Here are a few ideas for interesting and yummy summer drinks. In many cases you can reduce or even eliminate the alcoholic ingredients if you want to stay stone cold sober.
But -- why?
2 oz rye whiskey
2 oz freshly juiced ripe pear
½ oz crème de cassis
2 dashes Angostura or other bitters
1 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Shake all ingredients together over ice. Pour into an old-fashioned glass and garnish with a lemon twist or cherry.
Muddle together in a tall glass:
4 pitted cherries, chopped
6 mint leaves
1/4 lime, cut into chunks
1 ounce simple syrup
Add 2 ounces white rum and ice cubes
Fill glass to top with sparkling water (lime-flavored Perrier is tasty)
SWEET TEA SOUR
Make a pitcher of strong, sweet iced tea (sweetened artificially if you want to cut calories)
Pour a tall glass 3/4 full of tea; add 2 T fresh lemon juice
Add 1 1/2 ounces bourbon and 1/2 ounce Amaretto
Stir well, then add ice cubes
(No photo -- but this has been a go-to summer cocktail for me this year!)