Now that Memorial Day has passed, the unofficial beginning of summer has begun — that glorious time of year when school is out, flip-flops are your shoe of choice and all you can think about is sitting on your backyard patio with a cool homemade cocktail in your hand.  To quench our thirst and get our creative juices flowing this year, we turned our sights to Instagram, and we weren’t disappointed. The social platform makes it easy to browse through drinks and recipes. It also gives us a chance to ogle over all of the beautifully photographed concoctions made by professional bartenders, amateur home mixologists and cocktail bloggers. (Ever heard of the word “cocktail porn”?)

From a sweet-and-pretty twist on the traditional margarita (a California favorite) to a frozen take on a California rosé, we collected a few of our favorites.

Frosé – Frozen Berry Rose 

Samantha Dawn Gutmanis of My Kitchen Love had us at “adult slushy.” Get recipe

Cranberry Margarita
It’s not summer until you see a Hibiscus flower in your drink. This brightly colored margarita, offered up by Rob M., who describes himself as just “another home chef/ mixologist on the ‘gram,” gives the tropical bloom on its rightful stage.

Berry Party Punch
Keeping the floral theme front and center, DrinkWire contributor and drinks blogger Natalie Migliarini of Beautiful Booze brings together fresh fruits, vodka and edible flowers in this wonderful summertime punch. Get recipe

Bramble
This berry-infused Bramble, a gin-forward drink, is one cool concoction from the Liquor Cabinet, headed by the Janelle brothers; Patrick, Peter, and Sean.

Every Man a King
From San Francisco’s favorite artisan “Bon Vivants,” Trick Dog Bar gives us this magical mezcal mixer with Mezcal Union, Ancho Reyes chile liquor, bell pepper, passion fruit, honey, and lemon. Just the kind of heat we like for a summer day!