Cocktails & Mocktails for Summer Evenings in Your Apartment

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When the sun is beating down and you can’t bear to leave your apartment, it’s time for an indoor summer. Instead of reaching for that familiar tub of ice cream, whip up a batch of cocktails or mocktails instead. But don’t worry, these drinks are anything but boring. These summer drinks are light and fresh with flavors ideal for sipping on those lazy summer evenings in your apartment.

Pink Sparkling Prosecco Cocktail

A sparkling Prosecco cocktail is the perfect drink for a girl’s night in. This cocktail is so easy to make, and is the perfect drink to kick start a night of chatting about all your summer adventures. 

The mixture of strawberries and raspberries give this cocktail a pink color with a fruity, sweet flavor, which complements the bubbles from the Prosecco. 

If you’re looking for a fun cocktail to drink with friends, look no further. 

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Ingredients for Pink Sparkling Prosecco Cocktail 

  • 2 parts Prosecco
  • 8 Strawberries 
  • 8 Raspberries 
  • 1 Lemon (Zest and Juice) 
  • 1 tsp Sugar 

To Make the Pink Sparkling Prosecco Cocktail:

Place the strawberries, raspberries, lemon zest and juice, and sugar into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and top with a splash of Prosecco. Garnish with a lemon slice. 

To Make the Pink Sparkling No-Secco Mocktail:

Follow instructions above, substituting the Prosecco with seltzer, sparkling water, or San Pellegrino.

Why you should try it:

This drink has a sweet and sour flavor that will wake up your taste buds so you’re ready for a fun night of gossip and laughter with the girls. The pink color gives the drink a fruity flavor, but the bubbles from the Prosecco or seltzer make this cocktail light and refreshing.

Island Mango Smash Mocktail

For those hot summer days when you just can’t stop yourself from going outside, this tropical mango smash is the perfect cool down drink. Mango is one of the best fruits for a hot summer day. It is naturally sweet and contains a lot of natural sugars that cool your body down when you are too hot. 

This drink is simple to make, and is a great option for a party, relaxing at home, or just to cool yourself down while you are reading outside. 

Island Mango Smash Ingredients

  • 8 Mango chunks 
  • 2 Pineapple chunks 
  • 2 tsp Sugar 
  • 1 cup Ice 
  • 2 cups Water 

To make the Island Mango Smash:

Add the mango, pineapple, sugar, and ice to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and top with water. Garnish with a slice of pineapple. You could add a little pineapple vodka to this to turn it into a fabulously light and refreshing cocktail. 

Why you should try it:

This mixture of tropical flavors is both sweet and refreshing. The mango has a natural cooling effect, meaning that this drink is perfect to sip on when you are feeling too hot when the sun is shining brightly. These flavors are also great for kids, and make a fun summertime drink for the whole family.

Peach Champagne Cocktail

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A classic cocktail, a peachy champagne is the perfect drink to sip on when you are relaxing on the weekend. Peaches are full of vitamin C and potassium, making them a great drink to relax with when you are chilling in the sun, or in your apartment at night after a long summer day.

Champagne is a classic drink that pairs perfectly with peaches to make a bubbly, sweet cocktail. This cocktail is super simple to make, and is the perfect drink to enjoy on an afternoon sun lounger. 

Peach Champagne Cocktail Ingredients 

  • 2 parts Champagne 
  • 2 parts Peach juice 
  • 1 tsp Sugar 
  • 1 tbsp Crushed ice 

To make Peach Champagne Cocktails:

Add the champagne, peach juice, sugar, and crushed ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake until the drink is blended and the sugar has dissolved. Pour into a glass and garnish with a slice of peach. 

Why you should try it:

This cocktail is sweet and fizzy, making it the perfect drink to sip on during a hot summer day when you want to relax. The champagne adds a slight fizz to this drink, making it refreshing and cooling. The peaches add a sweet flavor to this cocktail, meaning that it is the perfect drink to sip on when you want to relax and unwind.

Tangerine & Mandarin Mocktails

When it is too hot to even contemplate going outside, try these citrusy mocktails instead. Tangerines and mandarins are the perfect fruit to use in these drinks because they are easy to squeeze and make them incredibly easy to make. 

This recipe makes enough for two people, making it great if you want to share a drink with a friend, or if you want to sip on a drink while you are reading or watching TV. 

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Ingredients for Tangerine & Mandarin Mocktails:

  • 1 large tangerine 
  • 2 large mandarins 
  • 2 cups water, seltzer, or sparkling water

How to make Tangerine & Mandarin Mocktails:

Squeeze the tangerine and mandarins into a jug or pitcher. Add the water or seltzer and stir. Pour into two glasses and garnish with slices of citrus. 

Why you should try it:

These bright and citrusy drinks are packed full of vitamin C, making them great for strengthening your immune system and helping you to stay healthy during the colder months. 

These are also great drinks to sip on when you are relaxing, making them the perfect mocktails to drink while you are reading or watching TV in your apartment after a summer’s day.

Blueberry Mojito Mocktail

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Mojitos are a classic cocktail that is loved by people all over the world. However, they are traditionally made with sugar, lime, and rum, making them an unsuitable drink to sip on when you are trying to avoid alcohol. 

This blueberry mojito is the perfect mocktail version of this classic cocktail. 

Blueberries are a great summer fruit that is full of vitamin C and makes this drink incredibly refreshing. This mocktail is a great option to serve at a party or to sip on while you are enjoying a summer meal. 

Blueberry Mojito Mocktail Ingredients:

  • 5 large blueberries 
  • 1 cup water 
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar 
  • 1 cup soda water 
  • 1 cup ice 

How to make Blueberry Mojito Mocktails:

Add the blueberries, water, and sugar to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the blueberry mixture into a jug and top with soda water. 

Add the ice and stir. Garnish with blueberries and a sprig of mint. 

Why you should try it:

This blueberry mojito is incredibly refreshing and perfect for sipping on during a hot summer’s day. These blueberries have a strong flavor, making them perfect for this cocktail. 

The bubbles from the soda water and the mint from the garnish help to bring out the flavor of the blueberries, making this the perfect summer mocktail.

Orange Cream Slushie

There are few flavors that are more summery than oranges and cream. This sweet orange cream slushie is the perfect drink to sip on on a hot summer’s day. 

This drink is incredibly easy to make, making it the perfect cold drink to whip up before guests arrive, or to enjoy with the kids on a hot day. This drink is made using a blender, or with a slushie machine if you happen to have one, making it the perfect frozen beverage to sip on when it is too hot to go outside. 

Orange Cream Slushie Ingredients:

  • 3 large oranges 
  • 2 cups ice 
  • 1 cup cream 

How to make Orange Cream Slushies:

Slice the oranges and place them into a blender. Add the ice and cream to the blender and blend until smooth. Pour the orange mixture into a bowl, or pour it directly into a slushie machine. 

To make Orange Cream Slushie Cocktails:

Simply add a splash of vanilla or orange vodka to your slushie and stir

Why you should try it:

This orange cream slushie is incredibly sweet and refreshing. These flavors are perfect for a hot summer’s day, meaning that this drink is great to sip on when it is too hot to go outside. These flavors are also great for kids, making the perfect drink for family movie night.

Sunny Summer Nights Martini

For a sophisticated cocktail to enjoy on a special night in, look no further than this sunny summer martini. You can serve it with dinner on a hot day or as a late night snack. This martini is made with vodka, making it a cocktail that is great for any occasion.

A Sunny Summer Night Martini is a perfect cocktail for when it’s hot outside. It’s light, refreshing, and easy to make. 

The ingredients are simple: 

  • Vodka
  • Lemon juice
  • Ice

You can add other ingredients if you want, like fresh mint or cucumber slices.

To make Sunny Summer Nights Martini

The best thing about this drink is that it doesn’t take much time to make! Just add ice to your glass and pour in the vodka, lemon juice and then garnish with mint leaves or cucumbers if you want. It’s that simple!

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