Warmer days bring the perfect atmosphere to cool off with refreshing, classic beverages and a new favorite featuring fresh summer ingredients.

Strawberry Margarita


  • 4 cups chopped strawberries
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup silver tequila
  • ⅓ cup Grand Marnier or Cointreau
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice, I’ve used regular oranges and blood oranges
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, optional


  1. Combine strawberries, sugar, and a couple tablespoons of water in a blender and blend until completely smooth. Add a little bit more water, if necessary, to get it smooth (this will depend on how juicy your strawberries are).
  2. Place a fine, mesh sieve over a large glass measuring cup and pour the mixture through. Lightly press and stir the mixture through the sieve. Discard the solids. You should have around 1-½ cups of strawberry puree; you might not need all of it.
  3. Add tequila, Grand Marnier, orange juice, lime juice, and 1 cup strawberry puree to the blender (no need to clean it out) and blend until combined. Taste and adjust ingredients as necessary. Serve in glasses filled with crushed ice.


  • Combine all ingredients along with approximately 2 cups of crushed ice in a blender. Process until smooth. Adjust the thickness by adding more ice. You might need a little bit more alcohol, since the ice will dilute it a bit. Serve immediately.

Recipe from Celebrating Sweets

Classic Mojito


  • 5 mint leaves, more for garnish
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 1-ounce fresh lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Club soda or sparkling water
  • Lime slices, for garnish


  1. Lightly muddle the mint in the bottom of a cocktail shaker until aromatic. Add the rum, lime juice, simple syrup, a handful of ice, and shake.

2. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with lime slices and more mint.

Recipe from Love & Lemons

Peach Bourbon Smash


  • 1/2 to 1 ounce brown sugar simple syrup (see note)
  • 1/2 large peach, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3-4 large mint leaves
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • Splash ginger beer (preferred) or seltzer water, chilled
  • Ice
  • Fresh mint and peach slices, for garnish
  1. Add peaches, mint leaves, and simple syrup to the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Gently muddle to release the peach juices and mint oils. (Over-muddling the mint will cause it to become bitter.)
  2. Add bourbon, fill the shaker with ice, and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.
  3. Top with ginger beer or seltzer water. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs and a peach slice.

Recipe & Photo from Striped Spatula