Hot summer nights call for refreshing drinks that aren’t too heavy and are just sweet enough. For that touch of sweetness that isn’t too much, look to Simple Syrup. It’s a staple for your bar cart or pantry—or meal prep for happy hour. It’s made from equal amounts of sugar and water and will last for about a month in your refrigerator. Make a batch to have on hand and then try each of these recipes because while you might want to take it easy this summer, you don’t want to get bored!
Here’s our list of five cocktails to try. None of them are heavy, complicated to make, or overly sweet and they all include simple syrup.
Lemon juice, soda water, gin, and simple syrup are all it takes to mix up this classic drink. A Tom Collins is a refreshing cocktail that’s easy to shake up at home. It’s a good starter cocktail to make if you’re new to backyard bartending or just learning to wield a cocktail shaker.
Mint is the garnish most likely to be taking over your backyard. Luckily mojitos are a tasty way to keep it in check. Mojitos are a great accompaniment to Cuban Sandwiches eaten outside on a muggy summer night. They’re a delicious combination inside in the air conditioning, too.
There are better margarita options than the neon-colored slush that comes from tubes. That might be tasty during a night out on the town with a group of friends, but you can take it up a notch when you’re mixing drinks for the crowd back at your house. Great quality ingredients in perfect proportion with each other are a fantastic match with chips, guac, and a summer sunset.
Come for the copper cup and stay for the sparkling ginger-lime flavor with just the right amount of kick. Follow our online recipe or refer to the recipe card that comes with each Premium Cocktail Set to get the perfect blend of sour, sweet, liquor, and mixer. The eye-catching copper cup is optional.
Any summer cocktail list would be incomplete without at least one drink that would look great with an umbrella in it! Here’s the umbrella-worthy cocktail on our list. This drink uses basil simple syrup which is made by letting fresh basil steep in simple syrup just after the syrup finishes cooking. As written, this recipe is a mocktail so it’s a great option for kids and non-drinkers. In practice, it’s awfully tasty with a shot of vodka mixed into it.