Frozen Cocktails

Watermelon White Negroni Slushie from Serious Eats

Watermelon White Negroni Slushie from Serious Eats

Whip out the blender and cool down with one of these creative frozen cocktails! Each of these is a summery take on a classic cocktail.

Frozen Mint Julep ~ Turn a classic summer cocktail into something even cooler with this simple recipe.

Frozen Peach Old Fashioned ~ Here’s another frozen twist on a classic, with the addition of sweet summer fruit.

Watermelon White Negroni Slushie ~ A White Negroni is already a fun variation on the Negroni that uses Cocchi Americano instead of Campari. Add watermelon and make it cool for a sophisticated summer treat.

Frozen Coconut Margaritas ~ Imagine yourself on a white sand beach with this creamy cool cocktail in hand.

Blended Cherry Mojitos ~ Fresh cherries are everywhere, so use them in one of the most fun ways possible … mojitos!

Peach Cocktails

peachcollinsSummer is in full swing. And while I’m not loving the heat, I am loving the fresh fruit. Peaches are a sure sign summer is here. Try these peachy cocktails to cool yourself down.

Peach Mint Julep ~ Bourbon and mint gets a boost from peaches in this twist on my favorite Southern classic.

Peaches and Herb ~ This brandy cocktail pairs fresh peaches with sage for a summer refresher.

Peach-Apricot Lillet Blanc Fizz ~ Lillet gives everything a delicate touch, so it’s the perfect accompaniment to peaches and apricots.

Peach Vodka Collins ~ This is a quick and easy sparkling drink that will hit the spot for day drinking or a hot summer night.

1Twelve ~ White peach, tequila, tarragon, Yellow Chartreuse … excuse me while I run away from the computer and make this one right now.

Photo by Jackson Stakeman

Strawberry Cocktails

Watermelon and Strawberry Vodka Slushies from A Splash of Vanilla

Watermelon and Strawberry Vodka Slushies from A Splash of Vanilla

Strawberries are a perfect cocktail ingredient—sweet with a hint of tartness, compatible with every herb and fruit. Late-spring and early-summer = strawberry cocktail time! Get out the shaker and muddler, then mix up these warm weather drinks!

Strawberry Grapefruit Mimosas ~ A little tequila and some different fruit turns this brunch classic into a surprising (and surprisingly easy-drinking) cocktail for any time of day.

Strawberry Rhubarb Cosmopolitan ~ Strawberry and rhubarb isn’t a combo just for pies! A little honey along with this fruit elevates an underrated and classic vodka cocktail.

Fraise Noire ~ Black pepper and strawberry are a dynamic duo in this unique cocktail made with Old Tom gin.

Watermelon and Strawberry Vodka Slushies ~ Real fruit slushies spiked with vodka is the perfect way to cool down whether it’s a pool party, backyard barbecue or an ordinary Tuesday.

Strawberry Rose Gin Fizz ~ Rose water takes this lovely strawberry sparkler to the next level. Sophisticated, uncomplicated and fun!

DIY Orange Soda

diyorangesodaOrange Crush, Sunkist and other kinds of orange soda are great, even if they taste more like orange the color than like orange the fruit. DIY orange soda has the same mix of sweet and tart as the store-bought stuff, only with the flavor of real oranges.

The citric acid is key to getting that sharp flavor associated with the real-deal orange soda, but it also extends shelf life a little. Leave it out if you like, but then this won’t be as tart and will taste more like OJ than Orange Crush and its kin.

DIY Orange Soda

Zest of 2 navel oranges
1/2 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 orange)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon citric acid

Zest the oranges. Be sure to avoid including any of the white pith. Juice one orange and strain out the pulp. Combine the zest, juice, sugar, water and citric acid in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, then let it cool. Refrigerate the cooled syrup and then mix one part syrup with three parts seltzer for each serving.

Adjust the amount of seltzer to taste. I suggest mixing on a glass-by-glass basis and storing the syrup separately, unmixed.

The recipe I created and posted here was first published on Serious Eats in my DIY vs. Buy column