes I just don’t want a strongly carbonated drink. Particularly in the evening, I don’t want anything too fizzy as it makes me bloated and uncomfortable to sleep. #tmi

Instead, I’ve been wanting things like the cocktails I’ll be sharing below. They are all fairly quick and simple to make when you have the supplies on hand.

Disclaimer: These do contain alcohol – often hard liquor –
so if you choose to partake it any type of alcoholic drink, please do so safely.

SK Favorite Summer Cocktails image with four drinks and fruit

Michelada

SK Michelada recipe with photo

2 oz. Clamato juice (tomato juice with clam juice and delicious seasonings)
Juice of 1 Lime (roughly 1 oz.)
2 – 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
12 oz. beer of choice (MyHusband prefers Dos Equis)
Tajin
Lime wedge for garnish

  1. Rim pint glass with Tajin.
  2. Pour Clamato juice, lime juice, and Worcestershire sauce into glass.
  3. Slowly pour in beer.
  4. Garnish with lime wedge.
  5. Enjoy.

Casa Bella

1 oz. tequila
1 oz. lime juice
½ oz. agave nectar
4 oz. prosecco
Tajin
Lime wedge

  1. Rim glass with Tajin.
  2. Pour tequila, lime juice, and agave into glass.
  3. Slowly top with prosecco.
  4. Garnish with lime wedge.
  5. Enjoy.

Italian Soda

½ oz. limoncello
1 oz. lemon vodka
1 oz. lemon juice
½ oz. basil simple syrup
Club soda
1 fresh basil leaf
1 lemon wedge

  1. Pour limoncello, vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup into glass.
  2. Slap or snap basil leaf and add to glass.
  3. Slowly top with club soda.
  4. Garnish with lemon wedge.
  5. Enjoy.

Honorable Mention
Vodka Sunrise

1 oz. vodka
6 oz. orange juice
1 oz. grenadine syrup

  1. Pour vodka into glass.
  2. Add orange juice.
  3. Top with granadine.
  4. Enjoy!

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Favorite Summer Drinks that We are Keeping Around

What’s your drink?

Personally, it’s vodka. MyHusband, it’s gin. MyDad, it’s rye. MyFather-in-Law, it’s Jack Daniels (specifically). MySister-in-Law, it’s peach margaritas.

While any of us would drink or try pretty much anything, we always return to our favorites.

This summer, MyHusband and I were on a quest to find something we liked that was:

  1. delicious,
  2. refreshing in the Houston Summer,
  3. could offer that buzz, without inducing a painful hangover. #collegewasalongtimeago

Here’s what we’ve found:

SK - Favorite summer drinks

Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Berry Lemonade

1. Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Berry Lemonade

We discovered this one because I was looking for the Smirnoff Seltzer Red White and Berry, but our liquor store was out that day, so I tried this the Berry Lemonade instead.

The flavor is good. I don’t love this one because it seems a bit flat. MyHusband doesn’t agree – he think’s its really good.


Lone River Ranch Water

2. Lone River Ranch Water

Due to Instagram influence, Ranch Waters were popping up everywhere this summer. This one has quickly become a favorite. It’s refreshing with a pop of citrus – without that weird artificial lime flavor. Be sure it’s very cold, though – the flavor gets a bit lost as it warms up.


White Claw Hard Seltzer Black Cherry

3. White Claw Hard Seltzer Black Cherry

This one is my favorite. Over the holidays last year, MyBrother had some White Claws in his beer fridge, so I got to sample several flavors. The Black Cherry is definitely my favorite. I love how light these taste, while still being 5.5% ABV.


The Finnish Long Drink

4. The Finnish Long Drink

I don’t even remember how MyHusband came across this one, but it has taken over as his favorite all summer. This drink was created for the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games to give an unforgettable drink to the tourists – based upon a gin and tonic. He says these are amazing alone, but even better if you add a squeeze of citrus – lime, lemon, and orange have all worked for him.


Stiegl Radler – Grapefruit

5. Stiegl Radler – Grapefruit

A radler is essentially a half beer – half fruit soda concoction. Some of the originals used carbonated lemonade, but others have used a variety of fruit flavors. So far, this is one of the best MyHusband has found.

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