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16 Ultimate Summer Cocktail Recipes

These refreshing Summer Cocktails are here to help you relax and recharge when the weather gets hot. Whether you’re by the pool or enjoying a laid-back happy hour, these boozy beverages are bound to hit the spot!

What Drinks Are Good for Summer?

Any drink that can cool you down with a single sip is ideal for the summer season. From frozen mixed drinks to cocktails on the rocks, these recipes are perfect for those warmer months when you’re frequently in need of a refresher. Not only are they cold, boozy and satisfying, but they’re also super easy to make!

How to Keep Summer Cocktails Cold

There are quite a few ways you can help your cocktails stay nice and cold when it’s hot outside. Try chilling your glasses in the fridge before you fill them with ice and pour in the drink. If you’re mixing up a whole pitcher for an outdoor event, pour the cocktail into a large water bottle and keep it in a cooler filled with ice. That way, everyone can simply scoop up some ice with their glass and pour in the beverage!

Concerned that the ice cubes will melt and water down your drink? Don’t stress! You could always opt for frozen fruit or reusable plastic ice cubes instead.

16 Summer Cocktails You Have to Try

These cold and refreshing cocktails are perfect for summer! You can mix them up in minutes for a boozy refresher that everyone will swoon over.

Two glasses with strawberries and vodka

Strawberry Vodka Cocktail

This insanely simple mixed drink is full of fresh strawberry flavor. It's naturally sweetened with agave and jazzed up with seltzer water and fresh basil leaves!

Hugo Cocktail with lime and mint in a large wine glass

Hugo Cocktail

Cool mint, flirty elderflower and citrusy lime infuse this light and refreshing cocktail with a lovely combination of flavors. It'll quickly become a new favorite!

glass filled with pina colada spritzer with pineapple garnish

Piña Colada Spritzer

This bubbly twist on a beachside classic will have you slurping up every last drop. It's easy to make with just 4 ingredients!

A glass of wine spritzer with strawberries, orange slices, and lime slices

White Wine Spritzer

Served on ice with your favorite fresh fruits, this simple spritzer can be made as a single serving or a pitcher. It's a light, bright and satisfying way to quench your thirst.

glass with spicy margaritas with jalapenos and lime

Spicy Margarita

Even though this Mexican-style masterpiece has a kick of heat from the jalapeño-infused tequila, it's still incredibly refreshing. Get ready to fall in love at first sip!

A Skinny Margarita in a Glass Garnished with a Slice of Lime

The Ultimate Skinny Margarita

Looking for a more classic margarita? You can't go wrong with this naturally sweetened thirst-quencher. Each serving is under 140 calories!

Two peach bellinis beside each other on a gray cutting board with a cork and two fresh raspberries

Peach Bellini Cocktails

This fizzy brunch favorite is great for any time of day, especially during the summertime. It's full of peachy goodness with a hint of raspberry and mint from the garnishes.

Angled view of three glasses of strawberry agua fresca

Pineapple Strawberry Agua Fresca

This easy virgin cocktail will cool you down like none other. With tons of fruity variations to explore, my go-to version features sweet puréed pineapple and strawberries.

A homemade Paloma cocktail on top of a cutting board with a bottle of tequila blanco in the background

Paloma Cocktail

Full of grapefruit and lime goodness, this 5-minute mixed drink turns basic tequila blanco into a summery godsend. Its tajín rim and fresh garnishes make it perfect for fancy occasions, yet it's easy enough for a lazy night in!

Two pineapple ginger beer mocktails on a cutting board with a third mocktail in the background

Pineapple Ginger Beer Mocktail

This fruity alcohol-free beverage is a huge hit with kids and adults alike. With the option to make it boozy if you want to, you'll be sipping on this blackberry-pineapple masterpiece all summer long.

A couple of tropical cocktails on a kitchen countertop with two thin lime slices floating around in each glass

Pineapple Rum Punch

Rum punch is a must-have at any party, and this pineapple version makes the crowd-favorite cocktail more irresistible than ever. It's made with coconut rum for the ultimate tropical refresher!

a glass filled with watermelon cucumber gin cocktail

Watermelon Cucumber Gin and Tonic

Watermelon and cucumber just might be the most refreshing fruits of all time. This bubbly, boozy mixed drink is here to prove it!

fresh raspberry mojito recipe in a pitcher

Fresh Raspberry Mojito

This vibrant cocktail combines the cool mint flavor of a classic mojito with the sweet tang of fresh raspberries. You'll want to whip it up for every guest that visits this summer!

overhead photo of the ultimate blender frozen strawberry margarita recipe

Frozen Strawberry Margaritas

A strawberry smoothie—but make it boozy. These ultra-refreshing margaritas will have you scraping your glass with a spoon!

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Epic Salty Dog Cocktail

Made with 4 ingredients plus a classic rim of salt, this crave-worthy grapefruit cocktail is sure to satisfy. Its pretty pink color and classy garnishes make it turn heads at any party or gathering.

Vodka Watermelon Cocktail the perfect refreshing drink to sip on this summer! Easy, light and made with 4 ingredients you're gonna love this party cocktail! Only 136 calories a serving!

Vodka Watermelon Cocktail

This low-calorie mixed drink will help you beat the heat on even the most sweltering summer days. Coconut water, lime juice, vodka and blended watermelon combine into one irresistible thirst-quencher.



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