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.
Summertime is the perfect time of year to enjoy a refreshing cocktail!
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.
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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!
While margaritas might be the official drink of Cinco de Mayo, they’re also perfect for enjoying all summer long.
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!
A wine margarita is a delicious spin on a classic margarita that uses rosé, tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur. Serve over ice and garnish with a lime wedge.
This champagne margarita is a bubbly, elegant margarita recipe that’s perfect for any celebration!
Looking for a classic margarita? Try my simple, no-frills homemade margarita recipe.
Make a batch of this margarita mix and you’ll have what you need to make margaritas whenever the craving strikes! It’s also so much better than the kind you buy at the liquor store.
A mint margarita is a refreshing, herbaceous cocktail that combines tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and fresh mint leaves.
Add a little heat to your cocktail with this jalapeño margarita. It’s spicy, flavorful, and perfect for pairing with your favorite Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes.
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!
The classic skinny margarita recipe is a lightened up version of the traditional cocktail, made with tequila, lime juice, orange juice, and agave nectar, then served over ice and garnished with a lime wheel.
Turn your margarita into a dessert with this margarita float recipe. It’s ideal for backyard parties!
Tropical mango makes the perfect addition to margaritas. Make these when sweet yellow mangos are in season!
Add fresh summer watermelon to your next margarita for a juicy and refreshing cocktail. Just be sure to pick out the seeds!
Mimosas are a favorite for brunches, but they’re also an excellent summer cocktail choice thanks to their fizziness and fruity flavor.
These bottomless mimosas are a classic brunch cocktail that combines champagne and orange juice. Making them in a pitcher means they’re perfect for parties!
My sorbet mimosa is a sweet, refreshing variation of the classic that uses fruit sorbet and champagne for a deliciously fizzy treat.
Prosecco mimosas are a crisp and refreshing alternative to traditional mimosas, using Prosecco instead of champagne. Customize the recipe with your favorite fruit juice!
These grapefruit mimosas have the prettiest pink hue, and the tart citrus flavor is irresistible, especially on a hot day.
With sweet strawberry puree and the bright flavor of lemon, these strawberry lemon mimosas were made for summertime parties and backyard get-togethers!
Mojitos originated in tropical Cuba, so it’s no surprise that they make a great summer cocktail!
My gin mojito recipe adds a twist to the traditional mojito cocktail by using gin instead of rum, but it’s just as delicious as the original!
This blueberry mojito is a refreshing blend of blueberries, mint, and lime for a perfect summer drink.
Add some tropical flair to your next party with my coconut mojito recipe. You’ll feel like you’re on vacation!
For a Mexican-inspired twist on the classic mojito, swap the rum with tequila. I love this cocktail for an al fresco taco dinner!
A raspberry mojito combines the sweetness of raspberries with the refreshing flavors of mint and lime for a delightful summer drink.
This mango mojito recipe offers a tropical twist on the classic mojito cocktail, but with the addition of mango puree for a sweet and fruity flavor.
Pineapple and mint are an unexpectedly delicious pairing, and the duo really shines in this pineapple mojito recipe.
Add ripe summer strawberries to the classic mojito and you get a light, fruity cocktail perfect for sipping on a hot day.
My vodka mojito is a simple twist on the classic cocktail that uses vodka instead of rum.
For those who appreciate a classic, here’s a traditional mojito recipe to mix up for your next party. It’s always a hit!
The skinny mojito is a lighter version of the classic recipe, but with less sugar and also fewer calories.
Mix up some watermelon mojitos for a party and watch them disappear! No one can resist the flavor of sweet watermelon with lime and mint.
A mojito float is boozy, delicious, and the best dessert for sticky, humid summer nights.
More Summer Cocktails
Still looking for your signature summer drink? Here are a few more summer cocktail recipes to consider!
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.
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!
Champagne slushies are ideal for summer celebrations and parties! Fizzy, fruity, and refreshingly cold, this is a cocktail that’s a guaranteed winner.
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!
The vodka thyme lemonade takes a classic summer drink and gives it an herbaceous, boozy twist—because lemon and thyme are perfect together!
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Mojitos are generally considered to be a medium-strength cocktail. The main ingredients of a classic mojito are white rum, mint, and lime juice, with sugar or simple syrup added for sweetness. If you want to make it stronger or weaker, then you can adjust the amount of rum in the recipe.
Triple sec is a popular ingredient in margaritas, but it can be replaced or omitted if desired. In place of triple sec, you can use Cointreau or Grand Marnier; you can also replace it with orange juice. If you don’t want to add any additional flavor from orange, then you can omit the triple sec and use a higher proportion of lime juice instead.
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.
- The Ultimate Premium Cadillac Margarita Recipe
- Wine Margarita
- Champagne Margarita
- Homemade Margarita
- Homemade Margarita Mix
- Mint Margarita
- Simple and Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas
- Poptails aka Lime Popsicle Margaritas
- Skinny Margarita Recipe
- Margarita Float
- Mango Margarita
- Watermelon Margarita
- Bottomless Mimosas
- Sorbet Mimosa
- Prosecco Mimosas
- Grapefruit Mimosa
- Strawberry Mimosa
- Gin Mojito
- Blueberry Mojito
- Coconut Mojito
- Tequila Mojito
- Raspberry Mojito
- Mango Mojito
- Pineapple Mojito
- Strawberry Mojito
- Vodka Mojito
- Classic Mojito
- Skinny Mojito
- Watermelon Mojito
- Mojito Float
- Easy Paloma Cocktail
- Fruity Sangria Recipe
- Champagne Slushies
- Spiked Peach Sweet Tea
- Vodka Lemonade
- Prep – Gather ingredients, including any pitchers, shakers, and glassware.
- Combine – Shake or stir ingredients as directed. Enjoy!
- 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!
Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.