Cool Down with Summer Sippers

Summer heat is here to stay for a while, but don’t let that hot sun beat you down. Make the best of summer sun with tasty drinks to enjoy by the pool, in the shade or on the patio.

Any day of summer is a good day to cool off with one of these easy cocktails inspired by FRESH’s selection of beer, wine, hard cider, FRESH squeezed juice and sparkling water. Don’t forget some beautiful fresh summer fruit to garnish or serve on the side.

Hard Cider Spritz

1 (12 oz) bottle hard cider
2 oz Campari or Aperol liqueur
1/2 cup FRESH orange juice
Sparkling water
Orange and apple slices for garnish

Fill 2 tall cocktail glasses with ice. In each glass add 6 ounces of hard cider, 1 ounce Aperol and 1/4 cup of orange juice. Top with sparkling water. Stir and garnish before serving. Makes 2.

Rosé Sangria
2 small lemons, sliced thin
2 small limes, sliced thin
1 cup sliced strawberries or whole raspberries
1/2 cup brandy
1 cup sparkling water
1 bottle of Rosé wine

In a large sealable bag, combine the lemon, lime slices and strawberries. Add the brandy and close the bag. Let soak for 2 to 4 hours. After soaking add the contents to a large pitcher and top with the wine and sparkling water. Stir to combine. Pour into goblets filled with ice to serve. Makes 5 cups. (Can also be made with white wine or sparkling wine.)

Texas Summer Shandy

12 ounces lager-style beer
1 cup FRESH lemonade
1/2 cup ginger ale
lemon wedges, for garnish

In a pitcher, combine the beer, lemonade and ginger ale. Pour into ice-filled rocks glasses and garnish with lemon wedges. Makes 3 cups.

Sparkling Lemonade

3 cups FRESH lemonade
3 cups lemon-flavored sparkling water
1 lemon, sliced thin, plus more for garnish
6 mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish

In a pitcher filled with ice, add the lemon slices and mint. Using a long cocktail spoon, stir the ice, mint and lemon together. This will release some of the juices and oils from the lemons and mint. Pour in the lemonade and sparkling water. Stir again and serve over ice. For additional color and flavor, add fresh berries. Makes 6 cups.

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