Sangria, Summer Punch, and Cooler Recipes
Summer Fruit Sangria
Choose a crisp white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, and mix in orange liqueur, fresh ginger, lemon juice, basil, or mint leaves. Then, add your choice of summer fruits such as pineapple, cantaloupe, and apricots. This refreshing white sangria can be prepared up to a day in advance.
Add some variety to your lemonade-and-iced-tea routine with one of these cool, fruit-filled sparklers. They're deft as midday thirst-quenchers -- and delightful spiked to make fun cocktails for an evening get-together. Start with the refreshing pineapple-cucumber combo, then try the Hibiscus-Ginger Spritz and Spicy Grapefruit Spritz. Sip and repeat!
A mix of white wine and fruits, this lively South American version of sangria is destined to be your new summer sip.
Pimm's Cup with Ginger Ale
The Pimm's Cup, which dates back to 1840s London, may well be the definitive summer cocktail! This recipe combines Pimm's No. 1 (a fruity, spicy, gin-based liqueur) with lemonade, ginger ale, and a splash more gin.
This blushing pink sangria is made with rose wine and white cranberry juice. Begin by macerating blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries in sugar and raspberry liqueur for an hour, then add the wine and juice.
Watermelon Punch and Bowl
A ripe watemelon becomes both punchbowl and drink with this fun, kid-friendly recipe. Scoop out the watermelon and puree the flesh in a food processor. Just before serving, mix the pureed fruit with chilled seltzer and pour into the hollowed-out melon shell.
Use Prosecco or any other sparkling white wine to make this light, fruity party punch. Macerate sliced peaches, nectarines, and apricots in peach brandy before stirring in the bubbly.
The caipiroska is a vodka-based version of the classic Brazilian caipirinha cocktail of muddled limes, sugar, and cachaca (a spirit made from sugar cane). To make this vivid punch, kiwis are blended and strained, and the resulting juice is combined with tonic water, limeade, and vodka.
Bing Cherry Mojitos
Soak halved bing cherries in lime juice and simple syrup to give them a sweet zing. Deepen the cherry flavor of this punch by using black cherry vodka (plain vodka is fine, too) and top off with sparkling water.
This classic recipe for sangria combines orange juice, brandy, sugar, orange and lemon slices, and dry red wine. Lighten the mixture with either seltzer or lemon-lime soda, depending on how sweet you like your punch.
Four different fruit juices and light rum make a sweet-tart, refreshing summer punch. A little bit of grenadine gives the drink its pink blush.
Strained watermelon and cucumber puree provide the wonderfully thirst-quenching juice for this cooler. Sweeten with honey and add vodka if you like, or enjoy it as a nonalcoholic refresher.
Cognac meets four summer fruits plus dry white wine in this warm-weather refresher. This sangria would also be delicious with sparkling wine.
Green-Tea Cranberry Spritzer
Brewed green tea and unsweetened cranberry juice make a bracing flavor combination. Sweeten the drink to taste with simple syrup and top with chilled seltzer.
Honeydew Agua Fresca
Inspired by traditional Mexican fruit drinks, this thirst-quenching cooler combines honeydew juice (made by straining the pureed fruit), lime juice, and a little sugar. This recipe is also wonderful when made with cantaloupe or any other melon you like.
Using dry sherry rather than wine gives this sangria a nice kick. Sweeten the mixture with orange liqueur and add your choice of sliced stone fruit, such as apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums, and cherries.
This fresh berry punch starts with syrup made from fresh raspberries, sugar, lemon, and vanilla bean. The raspberry syrup is also a colorful mixer for vodka, sparkling wine, or iced tea.
Use plenty of chilled seltzer to make this light and lively interpretation of sangria. Sweeten chilled red wine with orange liqueur and garnish with sliced lime, orange, and any other fruit you like.
These unique nonalcoholic summer drinks combine sweetened concentrated lime juice with seltzer. Sliced ginger and a few dashes of bitters lend a sophisticated edge.
Rose Wine Punch
This pretty pink punch is comprised simply of dry rose wine sweetened with a little bit of sugar and garnished with plenty of fresh fruit. Choose cantaloupe, peaches, necatrines, raspberries, or any ripe summer fruit that strikes your fancy.
Muddle fresh mint with sugar to release its aroma before combining with fresh watermelon puree, ginger ale, and vodka. Lemon juice and bitters add the perfect balance to this bracing summer punch.
Powdered lemonade mix and frozen raspberries make this pretty punch easy to stir up any time of year. Make the lemonade with ginger ale rather than water for a festive twist.
Vodka adds a kick to this white wine sangria. Raspberries and slices of plum, apple, and orange add color and sweetness.
Vanilla bean imbues honey syrup with a seductive aroma. Balance the sweetness with lime juice and splash the syrup into chilled seltzer.
Strain cucumber puree through a sieve to make the refreshing juice for this summer seltzer drink. Mint leaves and sliced lime add to the fresh flavor, and agave nectar or honey add a touch of sweetness.
Lemon juice and bitters balance the sweetness of this punch. Garnish each serving with a twist of orange zest.
A fun alternative to margaritas, the Paloma cocktail combines platinum tequila with Mexican grapefruit soda. Hollow out lime halves and fill with reposado tequila to garnish each glass.
This super-fruity nonalcoholic punch combines chopped strawberries and pineapple with orange, lemon, and pineapple juices. Sweeten with simple syrup and lighten the mixture with seltzer.
Guava, passion fruit, lychee, key lime, and tangerine juices infused with fresh basil bring a taste of the tropics to your summer party. If you like, add rum to the mix, too.
Puree seedless watermelon with dry vermouth and a bit of sugar to make this sophisticated party punch. Garnish each glass with pansies or other edible flowers for a gorgeous presentation.
Dark rum, white wine, and brandy add plenty of "punch" to this party drink. Soak orange slices in hot green tea, then add the cooled mixture to the punch bowl.
Tropical Ginger Punch
The mixture of orange juice, pineapple juice, grated fresh ginger, and vodka for this punch can be prepared up to a week in advance. Add chilled ginger ale or club soda just before serving.