Summer Week! Summer Cocktails

I thought I'd top of Summer Week with a nice refreshing cocktail, or two. I wanted to include some old faves as well as some new additions. I think I've got a drink for the main liquors, so there should be something for everyone. Enjoy! Click the links to see the sources & recipes.
  • 3 ounces dark rum
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • 1/4 teaspoon superfine sugar
Stir well with cracked ice, then strain into a Collins glass full of cracked ice.

  • 1 quart cold water
  • 6 black tea bags
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups peach nectar
  • Your favorite whiskey
  • Fresh peach slices, for garnish
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish


Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan; remove from the heat, add tea bags, and let steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and stir in sugar until dissolved. Transfer to a pitcher, add peach nectar, and stir to combine. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
Fill tall glasses with ice and then pour peach tea over, leaving some room at the top for the whiskey. Stir in 1 shot of whiskey to each glass and garnish with a peach slice and fresh mint sprig.

4 cups cubed watermelon

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 limes, 2 juiced and 1 cut into wedges for garnish
  • 8 ounces tequila
  • 5 ounces Triple Sec, divided
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt (optional, for rim)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (optional, for rim)


In a blender, puree the watermelon and sugar until smooth. Pour the puree through a fine mesh strainer. Transfer the liquid to a pitcher and add the lime juice, tequila and 4 ounces of the Triple Sec. Stir to combine.
In a shallow dish, combine the kosher salt with the chili powder. In a second small plate, add the remaining 1-ounce of Triple Sec. Dip the rims of 4 margarita glasses in the Triple Sec, then coat them in the salt and chili mixture. Divide the margarita among the 4 glasses and garnish each with a lime wedge.
Vodka Lemonade Laced with Basil and Mint
Sugar Syrup
½ cup vodka (use lemon-flavored vodka if you're feeling extra-lemony)

Cubed ice, for serving
Lemons, mint leaves, for garnish
Add vodka and simple syrup to the lemonade. Use a clean wooden spoon to stir and taste – add more vodka or syrup, if needed. Place the pitcher in the fridge and allow to cool for 1 hour.
Serve in tumblers over cubed ice and garnish with a mint leaf and a slice of lemon.

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 12 fluid ounces water
  • 12 fluid ounces vodka
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer
Place lemonade concentrate in a gallon pitcher. Measure water and vodka in the 12 ounce lemonade can and add to the pitcher. Pour in the beer, mix well and serve over ice.

PS--Wanna see MORE drinks? CLICK HERE for past drink recipes.


  1. Watermelon margarita sounds divine for a hot summer evening. Must try.

  2. The summer beer looks like a good one! Definitely going to try that one out on our camping trip over the 4th of July holiday. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Those look absolutely deliCIOUS! We did a watermelon mojito the other day with watermelon chunks, spiced rum, a bit of sugar, and mint. Oh so amazing!

  4. Vodka lemonade is always a summer staple for me. However, that whiskey tea...that's a new one. It sounds fabulous and I'm stoked to try it out!

  5. Planter's Punch will definitely be made before the weekend's end. Looks and sounds delicious.

    Thank you for the congratulations on my 'anniversary post' btw :).

  6. oooooo....I'm loving your summer week! So fun AND these recipes look ah-mazing! You should link up to my summer luvin' party tomorrow!

  7. I've never tried planters punch, but this posts gives me an excuse to stock up on whiskey.

  8. OMG. I had a Peach Lemonade with Vodka... BAM it was great!

  9. I'm coming to your house at 5 for cocktails. Peach lemonade with vodka? Be still my heart!


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