3 Easy Summer Cocktails Perfect for an Even More Perfect Summer


Independence Day is nearly here, and we’re so excited we can’t stand it! What’s better than food, friends, and fireworks? Nothing, nothing we tell you. Except maybe a refreshing cocktail to go with all that fun. Only thing is, when we looked up “easy summer cocktail’ we were met with delish looking treats that required a surprising number of ingredients, from mixers to special hard-to-find syrups. While we’re all for something shaken, not stirred every now and then, when it comes to our preferred summer party aperitifs, we go for what’s easy (and just as tasty). So today we’re sharing three simple recipes for easy summer drinks, no crazy ingredients or mixers required. Just splash ’em together (we used a ratio of 1:3), mix ’em up, and get ready to cool off in style.

Check out our concoctions below, and be sure to tell us how you’re staying chill for the 4th!



Orange Dream

Orange-flavored soda
Vanilla or whipped-cream flavored vodka, to taste
Fresh orange




Sweet Bourbon Tea

Sweet tea
Bourbon, to taste
Fresh mint (muddled or torn)




Basil Gin Fizz

Sparkling water or seltzer
Gin, to taste
Fresh blackberries (muddled)
Fresh basil (muddled or torn)




About Julie O.

A lover of all things vintage and vintage-inspired, Julie bought her first 1950s frock in the fifth grade. Since then, Julie has become a self-described connoisseur of vintage and thrift shopping, which she shares on her blog, Orchid Grey. When she’s not scouring the racks for the perfect vintage skirt, this native New Englander can be found deftly navigating the slopes of a ski mountain, taking road-trips to the beach, and exploring new places with a vintage camera in her hand.

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1 Comment

  1. Amy Downey 07/07/2014 at 10:50 pm #

    Love the drink ideas Julie – we need happy hour again!!!!

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