With June being the official start of summer and National Candy Month, it’s only fitting to feature a few of the coolest, most refreshing cocktails that are sure to please any sweet tooth. Pick one as a signature cocktail or mix up a few and serve them at your bridal shower, bachelorette party, or wedding cocktail hour.
Pineapple Coconut Champagne Cocktail
A champagne cocktail with a tropical twist.
Recipe via Pineapple and Coconut
- Pineapple juice (chilled)
- Coconut juice (chilled)
- Champagne or Prosecco (chilled)
- Simple syrup
- Finely shredded coconut
- Pour some simple syrup in a small bowl and the shredded coconut in another small bowl. Dip the top ¼ or so of your champagne glasses in the simple syrup and then in the shredded coconut making sure the rim is well coated. Set aside to dry.
- Fill each champagne glass with 1 ½ ounces of each pineapple and coconut juices. Fill the rest of the way with the champagne or Prosecco. Serve immediately.
A fruity citrus cocktail with a hint of mint for ultimate refreshment.
Recipe via This Week for Dinner
- 3 ounces Sierra Mist Natural
- 1 ounce Blue Curacao
- 1 ounce Coconut Vodka
- Fresh mint
- 1 ounce Pineapple juice
- Fresh blueberries (optional)
- In a shaker filled with ice, mix coconut vodka and pineapple juice.
- Add blue curacao, fresh mint and blueberries.
- Shake all ingredients well and strain into a large glass filled with ice.
- Top with Sierra Mist Natural.
Strawberry Pimm’s Cup
Packed with summer fruits, which makes it healthy (right?).
Recipe via How Sweet It Is
- Handful of fresh mint
- 4 cucumber slices
- 4 strawberries, sliced
- 2 lemon slices
- 2 lime slices
- 4 ounces Pimm’s No. 1
- 1 lemon wedge
- 1 lime wedge
- 4 ounces ginger beer
- 1 to 2 ounces club soda (optional)
- Fill your glass with a mixture of ice, strawberries, cucumber slices, fresh mint, lemon slices and lime slices. Remember to save a strawberry or some mint for garnish on top, if you care to.
- Once your cup is full of ice and produce, pour in the Pimm’s and squeeze in the lemon juice and lime juice from each wedge.
- Use a knife or cocktail stirrer to stir the mixture.
- Pour the ginger beer over top and finish with the club soda. Give it a gentle stir. Garnish with the leftover mint or strawberry or lemon wedge.
Pink Lemonade Jello Shots
Technically not a cocktail, but would be so cool to serve at a pre-wedding party.
Recipe via A Beautiful Mess
- 2 packets of unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup pink lemonade
- 1/2 cup regular vodka
- 1/2 cup lemon vodka or Lemon Eddy
- 5 lemons
- Cut your lemons in half and use a spoon (a serrated grapefruit spoon works great if you have one) to scoop out the insides as much as you can.
- Heat the lemonade in a pan over medium heat and stir in the packets of gelatin slowly until they dissolve. Add the lemonade and gelatin mixture to a bowl and pour in your vodka liquids. Stir until combined.
- Transfer the liquid into a pourable container and place your lemon halves into a muffin tin to keep them upright. Pour in the liquid until each half is full and refrigerate for 4 hours or until set.
- Remove the tin once the lemons have set and slice into slices right before serving.
Queen Bee Mojito
Combines honey and citrus for a truly sweet and refreshing drink.
Recipe via Fine Cooking
- 2 Tbs. honey syrup
- 1 Tbs. fresh lime juice
- 4 large mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
- 2 Tbs.aged dark rum
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- 2 Tbs. chilled sparkling dry wine
To Make Honey Syrup:
Combine equal parts of your favorite honey and boiling water and stir to dissolve. Let cool completely before using.
- Put the honey syrup, lime juice, and mint in a chilled cocktail shaker. Press (don’t pulverize) the mint with a muddler or wooden spoon until fragrant.
- Add the rum and bitters and fill the shaker with ice. Put the lid on the shaker and make sure you have a tight seal. Shake as hard as you can for about 10 seconds and then strain into a chilled small coupe.
- Add the sparkling wine and garnish with a mint sprig.
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