Sample the Flavors of Summer with Cocktails

Sunrise Senior Living  |  May 28, 2014

As time flies by, summer will soon be here without people even realizing it. With longer days and more pleasant weather becoming the seasonal norm, chances are that people living in senior communities may find it extremely tempting to head outside and enjoy some quality time relishing in the all that the outdoors has to offer. If there is one thing that makes for an incredible seasonal outing, it's sipping a refreshing cocktail while sitting back and relaxing in the balmy air. Here is an array of ideas for drinks that won't only wet your whistle, but will also enhance your summer experience, thanks to their fresh flavors.

Sip sans alcohol
In some cases, you may be taking certain medications that can't be combined with alcohol. That doesn't mean that you have to miss out on enjoying a beverage. Luckily, there are plenty of so-called "mocktails," which are free of alcohol yet still allow you to satisfy your craving for a cool drink. Take a look at this virgin mojito, and you may start to feel your taste buds tingle:

Ingredients
1/3 C fresh mint leaves
1 C simple syrup
1 1/2 C sparkling water
2 C freshly squeezed lime juice
Ice

Instructions
Take a tall glass and fill with mint leaves and simple syrup, carefully muddling these ingredients until you can smell the mint. Transfer these ingredients into a small pitcher and pour in the lime juice and sparkling water. After stirring everything together, add as much ice as you please. Serve and sip.

Indulge with a punch
For seniors who can enjoy an alcoholic beverage, there are plenty of tasty recipes that are perfect for hot summer days. When it comes to summer cocktails, one of the best options for a refreshing alcoholic beverage is a wine cooler. Rather than buying premade versions of this drink, which can be loaded with sugar, follow this easy recipe for white wine punch and be on your way to savoring the taste of summer in no time.

Ingredients
1 bottle of fruity white wine, such as sauvignon blanc
1/4 C fresh lemon juice
1/4 C fresh lime juice
1 qt citrus soda
Fresh blueberries and mint, as garnish

Instructions
Chill all of the ingredients in the fridge prior to mixing. Combine the liquids in a pitcher, stir and serve in a glass with blueberries and mint leaves. Consider freezing the blueberries instead of using ice to keep your drink frosty without watering it down.