Summer Sips, keep them light, delicious and easy. With these recipes, you can check off all those boxes and be an entertaining superhero whether it’s a backyard barbecue or girls night under the stars.

First of all, keep it fresh and take advantage of the flavor cues of the season – ripe luscious watermelon, lemonade that’s the perfect balance between sweet and tart and lots of sparkling waters should be on your list. Look for cocktails that are scaleable – a single cocktail that can be scaled up to serve in a punch bowl al fresco comes in handy, especially as a signature cocktail for your event.

Think of wine too – not something overly dry or sweet but something that says summer. Sangria does that just right and can be as varied as the fruit you have on hand. Don’t be shy about adding peaches or chunks of honeydew to the citrus slices in your Sangria pitcher.

Another simple idea – select a signature spirit such as tequila, rum or vodka and set out an array of juices and mixers –go from tropical like Mango to sophisticated tonics. These summer sips will definitely be a hit at any event!

Summer Sips templetonTempleton Lemonade

2 oz. Templeton Rye Whiskey
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
Fresh lemonade
Splash of lemon lime soda

MIXING INSTRUCTIONS: In a pint glass, squeeze juice from and add half lemon and spirits. Next, add ice, fresh lemonade and a splash of lemon lime soda. Cover with mixing tin and shake once to incorporate.

Strawberry alcohol cocktailMelon Margarita Madness

3 cups Watermelon, cut into 1-­‐inch pieces and seeded
12 oz. Casa Noble Crystal Tequila
6 oz. Orange Liqueur
6 oz. Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
4 cups Ice Cubes
2 tbsp. Sea Salt Lime Wedges

MIXING INSTRUCTIONS: In food processor or blender, process the watermelon until smooth. Strain through a fine-­mesh sieve into a pitcher that holds at least 10 cups. Add the Casa Noble tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice and stir well. Add the ice and stir again to chill. Run a lime wedge around glass rim to moisten it, then turn the glass upside down and dip the rim in the salt, if desired. Serves 8.