Whether you're throwing a party for Cinco de Mayo, inviting over a few friends or just kicking back in the backyard, it's easy to make the best margaritas on the block! In fact, here are a few ways to mix things up and make all of your summer cocktails a breeze.
9 Simple Tips for Summer Drinks1. Get creative with garnishes.
Nothing dresses up drinks like colorful garnishes! But you don't need a lot of fuss to make 'em fancy.
- Fresh herbs (I love mint for mojitos or rosemary sprigs for margaritas!)
- Cocktail picks with fresh berries
- Lime or lemon slices
- Paper umbrellas
- Maraschino cherries
- Pineapple wedges
2. Mix up mojito margaritas.
Did you know that you can make Perfect Mojito Mix with tequila in place of rum?
With a splash of cool lime and mint, it's a perfectly crisp alternative to sweeter drinks on hot summer days. (Tip: For a refreshing twist, you can replace 1 cup of warm water with fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, too.)
3. Blend in fresh fruit.
Love to make Perfect Mojito Mix with your blender? Toss in a handful of fresh fruit for a burst of bright color.
Try a few juicy blackberries (if you're like me and don't mind the seeds!), or toss in strawberries or seedless watermelon.
4. Choose a good tequila.
If you can splurge a little, look for 100% agave on the label. Cheaper tequilas typically have corn syrup, cane sugar and artificial flavors and colors. (And they are more likely to give you a headache to boot.)
5. Stir up some pink señoritas.
For a little taste of paradise, try making Prickly Pear Margarita Mix with 1 cup tequila, ¾ cup triple sec, 1 cup mango-orange juice and 5 cups warm water.
You'll find the complete pretty-in-pink recipe right here:
I love to garnish these with lime wedges and fresh sprigs of rosemary.
6. Grab different types of glasses.
Who says you need traditional margarita glasses? If you're entertaining outdoors, mason jars and stemless wine glasses are actually much less likely to tip over in the breeze. Glass sundae cups or dishes can be a fun alternative, too!
7. Substitute your favorite liqueurs.
Tequila. Rum. Vodka. You name it. You can actually make Tastefully Simple's freezer drinks with all kinds of different liqueurs, so don't be afraid to experiment and make them your own.
8. Reach for rimmers.
For a fun finishing touch, moisten the edge of your glasses with water or rub them with a lime wedge. Then rim the edges with coarse salt or sugar. In the fall and winter months, cinnamon, brown sugar, graham cracker crumbs and shaved chocolate work great as cocktail rimmers, too!
9. Don't be afraid to get “in a jam.”
Fun fact: did you know that preserves can work in a pinch as cocktail mixers? Try this simple, delicious recipe for Rhubarb Strawberry Margaritas – ready in minutes! A little sweet. A little tart. And a lot of delicious.
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We'd love to hear your secrets for simple summertime sippers!