Summer Soiree: 5 Boozy Summer Coolers

By: Camilla Brandfield-Harvey

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Whether or not you're on vacation, summer is prime time to kick back with a cocktail. These icy refreshers — with their lively colors and dynamic flavors — look like rays of sunshine.

1. Sex on the Beach: This grown-up fruit punch is brighter than sunflowers and zinnias in bloom. Melon and peach liqueurs and fresh-cut pineapple give this classic a taste of the season, ideal for sipping by the pool all summer long (pictured above).

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2. Tequila Lemonade: Tired of margaritas? (Is that possible?) Shake it up with Chuck's peppermint-meyer-lemon refresher. The optional umbrella garnish is recommended.

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3. Icebreaker Mojito: Pineapple and watermelon amp up the refreshment factor in Chuck's vibrant, fruity take on the mojito. Stir in some coconut cream for a second-round pina colada.

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4. Tequila Sangria: This red sangria shares its berry-spiked spotlight with a splash of tequila and St. Germain liqueur.

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5. Orange Cream Mimosa: Tyler's homemade orange sherbet adds an instant chill factor to champagne, making it ideal for a sweet morning swig or a drink-dessert hybrid nightcap.

More Cocktail Recipes from Friends + Family:
The Lemon Bowl: Raspberry-Ginger Bellini
Jeanette's Healthy Living: White Peach Sangria
The Heritage Cook: Refreshing Lime Coolers
The Cultural Dish: Pimm's Cup
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Cucumber and Sage Cocktail
Dishing With Divya: Caipirinha
In Jennie's Kitchen: Cantaloupe Lillet Sparkler
Poet in the Pantry: Pirate's Booty Call

Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Watermelon Malibu Surf

Sweet Life Bake: Boozy Affogato
Domesticate Me: Blueberry Mojito Royale
Haute Apple Pie: Classic Mojito
Daily*Dishin: Blackberry Rum Shrub

Taste With The Eyes: Korean Soju Kimbap Bloody Mary

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