Now that summer has officially arrived and we all have so many fun and exciting events planned I wanted to share with you all five of my most favorite summer cocktail recipes for any occasion. I like to find a lot of my fresh ingredients at my local farmers market because I know that these items are fresh and it’s always great to support the community in which you live in. They are simple to make and super yummy!

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Raspberry Mojito

This raspberry mojito is a fun and fruity twist on a classic drink. – Serves 4

Ingredients:

1/2 cup fresh raspberries, plus more for garnish
12 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
1 and 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons sugar
6 ounces of white rum (I like to use Bacardi Rum)
1 cup sparkling water
Ice

Directions:

In a highball glass, use a muddler to crush 2 tablespoons of raspberries, 1 lime slice, 2 teaspoons of sugar, and 3 mint leaves. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add the rum and shake for 30 seconds. Pour the rum into the glass and top with 1/4 cup sparkling water and approximately 1 teaspoon of lime juice. Garnish with additional raspberries, mint sprigs and lime wedges.


Lemon-Lime Moscow Mule

Moscow Mules are all the rage at restaurants these days; this version changes things up a bit with lemon in addition to the traditional lime flavor. – Serves 4

Ingredients:

3/4 cup high quality vodka (I like to use Smirnoff Vodka)
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cups ginger beer
Ice
Lemon and lime slices for garnish
Mint sprigs for garnish

Directions:

Divide the vodka, lime juice and lemon juice among 4 copper mugs. Add ice cubes and ginger beer. Stir to combine, then garnish with lemon and lime slice and mint sprigs.


Sparkling White Sangria

Sangria is always a crowd pleaser and this sparkling white wine version uses fresh seasonal fruit to add lots of color and flavor. – Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 bottle of chilled sparkling white wine (I like to use a Riesling)
2 ounces of orange liqueur (Grand Marnier is by far the best, in my opinion)
1/4 cup sugar
3 cups fresh fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and orange slices.

Directions:

Using a pitcher like this or this combine the orange liqueur, sugar, and fruit. I also like to use a punch bowl (this 10 piece set is perfect & a great price as it’s below $50) as well, which makes it super fun and festive for get together. Add the sparkling white wine. If you prefer a sweeter drink, you can add more sugar to taste.


Spiked Lemonade

Lemonade is a classic mid-day delight; this spiked lemonade takes refreshing to a whole new level! – Serves 4

Ingredients:

4 cups of fresh lemonade
1/2 cup citrus flavored vodka (like this Smirnoff Citrus Vodka)
Ice
Lemon slices
Mint sprigs
1/2 cup coarse sparkling sugar

Directions:

Pour the sugar onto a plate. Dip the rims of 4 highball glasses like this or this into a bowl of water and then into the sugar; twist to coat the rims evenly. Mix together the lemonade and citrus vodka. Place a few ice cubes into each glass and pour the lemonade mixture over the ice. Garnish with lemon slices and mint sprigs.


Strawberry Bellini 

Nothing says brunch quite like a sparkling drink, and this strawberry Bellini is both seasonal and elegant. – Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 bottle of chilled prosecco (I used this one for this recipe but you can use any sparkling wine)
1 cup of fresh strawberries, plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/3 cup coarse sparkling sugar

Directions:

Puree the fresh strawberries and granulated sugar in a food processor until smooth. Press the strawberry mixture through a sieve or sifter to remove the seeds. Pour the coarse sugar onto a plate. Dip the rims of 4 champagne flutes into a bowl of water and then press them onto the plate of coarse sugar, twisting to make sure the sugar evenly coats the rims. Divide the strawberry puree among the champagne flutes and top with the prosecco. Garnish with whole strawberries and serve.


**Enjoy & Drink Responsibly – only if you are of legal age**

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