My kids are finally out of school, which means summer has officially arrived! One of my favorite parts of summer is sitting on my front porch in the early evening with no threat of homework, sports schedules or early bedtimes. When friends or neighbors drop by, I love to offer them a lively summer libation fit for the season.

During the summer months, you will almost always find my kitchen loaded with fresh berries and citrus. Another thing I love to keep in my fridge is homemade infused simple syrups, as well as mixers such as soda, tonic and ginger beer. With these ingredients on hand, you will be ready to whip up something lively and delicious to serve your friends. Here are a few of my favorites!

1. Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail: Kick back and relax with this sophisticated cocktail — perfect for taking the edge off after a busy week! For an added level of sophisticated flare, add a fresh sprig of rosemary from the garden :)  2. Five-Ingredient Ginger Beer Margaritas: When ginger beer and tequila join forces, something beautiful and delicious happens — the ginger beer margarita! I love this cocktail, and it's so easy to make. Best part? This libration appeals to both the guys and gals!  3. Blueberry Basil Vodka Tonic: Make use of summer's bounty by blending blueberries and basil with a splash of vodka! Not only is this concoction refreshing, but it also presents beautifully.  4. Orange Blood Mojitos: Made with fresh mint, simple syrup, blood orange and lime juice, this mojito encapsulates all the best flavors of summer! It's refreshing, sweet and pairs perfectly with almost everything. Serve up this concoction with my salad pizza for an awesome summertime meal.  5. Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas: Kick off the weekend with a kick of spice! These margs are perfect for an outdoor soiree, or just a leisurely evening with friends. Serve with my fish tacos for a complete fiesta! 

1. Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail: Kick back and relax with this sophisticated cocktail — perfect for taking the edge off after a busy week! For an added level of sophisticated flare, add a fresh sprig of rosemary from the garden :) 

2. Five-Ingredient Ginger Beer Margaritas: When ginger beer and tequila join forces, something beautiful and delicious happens — the ginger beer margarita! I love this cocktail, and it's so easy to make. Best part? This libration appeals to both the guys and gals! 

3. Blueberry Basil Vodka Tonic: Make use of summer's bounty by blending blueberries and basil with a splash of vodka! Not only is this concoction refreshing, but it also presents beautifully. 

4. Orange Blood Mojitos: Made with fresh mint, simple syrup, blood orange and lime juice, this mojito encapsulates all the best flavors of summer! It's refreshing, sweet and pairs perfectly with almost everything. Serve up this concoction with my salad pizza for an awesome summertime meal. 

5. Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas: Kick off the weekend with a kick of spice! These margs are perfect for an outdoor soiree, or just a leisurely evening with friends. Serve with my fish tacos for a complete fiesta!