5 Great Summer Drinks

Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen / Katie Workman / themom100.com

If there is one thing, one single thing, that I think you can do to make a gathering feel more special, it’s to offer up a signature drink. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it doesn’t have to be alcoholic, simply make one beverage just for the occasion, and present it to your guests in addition to the usual assortment of soft drinks, beer, and wine.

It just says, hey there, I put some extra thought into this occasion—thanks for coming over. This is a good idea all year long (hot ginger apple cider toddies for the winter? Yes, please), but somehow particularly fun in warm weather—when you may well be entertaining outside.

Here are five drinks that say, “welcome, we’re glad you’re here.” Do you have a “house drink” that you serve when you’re going the extra step? Please do share—I’m always looking for a new libation.


A Peach Cocktail and a Mocktail for Mixed Company

A Peach Cocktail and a Mocktail for Mixed Company

You make a simple puree of peaches and mango, then give it sparkle with the addition of sparkling wine or fizzy water (or a combination). It’s so nice to have a single drink that can be made alcoholic or not, and is therefore adaptable for any kind of crowd.

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Orange White Wine Campari Sangria

Orange White Wine Campari Sangria

Bright and delicious, the prettiest orange, this refreshing cocktail is actually perfect year-round. Jam the pitcher with slices of citrus for a visual thwap.

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Cucumber–Mint Gin and Tonic

Cucumber-Mint Gin and Tonic

Cucumber and mint make a gin and tonic memorable. This was made for those hot summer nights (tell me more, tell me more . . .).

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Pomegranate–Orange Mocktail with Mint

Pomegranate–Orange Mocktail with Mint

This is super pretty—definitely a “wow” moment for entertaining—and if you want to really show off, make some pomegranate and orange juice ice cubes ahead of time and pour the drink over those. If you want to add even more “oh no you didn’t,” freeze soft ginger candy inside the ice cubes for a post-drink treat.

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Watermelon–Strawberry Smoothie

Watermelon–Strawberry Smoothie

Get out that blender, you are going to make some hot people very happy. (And yes, you can put in some booze if you wish).

Click here for the recipe.

5 Great Summer Drinks / Sip on something sweet and cool this summer! Here are five cocktails, mocktails, and smoothies for the whole family. #drinks #mocktails #cocktails #smoothie

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