Today officially marks the first day of summer, which means plenty of pool parties, lazy days at the beach, and backyard barbeques are on the horizon. Whatever fun in the sun you have planned this season, show up prepared with these killer cocktail recipes that we've matched to this summer's playlist. Click through our guide for the perfect poolside pairings.
1. Scandinavian Lemonade
Vibe to: Danity Kane’s "Lemonade"When life gives you lemonade, use it in a cocktail!Ingredients:• 2 parts SVEDKA Strawberry Lemonade• 1 part fresh lemon juice• y part simple syrup• y part raspberry liqueurDirections:Pour ingredients into a blender with ice. Blend at high speed and pour into a hurricane glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.Recipe courtesy of SVEDKA.
2. Peppered Peach Tea Collins
Listen to: Calvin Harris’sa"Summer"Iced tea is a summer favorite, so start the season off with this zesty version.Ingredients:• 1 y oz. Bombay Sapphire Gin• ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice• y oz. simple syrup• 1 y oz. peach iced tea• Pinch of black pepperDirections:Build with ice in a Collins glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a peach slice and lemon twist.Recipe courtesy of Bombay Sapphire.
3. Cinnamon Mule Kick
Tune in to: MKTO’sa"Classic"This modern take on the Moscow Mule is sure to become a "classic."Ingredients:• 1 oz. Black Velvet Cinnamon Rush Whiskey• 4 oz. ginger beer or ginger ale• Lemon zestDirections:Mix with ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with lemon zestRecipe courtesy of Black Velvet.
4. The St. Germain Cocktail
Groove to: Iggy Izalea’sa"Fancy"Nothing says "fancy" quite like a glass of bubbly, so this infusion is perfect for those swanky summer soirees.Ingredients:• 2 parts Prosecco• 1 y parts St. Germain French liqueur• 2 parts club sodaDirections:Stir ingredients in a tall ice-filled glass. Garnish with lemon twist.Recipe courtesy of St. Germain.
5. Red Hot Cake Batter
Raise a glass to: Katy Perry'sa"Birthday"Skip the cake and sip on this sweet drink instead.Ingredients:• 1 oz. Black Velvet Toasted Caramel Whisky• 1 oz. Black Velvet Cinnamon Rush Whisky• y oz. Butterscotch Schnapps• 2 oz. half and half• Maraschino cherryDirections:Combine all ingredients over ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.Recipe courtesy of Black Velvet.