Creative Cocktails for Every Social Gathering

Story by Kelsey Wooten
Photo from Baking Beauty

Now that the school year has begun, we’re often told it’s time to buckle down all week and get serious. But, let’s be honest  –  we need balance in our life. So once Friday hits, it’s time to let loose.

The weather is still warm, there are football games to go to, pool days to be shared, and lots of  “girls nights in” to be had!

But, carrying all of the cocktail ingredients you need to a football pre-game can be a bit overwhelming, not to mention finding a place to make the drinks. And, chugging cheap beer just doesn’t fit when sitting a couch for girls night.

It’s almost like drinking should come with a guide, and you’re in luck. We’ve got you covered in finding the perfect drink for the right scenario.

Poolside Punch
Light and refreshing, you will want more than one to keep you cool.

1 can grapefruit club soda

1 shot unflavored white rum

4 mint leaves

1 lemon wedge

1 lime wedge

Crushed ice

Game Day Spirits
Crisp and thirst-quenching, this cocktail is easy to sip on.

Serves 6

3/4 cup fresh raspberries

3 1/2 bottles of any pilsner, chilled

1 (12-oz.) container frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate, thawed

1/2 cup vodka

Girls Night In with a Twist
Pretend the couch is your throne, and all of your friends are royalty with this sweet and fancy sipper!

Serves 5

1 bottle dry white wine

1 shot orange liqueur

3 shots Elderflower liqueur

1/4 cup blueberries, halved

1 red plum, sliced thin

1 cup cherries, pitted and halved

2 cups unsweetened sparkling lime water