Light, Refreshing Drinks for Summer in the Sun


Light, Refreshing Drinks for Summer in the Sun

Those perfect, sun-drenched days are upon us, and while we soak up the rays it’s time to celebrate with refreshing the latest in summer cocktails and mocktails.

Summer months are a time to be adventurous with beverages. With endless fruity, bubbly, herby, icy combinations, the weather invites us to stretch ourselves to be open to new possibilities. Or, at the very least, to try a new drink at our favorite spot by the pool! Here are a few suggestions with and without alcohol:

Strawberry Mint Sparkler

A perfect afternoon mingling of sweet strawberries, tart lime juice and crisp mint, this vibrant drink is a wake up call for the senses. Perfect for poolside, its bright, easy flavor and lush color also make it a fun cocktail for an outdoor get-together.

2 1/2 ounces sliced fresh strawberries from approximately 5 medium berries
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed juice from 1 lime
10 mint leaves
2 ounces vodka
2 1/2 ounces club soda
Lime, mint, or strawberry for garnish


  • In a cocktail shaker, combine strawberries, simple syrup, and lime juice and muddle until strawberries are completely dissolved. Add mint leaves and gently tap 5 times with muddler. (Do not over-muddle mint or it will taste bitter and muddy.) Add vodka to shaker and fill 2/3 full with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds.
  • Fill a Collins glass with ice and add club soda. Fine-strain cocktail into glass and stir gently. Garnish with lime, mint, or strawberry, if desired.

Recipe by Niki Achitoff-Gray.

Island Mango Mezcal Breeze

This island breeze is an irresistible mix of sweet and smokey. Mezcal, the fiery relative of tequila, is sweetened by mango juice and given a kick of heat from a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Add some chips and salsa, and you’ve got a full fiesta!

Salt, for the rim
1/4 cup mango juice
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Juice of 1/2 a lime
1 1/2 ounces Mezcal
1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
Pinch of chili powder, to taste
Sparkling water for topping


  • Run a lime wedge around the rim of your glass and coat in salt.
  • Combine the mango juice, lemon juice, lime juice, Mezcal, tequila, and chili powder in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until combined and then strain into your prepared glass. Top with sparkling water. Serve with limes. Enjoy!

Recipe by Tieghan Gerard.

Cucumber Collins Cocktail

Nothing’s quite as cool as a cucumber, which makes this the perfect drink to sip in the summer shade. This beverage is light, fresh, and fizzy; the gin, cucumber blending perfectly with the subtle pear and floral notes of elderflower. Sip with sunglasses on. And be cool.

1 oz London Dry Gin
2/3 oz elderflower cordial, found at gourmet markets and liquor stores
2/3 oz lemon juice
4 thin cucumber slices
3 1/2 oz soda water


  • Pour the Gin, cordial, lemon, and half the cucumber slices into a tall glass, and gently stir.
  • Fill the glass with ice, then top with soda water.
  • Stir gently again and garnish with final cucumber slices.

Recipe by Cam Northway.

Mocktails are super-trendy for their taste and to stay hydrated! You can simply skip alcohol in many of the drinks, or take it a step further and make them healthier options with less sugary ingredients.

Citrus peach cooler (non-alcoholic)

A versatile blend of invigorating citrus, this non-alcoholic cooler is perfect for everything from a sophisticated garden party to a family friendly event. Want to make it boozy? Add a dash of peach schnapps.

2 lemons, juice only
2 limes, juice only
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 lime, thinly sliced

peach nectar
a few sliced strawberry
sparkling water
mint sprigs


  • Put the lemon juice and lime juice into a large jug. Add the sliced lemon and lime, and a handful of ice cubes. Add peach nectar to fill about one-third of the jug and top up to fill with lemonade.
  • Add the strawberries and top up with sparkling water and mint sprigs.

Recipe by Mary Cadogan.

Virgin Pina Colada (non-alcoholic)

This recipe is a creamy, non-alcoholic take on an absolute classic that may or may not already have you humming a certain ‘70s tune. It uses coconut milk instead of coconut extract or cream of coconut, giving it a smoother, slightly less sweet taste. Since it’s not cutting any alcohol, less sweetness is needed! Enjoy a little bit of the Caribbean, steps away from your living room.

1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup canned coconut milk {I use full fat}
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
8 cups cubed ice


Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Recipe by High Heels and Grills.

Enjoy those poolside drinks while the season lasts. Have you browsed our poolside apartments yet at And, if you’re looking for interesting drinks while going out – the aged cocktails at Lucy and the Wolf in Northville and the Raspberry Lemon Drop Martini at Maverick’s Kitchen in Canton are memorable experiences!target=”_blank”