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5 Bubbly Summer Cocktails to Feed Your Seltzer Habit

posted: 07/14/17
by: Blythe Copeland

Fizzy, refreshing seltzer is a staple for the summer -- whether you choose plain with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime, or flavored in cans or liters, an ice-cold seltzer is perfect on a hot afternoon. Adding it to your favorite cocktail recipe turns any traditional drink into a bubbly treat; substitute it in recipes that call for club soda or sparkling water (or in place of tonic, if you don't mind losing the bite of quinine).

Lemon Blueberry Spritz
Honey and Birch

1. Lemon Blueberry Vodka Spritzer

Vodka and soda is a crisp, cool, low-sugar drink for any season -- but this summery version from Honey and Birch is just right for hot weather. Refreshing lemon seltzer cuts the bite of blueberry vodka, while a simple syrup made from water and honey adds just enough sweetness. Garnish with fresh berries, lemon slices, and rosemary.

Berry Mojito
The Crumby Cupcake

2. Summer Berry Mojitos

A big batch of berry mojitos from The Crumby Cupcake is an essential add-on to your next brunch, summer bridal shower, or pool party (make a nonalcoholic version for the kids). Traditional mojito ingredients -- simple syrup, lime, mint -- get a juicy twist with muddled blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, while berry-flavored seltzer adds a sparkling finish.

Cucumber Gin
Pumpkin and Peanut Butter

3. Grapefruit Cucumber Gin Cocktail

Grapefruit and cucumber may sound like a combination more suited to the skin treatments at the spa than to your next cocktail party, but these light, refreshing flavors are a cool pairing for summer drinks. This grapefruit cucumber cocktail from Pumpkin and Peanut Butter calls for fresh grapefruit juice and cucumber seltzer, plus cucumber slices and rosemary for garnish.

Tequila Pineapple Rum
Beyond Frosting

4. Tequila Pineapple Punch

Give your backyard cookout a tropical twist with a batch of tequila pineapple punch from Beyond Frosting. This beachy, boozy cocktail combines tequila, coconut rum, pineapple juice, and lemon juice into a sweet and citrusy drink; then mixes it with seltzer for a fun and fizzy beverage that's just begging to be served with a mini umbrella.

Fig Vanilla Bean
The Homemade Haus

5. Fig, Vanilla Bean and Gin Cocktail

This recipe for fig, vanilla bean, and gin cocktails from The Homemade Haus starts with a smooth, sweet, fig and vanilla simple syrup made with fresh figs and vanilla bean paste, mixed with orange bitters. Since the recipe calls for tonic, it's a sophisticated twist on the classic G+T, but you can swap in seltzer -- try orange flavored to complement the bitters and syrup.