Five Summer Drinks for Adults

Summer is a great time to gather with friends or chill out alone in the backyard. One thing that is a must for hot summer days is ice cold drinks. I’ve gathered (and tested) 5 recipes to help you keep your cool this summer whether you are relaxing on the deck by the pool or throwing a get together with your summer pals.


1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
1/3 cup orange juice
1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry red wine
1/2 cup triple sec
1 lemon, sliced into rounds
1 orange, sliced into rounds
1 lime, sliced into rounds
1/4 cup white sugar (optional)
8 maraschino cherries
2 cups carbonated water (optional)

In a large pitcher or bowl, mix together the brandy, lemon juice, lemonade concentrate, orange juice, red wine, triple sec, and sugar. Float slices of lemon, orange and lime, and maraschino cherries in the mixture. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor. For a fizzy sangria, add club soda just before serving.


1 (6 ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate
6 fluid ounces tequila
2 fluid ounces triple sec
Fill blender with crushed ice. Pour in limeade concentrate, tequila and triple sec. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

Caribbean Rum Punch

1 cup fresh lime juice
2 cups simple syrup
3 cups amber rum
4 cups orange juice
4 dashes bitters
freshly grated nutmeg

In a pitcher, combine lime juice, simple syrup, rum and orange juice. Add a few dashes of bitters and some grated nutmeg to taste. Serve chilled over ice.


2 (1.5 fluid ounce) vodka
2 (1.5 fluid ounce) triple sec liqueur
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) fresh lime juice
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) bottled lime juice

1.In a cocktail shaker full of ice combine vodka, triple sec, fresh lime juice and bottled lime juice. Shake, don’t stir and strain into a chilled glass.

Lemon Drop Martini

white sugar
1 long strip of lemon zest
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger citron vodka
1/2 ounce lime juice
1 ounce sweet and sour mix
1 cup crushed ice

Moisten the edges of a martini glass with a little lime juice, and then dip moistened edges into sugar. Place lemon zest strip in glass.
Combine vodka, lime juice, sweet and sour mix, and ice in a shaker. Shake vigorously, and strain into a martini glass.