We're approaching the dog days of summer when the hot, sticky and humid air (especially here in the northeast) will rule and we'll all be longing for the Fall. But during the heat, there can be no better way to cool down than a cold drink!

To get inspired, I logged on to Pinterest (because Pinterest is always the answer) to search for super fun, summer inspired drinks. I came across six quick and very simple to make that I think everyone should try.

**All of the drinks do contain alcohol so only for those 21and over!

MALIBU SUNSET


Ingredients:
- ice cubes 
- 3-4 oz pineapple orange juice
2 oz Malibu Coconut Rum 
- Grenadine 
- Maraschino Cherries/ Pineapple/ Orange slice for garnishing

Directions:
1) Add ice to glass. 
2) Add juice, Malibu Coconut Rum and stir.
3) Drizzle grenadine.
4) Garnish with cherries, pineapple and orange slice.


SALTY DOG

Ingredients:
- Salt
- Ice Cubes 
- 2 parts Vodka
- 3 parts Ruby Red Grapefruit juice 
- Grapefruit slices

Directions:
1) Pour salt onto flat plate. Wet rim of the glass, then gently dip 
the rim of the glass in the plate of salt.
2) Fill the glass with ice cubes.
3) Pour 2 parts vodka and 3 parts grapefruit juice over ice.
4) Stir and serve.


CHERRY VODKA LEMONADE SLUSHY

Ingredients:
- 1 cup Lemonade
1/2 cup Cherry Vodka
- 2 cups of ice

Directions: 
1) Add all ingredients to a blender.
 2) Blend ingredients together until slushy texture is achieved.


PEACH GIN AND TONIC

Ingredients: 
-1 Peach (sliced)
- 2 oz Gin 
- 4 oz Tonic Water
- 1 oz lime juice
- Ice (crushed) 
- Lime Wedges (for garnish)

Directions:
1) Fill glass with a few peach wedges and ice.
2) Pour the gin over ice. 
3) Pour in tonic.
4) Pour in lime juice.
5) Stir.


BLACKBERRY LEMONADE MARGARITAS

Ingredients: 
(Blackberry Puree)
- 2 cups fresh blackberries
- 2 tbsp sugar 
(Margarita)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 lemon
- 4 tsp blackberry puree
4 oz lemonade
4 oz silver tequila
-Ice 
- Cocktail shaker

Directions: 
1) Blend blackberries in a blender until smooth.
 2) Place a wire mesh colander over a small bowl and pour the 
blackberry puree into the colander pushing it through with the back
of a spoon. 
3) Add 2 tbsp of sugar to the puree and mix.
3) Fill cocktail shaker with ice.
4) Add 2 tsp of blackberry puree.
5) Add 4 oz of lemonade. 
6) 4 oz silver tequila.
7) Squeeze in half a lemon.
8) Shake ingredients together in cocktail shaker.
9) Pour over ice. 
10) Garnish with lemon slice and blackberry.


BLUE COCONUT COCKTAIL

Ingredients: 
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1/2 blue curaçao 
1/2 vodka
1/2 cup coconut cream
8 cups of ice

Directions:
1) Add pineapple juice, blue curaçao, vodka, coconut cream and ice
to blender.
2) Blend until slushy consistency is reached.


If you tried any of these drinks, tell me which was your favorite! For more fun summer inspired drinks, check out my Pinterest board here! Do you have any other favorite summertime drinks? Let me know!





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