If there’s one thing Texas is known for, it’s hot summers. To help beat the heat this season, we’ve put together a list of refreshing cocktails to try while lounging at Morada Plano apartment’s saltwater pool or gathering with neighbors on the 5th-floor rooftop deck.
From Texas-inspired drinks to classic summer cocktails, the list below has something for every taste!
Looking to pack a punch with something fruity? The Texas Hurricane is a must-try this summer if you haven’t had this state-inspired drink before. This is a fun cocktail to put together with friends or neighbors in your luxurious Morada Plano kitchen before heading outside to lounge by the pool. You’ll need:
- 1 oz dark spice rum
- 1 oz coconut rum
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz gin
- 1 oz triple sec
- 2 oz orange juice
- 1 oz pineapple juice
- 1 oz grenadine syrup
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 1 oz 151 proof rum
In your cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients except for the crushed ice and 151 proof rum. Shake well and pour into a hurricane glass filled with crushed ice. Pour 151 proof rum over the back of a spoon to float the liquor on top, then garnish with an orange slice and cherry. Cheers!
Another Texas-inspired cocktail we can’t get enough of is the Southern Sour. This drink is best enjoyed lounging with friends on our 5th-floor rooftop lounge, overlooking the vibrant Arts District. The best part is how little you need to prepare this whiskey-based beverage at home. See below for ingredients:
- 1 part Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey
- 1 part Southern Comfort Peach Liqueur
- 1 cup Sprite or 7-Up soda
First, fill half of your glass with ice, then add Jack Daniels and Southern Comfort. Top your glass off with your choice of Sprite or 7-Up. For an Instagram-worthy cocktail picture, garnish with a lemon wedge. Be sure to snap a picture of your cocktail while enjoying on our rooftop amenity space and tag @MoradaPlano on Instagram.
Speaking of Instagram-worthy cocktails, next up on our list is the Watermelon Crawl. This bright pink beverage is an ideal pairing to an afternoon laying out in the sun. The ingredient list for this fruity and fresh drink is simple:
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz elderflower liqueur
- 2 oz fresh watermelon juice
If you’re feeling up to it, you can first start by pureeing watermelon chunks to get the freshest juice possible. If you’re in a time crunch, watermelon juice can be found at most supermarkets. In your cocktail shaker, combine gin, elderflower liqueur, and watermelon juice. Shake for 15 seconds, then strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a small wedge of the fruit. Enjoy!
Want to enjoy a refreshing cocktail this summer without handling any of the preparation? There are plenty of nearby restaurants that offer cocktail delivery to our Plano apartments. North Italia offers batched classics like sangria, margaritas, mules, and more via DoorDash. If you’re looking for a cocktail kit to experiment with, Whiskey Cake offers the following sets: Old fashioned, Bloody Mary, Guava Gimlet, or Tennessee Stud.
A cocktail is only as special as the space it’s enjoyed in. Offering a saltwater pool, 5th-floor rooftop deck, and vibrant residents’ lounge in addition to luxurious residences, Morada Plano is the place to call home with some of the best amenities right at home. For more information on our apartments in Plano Texas, call 972.632.3561 or contact us online to schedule a private tour.