Kick Start Your Reception With 4 Cool Summer Cocktails

Keep you guests cool this summer and get the party started with four of our favorite summer cocktails. Is there something we missed? Let us know in the comments below.

Mint Margaritas

Recipe (Serves 4)

½ Cup Chopped Mint LeavesMint Margarita ½ Teaspoon Kosher Salt 4 Cups Ice (crushed) 1 ½ Cups Tequila 1 Cup Lime Juice Lime Juice (Approx. 8 Limes) 1 Cup Triple Sec

How It’s Done:

Crush mint and salt in a large pitcher. Add ice. Add tequila, lime juice, and Triple Sec. Stir vigorously. Serve immediately in wine glasses.

What Makes It Pop:

A fresh twist on a summertime classic. Whether you’re relaxing in an outdoor garden or getting ready to hit the dance floor, mint margaritas offer the right combination of cool mint and citrus flavors to get the party started. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Piña Mango Punch

Recipe (Serves 6)

2 Cups Mango, cubed 4 Ounces Golden Rum 4 Cups Fresh Pineapple Juice (Approx. 4 Pineapples) Fresh Star Fruit, for garnish

How It’s Done:

Put mangoes, rum, and 1/2 cup water in a blender. Puree. Pour 2 ounces fresh puree into each glass (6). Fill glasses with ice and top off with fresh pineapple juice. Use star fruit as to garnish as you wish.

What Makes It Pop:

No summer cocktail party would be complete without a truly “tropical” rum-based drink. Transport your guests’ taste buds to a Caribbean port of call. This ice cold cocktail is just as delicious when served alcohol-free, should any underage guests want to join in on the party. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Born in The USA

Recipe (Serves 1)

1½ oz. Vodka 1 oz. Watermelon Schnapps ½ oz. Simple Syrup ½ oz. Cranberry Juice ½ oz. Lemon Juice ¼ oz. Blue Curacao Soda Water

How It’s Done:

Add watermelon schnapps and cranberry juice to tall glass with ice. Carefully add lemon, simple syrup, and vodka to create a white layer. Very carefully add the blue curacao to create the top blue layer. Gently add soda water until glass is full.

What Makes It Pop:

When done perfectly, this patriotic cocktail is as beautiful as it is delicious. If you will be the one doing the serving, practice a few before guests arrive to get a feel for pouring each layer just right. American flag in a glass? Sounds like the perfect 4th of July drink to me. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

White Sangria Popsicles

Recipe (Makes 24 Mini-Pops)

1 bottle Dry White Wine ½ Cup Simple Syrup ½ Cup Orange Liqueur 1 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice 1 Whole Lemon 2 Cups Chopped Fruit (We like Strawberries, Blackberries and Green Apples)

How It’s Done:

Combine liquids into a large pitcher. Slice lemon thinly, and then halve the slices. Add to the pitcher with your fruit of choice. Pour into 3-ounce paper cups and freeze for 2 hours. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze until solid. (Approx. 3 more hours) To serve, peel the paper cups away from the popsicles starting with the seam. Once peeled, serve immediately.

What Makes It Pop:

While not technically a beverage, White Sangria Popsicles are one of my favorite cocktail reception treats for a hot summer day. Cool off and wind down with friends over these mini-pop delights. Plan ahead and surprise your guests as soon as they walk in the door. Had trouble with frozen-alcoholic refreshments in the past? Don’t worry; these pops freeze up just right. Just be sure to give them a few hours to harden or they’ll be sliding off sticks left and right. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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