We all know by now that when it comes to cooling off in hot weather, beverages — specifically the alcoholic kind — beat pools any day. They might even overshadow the actual food during summer barbecues. Because nobody wants to spend all of their time in the liquor cabinet when the sun is out (there’s too much drinking to do!), here are 7 simple hacks for summer cocktails to secure your spot in Boozy Backyard Party history.
1. Make A Beer Slushy
The Food Network suggests pouring a 12-ounce bottle of your favorite lager or Belgian white beer into a shallow baking dish and freeze, scraping it with a fork every 30 minutes for 2 hours. Spoon the granita into glasses and top with a drizzle of grenadine, or lemonade or limeade concentrate.2. add sparkling water and to rose. Garnish with grapefruit peel. Alternatively, you can try leaving your can of beer in the freezer overnight, and then peeling the aluminum off when ready to “eat.”
2. Turn Your Negroni Into A Jell-O Shot
All you need to make a Negroni-O is:
- 1 packet desired flavor (Cherry preferred to keep the color)
- 6 oz boiling water
- 2 oz Gin
- 2 oz S. Vermouth
- 2 oz Campari
Combine all ingredients. Cool to room temp. Pour into chosen vessel. Let set for 3ish hours in the fridge before serving.
3. Chill White Wine With Frozen Grapes
They’re also perfect for chilling your favorite sparkling beverage.
4. Make Watermelon Margarita Slices
Martha Stewart says: Boil a mixture of sugar, water, tequila, and Triple Sec. Pour over watermelon wedges (using a whole watermelon). Refrigerate. Remove watermelon from syrup. Arrange on plate. Coat with lime juice and salt. Here’s another, similar version.
5. Make Fresh Watermelon Mixer
Fill a food processor or commercial grade blender with watermelon (no rinds), blend, strain, pour into a glass, add ice cubes, vodka, and a squeeze of fresh lime. Garnish with a lime wedge.
6. Make A Simple Slushy By Freezing Juice Packs
Or Capri Sun! Freeze the pouches (preferably overnight), cut off the top, add vodka, eat with spoon. Or, transfer to a glass, let melt for a bit, then suck up with a straw.
7. Make Popsicle Prosecco
Add a frozen popsicle to your glass of bubbles, stirring and dunking until the ice is melted.