We aren’t here to nag you with yet another reminder that summer is coming to an end. That is a fact we too are still trying to come to terms with. But, we are here to tell you that we know a special way to cure the end of summer blues that will have you feeling chipper in an instant. With minimal research, we have found that our favorite coping mechanism for the closing in of the best time of the year is with some fruity summertime cocktails. Make the season feel endless– if only for just a moment.
Watermelon-Tequila Cocktail: (8 servings)
Since watermelon is at its tastiest in the summer months, it’s essential to use it as often as possible…especial in a cocktail mixture. This watermelon-tequila cocktail will taste like summer in a cup and will have you feeling ready for the fall ahead. Get your watermelon cravings satisfied while you still can.
- 8 Cups diced seedless watermelon
- 1/4 Cup fresh lime juice
- 1 3/4 Cups blueberries
- 1 1/4 Cup silver tequila
Using a blender, puree the watermelon. Strain the watermelon juice while pressing gently on solids to extract all juice. Combine the lime juice, blueberries and mint leaves in a large pitcher and muddle with a large wooden spoon to release flavors. Add the watermelon juice and tequila to the pitcher and chill until ready to serve. In an ice-filled glass, pour the cocktail mixture and garnish with mint sprigs.
Recipe found via foodandwine.com
Pineapple- Raspberry Rum Refresher: (1 serving)
While it won’t stop some of us from dabbling with this fruit in the winter months, pineapple just doesn’t seem like a natural choice when there is snow on the ground. However, in hot weather the flavor is one of the best you’ll taste. Refresh your mind before the temperatures begin to drop with a Pineapple-Raspberry Rum Refresher.
- 2 Tablespoons frozen raspberries
- 1/4 Cup ice cubes
- 3 Ounces coconut water
- 3 Ounce pineapple juice
- 1 Ounce light rum
- 2 Fresh mint leaves
Combine ice cubes, coconut water, pineapple juice and rum in a glass of choice. Add raspberries and muddle for flavor.
Recipe found via foodnetwork.com