DIY Summer Poolside Cocktails

Channel your inner mixologist and kick back and relax poolside with these DIY summer cocktails that are easy, breezy and fun.

Skinny Dipping

 From ARIA Resort and Casino

2 oz. Voli Lemon Vodka
2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. strawberry puree
1/2 oz. agave nectar
prosecco to top

Shake all ingredients except prosecco and strain into an ice-filled 16 oz. cup. Top with prosecco and garnish with a strawberry.

Strawberry Basil Ricky

 From Hotel Erwin

3 basil leaves
1 large strawberry
2 oz. gin
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
3/4 oz. simple syrup
club soda

Muddle basil and strawberry thoroughly and add gin, lime juice, and simple syrup. Shake thoroughly over ice for six to 10 seconds. Strain over fresh ice in a tall glass and top with soda. Garnish with a strawberry.

Acai Caipirinha

From The Bellagio Hotel
1 oz. cedilla acai liqueur
1/2 oz. lime, cut into chunks
2 tbsp. fresh raspberries
1 oz. pomegranate juice
1 packet of Splenda

Add Splenda packet, raspberries, and lime into a cocktail shaker, and muddle ingredients together. Add cedilla acai, pom juice, and fill with ice. Shake vigorously and empty contents into rocks glass.

Rooftop Oasis
From The Perry South Beach Hotel

1 1/2 oz. Jose Cuervo Silver Tequila
3/4 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
6 blueberries
club soda

Muddle the blueberries at the base of a tall glass. Add tequila, lemon juice, and simple syrup and stir very well with a spoon. Top with ice and stir again until some of the ice has melted. Add a splash of club soda and garnish with a lemon wedge.

Basil Watermelon Rita

From The Platinum Hotel
1 1/4 oz. Don Julio Tequila Blanco
1/4 oz. Cointreau Orange Liqueur
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. fresh watermelon
fresh basil leaves

Cube fresh watermelon and freeze for 30 minutes ahead of time. Muddle an ounce of unfrozen, fresh watermelon with three basil leaves. Stir mixture of tequila, Cointreau, and fresh lime juice together, and pour over frozen watermelon cubes in any sugar-rimmed glass. Garnish with a wedge of watermelon rind and basil sprig.

What are your favorite drinks to serve up during the hot summer months?

Source: Marie Claire

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