super sexy summer sippers

With the scorching temperatures, we know you feel like slipping into something cool and comfortable. Perhaps it's time to  take off your clothes and put on that bathing suit. It's definitely time to chill with some of our favorite summertime drinks. We like to take things easy whether we're entertaining a crowd or having an intimate cocktail or mocktail for just one or two. These tantalizing recipes let your imagination run wild and give you ideas to please every passion. And, they're so easy to make you can spend your time enjoying yourself instead of slaving away at the bar.

Provocative Pimm's Cup
You know those Brits. Cool as a cucumber on the surface, sizzlingly sensual underneath. Same can be said for this spectacular summer cocktail. Pimm's No. 1 is a gin-based, citrusy-flavored liqueur from Britain that makes a fabulous ingredient in summery cocktails, the most famous of which is the venerable Pimm's Cup. You can dress it up in so many ways and we'll give you a few ideas to ignite your creativity.

What you'll need:

2 oz Pimm's No. 1 liqueur
12 oz (1 can) 7-Up or Ginger Ale
cucumber slices
orange wedges
lime wedges

What you'll do:

Pour 12 oz of soda into a large tall glass filled with ice. Add the Pimm's liqueur and stir. Add cucumber slices, orange and lime wedges and stir again. Enjoy! For variety, you can choose any sort of light bubbly liquid you like. The citrusy ones work well, such as sparkling lemonade, limeade or orangeade, tonic water or even some champagne. If you prefer your drinks a little less sweet, try plain soda or seltzer water. You can also skip the bubbles by adding still lemonade or limeade instead. Some thrill-seekers live on the edge, adding iced tea in place of soda. You may also play with the garnishes, adding different combinations of wedges, such as pear, apple, nectarine, and topping it off with a luscious strawberry or Maraschino cherry. Can you tie the stem with your tongue? Send us the photo!

Tempting Mojitos

 

We love these refreshing Cuban cocktails. You'll find them easy enough to make and even easier to drink. The mint and lime stimulate the senses during the warm summer months. We'll give you unconventional ideas for variations too, so you can try some new stimulation of your own.

What you'll need:

1 1/4 oz light rum
10 mint leaves + 1 sprig for garnish
1 Tbsp sugar
1 lime cut into quarter wedges
2 oz soda

What you'll do:

Put mint leaves in bottom of glass with 1 lime wedge. Muddle to released the mint oil and lime juice. If you don't have a muddler, improvise, using the back of a spoon. Add 2 more lime wedges and sugar and muddle again. Add rum and stir until sugar is dissolved. Fill with crushed ice. Add soda water and give it a gentle spin to let the luscious flavors meld. Garnish with mint leaves and last lime wedge.

One of the best things about Mojitos is that they can be dressed or undressed anyway you like, so to speak. Add a splash or three of champagne or your favorite bubbly. Or go fruity with the addition of some mango, strawberry, passion fruit or peach puree or syrup. Adjust the sugar you use accordingly. 

Alluring Ginger Beer Cocktails
Ginger beer is one of those amazing ingredients that you may have heard of but never actually used. Well, let's change that right now by giving you reasons to add it to your repertoire. Ginger beer is a wonderful carbonated liquid that  has more zing than ginger ale. It's made with fresh ginger juice and various ingredients including barley or another grain, cloves, mace honey and spices. Some well-known and liked brands include Bundaberg, Reed's, Gin-Jah and Barritts. It's a great refreshing mixer that can go with light or dark alcohols. And, it's quite a turn-on to hear someone invite you for an intoxicating sip.

Here's a come-hither recipe and a few other suggestions for how best to expose your ginger beer.

What you'll need:

2 oz. pear liqueur
12 oz of ginger beer
2 lime wedges
1 sprig of fresh mint 

What you'll do:

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add the pear liqueur. Squeeze in the juice from one of the lime wedges. Fill the glass with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedge and float a mint sprig.

If you've ever heard of the classic drink "Moscow Mule", it refers to the use of vodka with ginger beer. Here's a sexy new take on it: to ginger beer you can add 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice, 2 ounces of vodka along with cucumber and lime slices. If you like rum, add 1/8 cup fresh lime juice, 1/4 cup sugar and 3 oz dark rum to your ginger beer. Stir until the sugar dissolves and garnish with lime wedges. Other combinations include gin, ginger beer, lager, lemon juice and soda water or ginger beer and bourbon. You can get as fancy as you like, mixing fruit juices or syrups, hard liquors such as vodka, rum, or gin with your ginger beer. Be bold while ginger!

Seductive Margaritas

One of the most versatile cocktails of all is the margarita. We love ours with super quality ingredients and think it makes all the difference, even if you decide to pump it up with other flavors. We make our own sweet and sour mix, which is easier than you think. You can use bar salt on the rim if you like, and for other versions create flavorful salt or sugar accents to complement the drink. Remember that margaritas can pack as much of a kick as you like, depending on the amount and type of tequila and alcoholic add-ins you use. So if you're feeling lusty, you'll love our saucy "on the rocks" top shelf version provided here to start.

What you'll need:

For sweet & sour

Simple syrup (1 part sugar to an equal part water)
lemon juice (concentrate is fine)

To make the sweet & sour completely dissolve the sugar in the water 1 part each. For example, if you use 1 cup of sugar, dissolve it in one cup of water. Then add 1/4 the total of lemon juice. For example, if you make 1 cup of simple syrup, add 1/4 cup of lemon juice. You can adjust to suit your own taste if you like it more sweet or more tart. This becomes your base for margaritas, but can also provide you with a base for all kinds of great cocktails that use sweet & sour, such as Long Island iced tea, whiskey sour, Singapore sling and more.

2 oz. good tequila (we like the Gold varieties, but you can choose your favorite)
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz Triple Sec
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
Slice of fresh lime

What you'll do:

Dampen rim of glass and dip on plate of bar salt, if desired. Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add the tequila, Cointreau, Triple Sec and Grand Marnier. Stir gently. Fill to top with homemade sweet & sour. Garnish with slice of fresh lime.

Now that you have the lingerie on, you can go as far as your imagination will take you. Some of our favorite margaritas add fruit or liqueur flavors to the recipe above. If you like your margaritas "frozen" like a boozy slush, simply put the ice into a blender along with the ingredients and blend until thick and smooth. Here are some of our favorite additions: Midori, Chambord, raspberry, peach, strawberry, or mango puree, guava or pear nectar, Blue Curacao (nothing says throw caution to the wind like a bright blue colored drink!), cognac, pineapple, grapefruit or pomegranate juice. Lose your inhibitions and be bold!

Sultry Spritzer Mocktails  

We all know about mixing a little wine with some soda water to make a sparkly wine spritzer. But you can also make a non-alcoholic spritzer that's perfectly delectable for summer and feels festive without throwing caution to the wind. This is so simple, we really don't have a recipe. It's all about the bubbles. Just add your favorite juice or nectar and fill the glass with soda water, ginger ale or your favorite citrus bubbly beverage. Here are some ideas to get you started: peach with 7-up, Sierra Mist or Sprite, orange, pineapple and soda, cranberry, grapefruit and ginger ale. If you want to create a drinkable creamsicle, you can  add a splash of luscious cream. Here are some ideas to make your own dreamsicle drink: orange juice with cream and Sprite, pineapple, tangerine, cream and soda, peach with cream and 7-up. You get the idea. How many ways can you say, tickle my nose!

Now that we've hoisted your sails for some seductive summer socializing, let us know how you make out!