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Our Favorite Summer Cocktails. Mojitos, Martinis, Margs, and More!

13 July 2009 By: Casey 2 Comments | Editor's Picks

With Park City’s temperatures averaging a perfect 75 – 85 degrees and the mountains shimmering with an emerald Spring green,  it’s the perfect time of year to start inviting your friends over for patio dinner parties and more importantly, Summer Cocktails! Whether you are heading to the free Deer Valley Concert Series or looking to serve a fun and festive drink for a last minute dinner party, you’ll definitely want to try a few of these delicious and refreshing libations.

Here’s a quick list of drink recipes that I’ve discovered for your quench thirsting needs. Let us know what you think of these yummy sippers and fabulous fruity drinks by leaving us a comment. Enjoy.

Strawberry Mojito

The perfect drink for a warm summer afternoon, this sweet and minty drink will cool you off in no time. I found this on AllRecipes.com and it’s incredible!

strawberry mojitoWhat you’ll need:

  • Sugar to rim glass
  • 2 large limes, quartered
  • 1/2 bunch mint leaves
  • 7 strawberries, quartered
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup white rum
  • 2 cups club soda
  • 8 cups ice cubes


  1. Pour 1/4 to 1/2 inch of sugar onto a small, shallow plate. Run one of the lime quarters around the rim of each cocktail glass, then dip the glasses into the sugar to rim; set aside.
  2. Squeeze all of the lime quarters into a sturdy glass pitcher. Toss the juiced limes into the pitcher along with the mint, strawberries, and 1 cup of sugar. Crush the fruits together with a muddler to release the juices from the strawberries and the oil from the mint leaves. Stir in the rum and club soda until the sugar has dissolved. Pour into the sugared glasses over ice cubes to serve. (For a more spicy treat, try Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum!)


Here’s a great martini recipe that I can up with a few Summer ago that will make you famous among your friends! This island influenced citrus infused martini is so tasty that I have to include a warning with it. It’s very easy to drink 4 or 5 of them without realizing how strong they are. If you wake up on an island wondering how you got there, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Pina MartiniWhat you’ll need:

  • Sugar to rim glass
  • Pineapple slices (canned or fresh)
  • Martini shaker/strainer
  • Grey Goose Le Citron
  • Cruzan Guava Rum
  • Guava juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Marracino cherries
  • Ice (I recommend crushed)
  • Large martini glasses


  1. Pour 1/4 to 1/2 inch of sugar onto a small, shallow plate. Run one of the pineapple slices around the rim of each martini glass, then dip the glasses into the sugar to rim; set aside.
  2. Fill your martini shaker half-way with crushed ice and then pour in 1.5 oz of Le Citron, 1.5 oz of Guava Rum, 2 oz Guava juice, 1 oz Pineapple juice. (For a less “tart-tini”, use Malibu Coconut Rum rather than the Cruzan)
  3. Shake for a full 60 seconds and then pour into your martini glass
  4. Garnish glass with a slice of pineapple and a marracino cherry

Pomegranate Margarita

I found this over at SkinnyChef.com (awesome site btw) and can’t wait to share it with my guests during my next BBQ. This tart, but sweet margarita is full of antioxidants and will leave you feeling refreshed.

pomegranate-magaritaWhat you’ll need:

  • 32 ounces Pomegranate juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, about two juicy limes
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup orange flavored liquor (I suggest getting some Grand Monarch. Cheaper than Grand Marnier and tastes the same)


In a medium bowl, whisk all ingredients. Place in a freezer and mix every 20 minutes for up to 1 hour until the mixture has a slushy frozen texture (or freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions). Serve frozen or chilled over ice.

Ice Peach Arnold Palmer

Another creation of mine inspired by the discovery of an “Ice Pick” while bar tending a few years back, this thirst quenching lemonade/ice-tea mix will make any Ice Pick lover go gaga! Easy to make, easy to serve, easy to love …

What you’ll need:

  • Fresh lemonade
  • Peach flavored ice-tea
  • Absolute APEACH Vodka
  • Sliced lemon wheels
  • Ice cubes


This is just about as easy as it gets. Fill a tall glass with ice and pour in 2 oz of APEACH vodka, 3 oz of Peach ice-tea, 3 oz of fresh lemonade, and stir. Garnish with a lemon wheel and voila! Drink and enjoy.

Sexy Sangria Sabrosa

If you are in the mood to serve something a little more complicated and truly special, try this amazing Sexy Sangria Sabrosa! I stumbled on this incredible recipe over at Latina.com and hope you try this at least once this Summer. I can’t think of a better drink to bring along while listening to music Wednesday nights at Deer Valley.

SangriaWhat you’ll need:

  • 1 bottle Campo Viejo Crianza 2005 (I made mine with a cheap bottle of Pinot, any $10 bottle should do just fine)
  • ¼ cup Triple Sec
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • Juice of 2 fresh squeezed oranges
  • Juice of 2 fresh squeezed lemons
  • Juice of 2 fresh squeezed limes
  • 6 sliced cherries
  • 2 cans of ginger ale
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1 tray ice cubes


  1. Muddle basil, sugar and triple sec in a pitcher
  2. Add the bottle of Campo Viejo Crianza and triple sec
  3. Stir in juices and brown sugar with the wooden spoon
  4. Add cherries and stir. Chill over night
  5. Add ginger ale, ice cubes and fresh fruit slices the next day 15 minutes prior to serving.

These awesome Summer drink recipes are just a few of the ones that I love and highly suggest trying. Let us know your favorite Summertime drink recipe and we’ll be sure to taste it and let you know what we think!

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