These summer cocktails are the perfect refreshing drinks for all your outdoor entertaining! Fruity, fizzy, and light, I’m sharing 30 easy summertime cocktail recipes that you don’t have to be an expert mixologist to make.

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Summertime is the perfect time of year to enjoy a refreshing cocktail!

Our Favorite Summer Cocktail Recipes

From fruity sangrias to light and effervescent mimosas, there are plenty of delicious summer cocktails that are sure to make your day just a bit brighter.

Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or unwinding on the patio after a long day at work, these drinks will keep you cool and refreshed, even on the hottest days.



  • Don’t be afraid to try new garnishes, such as fresh berries, citrus peels, or edible flowers, to add an extra touch of color and flavor.
  • Keep your summer cocktail recipes simple and easy to follow to take the stress out of entertaining.
  • Add a fizzy element to your cocktails with sparkling wine, club soda, or tonic water. This makes them extra refreshing!
A coconut mojito recipe with a sliced coconut and limes next to it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best alcoholic drink in summer?

The best summer drink depends on your personal preferences, but some popular choices are light and refreshing cocktails like margaritas, mojitos,  and daiquiris. Fizzy drinks like mimosas are also popular during summer months, as are drinks with fresh fruits like sangria. 

What is the secret to a good cocktail?

The key to making a good cocktail is finding the right balance of flavors. Whether you’re using sweet or sour ingredients, fresh fruit juices or mixes, making sure one flavor doesn’t overpower the others will help you create the perfect drink. 

30 Easy Summer Cocktail Recipes

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Classic Margarita

While margaritas might be the official drink of Cinco de Mayo, they’re also perfect for enjoying all summer long.

Homemade Margarita

This is the best Homemade Margarita recipe that will make you want to ditch the margarita mix forever! A margarita from scratch is so much easier than you might think – just three ingredients and a few quick tips and you’re on your way to something truly delicious.  Read More

5 mins

Cadillac Margarita

This smooth, premium Cadillac Margarita has a surprising burst of sweet orange flavor from the addition of Grand Marnier. It’s a great twist for anyone who loves the classic recipe!

Cadillac Margarita

Love a classic margarita? Then you’re going to love this smooth, premium margarita with a surprising burst of sweet orange flavor from the addition of Grand Marnier.  Read More

5 mins

Festive Margaritas

Skinny Margarita

Speaking of light on the calories, this is a recipe we make frequently. So fresh and so good!

Skinny Margarita Recipe

This easy skinny margarita recipe is fresh and flavorful without all the calories! It’s a skinny margarita made with agave… Read More

5 mins

Spicy Margarita

Spicy Margarita Recipe

A spicy margarita recipe that is the perfect sidekick to so many of your favorite Mexican-inspired dinners! This Jalapeño Margarita recipe has the perfect amount of spicy pepper flavor – just enough kick, but not-too-much!  Read More

5 mins

Fruity Margaritas


My poptails lime popsicle margaritas are a playful way to enjoy margaritas on hot summer days because they’re made with frozen lime popsicles in glasses of tequila, club soda, and salt. A refreshing and boozy treat!

Bottomless Mimosas

Mimosas are a favorite for brunches, but they’re also an excellent summer cocktail choice thanks to their fizziness and fruity flavor.

Bottomless Mimosas

Doesn’t the term bottomless mimosas just conjure up dreamy visions of the best brunches with your friends? Well, today we are creating this fun right at home with a mimosa pitcher recipe that is perfect for parties.  Read More

10 mins

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Classic Prosecco Mimosas

Prosecco Mimosas

This such a timeless cocktail, worthy of celebrating with no reason at all! Learn how to make a Prosecco mimosa for the ultimate upgrade. In equally exciting news, we’re sharing the best Prosecco for mimosas, too!  Read More

5 mins

Hugo Spritz

This is such a fresh, celebratory cocktail!

Hugo Spritz

Enjoy a classic cocktail with us today! We’re celebrating spring with a Hugo Spritz – an iconic St. Germain bubbly cocktail infused with mint and lime.  Read More

3 mins

Classic Mojito

Mojitos originated in tropical Cuba, so it’s no surprise that they make a great summer cocktail!

Mojito Recipe

A classic Mojito Recipe (you can call it a Mojito Receta for a little Spanish twist!) is the ultimate refreshing summer cocktail. It’s an EASY Mojito that features a mouthwatering blast of fresh squeezed limes and mint, balanced with rum, soda and sugar. Read More

3 mins

Light Mojito

Skinny Mojito

This is a refreshing skinny mojito with just 79 calories – the perfect summer sip, full of lime and mint flavor! Classic Mojitos tend to be a special treat, as typically about 240 calories apiece! Luckily, this Skinny Mojito is just 79 calories per serving. It also qualifies as a keto mojito, with just 4 carbs. Cheers to that! Read More

3 mins

Mojito Float

These are so delicious on a hot summer day!

Mojito Float

A Mojito Float is the best of both worlds – the quintessential flavor of a mojito served with lime ice… Read More

3 mins

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Blueberry Mojito

Blueberry Mojito

A blueberry mojito is the freshest, most festive way to enjoy a summertime sip on your patio. No matter the occasion, this is an easy, gorgeous cocktail in a lively pink hue you’re going to love. Read More

5 mins

Fruity Mojitos

Pineapple Mojito

Pineapple and mint are an unexpectedly delicious pairing, and the duo really shines in this pineapple mojito recipe. 

Pineapple Mojito

The perfect summer cocktail! This Pineapple Mojito is a tropical blend of lime, mint, pineapple, and rum. You will love it! Read More

5 mins

Watermelon Mojito

Watermelon Mojito

A refreshing watermelon mojito recipe is the perfect way to cool off this summer! Made with fresh watermelon juice and simple syrup, it’s muddled with fresh mint for an incredible and easy summer cocktail. Read More

5 mins


A paloma is a classic cocktail that pairs tequila and grapefruit soda. It has a refreshing and slightly tart flavor and once you try it, it might just become your new favorite. Or, make our paloma mix and serve a group for a fiesta!

Paloma Cocktail

A Paloma is a popular cocktail in Mexico, made with grapefruit flavored soda, tequila and lime. This paloma recipe is a delicious alternative to a skinny margarita that is full of flavor yet low calorie! Read More

3 mins

Sangria Recipes

Summer sangria is a refreshing and fruity wine-based drink that makes the perfect summer cocktail for entertaining guests. Add your favorite fresh fruit and enjoy!

Frozen Cocktails

Champagne slushies are ideal for summer celebrations and parties! Fizzy, fruity, and refreshingly cold, this is a cocktail that’s a guaranteed winner.

Vodka Lemonade Cocktail

The vodka thyme lemonade takes a classic summer drink and gives it an herbaceous, boozy twist — because lemon and thyme are perfect together!

Vodka Lemonade

Looking for a light and refreshing cocktail to serve and enjoy? A vodka thyme lemonade is an easy and delicious addition to your hosting menu. Enjoy the tart, sweet tang of lemonade, perfectly balanced with a hint of aromatic thyme.  Read More

5 mins

Spiked Sweet Peach Tea

Spiked peach sweet tea is a Southern-inspired cocktail made with iced tea, peach puree, and whiskey. You can also skip the whiskey for a mocktail version!

Spiked Peach Sweet Tea

This Spiked Peach Sweet Tea is the most perfect Southern cocktail and it’s perfect for your Kentucky Derby party! Spike this classic sweet tea with whisky for an adults only drink, or serve it without for a non-alcoholic version.  Read More

10 mins

A coconut mojito recipe with a sliced coconut and limes next to it.

Last but not least, we’re featuring this coconut mojito, with all the vacation vibes! Spend your summer feeling like you’re on a tropical getaway.

A coconut mojito recipe with a sliced coconut and limes next to it.
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Summer Cocktail Collection: Make this Coconut Mojito

These summer cocktails are the perfect refreshing drinks for all your outdoor entertaining! Fruity, fizzy, and light, I’m sharing 35 easy cocktail recipes that you don’t have to be an expert mixologist to make.
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  • ¼ cup cream of coconut
  • 10 leaves mint leaves fresh
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice approximately ½ a fresh lime
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup or 1 teaspoon white granulated or raw sugar
  • ounces coconut rum or white rum
  • ½ cup club soda


  • Muddle – Combine limes, mint, and sugar or simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and muddle to release the juices and flavors.
  • Strain – Strain over a cocktail glass.
  • Pour – Add cream of coconut, rum, ice, and soda water. Stir.
  • Garnish – To serve, garnish with lime wedges and mint sprigs.

Julie’s Tips

  • Use Fresh Mint – It will make all the difference to the flavor of your mojitos.
  • Use Fresh Limes – You can use bottled lime juice, but it won’t approach the flavor of fresh limes.
  • If you don’t have a traditional muddler, that’s okay! Instead of a classic mojito muddler, try using the end of a wooden spoon.
Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 64g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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