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US Financial's Top 10 Favorite Cocktails for this Summer (in no particular order!)

August 06, 2021
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We are hoping you’re enjoying your summer! These are US Financial’s top 10 favorite cocktails to sip on in the summer heat.

1. Malibu Bay Breeze

What You’ll Need

  • Glass with ice
  • Coconut rum
  • Pineapple juice
  • Cranberry Juice

Directions

  • Pour one part coconut rum, one part pineapple juice, and one part cranberry juice into a glass
  • Stir and enjoy

2. Classic Piña Colada

What You’ll Need

  • 1 ½ cup of ice
  • ½ cup diced frozen pineapple
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces coconut cream
  • 1 ½ ounces white rum
  • 1 ounce dark rum

Directions

  • Throw all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth
  • Pour into a glass and enjoy

3. Manhattan

What You’ll Need

  • 2 ounces bourbon or rye
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash orange bitters

Directions

  • Add the bourbon or rye, sweet vermouth and both bitters into a cocktail mixing glass with ice in it
  • Strain into a chilled glass
  • Garnish with a branded cherry 

4. Blueberry Vodka Lemonade

What You’ll Need

  • 1 bunch of fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • ½ cup of lemonade
  • Ice

Directions

  • Place mint leaves, sugar, and blueberries in a cocktail shaker
  • Muddle with the end of a wooden spoon until blueberries are broken
  • Add vodka and ice, shake for 30 seconds
  • Pour into your glass of choice
  • Garnish with blueberries, mint, and lemon slices

5. Vodka Mojito

What You’ll Need

  • 1 ½ cups of Mint Simple Syrup (recipe below)
  • 1 cup of chilled vodka
  • ¼ cup of fresh lime juice (from 2 or 3 large limes)
  • 1 cup of chilled club soda
  • Ice
  • Fresh mint for garnish

Directions

  • In a pitcher, combine the simple syrup vodka, lime juice, and club soda
  • Pour into ice-filled glasses
  • Garnish with Mint

Mint Simple Syrup

What You’ll Need

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 packed cup of fresh mint

Directions

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine ingredients
  • Bring to a boil, then to a simmer for 5 minutes
  • Stir occasionally until the sugar has dissolved
  • Remove the pan from heat and allow the syrup to cool for 2 minutes
  • Strain before using

6.  Aperol Spritz

What You’ll Need

  • Aperol
  • Prosecco
  • Club Soda
  • Slice of fresh orange for garnish

Directions

  • Pour one part Aperol, 1 part Prosecco, and a splash of club soda into a glass
  • Garnish with a slice of fresh orange
  • Stir and enjoy

7. Classic Margarita

What You’ll Need

  • Tequila
  • Freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • Orange liqueur

Directions

  • Salt rim around glass of choice
  • Combine ingredients into a cocktail shaker
  • Shake
  • Strain and serve on the rocks

8. Peach Sangria

What You’ll Need

  • 1 lb fresh yellow peaches
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • ¾ cup of peach liqueur or peach schnapps
  • 1 bottle of white wine
  • 1 liter of chilled ginger ale

Directions

  • Put sliced peaches into the bottom of a sangria pitcher
  • In a small saucepan, bring ¼ cup of sugar and ½ cup of water to a boil, stir until the sugar completely dissolves, remove from heat, and pour into the pitcher
  • Pour white wine and peach liqueur into the pitcher
  • When you’re ready to serve, top the pitcher off with chilled ginger ale
  • Stir and serve in wine glasses

9. Vodka Cranberry

What You’ll Need

  • 1 ounce of vodka
  • 4 ½ ounces of cranberry juice
  • 1 dash of lime juice
  • 1 dash of orange juice

Directions

  • Fill your glass halfway with ice
  • Pour all ingredients into the glass
  • Stir and enjoy

10. Watermelon Martini

What You’ll Need

  • Watermelon
  • Mint
  • Vodka
  • Cointreau
  • Lime Juice

Directions

  • Muddle watermelon and mint into a glass
  • Add the vodka, Cointreau, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker
  • Shake until chilled
  • Strain into a glass and serve