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By S.K. Hardy

When the heat is on, there’s nothing like sipping a refreshing cocktail to cool off and enjoy the season. Here are five delightful and refreshing summer cocktails that are sure to quench your thirst:




• 2 oz white rum

• 1 oz fresh lime juice

• 3/4 oz simple syrup (adjust to taste)

• 6-8 fresh mint leaves

• Club soda (soda water)

• Ice cubes

• Lime wheel and mint sprig for garnish


1. Start by placing the fresh mint leaves in the bottom of a highball or Collins glass.

2. Add the fresh lime juice to the glass.

3. Using a muddler or the back of a spoon, gently muddle (press and twist) the mint leaves to release their flavor. Be careful not to over-muddle and crush the mint.

4. Add the simple syrup to the glass. You can adjust the amount of syrup based on your desired sweetness.

5. Next, fill the glass with ice cubes. Crushed ice works well for this cocktail if you have it.

6. Pour the white rum over the ice.

7. Top off the glass with club soda, leaving some space at the top.

8. Give the drink a gentle stir with a bar spoon to mix the ingredients together.

9. Garnish the Mojito with a lime wheel and a sprig of fresh mint.

10. Serve immediately and enjoy your classic Mojito!

Remember to adjust the sweetness and strength of the drink to your liking, and always drink responsibly.




To make watermelon mint margaritas, you’ll need the following ingredients:


• Watermelon chunks (seedless and fresh)

• Fresh mint leaves

• Tequila

• Triple sec or Cointreau

• Lime juice

• Agave nectar or simple syrup (optional, for sweetness)

• Ice cubes

• Lime slices and mint sprigs for garnish


1. Start by blending fresh watermelon chunks until you get a smooth puree.

2. Strain the watermelon puree through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any pulp or seeds, if desired.

3. In a shaker or a large pitcher, muddle a few fresh mint leaves to release their flavor.

4. Add the strained watermelon juice, tequila, triple sec or Cointreau, and lime juice to the shaker or pitcher.

5. If you prefer a sweeter margarita, you can add agave nectar or simple syrup to taste.

6. Shake or stir the mixture well to combine all the ingredients thoroughly.

7. Fill glasses with ice cubes and pour the watermelon mint margarita mixture over the ice.

8. Garnish each glass with a lime slice and a sprig of fresh mint.

9. Enjoy your refreshing watermelon mint margaritas!

Remember to adjust the amount of each ingredient based on your preferences and the number of servings you want to make. Please drink responsibly and only if you’re of legal drinking age in your location. Cheers!



To make a cucumber gin fizz, you’ll need the following ingredients and steps:


• 2 oz gin

• 1 oz fresh lime juice

• 1 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, dissolved)

• 4-5 slices of cucumber

• 1 egg white (optional, for frothiness)

• Soda water (club soda or sparkling water)

• Ice

• Cucumber slices and mint sprigs (for garnish)


1. In a shaker, muddle the cucumber slices to release their flavor.

2. Add gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and egg white (if using) to the shaker.

3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds.

4. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice.

5. Top off the glass with soda water to your desired level.

6. Gently stir to combine the ingredients.

7. Garnish with cucumber slices and mint sprigs.

8. Enjoy your refreshing cucumber gin fizz!

Remember to adjust the sweetness and sourness to your taste by adjusting the amount of simple syrup and lime juice accordingly. Enjoy responsibly!



To make a delicious pineapple coconut rum punch, you’ll need the following ingredients and steps:


• 1 cup pineapple juice

• 1 cup coconut water

• 1 cup rum (choose your preferred type)

• 1/2 cup coconut cream

• 1/4 cup lime juice (freshly squeezed)

• Pineapple slices and lime wedges for garnish

• Ice cubes


1. In a pitcher or large mixing bowl, combine the pineapple juice, coconut water, rum, coconut cream, and lime juice.

2. Stir the mixture until everything is well combined.

3. Taste the punch and adjust the sweetness or tartness by adding more coconut cream or lime juice, if desired.

4. Add ice cubes to the pitcher to chill the punch or serve it over ice in individual glasses.

5. Garnish each glass with a pineapple slice and a lime wedge.

6. Serve your pineapple coconut rum punch and enjoy responsibly!

Please note that the measurements and ingredients can be adjusted according to your taste preferences. You can also add some grenadine for a touch of sweetness and a vibrant color if you like. Cheers!




To make a classic strawberry daiquiri, you’ll need the following ingredients:

• 2 oz white rum

• 1 oz fresh lime juice

• 1/2 oz simple syrup (or more, to taste)

• 1 cup fresh strawberries (hulled and sliced)

• 1 cup crushed ice

Here’s how to make it:

1. Add the fresh strawberries, rum, lime juice, and simple syrup to a blender.

2. Blend until the mixture is smooth.

3. Add the crushed ice to the blender and blend again until the daiquiri reaches a slushy consistency.

4. Taste the mixture and adjust the sweetness with more simple syrup if desired.

5. Pour the strawberry daiquiri into a chilled glass.

6. Garnish with a fresh strawberry or a lime wheel if you like.

7. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Remember to drink responsibly and avoid overconsumption of alcohol. Cheers!



SK Hardy