Cheap Summer Cocktails

Summer Cocktail PartyWith the Fourth of July around the corner, we’ve got picnics and outdoor celebrations on the mind.

We fully intend to bask in the radiant glow of sun and fireworks, but there’s one thing that makes basking even more delicious: an independence-worthy cocktail.

We’ve compiled seven summery cocktails that you can easily whip up to take with you to the park (or just the backyard). Even better, each of these recipes yields cocktails that cost less than $2.50 per drink (with one as little as 65 cents per drink!).

Here are a few guidelines to maximize your cocktail enjoyment:

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  • Mix the cocktails at home, except for carbonated beverages. Pour in any bubbly mixers right before sipping.
  • Chill concoctions well, pour them in plastic containers with seals to prevent leaks and surround them with frozen water bottles during transport. When the ice melts, drink the water to keep hydrated while you’re outside.
  • Try making “ingredient ice cubes” to avoid watery drinks. Favorites include tea, lemonade, coffee and fruit juice cubes.
  • The most important cocktail ingredient on a hot day is ice. Plan on a pound per person.

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  • Rockinrobyn1978

    There’s no recipe for the Apple Blossom :(

  • Rockinrobyn1978

    There’s no recipe for the Apple Blossom :(

  • Sarah H.

    These sound great, Deborah!  I just sent out invites for a party at the end of the month and several of these drinks just made their way onto the menu.  Thanks!

  • Sarah H.

    These sound great, Deborah!  I just sent out invites for a party at the end of the month and several of these drinks just made their way onto the menu.  Thanks!

  • Crockz

    1 1/2 parts sour apple schnapps1/2 part cranberry juice cocktailOld-fashioned glass

    Directions
    Shake with ice and pour.

  • Crockz

    1 1/2 parts sour apple schnapps1/2 part cranberry juice cocktailOld-fashioned glass

    Directions
    Shake with ice and pour.

  • mirrorghost

    i can’t stand sweet, fruity drinks, but i guess sticking with a good ol’ gin and tonic is good and maybe affordable?

  • mirrorghost

    i can’t stand sweet, fruity drinks, but i guess sticking with a good ol’ gin and tonic is good and maybe affordable?

  • Jeancbrown

    Mmm these sound delicious! Some of my favorite flavors–ginger, lime, etc. I might have to sub gin in some of these recipes, since it’s one of my other favorite flavors :)