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10 Refreshing & Festive Cocktails for Summer Celebrations

Summer celebrations begin with the Fourth of July and continue all summer long. After the Fourth there are countless barbecues, boat parties, going away parties for college friends, and Labor Day. While we give you countless ideas for great dishes to entertain with, it is important that you don’t forget the cocktails! Here are ten of my favorite festive drinks for summer celebrations, starting with a few delicious ones of the Fourth! Whip up some of these summer sippers to help your guests stay refreshed and in the mood for summer fun!

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    10 Refreshing & Festive Cocktails for Summer Celebrations
  • Red White & Blue Margaritas 2 of 11
    Red White & Blue Margarita

    Start serving up these delicious drinks for the Fourth and your guests will never want to leave. They are refreshing and fun and just the thing to fit the mood!

    Photo: Shaina Olmanson

  • White Sangria 3 of 11
    White Sangria

    Sangria is a delicious summer sipper that is always welcome at a party. Your guests will get in the mood with the sweet white wine and chunks of fresh summer fruits!

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Pineapple Wine Frothy 4 of 11
    Pineapple wine frothy

    Talk about refreshing - this frothy is perfect for hot summer nights! You will love how the wine is mixed with fruit and iced and tastes like a smoothie. It is especially perfect for the beach or a lawn party!

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Lemondrop Martini 5 of 11
    Lemon Drop Martini

    This summery festive martini is light and sweet, just perfect for summer. It tastes just like your favorite lemonade, only spiked and served with a sugary rim. You will love how refreshing it is for summer and the color is perfect for serving on trays at your next party!

    Photo: Alison Needham

  • Frozen Berry Bellini 6 of 11
    Frozen Berry Bellini

    Everyone loves a good bellini, but this one is ideal for summer. It is frozen and flavored with fresh summer berries. It would be perfect for festive brunch and even serving up on the Fourth!

    Photo: Paula Jones

  • Watermelon Caipirinha 7 of 11
    Watermelon Caipirinha

    This awesome refreshing cocktail is gorgeous and delicious for summer. You will love the awesome bright red color that is perfect for serving up over the Fourth. Best of all, it is infused with fresh herbs from the garden.

    Photo: Julie VR

  • Strawberry Mojitos 8 of 11
    Strawberry Mojito

    This amazing strawberry mojito is great to serve up at summer parties after you've been to the strawberry patch. It has a wonderfully festive look and sweet summer flavor.
    Photo: Laura Levy

  • Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita 9 of 11
    Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita

    This gorgeous red margarita is full of summer flavor. It is sweet from the strawberry and tart from the rhubarb and comes with a terrific festive wedge of lime. Serve it up with chips and guacamole for a terrific summer spread.

    Photo: Laura Levy

  • Fresh Citrus Daiquiri 10 of 11
    Citrus Summer Daiquiri

    This amazing citrus daiquiri is ideal for summer since it chilly and full of bright refreshing flavors. Whip it up with your favorite citrus and cool off after a hot day.

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Ginger Limemade with Rum 11 of 11
    Ginger Limemade with Rum

    This gorgeous cocktail is served up in jam jars and is ideal for summer soirees on the lawn. Be sure to use fresh peaches from the farmer's market.

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

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