4 of the Easiest Summer Cocktail Recipes You Have to Try
Summer’s arrival means it’s time to fire up the grill and spend leisurely afternoons with a backyard full of friends. These get-togethers obviously involve plenty of tasty food, but the beverages are equally as important. Though most people happily stock plenty of craft beer and a good selection of wine, cocktails don’t usually make an appearance. After all, no one wants to muddle, shake, and strain while simultaneously trying to man the grill.
But who says you need equipment or fancy techniques to make a great cocktail? We teamed up with Sanpellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverages to prove refreshing summer cocktails are just a few ingredients and a stir away. Just pick up a few spirits, some citrus fruit, and the sparkling beverages to create drinks that will make your next bash a huge hit.
1. Riviera Fizz
Those who reached for orange soda as a kid will love this summer cocktail. A bit of orange juice gives it an extra dose of citrus while Aperol adds a hint of bitterness and plenty of complexity. This is the lowest octane drink of the group, making it perfect for long summer days. If you have a full day of barbecue ahead, this is your drink.
- 1½ ounces Aperol
- 2 ounces orange juice
- 6 ounces Sanpellegrino Aranciata
- 1 orange slice
Directions: Fill a highball glass with ice cubes, then add the Aperol. Pour in the orange juice and the Sanpellegrino. Stir until all ingredients are combined. Garnish with an orange slice and serve at once.
2. Classic Italian 75
Nothing says summer celebration like Champagne, but it can put quite a dent in your wallet. Luckily, budget-friendly Prosecco is just as delicious. Give the bubbly a summer spin with a bit of lemon Sanpellegrino and some gin. It’s sort of like the adult version of lemonade. If you really want to feel like a kid again, add a scoop of lemon sorbet or sherbet to each glass just before serving.
While you clearly don’t want to break out fine glassware for a backyard bash, red plastic cups feel a little amateur. The answer? Plastic champagne flutes. You can easily find them at party supply stores.
- ¾ ounce gin
- 3 ounces Sanpellegrino Limonata
- 3 ounces Prosecco
- 1 lemon twist
Directions: In a glass, combine the gin, Sanpellegrino Limonata, and Prosecco. Mix gently to combine and pour into a Champagne flute or coupe glass. Serve with a lemon twist.
3. Love on the Rocks
For those who like their drinks a little less sweet, this Campari-laced beverage is perfect. The slightly bitter liqueur pairs wonderfully with the blood orange Sanpellegrino and aromatic gin, creating a sophisticated summer cocktail with just three ingredients. We particularly like this drink as an aperitif, but it’s also just as tasty at the end of the night.
- 1½ ounces gin
- ¾ ounce Campari
- ½ ounce Sanpellegrino Aranciata Rosso
- 1 orange slice
Directions: In a highball glass, combine the gin, Campari, and Sanpellegrino. Stir to combine. Garnish with an orange slice and serve chilled.
4. Capitano Cooler
There are people who like rum, then there are those who can’t get enough of the stuff. For the latter group, this cocktail is a winner. With white rum, dark rum, and a sparkling grapefruit beverage, it’s both refreshing and full-flavored. That being said, feel free to use just one type of spirit if your liquor cabinet is more limited.
Heads up, make sure you grab dark rum and not the spiced kind. Though they look similar, the flavor is decidedly different. While a regular dark rum will add complexity, adding something flavored with cloves and cinnamon will overpower all the other flavors.
- 1 ounce white rum
- 5 ounces dark rum
- 2 ounces Sanpellegrino Pompelmo
- Juice of ½ lime
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 lime or grapefruit wheel
Directions: Add white rum, dark rum, Sanpellegrino Pompelmo, lime juice, and honey to a rocks glass. Stir until honey dissolves. Add ice cubes and a lime or grapefruit wheel. Serve.
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