Savagely Refreshing Drink Ideas to Celebrate the Arrival of Summer

Summer 2020 begins on Saturday, June 20, and Savage Scorpions wants to help you prepare for this wonderful season by sharing a few summer cocktail ideas that will keep you cool and refreshed. If you really want to impress people with your mixology skills, turn these creative cocktails into your very own signature drink recipes by simply adding one bonus ingredient - a Savage Scorpion! 

Savage Scorpions pair perfectly with any type of drink or shot and can even be used very impressively as a creative cocktail garnish, masterfully perched atop an array of fruity bits. Here are a few yummy ideas for drinks to pop your Savage Scorpions into.

Watermelon-Tequila Cocktails

A great big, cold bite of watermelon is always welcome on a summer day and margaritas are a perfect cocktail to sip poolside, soaking up some of that summertime sun. Here we have a recipe that brings these two things together beautifully and even adds fresh blueberries to the mix for both color and extra flavor. 

You'll start by making some simple syrup or, if you don't want to do that, agave syrup will probably work well in its place. That will be mixed with muddled blueberries and mint, fresh lime juice, and silver tequila. YUM!

Get the full recipe here.

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Sweet Tea Sangria

Hot summer days and a big, refreshing glass of sweet tea are a match made in heaven. Of course, once "5:00" rolls around a fruity sangria is an excellent evening drink to replace that tea with. For this cocktail recipe, you get to enjoy both at the same time! 

It's a Southern-inspired pitcher full of deliciousness that is perfect for porch-sipping. All you'll need is some white wine, sweet tea, and triple sec plus peaches, raspberries, and a bit of mint. 

Get the full recipe here. 

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Raspberry Ginger Beer

If you're a Moscow Mule fan, then you're going to love this fruity variation made with a favorite summertime fruit. It contains both vodka and ginger beer like the original drink but requires lemon juice instead of lime. 

You'll also need a few fresh raspberries to muddle with the lemon juice to give this delicious drink an irresistible flavor. The combination of sweetness, tartness, and the ginger beer create a crisp, light, and refreshing taste to savor. 

Get the full recipe here.

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Banana- Rum Old-Fashioned

We love exploring classic cocktails that someone has added a flavorful new twist to. Here's another one from Food & Wine that gives you the boldness of bourbon, like you'd expect from an Old Fashioned, plus the addition of light rum and tropical banana flavor. 

It all starts with 100-proof bourbon and a light rum plus some creme de banana. A touch more flavor comes from bitters and an orange peel, then you're ready to sip and enjoy. When you follow the link below, they even give you directions to batch this cocktail so it can be mixed up by the pitcher rather than by the glass. (The more, the merrier!)  

Get the full recipe here.  

Now that you've got some refreshing drink ideas to keep you cooled off, bring on summer! Pool parties, backyard barbecues, reunions, outdoor concerts... all great places to prove just how savage your bar can be! Incorporating Savage Scorpions into your summer gives it some extra excitement that can turn an ordinary night out into an incredible, memorable occasion! 

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