As a bartender, I've seen it all. People come into my bar with all sorts of requests, from the classic Old Fashioned to the trendy Aperol Spritz.
But there's something special about cocktails that are inspired by the beauty and tranquility of the lake. Maybe it's the fresh air, the sound of the water, or the stunning views that make these cocktails so delicious.
Over the years, I've experimented with different ingredients to create cocktails that capture the essence of the lake. From fruity and refreshing to boozy and bold, there's a lake cocktail for every taste.
But what makes these cocktails truly special is the way they evoke memories of lazy afternoons spent lounging by the water, or evenings spent watching the sun set over the lake.
In this blog post, I'll be sharing some of my favorite lake cocktail recipes.
Whether you're a seasoned mixologist or a cocktail newbie, I guarantee you'll find something to love. So, sit back, relax, and let's raise a glass to the beauty of the lake.
1. Spiked Strawberry Lemonade
"Spiked Strawberry Lemonade" is a refreshing and fruity cocktail that is perfect for a hot summer day at the lake. This cocktail is made with fresh strawberries, lemon juice, and Truvia® Natural Sweetener, which helps to reduce the calories and sugar without sacrificing the flavor.
The addition of alcohol gives it a little kick that is sure to please any cocktail lover. This cocktail is easy to make and is a great way to cool down on a hot day. If you're looking for a delicious and refreshing cocktail to enjoy at the lake, then "Spiked Strawberry Lemonade" is definitely worth trying.
2. Pink Moscato Lemonade
If you're looking for a refreshing and fruity cocktail to sip on while lounging by the lake, look no further than the Pink Moscato Lemonade. This cocktail combines the sweetness of Moscato with the tanginess of pink lemonade and the fizziness of lemon-lime soda. The addition of fresh raspberries adds a pop of color and flavor to this already delicious drink.
What's great about this cocktail is that it's easy to make and can be served in big batches, making it perfect for a summer party or gathering. Whether you're a fan of sweet drinks or just looking for something to cool off with on a hot day, the Pink Moscato Lemonade is sure to hit the spot.
3. Pineapple Mojito
The Pineapple Mojito is a refreshing and delicious cocktail that perfectly captures the essence of summer. This cocktail is a perfect alternative to the classic Pina Colada, as it is much easier to make and can be prepared in large batches for groups.
The combination of pineapple and mint creates a unique flavor that is both sweet and refreshing. The Pineapple Mojito is a must-try for anyone looking for a tropical cocktail that is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day.
4. Blackberry Basil Mojitos
The Blackberry Basil Mojito is a refreshing summer cocktail made with fresh blackberries, basil, white rum, and soda water. The homemade blackberry simple syrup is sweetened with pure maple syrup, making it a lower calorie and lower sugar option.
The addition of basil adds a unique twist to this classic cocktail. If you're looking for a delicious and refreshing drink to enjoy by the lake, the Blackberry Basil Mojito is a must-try.
5. Lavender Lemonade Mojitos
Looking for a refreshing and unique cocktail to enjoy by the lake? Look no further than the Lavender Lemonade Mojito. Made with homemade lemonade, mint, and rum, this cocktail is elevated with the addition of lavender simple syrup.
The lavender adds a floral and slightly sweet note to the classic mojito, making it the perfect summer sipper. Plus, the health benefits of lavender make this cocktail even more appealing. Whether you're lounging by the pool or on a boat on the lake, this cocktail is sure to impress.
6. Summery Rosé Spritzer
If you're looking for a refreshing and light cocktail to enjoy during a hot summer day, the Summery Rosé Spritzer is the perfect choice. Made with a dry rosé, fresh strawberries, lemon slices, and a touch of mint, this cocktail is a great balance of fruity and crisp flavors.
It's easy to make and perfect for sipping on the porch or serving at a party. Whether you prefer a sweeter or drier cocktail, this recipe can be easily adjusted to your liking. So, why not give this delicious and summery cocktail a try?
7. Frozen Gin & Tonic Slush
The Frozen Gin & Tonic Slush is a refreshing and delicious cocktail that is perfect for a hot summer day by the lake. Made with a high-quality gin and fresh lime juice, this frozen treat is the perfect way to cool down and enjoy a classic cocktail in a new and exciting way.
The slushy texture adds a fun twist to the traditional gin and tonic, making it a must-try for anyone looking for a unique and tasty drink. Whether you're lounging by the lake or hosting a summer party, the Frozen Gin & Tonic Slush is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
8. Paloma Cocktail
The Paloma Cocktail is a refreshing and simple tequila-based drink that originated in Mexico. It's a perfect alternative to the classic margarita, with grapefruit soda or fresh grapefruit juice providing a sweet and tart flavor that balances perfectly with the sharp taste of tequila.
The salt rim adds an extra dimension of flavor to the drink, making it a perfect choice for happy hour or brunch. For those looking to add a unique twist, mezcal can be used in place of tequila to give the drink a smoky nuance. Overall, the Paloma Cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a simple yet delicious cocktail that's perfect for any occasion.
9. Blue Skies Ahead
"Blue Skies Ahead" is a brilliant blue cocktail that features rum, peach, a splash of blue curacao, and bubbly MIO Sparkling Sake. The sparkling sake is sweet, mildly floral, and pairs well with fruity flavors.
The contrast between the fruity sweetness of the peach and the sake against the more aggressive liquor is top notch. The cocktail is served on the rocks and garnished with a lime twist and a fresh sprig of mint. If you're looking for a refreshing and unique cocktail, "Blue Skies Ahead" is definitely worth a try.
10. Strawberry Daiquiri
The Strawberry Daiquiri is a refreshing and delicious cocktail that is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day by the lake. Made with fresh lime juice and frozen strawberries, this cocktail is a perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess.
The cocktail can be made with either fresh or frozen strawberries, making it a versatile drink that can be enjoyed all year round. It can also be made in large batches, making it a great option for entertaining guests. If you're looking for a cocktail that is easy to make and sure to impress, the Strawberry Daiquiri is definitely worth a try.
11. Blackberry Lavender Champagne Cocktail
The Blackberry Lavender Champagne Cocktail is a unique twist on a classic champagne cocktail. This cocktail features a simple blackberry and lavender sauce that is easy to make but looks stunning. The combination of the sweet blackberries and the floral lavender creates a heavenly taste.
The cocktail is perfect for entertaining with its delicious real ingredients. The stemless champagne glasses are recommended for serving this cocktail as they are much harder to tip over and break. This cocktail is a must-try for anyone who loves champagne cocktails and wants to add a touch of elegance to their party.