Spirits

7 cool cocktails for a swanky summer party

Serve these swanky cocktails at your next party

Serve these swanky cocktails at your next party  (John Stanton)

As the weather heats up, it's time to get those shakers ready and kick off the summer season with a refresing cocktail. 

Throwing a backyard barbecue or swanky summer soiree this Memorial Day Weekend,? Impress your guests with one of these seven delicious beverages. They might look fancy, but they're actually really easy to make and won't keep you away from enoying your own party.

From an updated mint julep to a fruity sparkling sipper, these cocktail recipes are the perfect addition to any summer spread.

  • 1. DeLeon Platinum Margarita

    DeLeon Platinum Margarita

    DeLeón

    The classic margarita never goes out of style and it's the perfect cocktail to throw together in minutes. Make a big batch at once to save shaking time.

    Recipe: DeLeon Platinum Margarita

  • 2. Sparkling Bitter

    Sparkling Bitter

    Truly Spiked & Sparkling

    The Sparkling Bitter cocktail offers a light and refreshing take on a classic spritz with fruity notes of grapefruit from Truly's spiked sparkling water. 

    Recipe: Sparkling Bitter

  • 3. Green Cadet Cocktail

    Green Cadet Cocktail

    Mouton Cadet

    This refreshing wine-based cocktail is perfect for those who want something a little lighter than hard alcohol. Serve it for a mid-afternoon party or get creative at cocktail hour.

    Recipe: Green Cadet Cocktail

  • 4. Gin Berry Tea

    Gin Berry Tea

    Brockman’s Gin

    Tap into Brockmans’ British roots with the Gin Berry Tea, featuring sweet elderflower cordial, red berries and a refreshing splash of chilled fruit tea. These delicious ingredients, combined with the aromatic flavor profile of Brockmans Gin, are sure to add sophistication to any summer evening.

    Recipe: Gin Berry Tea

  • 5. DeLeon Tequila Beso Caliente (The Hot Kiss)

    DeLeon Tequila Beso Caliente (The Hot Kiss)

    DeLeón

    Angostura bitters add an extra layer of flavor to this simple tequila cocktail without without adding any unnecessary sweetness. 

    Recipe: DeLeon Tequila Beso Caliente (The Hot Kiss)

  • 6. Strawberry Sparkle

    Strawberry Sparkle

    Licor 43

    Summer is almost here so toss those dry, boring brews aside and gear up for hot weather with a deliciously light, fresh and fruity drink. This refreshing strawberry cocktail captures the essence of summer with every sweet sip.

    Recipe: Strawberry Sparkle

  • 7. Early Riser

    Early Riser

    John Stanton

    A classic mint julep isn't just for Kentucky Derby days. Whip up a refreshing yet simple minty sipper for any summer party. Ice, mint and bourbon-- what's not to love?

    Recipe: Early Riser