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There’s something about hot weather that makes an icy beverage seem not only nice but practically essential, don’t you think? For your next summer party, upgrade from plastic coolers and drink mixes to custom cocktails that are easy to make and even easier to enjoy.  Here are 5 versatile options you’ll sip all summer long.

coastal citrus punch
Coastal Citrus Punch

Essential qualities: This summery take on sangria makes enough for a crowd, so you won’t be running up and down the hill playing bartender all day. Mix up the day before your party, chill and serve on ice. It’s easy to double if you anticipate extreme thirst…or more than 8-10 guests.
Make it your own: The recipe calls for grapes, pineapple and strawberries, but try throwing in blueberries, peaches or  honeydew melon.
Serve it with: Grilled fish, a summer clambake, tea sandwiches — this drink is incredibly versatile.
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Frozen Mint Julep
Frozen Mint Julep
Essential qualities: If you have ever tried to grow mint, you know the biggest dilemma isn’t keeping it alive, it’s keeping it from choking out the rest of your garden. Keep it at bay (and keep your guests cool) with this slushy take on a classic Southern cocktail.
Serve it with: Barbecue, grilled lamb or vegetables and pretty much any dish hailing from the South.
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Mellow Melon Margarita
Mellow Melon Margarita
Essential qualities: Margaritas can be delicious, but they usually aren’t. That’s because margarita mix is, well, just not very good. Fix that with this simple cocktail recipe: Just mix together high-quality silver tequila, lime juice, agave nectar and a seasonal twist — cubes of juicy watermelon. Repeat after me: I no longer need margarita mix. Putting it down. Now.
Serve it with: This summery drink pairs well with farm-fresh produce — think corn on the cob or roasted pepper and mozzarella bites.
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Beer Cocktail - Michelada
The Michelada
Essential qualities: This drink makes what’s already a quality beverage — beer — a little more refreshing for summer. Take your favorite Mexican beer (a light lager is best) and mix in a squeeze of lemon,  hot sauce and salt and pepper. Pour it into a chilled glass rimmed with salt. It might sound a little weird, but trust me, it tastes delicious.
Serve it with: Big, bold, flavorful dishes, like spicy tacos or  bacon cheeseburgers.
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Spicy Raspberry Lemonade
Spicy Raspberry Lemonade
Essential qualities: Okay, so you have four delicious alcoholic cocktail options, above. Avoid being that person who offers margaritas and juleps but has only lukewarm tap water for non-drinking guests. The new plan: Serve this grown-up take on lemonade, spiked with spicy ginger beer and topped with fresh raspberries.
Serve it with: Ice. No, seriously…drink this all summer!

For more party food (and drinks) follow my Party Food! Board on Pinterest.

What are you sipping on this summer? Tell us in the comments below.



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  5. Nicholas Ray says:

    Mixing cocktail drinks for the guests will definitely need a bar tender. Wouldn't it be more easier and more fun if one could just get their own drink from a cocktail machine hire perth? It will save up on the party expenses, especially if your friends drink the same cocktail mix, right?

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