Drinks For Backyard Parties – Summer 2016

With school getting out and the summer months coming up, it’s time to start planning your next outdoor summer celebration. Whether it’s for the 4th of July, Labor Day or just a random weekend, let your friends and family know soon so they can make it. Even if it’s last minute, these drinks are easy to make and can be whipped up in only a few minutes, with simple ingredients that many people would already have on hand.

Trisha Yearwood’s Sweet Tea

For your next picnic or late-night summer dinner, bring some sweet tea and really have it taste like summer. For the adults: add some vodka to the tea to give it an extra kick. (No need to add any other mixers in, though. It’s already sweet enough so doesn’t need any juice or lemonade.)

Drinks For Backyard Parties - Summer 2016

Mimosa Cocktail

A simple mix of California brut champagne and orange sorbet puts a contemporary twist on a classic drink for a refreshing and fruity drink on a hot summer day. Add more sorbet and it’s a dessert treat for adults, and with sparkling juice, the kids can enjoy too. Experiment with other sorbet flavors, and you can even mix and match with champagne flavors. California strawberry champagne, anyone?

Tom Collins

One of the simplest cocktails is a great addition to your outdoor bar – they’re easy to make and don’t need a hundred ingredients that will confuse your guests. Slice some lemons, put a jar of sugar out next to the gin, lemon juice and sparkling water, and they practically make themselves!

Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria

With a few strawberries and grapefruits cut up, you’re on your way to a refreshing and fresh drink. Other than chilling the end product, making this sangria requires only mixing all the ingredients. It’s not only easy, but the fruity twist on sangria will be a crowd favorite.

White Peach Cooler

With two summer flavors, peach and lime, this is an easy answer to the question of what drink to serve at your next summer party. It’ll take a bit of preparation if you choose to make your own puree, but if you’re short on time, buy some and the process will be simpler and quicker. Make a kid-friendly version without the peach vodka, substituting juice or even just leaving it out, relying on the peach puree instead to bring the flavor.

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