Explore these homemade cocktail mixers for drink recipes that are perfect for summer celebrating.
If you’re planning to spend July 4th with a celebratory cocktail in your hand, forget going to the store to buy some cheap, sugary cranberry juice. No, for a good party you’re going to need something a little classier. Homemade cocktail mixers, perhaps? These nine homemade cocktail mixers and drink recipes will all add a little pep to your Fourth of July celebrating–or any other summertime fun you have planned.
1. Make: Ginger Ale
Drink: Ginger Ale with Bourbon
What’s more American than a good bourbon? Bourbon with ginger ale. But you don’t need to buy ginger ale to get the fizzy drink with a kick. Invest in some fresh ginger and make your ginger ale yourself. Then get a good bottle of bourbon and mix away.
2. Make: Lemon verbena infused vodka
Drink: Lemon Verbena Drop
Have some lemon verbena on hand? Use it to infuse vodka and make a new spin on a lemon drop; you’ll feel like you’re drinking summer in a glass.
3. Make: Mint simple syrup
The Shortcut Mojito
4. Make: Sour mix
Drink: Whiskey Sour
5. Make: Jalapeño infused tequila
Drink: Spicy margaritas
Of all the drink recipes, none of them say “summer” as much as the margarita, and to step things up a notch, make your own jalapeño infused tequila for a spicy version.
6. Make: Hibiscus-lime syrup
Drink: Hibiscus-Tequila Cooler
While we’re on the subject of tequila, let’s move on to a drink that’s just a little more exotic. The Hibiscus-Tequila Cooler is made with a simple syrup concocted with limes and dried hibiscus flours. The result is a red drink that’s sure to please a crowd.
7. Make: Rhubarb shrub
Drink: Spiced rhubarb gimlet
8. Make: Apricot puree
Drink: Apricot bellini
At some point during Fourth of July weekend you’re probably going to end up brunching, and when you do, you’ll want a festive drink. Grab some apricots, make a puree, add a little sparkling wine and you have yourself a tasty bellini.
9. Make: Blackberry syrup
Drink: Blackberry spritzer
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