Summer is just about here, which means it’s time to put away your winter and spring clothes and get ready for the hot summer weather. 

One of the best ways to unwind during the summer months is with an alcoholic drink. What type of alcoholic drink is best for the summer months? 

Read on to learn about the best refreshing alcoholic drinks for hot weather. 

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1. Margaritas 


Margaritas are pretty much synonymous with hot weather. Margaritas are made with lime, tequila, agave syrup, and orange liqueur. 

If you want to make your own margarita, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Prep your glass by running a fresh lime wedge over the rim. Then, turn the glass over and dip the glass in salt. (If you don’t like salt on your rim, you can skip this step.)
  2. Combine 1.5 ounces of tequila, 1 ounce of orange liqueur, ¾ ounce of lime juice, and a splash of sweetener (such as agave nectar) in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. 
  3. Stir or shake the cocktail shaker for about 10 seconds until all of the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. 
  4. Fill a glass with ice and strain the drink into the glass. 

Then, enjoy your drink! 

If you don’t want the hassle of making your own margarita, you’re in luck. There are many ready-to-drink margaritas that you can choose from. For example, you can buy canned margarita cocktails, margarita popsicles, or margarita drink mixes

If you’re looking to make non-traditional margaritas, the ready-to-drink margaritas are a great option. You can try everything from peach margaritas to watermelon margaritas to mango margaritas. 

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2. Spicy Grapefruit Sidecar 

A spicy grapefruit sidecar is a great option for anyone looking for a refreshing hot weather cocktail with a kick. 

Here are the ingredients for a spicy grapefruit sidecar:

  1. 2 tsp sugar
  2. 2 tsp chili powder
  3. 1 oz. Cointreau 
  4. 2 oz. cognac
  5. 2 oz. grapefruit juice
  6. Grapefruit slice for garnish and grapefruit wedge for rimming

To make a spicy grapefruit sidecar, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Rim a cocktail glass with a grapefruit wedge and combine the chili powder and sugar on a small plate. Dip the glass in the mixture so it coats the rim of the glass. 
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add in the Cointreau, cognac, and grapefruit juice. Shake the glass until the drink is chilled and completely mixed. 
  3. Strain the cocktail into the rimmed glass filled with ice and enjoy!

3. Pina Colada 

Pina Colada 

There’s perhaps no drink that’s more quintessential than a pina colada. If you want to feel like you’re summering in tropical paradise, the pina colada is the drink for you. 

Here’s are the pina colada ingredients to make two drinks:

  1. 4 oz of coconut cream
  2. 4 oz of light rum
  3. 1 oz of dark rum
  4. Spalsh of coconut milk
  5. Splash of pineapple juice
  6. 1 chopped pineapple 
  7. Ice

Here’s how you make a tasty pina colada:

  1. Begin by cutting the pineapple. If you want to drink your pina colada straight from the pineapple, use a pineapple corer to remove the top ¾ of the inside of the pineapple. Make sure to not pierce through the bottom of the pineapple if you plan to drink from it!
  2. Add the light rum, dark rum, coconut cream, coconut milk, pineapple, and ice to a blender. 
  3. Blend the drink until it becomes slushy. 
  4. Pour the drinks into the cored pineapples and garnish them with pineapple slices and paper umbrellas. 

4. Watermelon Mimosas 

Everyone knows that mimosas are the perfect brunch drink. Plus, they’re super easy to make- all you need is some orange juice and champagne!

But if you’re craving something more exciting than the traditional mimosa, then you need to try the watermelon mimosa. Watermelon is one of the best summer fruits, so you’ll feel refreshed and cool after sipping on this alcoholic beverage. 

Here are the ingredients to make a watermelon mimosa:

  1. 1 bottle of champagne or prosecco
  2. 2 tbsp of granulated sugar
  3. 4 cups of cubed watermelon
  4. Mint sprigs and watermelon for garnish
  5. Juice of 1 lime

Here’s how to make a watermelon mimosa:

  1. Blend together the sugar, cubed watermelon, and lime juice. 
  2. Strain the cocktail mixture through a fine mesh sieve and discard the solid pieces. 
  3. Fill up champagne flutes halfway with the watermelon mixture and halfway with champagne. 
  4. Top off the champagne flute with a slice of watermelon and a few mint sprigs. 

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5. Mermaid Mule 

Moscow mules are another classic cocktail that many people love. This cocktail consists of vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer. Most people drink Moscow mules out of copper mugs. 

If you’re looking for a twist on the classic Moscow mule for a hot summer day, a mermaid mule is the answer. Here are the ingredients for a mermaid mule:

  1. 3 ounces of blue curaçao
  2. 1 ounce of ginger beer
  3. 6 ounces of vodka
  4. ⅓ cup of lime juice
  5. Ice and paper umbrellas for garnishing

Here’s how to make a mermaid mule:

  1. Pour the blue curaçao, vodka, and lime juice into three different glasses. 
  2. Fill the glasses with ice and top off with a bit of ginger beer. 
  3. Garnish the drink with a paper umbrella. 

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Refreshing Alcoholic Drinks for Hot Weather: Conclusion 

These refreshing alcoholic drinks will keep you cool all summer long! Soon enough, the warm weather will be here and you’ll be sipping one of these delicious cocktails by the pool

Are you looking for more delicious cocktails? Check out our recipes!