1. Fun in Jalisco Cocktail
The mesmerizing aqua-blue swirls of this frozen concoction from Stir and Strain are legitimately channeling tropical waters. If we can't be on a beach, then we'll make this cocktail and pretend, OK? Pineapple and lime juices, frozen watermelon, blue curacao, and tequila are topped off with a coconut foam that is blowing our minds. Oh, and a dusting of edible glitter stars doesn't hurt the mood, either.
2. Cucumber Margarita Ice Pops
Thanks to Garlic My Soul, we can have our margaritas and eat them, too. This ice pop recipe combines the traditional flavors of tequila and lime, and then cools them off with a bit of fresh summer cucumber and mint. We're not saying you have to kick back in a hammock while eating these, but we're definitely going to judge you if you don't.
3. Single Malt Cereal Milk Shake
Okay, WHAT?! This recipe from Fern + Shaker has left us momentarily speechless. It's a milkshake, with whiskey and breakfast cereal. Not just any breakfast cereal, but our favorite -- rainbow-marshmallow breakfast cereal. The whole thing has us feeling like kids on the very first day of summer break. And also...since it's got cereal in it...this means we can have it for breakfast, right? Seems logical.
4. White Nectarine Frose
This has definitely been the summer of frose, and we intend to make it endless. Because frozen rose is everything! This recipe from Drinking with Chickens takes the summer vibes up a notch by adding fresh, seasonal white nectarines. Pretty cocktail glasses are great and everything, but a straw put directly into the blender pitcher is more efficient. We know from experience.
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5. Chocolate Stout Shake
Chocolate. Ice cream. Pretzels. Beer. The four major food groups, all in one majestic milkshake. Get the recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.
6. Strawberry + Watermelon Rose Ice Pops
There is just something about a ice pop that makes us feel like summer is going to last forever. The rose and blood orange liqueur in these ice pops from Holly and Flora will, at least, help you forget that it doesn't. Add in some seasonal strawberries plus lime, watermelon, and agave syrup, and these boozy treats become some of the prettiest we've ever laid eyes on.
7. Grapefruit Gin Cocktail Shakes
There's so much summer goodness happening in these shakes that we don't even know where to start. Gin and juice gets an overhaul for warm-weather drinking by mixing fresh pink grapefruit juice, vanilla ice cream, raspberry sorbet, and of course, a little gin. Get the recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.
8. The Frozen Blood and Sand Cocktail
This frozen twist on the traditional Blood and Sand cocktail from Stir and Strain is all about the blood orange. But it is so much more than just some pretty juice. It's a complex blend of whisky, sweet vermouth, orange liqueur, bitters, and sanguine cherry syrup. If anything is going to do it, this drink will ease us ever-so-gently into fall.
9. Triple Berry Wine Slush
Sometimes it feels as if red wine is not refreshing enough for a hot summer day. (Don't you dare put ice cubes in that wine! Don't you do it!) But if you mix red wine into a batch of frozen sangria, it is the very definition of refreshment. This recipe from The Cookie Rookie creates a gorgeous, spoonable slush from frozen berries, frozen red wine, and ginger ale.
11. Sparkling Rose Blueberry Float
Blueberry granita is the base for this decadent dessert drink, but why stop there? Coconut gelato, honey, fresh blueberries, fresh basil leaves, and sparkling rose just make perfect sense. We'll be out drinking this amazing concoction on the back deck under the party lights, if you need us. Get the recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.
12. Snow Cone Martini for Grown-Ups
Don't let summer slip by without a snow cone. And while you're at it, add some vodka and melon liqueur, put it in a martini glass, and be a little fancy. Get the recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.