6 Sweet Southern Cocktails for a Texas Summer

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Texas summers are known for their heat. There’s no better way to cool off at the end of a long, hot day than with a refreshing summer cocktail. Here are six satisfying drinks, sure to appeal to your southern senses!

1. Texas Hurricane



Recipe from:

Looking for a delicious drink that packs a punch? Look no further than the Texas hurricane! Its fruity flavor will have you wanting more, but pace yourself with this sweet concoction, as it combines six different alcohols.


1 cup crushed ice

1 fluid ounce rum

1 fluid ounce coconut flavored rum

1 fluid ounce vodka

1 fluid ounce gin

1 fluid ounce triple sec (orange-flavored liqueur)

2 fluid ounces orange juice

1 fluid ounce pineapple juice

1 fluid ounce grenadine syrup

1 fluid ounce 151 proof rum

1 orange slice (optional)

1 lime slice (optional)

1 maraschino cherry (optional)


  1. Fill a hurricane glass with ice.
  2. Pour in the rum, coconut rum, vodka, gin, triple sec, orange juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine.
  3. Stir well with a bar spoon, then pour the 151 rum over the back of the spoon to float the liquor on top of the drink.
  4. Garnish the glass with orange, lime, and a cherry.

2. Sparkling Blackberry Mint Julep


Recipe from: Creative Culinary

Combining the tart taste of blackberries with the smoothness of bourbon, followed by the refreshing crispness of sparkling wine, this cool cocktail is a surefire hit on lazy summer evenings.


Small ice cubes (Sonic ice works great!)

1/2 cup blackberries

4 tablespoons mint leaves torn in half

2 Tbsp simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar brought to boil just enough to melt sugar; cooled)

3 ounces bourbon

Prosecco or other sparkling wine

Mint sprigs and blackberries for garnish

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