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Cool Off With Our Best Cocktail and Mocktail Recipes to Make in Your Outdoor Living Space

by Arelys Alexander
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When you live in beautiful, sunny Southwest Florida, you want to spend as much time outside as possible, soaking in the sun’s rays and splashing around in your custom pool or the area’s award-winning beaches.  Stay cool and have fun with our collection of cocktails and mocktails guaranteed to refresh and rejuvenate your body when you are having an al fresco dining experience in your outdoor living space.  These don’t require a lot of complicated ingredients and you can easily enjoy them on any hot summer day.

Top 5 Cocktails

Make the most of your outdoor living space.

With some organic fruits, libations, and more, you can easily enjoy the following cocktails best served chilled. 

Watermelon Moscato Slush 

Serves: 4

  • Watermelon juice – 4 cups 
  • Granulated sugar – ¼ cup
  • Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon - freshly squeezed
  • Moscato –– 1 cup – can be substituted with other white wines as well

In a pan, mix watermelon juice, lemon juice, and granulated sugar. Keep stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Turn off the heat and add the Moscato. When the mixture has cooled slightly, pour it into ice cube trays and pop into the freezer. Chill for 2 to 3 hours. To serve, simply blend the cubes in a blender and add some Moscato as needed.

Rosé Sangria

Serves: 4

  • Dry Rosé - 1 bottle
  • Brandy – ½ cup
  • Grand Mariner – ½ cup
  • Club soda – 2 cups
  • Oranges – 2 – sliced
  • Limes – 2 – sliced
  • Watermelons – 1 cup – balled
  • Melons – 1 cup – balled
  • Strawberries – 1 pint – roughly sliced

Take a giant pitcher and add all the fruit first. Pour all the liquor and club soda on top of the fruit and give it a good stir. Place the pitcher in the fridge and allow to marinate for a few hours before serving. 

Prosecco Mimosas

Serves: 3 to 4

  • Prosecco - 1 bottle
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Lemon sorbet – 1 pint – any brand
  • Blood orange sorbet – 1 pint – any brand
  • Mint leaves – to garnish 

Take your drinking glasses and add three dashes of bitters. Now add two to three scoops each of the lemon sorbet and the blood orange sorbet. Pour the Prosecco over it and fill to the top of the glass. Garnish with mint and serve.

Lime, Chili, and Mango Margaritas

Serves: 3

  • Mango – 1 ripe – cubed, frozen
  • Orange juice – 1 cup
  • Limes – 2 – small, juiced
  • Silver Tequila – 2.5 oz to 3 oz
  • Orange liqueur – 1 oz 
  • Hot sauce – as needed
  • Agave nectar – 1 to 3 tablespoon

Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until you get a smooth and creamy consistency. Taste and adjust spice, sweetness, and alcohol strength as needed. 

Watermelon and Mint Juleps

Serves: 1

  • Bourbon – 1 ½ oz
  • Watermelon juice – 2 oz, fresh 
  • Mint syrup – 1 oz
  • Club soda – 1oz
  • Ice – crushed - as needed
  • Mint leaves – to garnish

Add the watermelon juice, bourbon, and mint syrup together and shake well. In a glass, add crushed ice, then pour the mixture and top it off with some club soda. Add mint leaves on top and serve chilled.

Top 5 Mocktails

Luxury outdoor kitchens are on the list of must-haves for your outdoor living space.

If you’re not a fan of liquor, you can still enjoy some non-alcoholic mocktails during the summer. The following are some of the best ones you can enjoy chilled to beat the heat.

Strawberry Sangrias

Serves: 10

  • Orange juice – 2 cups
  • White grape juice – 1 cup, chilled, unsweetened
  • Cranberry juice – 1 cup
  • Carbonated soda – 1 liter – lemon or lime flavored
  • Orange wedges – 1 cup
  • Pineapple slices – 1 cup
  • Strawberry chunks – 1 cup 
  • Peach slices – 1 cup
  • Ice cubes – crushed - as needed

Take a giant pitcher and add all the fruit first. In a separate pitcher, mix the orange, cranberry, and white grape juice together. Now add the juice to the fruit and slowly add the carbonated soda on top. Give the mixture a good stir. Place the pitcher in the fridge and allow it to marinate for a few hours before serving. 

Tropical Punch 

Serves: 20

  • Cranberry juice – 64oz
  • Pineapple juice – 36oz
  • Cream of coconut – ½ cup
  • Orange wedges – 1 cup
  • Pineapple slices – 1 cup
  • Strawberry chunks – 1 cup 
  • Peach slices – 1 cup

Add all the fruit into a giant pitcher first. In a separate jug or pitcher, mix all the juices and the cream of coconut completely. Add this pitcher to the jar with fruits and mix them thoroughly. Serve with crushed ice or chilled.

Faux-jito

Serves: 1

  • Mint leaves – 1 sprig
  • Lime – 3 slices
  • Honey or agave nectar – 1 tablespoon
  • Soda water or seltzer – 6oz
  • Ice – as needed

Add the mint and lime to the glass and mash them up well. Now add the ice, honey, and soda water to the glass and give it another good stir. Taste and make adjustments as needed and enjoy!

Mint Berry Soda

Serves: 1

  • Raspberries – a handful
  • Blueberries – a handful
  • Mint leaves – 1 sprig - fresh 
  • Lime juice – 1oz
  • Honey – 1 tablespoon
  • Ice cubes– as needed
  • Soda water – as needed

In a tall glass, or a shaker, add the blueberries, raspberries, and mint and mash them well. Now add the lime juice, the ice, and the sweetener and shake or mix well. Pour the mixture into a glass with a few ice cubes and add soda water as needed.

ACO Mocktail

Serves: 12

  • Apple juice – 32 oz 
  • Cranberry juice – 32 oz 
  • Orange juice – 32 oz 
  • Ice – crushed – as needed 
  • Oranges – sliced – as needed
  • Honey or agave nectar – as needed

Take a large pitcher or a punch bowl and add all the juices. Stir them to combine them completely. Add the crushed ice and the orange wedges on top. Taste and add honey or agave nectar if the mocktail is too bitter.

Enjoy your sunny Florida days with a cool drink in hand and a gorgeous view from your outdoor living space when you purchase your luxury custom home from London Bay Homes.  As a Southwest Florida homebuilder with more than 30 years of experience, London Bay Homes can build your home with an expansive outdoor living space, complete with outdoor kitchen, a top-of-the-line grill, dining area, living area, a luxury custom pool and spa, and exquisite water features to add to the tranquility of the space.

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