For many, the summer season means a bit more relaxation and a whole lot more reasons to grab a cocktail when the clock strikes 5PM - no matter what day of the week it is.
The summer of 2012 seems to hold a promise for lots of cocktail party fun. From boozy popsicles to spiked Jell-O shots, there's a ton of fun to be had with your drinks. We've rounded up 10 of our must try sips for summer parties this year.
What makes these 10 summer drinks so special is that they're reinventions on classic cocktails we've served at parties for years, which means their familiar, but with something special added to them.
While we can't make you create a bucket list to try all these summer sips, we think our slideshow will convince you!
Mason jars have taken the party world by storm. Not only are they a decorative way to serve summer drinks, they're also super functional when it comes to outdoor dining. Mix up this cocktail recipe using fresh blueberries and some gin for a cocktail that will delight.
There's no denying that sugar laden strawberry daiquiris are delicious, but this reinvented sip we like to call a Tequila Daisy packs that same great taste without the overwhelming amount of sugar. Just be careful - we don't lie when we say this goes down real smooth!
The biggest cocktail craze of 2012 we're lovin' doesn't even come in a glass! Boozy popsicles are a fun way to reinvent classic recipes like mojitos, but they're also great for concocting new mixes like a Mocha Mudslide.
Another way to work the trendy cocktail-on-a-stick party idea into your summer soiree? Try soaking fruit cut outs in a tequila marinade for a couple of hours. Then, pop them on skewers for grown-up lollipop style dessert!
You may be used to a creamy, frothy pina colada, but we're saying skip it. These pina colada Jell-O shots have way more flavor, go down quicker and don't require a pool to be enjoyed!
Relax and recoup after a hot day with this fresh sip. Infused with subtle flavors like cucumber and lime, a Cucumber Ginger Spritzer is the perfect summer cocktail to enjoy on the porch as the sun sets.
Another lemonade cocktail recipe, this one incorporates the candy cocktail trend we've been seeing so much of lately. Omit the alcohol to make this kid-friendly, but trust us, the adults will love it as much as the kids.
Tomatoes are so readily available during the summer season - and we're not just talking about the red variety. Spruce up a Bloody Mary recipe with some yellow tomatoes for a reinvented version of the classic that screams summer.
A lemon drop martini is the way to go this summer if you're looking for a stiffer sip. We love how Contributor Meredith Santucci gets her version of this martini to really pop with a summer yellow color.
This year it's alllll about watermelon! We're big fans of this particular watermelon margarita recipe thanks to its great flavor and beautifully bold hue.
Summer is always an ideal time to show off your patriotism, what with celebrations like Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. Instead of cracking a beer, try mixing up this fruity lemonade cocktail that's all about the red, white and blue.