Cocktails 15 Summer Cocktails You Can Make from Scratch

Published on June 21st, 2014 | by Becky Striepe

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15 Summer Cocktails You Can Make from Scratch

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15 Summer Cocktails You Can Make from Scratch

Conventional cocktail mixes are loaded with artificial ingredients and refined sugar. Cool off with one of these all natural summer cocktails instead!

I know. Cocktails aren’t exactly a healthy drink, but if you’re going to indulge in some summer cocktails, they may as well be super special. I shared this roundup of summer drink ideas over at our sister site Crafting a Green World and thought you guys might like to try some of these recipes too!

15 Summer Cocktails to Make from Scratch

by Becky Striepe, Crafting a Green World

Ditch the mix and get creative at your next cocktail party! Here are some summer cocktails that you can craft from scratch.

When you’re throwing a party or having a few friends over for drinks, it’s easy to grab a bottle of booze, a bottle of mix, and call it a day. But store-bought cocktail mixes often come in single-use plastic bottles full of artificial ingredients. Boo! Instead of relying on corn syrup-laden, artificially-colored mixes, craft your own from-scratch summer cocktails with the recipes below!

15 Summer Cocktails to Make from Scratch

1. The Captain Earl – Tea-infused vodka and freshly squeezed naval orange juice are the stars of this yummy beverage.

2. Plum Tuckered Margarita – Plum-basil tequila is the base for this fruity take on a traditional margarita

3. Spring in a Glass – This is a sweet-and-spicy cocktail packed with Mandarin orange goodness.

4. Summer Night – Have you tried cucumber in a cocktail before? You are in for a TREAT!

5. Blood Orange Punch – You’re going to love this combination of orange, cherries, and homemade clove syrup.

6. Ruby Citrus Mojito – Ditch the neon green mojito mix and try this all natural version instead!

7. Sage-Blueberry Shrub – A shrub is a traditional vinegar cocktail, but there’s nothing ordinary about this herbed, berry-licious drink!

15 Summer Cocktails You Can Make from Scratch

8. Cherry-Vanilla Moonshine – Serve this infused booze on the rocks with a splash of cola, ginger ale, or root beer. YUM!

9. Fig, Vanilla Bean, and Cardamom Vodka – Try this on the rocks with a little seltzer water and a squeeze of lemon. You’re welcome!

10. Watermelon Agua Fresca Mimosas – Can you say SUMMER??

11. Strawberry Sgroppino – The base for this yummy summer cocktail is homemade lemon sorbet.

12. Margarita Ice Pops – Boozy pops with not artificial mixes!

13. Cilantro Mojito – Who says mojitos have to use mint? Mixing up the herbs is so much fun!

14. Passionfruit and Ginger Cocktail – A little sweet, a little zesty, a lot delicious!

15. Blood Orange Margarita – Vibrant blood oranges give this drink its rich color. Nothing artificial about it!

What are your favorite from-scratch summer cocktails? I’d love to hear yours in the comments!

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Hi there! I'm Becky Striepe, a green crafter and vegan foodie living in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband and two cats. My mission is to make eco-friendly crafts and vegan food accessible to anyone who wants to give them a go. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



  • Mary Gerush

    Can’t wait to try some of these. Thanks for the list!

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