Refreshing Cocktails and Mocktails for Summer Entertaining

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Summer is the perfect season for soaking up the sun and enjoying warm evenings with friends and family. Whether you’re hosting a laid-back backyard barbecue or a fancy garden party, delicious drinks can elevate your get-together.

Dive into our simple recipes below for refreshing cocktails and mocktails that will leave your guests feeling happy and refreshed.


Watermelon Margarita


  • 2 cups watermelon, cubed and seedless
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup triple sec
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
  • Salt for rimming the glasses
  • Garnish with lime wedges



  1. Blend the watermelon cubes until smooth.
  2. Strain the watermelon juice to remove any pulp.
  3. In a shaker, combine the watermelon juice, tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and simple syrup. Shake well.
  4. Rim the glasses with salt and fill with ice.
  5. Pour the margarita mixture into the glasses and garnish with lime wedges.

Classic Mojito


  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum
  • 1/2 cup club soda



  1. Muddle mint leaves and 1 lime wedge in a glass to release the mint oils.
  2. Add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar, and muddle again to mix.
  3. Fill the glass with ice and pour the rum over the ice.
  4. Top off with club soda and stir well.
  5. Garnish with the remaining lime wedge and a sprig of mint.



Tropical Paradise Punch


  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup grenadine
  • Garnish with pineapple slices or maraschino cherries



  1. In a large pitcher, combine pineapple juice, orange juice, coconut water, and lime juice.
  2. Stir in grenadine to add a sweet and colourful layer.
  3. Serve over ice and garnish with pineapple slices or maraschino cherries.

Very Berry Lemonade Fizz


  • 1 cup mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup honey or simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
  • 2 cups sparkling water
  • Ice
  • Garnish with mint leaves



  1. In a blender, puree the mixed berries until smooth.
  2. Strain the berry puree to remove seeds.
  3. In a pitcher, combine the berry puree, lemon juice, and honey/simple syrup.
  4. Stir well, then add the sparkling water.
  5. Serve over ice and garnish with mint leaves.
  6. For a delightful twist, splash in 1 oz. of Capital K Distillery vodka or gin and transform it into a fun and refreshing cocktail.

Tips for a Successful Summer Gathering

  • Keep It Cool: Make sure you have plenty of ice on hand. Consider using large ice cubes as they melt slower and keep drinks cold longer.
  • Garnish Galore: Fresh fruit, herbs, and colourful straws can make even the simplest drink look festive.
  • Hydration Station: Offer plenty of non-alcoholic options and water pitchers to keep everyone hydrated, especially in the heat.
  • Batch It Up: Prepare large batches of mocktails and cocktails in advance to save time and ensure you can enjoy the party with your guests.

With these tips and recipes on hand, you’re all set to throw a unforgettable gathering that everyone will cherish. Cheers to a fantastic summer!