The best part about summer is that your kids’ bedtimes happen while it’s still light out, letting you kick back on the porch with a drink in your hand while you watch the sunset.

That is, until someone decides to get up to ask you for a glass of water and your moment is over. Oh well… if the cocktail is good enough, it’s all worth it! Here are our 5 favorite summer cocktails to keep you going!

Blue Hawaiian With Coconut Rum Soaked Pineapple

Ingredients
1 fresh pineapple, cut into bite sized pieces
16 ounces of coconut rum
Bottle of Blue Curacao
Larger can of DOLE pineapple juice
Coconut Rum, that is now infused with pineapple
Ice
Pitcher

Directions

After cutting up your fresh pineapple, place the pieces into a large bowl and pour 16 ounces of coconut rum over top. Seal bowl with either a lid or foil and refrigerate as long as possible; preferably overnight. Keep this in mind—the longer it soaks, the more rum-soaked the pineapple becomes :) The next day, just before your gathering, strain pineapple over a container and reserve the rum. You will need it!

Now this recipe will be done to taste, as you may not have the same amount of coconut rum left that I had. So, in a chilled pitcher, add ice, coconut rum, pineapple juice, and blue curacao. It will be very similar to a Blue Hawaiian, but again, made to taste. If you’d prefer a frozen drink, simply add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until slushy.

Next, impress your guests by presenting them with the coconut rum soaked pineapple as an appetizer or dessert, and the cocktail you have made from infusing coconut rum with pineapple. I guarantee they will be singing songs of praise to you. And if they don’t? You probably need to consider getting new friends ;)

Pineapple Mimosa

Liven up brunch with a refreshing mix on a classic.

Ingredients
1/4 cup DOLE Pineapple Juice, chilled
1/4 cup pink sanding sugar
1 bottle (750-ml) sparkling apple cider or champagne
1/4 cup orange juice

Directions
Step 1: Dip rims of champagne flutes or other glasses in water. Dip again into sanding sugar.
Step 2: Divide sparkling cider (or champagne), pineapple juice and orange juice between 4 glasses.

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Pineapple Mojito

Ingredients

4 oz pineapple rum*
4 oz DOLE pineapple juice
8 lime wedges
20+ pineapple mint or regular mint leaves
2 oz mojito mix
club soda

Directions
Lightly muddle lime wedges and pineapple mint leaves in 2 hurricane glasses (because they’re fancy) and fill with ice. In a cocktail shaker, shake rum, pineapple juice and mojito mix with ice and strain into glasses. Top with a couple of splashes of club soda, add a straw and gently stir. Garnish with a lime wedge, pineapple chunk, or mint leaf.

White Sangria

This lightly sweet, fruity punch makes white wine pretty for the party.

Ingredients
8 cups DOLE Pineapple Juice, chilled
2 cups fruity white wine, chilled
1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur
1/4 cup sugar
1 orange, thinly sliced
1 lime, thinly sliced
2 cups DOLE frozen sliced strawberries, partially thawed
ice cubes (as needed)

Directions
Combine all ingredients except ice in punch bowl or pitcher. Serve over ice.

Piña Colada
Experience paradise with this perfect poolside companion.

Ingredients
1/2 cup DOLE Pineapple Juice
1/4 cup cream of coconut
2 cups of crushed ice
3 oz rum

Directions
Step 1: Combine pineapple juice, rum, coconut and ice in blender. Cover; blend until smooth.
Step 2: Garnish with pineapple leaf and pineapple slice, if desired.

* Brought to you by Dole.
For more delicious ways to incorporate pineapple juice into your recipes as well as summer party tips and more, visit Dole.com/Sunshine.

What makes a cocktail feminist? It’s bigger, it’s better, and it’s sangria… according to some Oxford University students who came up with this amazing cocktail menu.  Where can we get a consensual sex on the beach? We’ll take two, please.

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Learn to make delicious drinks from expert bartender and Liquor.com contributor Charlotte Voisey. She visits the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco and then creates a couple tasty cocktail recipes using late summer’s bounty of fruit.

Raspberry Bellini

.75 oz Stoli Razberi Vodka
2 oz Raspberry-White Peach Puree*
2 oz Sparkling wine

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a Champagne flute.

*Raspberry-White Peach Puree:
2 White peaches, pitted and chopped
4 Raspberries
.5 oz Fresh lemon juice

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend to a uniform puree.

Fresh Berry Delicious Cocktail

3 Large strawberries
1.5 oz Fresh lemon juice
.5 oz Honey syrup (one part honey, one part water)
.5 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
.5 oz Licor 43
1 oz Stoli Razberi Vodka
Garnish: Half a strawberry
Glass: Martini

In a shaker, muddle the strawberries. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake very well and double strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with half a strawberry.

This Pineapple Planter’s Punch is a delicious and bright addition to any summer occasion, or perfect for sipping on your porch after you’ve put the kids to bed early. No judging.

Ingredients

4 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
2 cups fresh orange juice
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 liters ginger ale, chilled

Directions

Combine pineapple juice, orange juice and lemon juice in a large bowl or pitcher. Stir well and chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Stir in ginger ale and serve in tall glasses over ice cubes. Garnish with fresh pineapple, if desired.

Originally posted at myrecipes.

This cocktail both sounds and looks like summer fun! And if you’re in a similar situation to hers, you’re going to need it.

Ingredients

Coconut rum
Peach Schnapps
Cranberry juice
Pineapple juice
Grenadine

Directions

Pour equal amounts of rum, Peach Schnapps, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice into a glass. Then top it off with a little bit of grenadine, stir, and you’re all good!