Summer Fridays: 5 patio-ready cocktails

We’re stoked to introduce our newest series, Summer Fridays. A laid-back way to start your weekend of brunching off right.

For our first post, we’re offering inspiration for one of our favorite summer pastimes: imbibing patio style. Five drinks from some of our favorite cocktail and lifestyle bloggers come practically begging to be enjoyed outdoors. Ones we can’t wait to craft and enjoy in the name of summer. Here goes.

Smashed Raspberry Lemonade | A Beautiful Mess

We have girl crushes on the ladies at A Beautiful Mess. Everything they create is gorgeous and delicious. They’ve even inspired us to replicate the Blood Orange Bloody Mary and Carrot Bloody Mary. We can’t imagine this fizzy concoction with freshly muddled raspberries, lemon juice, limoncello and triple sec would disappoint either.

A Beautiful Mess

The Porch Swing | Maddie Richardson

A cocktail with gin, fresh grapefruit juice, rosemary simple syrup? Call us. Everything about this cocktail sounds fresh and (re)freshing. And Maddie is on the money—making simple syrup is maybe the easiest thing you’ve made. Go to the site for the cocktail. Stay for the aesthetically pleasing photography.

Maddie Richardson

Smoky Beer Sangrita | Stir and Strain

We have a thing for tomato-based drinks. Yeah. This sangrita seems to be a smoky, citrusy take on the cocktail after our own hearts. Also similar to a michelada, but made with harissa and an array of citrus instead of hot sauce. We also love that Stir and Strain calls itself a “cocktail scratchpad” in that Elana is putting cocktail ideas in pixels as a starting point for making them tastier.

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St. Germain Sangria | Oh Beautiful Paper

We’re typically red wine kind of gals, but white wine can woo us when it comes in the form of sangria. We’re interested to see what happens when you combine dry white with the floral of St. Germain and the oaky flavor of pisco brandy. Guess there’s only one way to find out. We also adore the calligraphy and emphasis on stationary on this site.

St Germain sangria

Spicy Cucumber Margarita | Bon Appétit

Sure, you’re probably saying: Bon Appétit isn’t technically a blog. Touché. But they usually never steer us wrong gastronomically. This particular recipe is surprisingly simple for the magazine. It’s an easy margarita recipe with jalapeno that stays cool with cucumber.

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Here’s to the beginning of a fantastic summer, loves. For more summer cocktail ideas, check out our Pinterest board. Cheers!

Note: Photography and recipes via authors of their corresponding blogs. 

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