6 Sweet Southern Cocktails for a Texas Summer

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1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

3 limes, 2 of them juiced and 1 cut into wedges

5 blood oranges, 4 of them juiced and 1 sliced


2 ounces agave syrup

4 ounces white rum

2 ounces, sparkling water


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine a handful of mint leaves with the lime juice. Using a wooden spoon or muddler, muddle together to break down the mint. Fill the shaker with ice and pour in the blood orange juice, agave, and rum. Shake vigorously until chilled.
  2. Fill 2 glasses with ice and divide the mojito evenly among both. Top off each with sparkling water and garnish with fresh mint leaves, lime wedge, and a slice of blood orange.

6. Texas Tea



Recipe from: She Knows

Everything’s bigger in Texas, and this cocktail is no exception. A Southern take on a Long Island, this Texas Tea recipe is refreshing with a kick!


1/2 ounce vodka

1/2 ounce gin

1/2 ounce tequila

1/2 ounce light rum

1/2 ounce bourbon

1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

1/2 ounce triple sec

1 teaspoon superfine sugar

Cold cola

Lime wheel to garnish


  1. Place a rocks glass into the freezer for 5 minutes to chill.
  2. Put the vodka, gin, tequila, rum, bourbon, lemon juice, triple sec, and sugar in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and then shake the mixture vigorously for 30 seconds to combine.
  3. Strain the mixture into the prepared glass filled with fresh ice and top with the cold cola.
  4. Garnish the cocktail with the lime wheel and serve immediately.

No matter which drink you choose, a cool cocktail and Southern summers are a perfect combination. Have a favorite sweet summer concoction? Let us know in the comment section!

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