Summer season is cocktail season. Here are some of the best cocktail recipes to get you started.
There is nothing better than to laze about in the sun, to drink in the hand, than to take care of nothing. But you should drink the right drink. If you want to live your best life, you should drink the best drinks. A nice cold cocktail is a perfect companion for your summer fun.
While the avant-garde ending of cocktails can be complicated, all these classics are easy to prepare at home. Unless otherwise stated, each recipe is for a single drink, so increase it as needed.
General Cocktail Tips
Before you dive in, let's go through a few things.
The quality of your cocktails is (up to a point) directly in proportion to the quality of your ingredients. You can make a margarita with cheap tequila, but your head will not thank you the next day. On the other hand, you should definitely not make a margarita with a good mouthful of mezcal ̵
While you can prepare cocktails with any device, a suitable shaker makes the job easier. Similarly, a jigger for measuring casts significantly helps to ensure the consistency of your cocktails. A set like this has just about everything you need for the cocktails on this list, though you'll also need a blender if you want to make frozen cocktails.
And of course, while alcohol is legal and fun almost everywhere is a drug that is abused on a regular basis. Drink responsibly. Cocktails are usually quite strong (and their sweetness often masks how strong they are). Take special care not to eat too much.
The classic Daiquiri is one of my favorite drinks of all time. It's one of the simplest possible cocktails – just rum, sugar syrup and lime juice – but you owe it to how it works with the sour limes, which are counterbalanced by the sweet sugar and rum.
- 1.5 ounces of white rum  1 ounce of fresh lime juice
- 0.5 ounces of simple sugar syrup
Pour rum, Lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with standard ice cubes. Shake well and pass through a strainer in a cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of lime. Channel your inner Hemingway and take a sip.
While the frozen daiquiri is a staple for lousy theme bars, a well-made one is still a delicious way to cool off on a hot day. You can either leave them with pure lime flavor or add strawberries for a more fruity flavor.
- 1.5 oz white rum
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- 0.5 oz. Simple sugar syrup
- 0.5 oz. Threefold
- 0.75 cup Crushed Ice
- 1 cup of strawberries (optional)
When making a strawberry daiquiri, first put the strawberries in a blender and mix them into a puree. Strain the puree with a sieve to remove most of the seeds. Set aside for later and clean for later.
Add rum, lime juice, plain syrup, triple short, crushed ice and, if you use it, strawberry puree in a blender. Mix until you have a mushy consistency. Pour into a glass and drink with a straw.
Mexico has given the world a lot of amazing things. The two dearest to me? Delicious cuisine and tequila. I eat tacos for lunch, but now let's have a look at the classic tequila cocktail: the margarita.
- 1.5 oz. Tequila
- 1 oz. Three-grain or Cointreau  0.5 oz. Fresh lime juice
- 1 lime carving
- 1 tsp salt
Lead the lime carving around the edge of your cocktail glass and then roll it into salt you have spread on a saucer – this will give your glass the classic margarita salt rim. Put the tequila, threefold seconds and lime juice in a shaker with ice cubes. Shake well and pass through a strainer into the glass. Garnish with the lime wedges.
If a normal margarita does not get to the point, you can cool the temperature with another frozen margarita. It's almost the same drink, but served like a slush.
- 1.5 oz Tequila
- 1 oz Triple Sec or Cointreau
- 0.5 oz fresh lime juice
- 0.75 cup Crushed Ice  1 lime wedge (optional)
- 1 teaspoon of salt (optional)
Stuffing a jar of salt is optional for a frozen margarita, since you're most likely to drink it through a glass of straw, but if you want to stay traditional Run the lime wedge around the rim of your cocktail glass and roll it into salt to coat. Put the tequila, lime juice and crushed ice in a blender. Mix until you have that mushy consistency you are looking for. Serve and enjoy.
Sangria is a Spanish classic for a good reason. This sweet, fruity punch is best served with cheese and sausage in the shade. Be forewarned: This recipe is for a bowl of punch. It takes a whole bottle of wine, so do not plan on drinking it yourself if you have something to do today (or tomorrow).
- 1 bottle of fruity Spanish red wine. Think of a Rioja or Tempranillo
- 1 large orange
- 1 large apple. Note: You can replace the apple with seasonal fruits like pears or melons.
- 1 small lemon or lime
- 1 cup of orange juice
- 3 tablespoons of organic cane sugar
- 1/2 cup of brandy. Rum can also be used
Cut all fruits into small pieces and leave the rinds on top. Pour into a large jug of sugar and mix for one minute or crush with a wooden spoon. Add red wine, brandy and orange juice. Mix well for 30 seconds. Try and add more orange juice, brandy or sugar as needed. Add ice to cool down. Serve with a trowel after cooling. If you are in a hurry, you can also serve over ice cubes in a glass.
The preparation of delicious cocktails can take some time. So it's worth having something quick and tasty in your bag of tricks. Cuba Libre fits perfectly. Not just rum and coke, but a celebration of the revolutionary Cuban spirit – and long summer days.
- 1.5 oz. Flavored rum
- 3 oz. Cola
- 1 lime
Place ice cubes in a tall glass. Cut two wedges out of the lime and squeeze the ice with lime juice into the glass. Add the rum and then the cola. Stir gently for mixing. Viva Cuba Libre!
The Aperol Spritz seemed to conquer the world last summer. Although the rage has eased a bit, it is still a classic summer drink, and there is no reason not to make it a big part of your summer hydration plans.
- 2 oz Aperol
- 2 oz Prosecco
- Pinch Soda
Fill a wine glass with ice cubes and add the Prosecco and Add Aperol. Fill up with soda and garnish with a slice of orange. Now you have your own Aperol spray done!
Cocktails are among the tastiest drinks ever. These summer classics are easy to enjoy on a hot day – or hide in the rain.