A perfectly covered patio can be your 5 o’clock somewhere paradise for every night in the summer. Whether you’re relaxing by yourself or partying with friends, these easy and refreshing summer drinks will not only impress your friends and will also taste great.

Canada Day Cocktail

It might be summer in southeastern Wisconsin, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look north for some tasty summer drink inspiration. This enticing beverage was devised by Toronto-based cocktail and bar researcher Christine Sismondo to make you feel happy and refreshed!

Ingredients

  • 6 fresh raspberries
  • 2 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 oz Victorian gin
  • 3 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 can soda water

Instructions

  • Muddle raspberries, maple syrup, gin and lemon juice in a shaker. Shake well.
  • Strain into a tall (Collins) glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and a lemon wheel.

Mint julep

This well-known beverage is the ideal hot summer afternoon sipper and is icy and refreshing in the South. Enjoying a nice cooling mint drink on your patio this summer is an ideal way to end the day!

Ingredients

  • 24 large mint leaves , plus extra for garnish
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups bourbon
  • ice cubes

Instructions

  • In a pitcher, mix sugar and mint leaves. Smash leaves and sugar against the side of the pitcher with a wooden spoon to release flavor. Stir in the bourbon when the sugar has completely dissolved. Keep chilled until you’re ready to serve. Pour bourbon mixture into ice-filled glasses after straining. Mint is a good garnish.

Blue moon over Barcelona

Keeping to the traveling theme, Chef Christopher McDonald of Cava restaurant’s summer cocktail dessert dish will dazzle your guests.

Ingredients

  • handful fresh mint
  • ice
  • 1 1/2 tsp white rum
  • 1/3 cup cava , or sparkling white wine
  • 1 large scoop lemon or lime sorbet
  • 5 tsp wild-blueberry juice , such as Van Dyk’s

Instructions

  • Muddle mint in the bottom of a highball glass. Fill glass with ice. Pour in the liquids except for the wild-blueberry juice. Spoon sorbet onto beverage. Top with wild-blueberry juice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Spiked iced tea

Iced tea and cocktails on the terrace are essential in the summer. Therefore, I’ve mixed the two to create this spiked iced tea cocktail. Drinking responsibly is requested for this one since it goes down really easy!

Ingredients

  • 6 cups boiling water
  • 3 black tea bags
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • Long Island Iced Tea alcohol blend
  • orange slices
  • lemon slices
  • lemon wedge, to garnish

Instructions

  • Pour 6 cups boiling water over 3 black-tea bags in a large heatproof pitcher. Steep for 4 min. Stir in 1/3 cup sugar until dissolved. Squeeze in juice from 1 orange and 1 lemon. Refrigerate until cold. When ready to serve, stir in 3/4 cup Long Island Iced Tea alcohol blend and some orange and lemon slices. Serve over ice with lemon wedges.

Apricot sangria

On warm days, a glass of anything cooling should be enjoyed on the back deck. One of our top picks for summer is this sangria made with white wine and apricots. Cheers!

Ingredients

  • 750-mL bottle white wine
  • 3 tbsp orange-blossom water
  • 1/3 cup apricot brandy
  • 2 oranges , thinly sliced
  • 6 apricots , sliced into wedges, pit removed
  • 2 cups soda water

Instructions

  • Stir all ingredients except soda water in a pitcher. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Stir in soda water and ice just before serving.

Chardonnay zinger

A limoncello and chardonnay-spiked light and zingy spritzer. Finish filling the cups with lemon zest before serving.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups chardonnay
  • 1 1/2 cups tonic water
  • 1/3 cup limoncello
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 6 round lemon slices

Instructions

  • DIVIDE chardonnay, tonic water, limon-cello and lemon juice among 6 wine glasses. Top with ice. Garnish each with a lemon slice.