6 Sweet Southern Cocktails for a Texas Summer

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  1. Fill a julep or small rocks glass overflowing with ice cubes.
  2. In a shaker, muddle the blackberries, mint leaves and simple syrup.
  3. Add 1 cup of ice cubes and bourbon to the shaker and shake well. Strain the drink into the glass filling it 3/4 full.
  4. Finish filling the glass with the Prosecco, gently stir to combine.
  5. Gently press on the mint leaves for garnish to release their aroma before putting a bunch into each cocktail; finish with a blackberry and serve with a short straw.

3. Southern Hospitality Float



Recipe from: A Nerd Cooks

Who says kids get to have all the fun?! This adult spin on a classic root beer float is made a bit more southern by using butter pecan icecream and good old fashioned bourbon.


2-3 scoops butter pecan ice cream

1.5 oz. bourbon

hard (alcoholic) root beer


Scoop the ice cream into a tall glass. Add the bourbon and top with hard root beer. Watch out for the fizz and foam!

4. Watermelon Crawl



Recipe from: Rachael Davis, Lucy’s Fried Chicken

If you’re looking for a cool and refreshing cocktail coupled with delicious downhome southern cooking, hit up one of the Lucy’s Fried Chicken locations in Austin, TX and order the Watermelon Crawl. If you prefer to do it yourself, follow the simple recipe below.


1 ounce gin (Lucy’s uses Waterloo)

1/2 ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

3/4 ounce fresh watermelon juice

Garnish: 1 lemon twist


  1. Add gin, St. Germain, and watermelon juice to cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake for 15 seconds.
  2. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with lemon peel

5. Blood Orange Mojito

blood orange mojito

Recipe from: The Chic Site

As gorgeous as it is tasty, this blood orange mojito combines the classic elements of a mojito with an extra splash of citrus – and color – thanks to the blood orange.