There's a reason most summer barbecue pairs best with lighter beers: It's hot outside and you want a thirst-quenching and cool beverage, something that you can drink for hours. Summer cocktails should also follow this rule. So at your next outdoor party, offer up refreshing concoctions that pack a little less punch, and also be sure to make use of the season's fresh fruits and herbs. Here are 21 recipes to get you started; make them to individual taste or tinker with the recipes and serve them in a punch bowl (or, for big bashes, a trash can).
Best Sweet Beach Drink: Bermuda Rum Swizzle
The many variations on rum swizzles (Bermuda's official drink) usually have so much added sugar they're more reminiscent of aJolly Rancher than tropical drink. But this boozy concoction gets all its sweetness – and yes, there's plenty of it – from fruit juice and rum. This means it can do the work it was built to – quenching thirst on the beach.
Bermuda Rum Swizzle
Credit: Bonnie Burke
4 oz Gosling's Black Seal Rum
4 oz Gosling's Gold Rum
5 oz Orange juice
5 oz Pineapple juice
0.75 oz Gosling's grenadine
6 dashes Angostura bitters
Frothed and garnished with a swizzle stick containing pineapple and orange