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It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere: Sizzling Summer Cocktails

  • Sex on the Beach

    Please and thank you. This delicious drink is just what you need to be whisked away to your happy place.


    • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
    • 1/2 ounce peach schnapps
    • 2 ounces cranberry juice
    • 2 ounces orange juice


    Add vodka and peach schnapps to a highball glass over ice. Fill with equal measures of cranberry and orange juice, then stir.


     

  • Strawberry Daiquiri

    This drink needs little introduction and little explanation for why it’s one of my—and everyone else’s—favorites.


    • 1/2 ounce strawberry schnapps
    • 1 ounce light rum
    • 1 ounce lime juice
    • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
    • 1 ounce strawberries


    Combine ingredients and a bit of ice in a blender. Blend and then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a strawberry.

  • Raspberry Mojito

    A mojito is the perfect cocktail to experiment with and get your creative (fruit) juices flowing—I hear that the blackberry-pineapple variety is especially satisfying. Add your favorite fruit and impress your summer guests!


    • 1 1/2 ounces Mount Gay rum
    • 1 1/2 ounces lime juice
    • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
    • 2 ounces club soda
    • Five raspberries
    • Five mint leaves


    Pour the simple syrup, mint leaves, and raspberries into a highball glass. Muddle well and fill with ice. Pour in rum and lime juice. Top off with club soda.

  • Margarita

    What’s not to love about this classic? Make it flavored, classic, blended, or on the rocks—or all of the above.


    • 1 1/2 ounces tequila (blanco, 100 percent agave)
    • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
    • 1/2 ounce Cointreau Salt, for rimming the glass
    • Ice


    Rim the glass with salt and then fill with ice. Add tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau. Stir and serve. 

  • Mimosa

    There’s just something about mimosas that makes me smile. It could be their bright yellow color, or the fact that they’re made with yummy orange juice … or maybe it’s because of the champagne. Simple, yet satisfying.


    • 2 ounces orange juice
    • Champagne


    Pour orange juice into a champagne flute, then fill remainder of flute with champagne. Stir very gently and serve.

  • Bikini Martini

    With a name like that, you know it has to be good. Mix one up and commence basking in the sun. (In your bikini … duh!)


    • 1 ounce Bombay Sapphire gin
    • 1 ounce Blue Curacao liqueur
    • 1 ounce peach schnapps


    Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange slice.

  • Piña Colada

    If you like piña coladas and gettin’ caught in the rain, then this recipe and Seattle are perfect for you.


    • 1 1/2 ounces light rum
    • 2 ounces Coco Lopez cream of coconut
    • 2 ounces pineapple juice
    • 1 cup crushed ice


    Put all ingredients into an electric blender. Blend until smooth and pour into a Collins glass. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a maraschino cherry. 

  • Cosmopolitan

    What makes you hotter than this little cocktail? (Besides, of course, the sun you will inevitably be lying under while drinking it …)


    • 1 ounce vodka
    • 1/2 ounce triple sec
    • 1/2 ounce lime juice
    • 1/2 ounce cranberry juice


    Shake vodka, triple sec, lime, and cranberry juice vigorously in a shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

  • Peach Bellini

    If you happen to be in Venice this summer, swing by Harry’s Bar and thank Giuseppe Cipriani for creating this delicious drink. We owe him one.


    • 2 ounces peach nectar
    • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    • 1 ounce peach schnapps
    • 3 ounces dry champagne, chilled
    • 1/2 cup crushed ice


    Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into cocktail glasses.

  • Bloody Mary

    How fitting that you find the Bloody Mary at the end of a slew of alcoholic drinks. Sunday brunch, anyone?


    • 1 ounce Smirnoff No. 21 vodka
    • 3 ounces tomato juice
    • 2 dashes red hot sauce
    • 2 dashes green hot sauce
    • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
    • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 1 pinch pepper
    • 1 stalk celery


    Add all ingredients except celery. Pour back and forth between two mixing glasses. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Garnish with a celery stalk.

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