Yes, you can technically drink anything you want in any season… but certain alcoholic beverages just taste better during the summer time. Grab a good book, relax on your front porch and cool off with one of these refreshing summer cocktails.

Gin and Grapefruit Cocktail
This gin/grapefruit concoction is the ultimate summer cocktail. The recipe is pretty straightforward, but it’s absolutely delicious.

In a cocktail shaker combine:
¼ cup Gin
¼ cup Grapefruit juice
1 Tbsp Dry Vermouth
A little crushed ice
Shake well and strain it into a glass over ice cubes.

Lemony Spiked Sweet Tea
Even if you’re not from the South, you’ll feel like you are after you have this spiked sweet tea. You can check out the site for the directions, but here’s your shopping list of what you’ll need:

6 orange pekoe tea bags
1 ½ cups of sugar
1 1/3 cups of freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup of Barcardi 151 or other high-proof rum
Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
7 cups of water

White Sangria
Sangria IS summer. It’s just one of those refreshing drinks you can make an entire pitcher of and guzzle down with your friends. Check out for the full directions. You’re going to need:

1 bottle (750ml) dry white wine
¼ cup light rum
3 Tbsp elderflower liqueur
2 Tbsp sugar
2 sliced nectarines
2 sliced plums
1 sliced lemon
1 ½ cups seltzer