Cheers! 43 refreshing recipes for summer cocktails

Cheers! 43 refreshing recipes for summer cocktails
Recipe: Sideways sour (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

It's summer. Take in the warm weather with a refreshing cocktail. Or two. We've compiled 43 of our favorite summer cocktails, for your imbibing pleasure.

From chilled margaritas to fruit-filled sangrias, large batch punches and aguas fresca to individual cool cucumber martinis, we've got you covered. Some drinks come together in minutes; others include sub-recipes for custom garnishes and components if you're looking for more of a project.


To whet your appetite, check out the recipe for Sideways sour. Pisco, Cointreau, white grape juice and Pinot Noir, and garnished with fresh lemon slices and grapes. The cocktails also include a quick homemade sweet and sour. You can find the recipe below.


Note: Adapted from Baccarat Bar, Bellagio Las Vegas. The sweet and sour will keep for 1 week, refrigerated.


1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

In a small saucepan, stir the sugar with one-fourth cup water over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Cool. Combine the cooled simple syrup and lemon juice. Makes 1 cup (8 ounces).


8 ounces pisco
3 ounces Cointreau liqueur
6 ounces white grape juice
6 ounces sweet and sour
3 ounces California Pinot Noir
4 slices lemon
3 grapes

In a large pitcher filled with ice, add the pisco, Cointreau, grape juice and sweet and sour and stir to combine. Strain the cocktail into 4 old-fashioned glasses filled with ice. Slowly pour three-fourths ounce Pinot over the back of a spoon into each cocktail (the Pinot will float on top and slowly diffuse into the cocktail). Garnish with a lemon slice, and float the grapes on top of the drink (if they are still attached to the stem, you can hang the stem on the rim of the glass).

Each serving: 290 calories; 0 protein; 28 grams carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 0 fat; 0 cholesterol; 5 mg. sodium.

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