10 Sunshine-Inspired Cocktails That Put You in Warm Weather Mood

So, after this poor excuse for a Maryland winter, we are ready for the icy rain to go away and get some sunshine instead. If you’re feeling the same way, then you would know that there’s nothing like a sip of your favorite cocktail drink to kick-start the hottest season of the year. To set the mood, here are 10 sunshine-inspired cocktails you should try. Let’s start with the classics:

The Classic Cocktails

Think of these warm-weather cocktails as everyone’s go-to, yearly, without fail. Great for vacations or at least pretending we are on one. Watching a beach movie on Netflix counts right?

1. Margarita

Nothing screams summer like a glass of margarita. All you need is dark rum, ginger beer, and lime, and you’re good to go. A bit of salt on the rims and you’re in for a delight.

2. Negroni

Originating in Italy, this popular drink contains Campari, gin, and sweet vermouth. Stirred well over ice, you can garnish it with an orange peel.

3. Mojito

If you fancy white rum, freshly squeezed lime juice, a bit of sugar, and seltzer, then a mojito is the right drink for you. Don’t forget to add the mint leaves on the side or top of the drink for that classic mojito look.

4. Piña Colada

Rum, pineapple juice, and a bit of coconut cream are the ingredients that make this drink a spring classic. Blend it in with ice and garnish generously.

5. Gin & Tonic

This simple, three-ingredient cocktail tastes anything but basic. Squeeze your lime wedges into a concoction of gin and tonic water, and you’re in for a treat.

Sunshine-Inspired Cocktails

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, then these sunshine-inspired cocktails are worth a shot (no pun intended).

1. Sangria

For the fruit lovers out there, you would enjoy a well-crafted sangria. While this is typically made with your favorite red wine, brandy, fruit juices, sparkling water, orange slices, apple slices, blackberries, and pomegranate seeds, you can remove some and add any fruits that weren’t mentioned. Add sugar as necessary.

2. Daiquiri

A mixture of white rum, sugar, and lime juice, a daiquiri will make you want to squeeze one into your beach escape. Shake it well and strain the freshly squeezed lime into a cool cocktail glass.

3. Mimosa

Did you know that mimosas are made from three ingredients only? All you need is orange juice, chilled champagne, and a dash of triple sec, and you’re good to go. And oh, avoid stirring these three together to minimize the release of bubbles.

4. Tequila Sunrise

Perfect for that early morning stroll, a tequila sunrise is famous for its beautiful red-orange hue. Mix tequila and orange juice together and add a splash of Grenadine syrup to produce the colors that look like the early morning sky.

5. Moscow Mule

A summer cocktail that contains only 130 calories, the Moscow mule is a summertime godsend. With a mixture of vanilla vodka, ginger ale, and a bit of lime, you can keep your hard-earned beach body and enjoy a sip of delicious in the process.

Pick Your Poison 

The perfect cocktail can definitely put you in that warm weather mood. While the drink of choice is entirely up to you, the team at Festival Wine & Spirits can help you pick wisely. Who says you can’t have more than one in your summer arsenal? If you’re itching to try any of these summer cocktails, then head over to the best family-owned craft beer, wine, and liquor store in Annapolis, Maryland – Festival Wine & Spirits. Also, don’t forget to sign up for our monthly email list. It’s exclusive coupons, fun content, and more drink suggestions!