Hopefully we’ve shoveled our last of the snow and spring is here to stay—with summer just around the corner. Let the outdoor activities commence! Whether you’re spending time on the water, in the backyard, or out camping, quench your thirst with something light and refreshing. Here are 10 of our favorite drinks to sip in the warmer weather with ingredients you’ll find at The Party Source.
White Peach Margaritas
Tequila is a summer go-to and it’s becoming a best seller at The Party Source along with mezcal, tequila’s smoky, earthy sister. The Clever Carrot’s five-minute white peach margaritas are a quick cocktail that is made for springtime. Swap in Bayo Plata Tequila, an easy-drinking spirit made with 100% Weber blue agave.
Raspberry Lemon Drop
Spice up the traditional lemon drop cocktail with a raspberry kick! Bushel Organic Vodka is made with organic corn and works perfectly with The Adventure Bite’s recipe, which uses fresh raspberries and a sprig of thyme.
We all know White Claw—and The Party Source has them too—but you’ll find even more options in the single grab-and-go cooler and variety packs. Try Press’s pomegranate ginger, lime lemongrass, grapefruit cardamom, and blackberry hibiscus flavors and Braxton Brewing Company’s new Vive Punch seltzers.
Grapefruit Mint Mojito
Channel vacation vibes with a grapefruit mint mojito. Best Friends for Frosting’s recipe uses basic ingredients like mint, grapefruit, and lime. Use Cayman Reef White Rum as the white rum base for a toasted coconut dream.
“Once it hits 60 degrees and up, I immediately reach for a glass of rosé,” says The Party Source marketing director Ali Daniels. The Party Source has dozens of choices like the Greetings Rose from Oregon or opt for a classic rosé from Provence, Domaine Houchart.
Reposado Old Fashioned
Everyone loves a classic old fashioned, but opt for tequila (try Bayo Reposado Tequila) in this recipe for a lighter option. “We continue to see tequila and mezcal pick up steam,” says Daniels. “Especially in the warmer months.” The Spruce Eats meshes nectarines and cherries to make a refreshingly fruity cocktail.
White wine is among the most refreshing and crisp beverages you can find, and a sauvignon blanc is a choice most will enjoy. “[They] are vibrant and most carry mouthwatering acidity, which keeps our palates coming back for more,” says Stephen Auge, assistant wine buyer at The Party Source. “Also simply, these are cold beverages we can enjoy outdoors when the warmer weather hits!” The Silver Beach sauvignon blanc has passion fruit and grapefruit aromas that pair well with summer dishes like salads, goat cheese, and seafood. Looking for something acidic, but less citrusy? Grab a bottle of pinot grigio or Riesling.
Even though we just suggested sidelining whiskey in the old fashioned, that doesn’t mean it’s off the table entirely. Simple ingredients including spearmint, lemon, and simple syrup make this Spruce Eats recipe easy, but use Cooper’s Mark Bourbon to elevate the drink.
Sours and Fruited Ales
Don’t knock ’em until you try them! They’re sour because they’re made with mixed fermentation and the resulting beer is often fruity and refreshing. Try Drie Fonteinen’s Oude Geuze with champagne-like spritziness and bright lemon acidity that mingles with flavors of almond, apricot, and grass, or check out DuClaw’s Sour Me Black Apple, a sweet and tart brew.
Planning an all-day camping trip? Or just want a drink to sip? Choose a beer with lower alcohol content. Deschutes Da Shootz is a clean, lightly toasted, light citrus, and bubbly choice. Love IPAs, but don’t love the alcohol content? Avery Brewing Co. uses modern dry-hopping techniques for their Pacer beer, and it’s also low in calories.
Whatever you choose, visit The Party Source in Bellevue, a one stop shop with more than 20,000 products for every occasion. From rare liquors to hard to find beers, there’s an option for everyone and a staff member to recommend what’s best.