DIY Boston’s Best Summer Cocktails

Ingredients for Sangria

Summertime is the best season to recline by the pool with a nice, cool cocktail in hand. While some drinks may seem too fancy to make without being an experienced bartender, here are some simple yet refreshingly cool beverages you can make at home.

Sparkling White Peach Sangria

View the original recipe here.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups sliced peaches
  • 2 cups raspberries*
  • 750 ml Pinot Grigio wine
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • 1 cup peach schnapps
  • 1 bottle champagne

Instructions:

  • Add fruit to a large pitcher
  • Pour the wine, simple syrup and peach schnapps into the pitcher and stir
  • Allow to sit for at least 1 hour or overnight in the fridge
  • Pour equal amounts of the wine mixture and champagne into a glass when ready to server
  • Enjoy!

If you’re looking for the best places in the city to go out for sangria, check out Cafeteria Boston on Newbury Street and Tasca tapas restaurant in Brighton.

Strawberry Mango Margaritas

View the original recipe here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mango chunks
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar (more if needed)
  • 1 1/4 cups tequila
  • 1 cup triple sec
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cups ice (more if needed)

Instructions:

  • Add all ingredients to a strong blender and pulse until completely smooth; add more ice if needed to reach desired consistency. Pour drinks into glasses and serve at once!

For more flavors of margaritas, head to Sunset Cantina, featuring a menu of over a dozen different kinds, such as the Pink Cadillac and the Bahamarita.

Grapefruit Tequila Slammer

View the original recipe here.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 2 ounces lemon lime soda
  • Garnish with additional grapefruit

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to glass with ice. To get it to fizz up and mix, cover top of glass with your hand and give it a good “slam” against the countertop (wood works better than stone if you enjoy drinks free of broken glass).

Back Bay and the South End are the go-to neighborhoods if you are interested in trying out the best local tequila bars, such as Lolita Cocina and Tico.

Raspberry Sorbet Bellinis

View the original recipe here.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Pink Moscato, Prosecco, or Champagne, chilled
  • 1 pint raspberry sorbet
  • 1/2 pint fresh raspberries

Instructions

  • Place 1-2 small scoops of raspberry sorbet in the bottom of each Champagne flute.
  • Carefully pour the Pink Moscato over the top of the sorbet.
  • Top each drink off with 2-3 fresh raspberries and serve

It goes without saying that the best moscato can be found in Boston’ North End at places such as Mamma Maria, featuring authentic Italian food and a seemingly endless list of wine to pair your meal with.

Check out our video on how to make the Sparkling White Peach Sangria!

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