May 03, 2022 by Anna-Bet Stemmet
- 1. Highball Cocktail
- 2. Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri
- 3. Gin Bramble Cocktail
- 4. Watermelon Tequila Cocktail
- 5. Hurricane Cocktail
- 6. Tequila Sunrise Cocktail
- 7. Lime Margarita Cocktail
- 8. Piña Colada Cocktail
- 9. Mint Julep Cocktail
- 10. Bellini Cocktail
- 11. Mimosa Cocktail
- 12. Moscow Mule Cocktail
- 13. Classic Mojito Cocktail
- 14. Strawberry Basil Gin Cocktail
- 15. Negroni
- 16. Strawberry Margarita
- 17. Sex on the Beach Cocktail
- 18. Dark 'n Stormy
- 19. Aperol Spritz
- 20. Vodka Tonic
- 21. Ranch Water Cocktail
- 22. Mai Tai
- 23. Watermelon Martini
- 24. Gin Rickey
- 25. Americano
- 26. Sea Breeze Cocktail
- 27. Paloma
- 28. Limoncello Spritz
- 29. Lime Daiquiri
- 30. Frozen Mango Margarita
- 31. Greyhound Cocktail
- 32. Dirty Shirley
- 33. Caipirinha
- 34. Blue Hawaiian Cocktail
- 35. Rum Runner
- 36. Michelada
If effortless entertaining is your thing, this handy list of easy summer cocktails will be right up your alley. After all, summer parties should be fun for the host as well! Choose one or two of these easy summer cocktails to make at home to level up the drinks line-up at your next get-together and get ready to be the toast of the town!
1. Highball Cocktail
If you want to ease yourself into making summer cocktails, the much-loved Highball is a great place to start. Tall, bubbly, and all about the spirit, this easy-peasy drink features whisky, ginger ale, and lemon as a garnish. It goes down a treat on sweltering days, and pairs well with poolside foods like BBQ chicken.
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2. Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri
One of the most fun and easy summer cocktails out there, the Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri is a summer classic if ever there was one. This pretty drink is bright and cheerful, and looks as fabulous as it tastes, combining sweet and tart components to absolute perfection.
TIP: The trick to making a fantastic Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri is to use both fresh and frozen strawberries. This combination gives it its perfect texture. If you would use only fresh strawberries, it would be too runny; and a full batch of frozen berries is too gritty. The combination of the two is just perfect.
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3. Gin Bramble Cocktail
The Gin Bramble is as classy as it comes. It starts off tart and rather dry, showing off the herbaceous nature of the gin, and then leans into the bright and zesty tones of lemon on the mid-palate. Then, on the finish, it all comes together in a burst of raspberry and spice. So lovely!
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4. Watermelon Tequila Cocktail
Okay, be honest. What is more summery than the smell and taste of juicy watermelon? Growing up, that first wedge of perfectly pink watermelon of the season always meant that the holidays weren’t too far off. Now, as an adult, you can recreate that joyous feeling by serving up a Watermelon Tequila cocktail. It takes less than 15 minutes to whip up.
5. Hurricane Cocktail
The Hurricane recipe combines light and dark rum, orange juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and grenadine. This powerful drink is known as the unofficial cocktail of Mardi Gras and comes to the party with some serious New Orleans-inspired swagger. It’s flavorful and fun and full of zest (just like any good party should be).
6. Tequila Sunrise Cocktail
Easy summer mixed drinks can be simple to achieve, yet also look completely amazing, and the Tequila Sunrise never disappoints in this department. Combining orange juice, grenadine, and tequila, it layers beautifully in the glass, looking just like a sunrise (hence the name, of course). It has a bright, citrusy taste – the sweetness of grenadine combines with the tang of the orange juice for a serve that’s fresh and fruity.
7. Lime Margarita Cocktail
A well-made Lime Margarita is a thing of beauty. You can serve it shaken or frozen on those really hot summer days. It’s so cool and delicious! The ingredients list is deceptively simple (tequila, lime juice, simple syrup), but when combined it really hits the spot in the most refreshing way. Feeling vacation vibes yet anyone?
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8. Piña Colada Cocktail
A Piña Colada is a delicious tropical treat that tastes like an island breeze, infused with the heady scent of pineapple and coconut. When blended, the texture is like a smoothie. Over ice, it’s rich, thick, and lovely from start to finish.
9. Mint Julep Cocktail
The classy Mint Julep serves all sorts of Great Gatsby energy, and we’re here for it! Combining mint, sugar, bourbon, and water, it is marvelously minty, cooling, perfectly sweet, and tailor-made for sipping languidly on hot days.
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10. Bellini Cocktail
A Bellini is sweet and fruity with a beautifully delicate flavor that makes it the perfect welcome drink or summer cocktail. In fact, it’s a very popular choice for warm-season wedding arrival drinks because it’s nice and light, and pairs well with appetizers.
11. Mimosa Cocktail
One of the best cocktails for beginners, the Mimosa is well-known and loved on the brunch circuit. Combining Champagne (or sparkling wine) and orange juice, it’s fruity, zesty, and bubbly—a celebration in a glass that’s oh-so-easy!
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12. Moscow Mule Cocktail
Looking for easy summer cocktails with vodka? Here you go! The Moscow Mule walks the fine and delicious line between spicy, sweet, and strong. The fizziness of ginger beer, the clear qualities of vodka, and the coldness of the signature copper mug in which it is served always makes for a memorable drink.
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13. Classic Mojito Cocktail
The classic Mojito is pretty as a picture and refreshing to boot. Fizzy and minty with a zesty dash of lime, it pairs well with summery dishes like prawns, shrimp, and fish tacos.
14. Strawberry Basil Gin Cocktail
This Strawberry Basil Gin cocktail is summery to the core, and a crowd-pleaser of note. Strawberry and basil are a classic combination that often gets overlooked, so explore the lovely herby and sweet notes at the base of this cocktail with a backdrop of sunshine. It’s the taste equivalent of walking through a beautiful garden in summer – floral, fresh and fragrant.
No list of easy summer cocktail recipes would be complete without the gorgeous Negroni. It is a perfect aperitif to serve before any meal, and it pairs beautifully with a wide range of foods, from savory appetizers to sweet desserts. Its rich and robust flavor profile makes it a perfect match for bold and flavorful dishes, such as roasted meats or spicy charcuterie boards.
16. Strawberry Margarita
Calling all Margarita fans! If you’re keen to try a fruity Marg, then get mixing and try our Strawberry Margarita. It delivers all the tangy sour and sweet flavors you’d expect from the classic, it’s super easy to make, and perfect for big cocktail batches when the BFFs come around. Serve it in pitchers for parties or sundowners all summer long.
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17. Sex on the Beach Cocktail
A prettily layered cocktail that always hits the spot, a Sex on the Beach cocktail has near-universal appeal. The first half of the drink contains intensely fruity peach schnapps which are combined with orange and pineapple juice to push the flavor profile into a tropical space. The final layer contains SKYY Vodka that is shaken with tart cranberry juice and a bit of raspberry liqueur – simply delicious.
18. Dark ‘n Stormy
The Dark ‘n Stormy cocktail recipe has stood strong for 100+ years but still hits all the right flavor notes today. Super simple to pour, yet gorgeously zesty and refreshing to the core, it’s a great rum-based seaside sipper that’s tailor-made for hot summer days.
19. Aperol Spritz
The Aperol Spritz is having a major moment, so if you’d like to go with an easy summer cocktail that is seriously on trend, this is the one. Since most of the ingredients are sparkly, we recommend you pour these one at a time. It comes together quickly and is very simple to serve for a crowd.
20. Vodka Tonic
One of the best summer vodka cocktails for folks who like to keep things super easy, the Vodka Tonic is a simple, sophisticated drink that can be kept low-key for casual get-togethers or dressed up with a variety of fun garnishes for dinner parties. While gin is the more obvious pairing for tonic water, vodka is excellent for those looking for a crisp and smooth bittersweet drink.
21. Ranch Water Cocktail
If you’ve ever spent time on a languid veranda in West Texas at the height of a simmering summer, you’ve likely experienced the joy of a Ranch Water cocktail recipe first-hand. This iconic summertime sipper is a Texan staple that will cool you down like nothing else.
22. Mai Tai
Of all the brilliant Tiki drinks out there, the classic Mai Tai cocktail is probably one of the most famous. The traditional Mai Tai recipe uses five ingredients: two types of rum, orange liqueur, lime juice, and simple syrup. This rum-based Tiki drink is on the IBA’s official list of cocktails—and for good reason. The classic Mai Tai cocktail is ‘out of this world.’ Like literally. And who wouldn’t want a cocktail like that?
23. Watermelon Martini
The best summer cocktails for those really hot days should ideally offer some welcome hydration (and a bit of a kick). This is when we turn to watermelon drinks. Full of fruity flavor and deliciously refreshing, the Watermelon Martini is the perfect thirst quencher to savor by the pool while sunbathing or to serve pitcher-style at a garden party.
24. Gin Rickey
The Gin Rickey is as fresh as fresh can be. Capturing some of the same notes as a gin and tonic, it features gin, club soda, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. It’s the ideal gin cocktail recipe to have up your sleeve if you have guests who prefer to keep their sugar intake to a minimum, but still want to enjoy a delightful cocktail.
The Americano is a gorgeous bitter-sweet blend of orange and spice flavors of Campari complemented by the fruity and spicy character of Cinzano Vermouth Rosso, charged with effervescent club soda to make a languid long drink that’s a favorite at cafes throughout Italy. Summer spritz cocktails do not come classier than this.
26. Sea Breeze Cocktail
The best summertime cocktails tend to pair well with outdoorsy foods, and the Sea Breeze is a great pairing for finger-licking dishes like BBQ ribs and chicken wings. Made with an easy blend of vodka, cranberry, and grapefruit juice, it’s a tasty and nostalgic throwback filled with zingy fruit flavors.
The pretty Paloma is a zesty classic that always goes down a treat. To make a batch, combine Espolón Tequila Blanco, fresh grapefruit juice, lime juice, and agave nectar in a small pitcher and stir. When you serve it to your guests, add 3 oz of the pre-made Paloma to a glass over ice, and top it off with club soda. A salted rim is a nice touch and fresh grapefruit rounds it off perfectly as a garnish.
28. Limoncello Spritz
Paired with Prosecco and club soda for a beautifully bubbly finish, the light, and lovely Limoncello Spritz is the flirty cousin of the time-honored Aperol Spritz. We love that adding a few sparkles to this sunny liqueur creates a tall, cool summer spritz cocktail that can be sipped at leisure.
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29. Lime Daiquiri
The classic Lime Daiquiri uses only three simple ingredients, and the recipe is a delicate balance between the sweet and the sour. It’s a fresh and straightforward lime cocktail that is very similar to a Classic Margarita in that you’ll be using fresh lime juice and sugar syrup, but instead of tequila, you’ll be using light rum.
30. Frozen Mango Margarita
If you’re in need of a fruity cocktail that will take you on a virtual vacation, meet our Mango Daiquiri. It dishes up all the tropical vibes, looks fancy served in cocktail glasses, and is an easy summer drink to make at a moment’s notice! If you’re impressing a crowd, bulk up this recipe and serve it in a pitcher. For a showstopper cocktail, wipe the rim of the cocktail glasses with a little lime and dip the edges in granulated sugar and maybe even a little toasted desiccated coconut if you’re feeling extra.
31. Greyhound Cocktail
Named after the famous bus service, the Greyhound cocktail is a mix of grapefruit juice, gin or vodka, and ice. It may sound simple but after a 15-hour bus trip across the country over bumpy roads, it’s like sipping on nectar from the gods. For years, the bus terminal’s pitstop restaurants served them by the busload (ta-da-dish!), and they were always received with open arms by thirsty travelers.
32. Dirty Shirley
A classic Shirley Temple mocktail is a great option if you want to offer your guests a non-alcoholic option, and then it’s as simple as adding 2 oz of SKYY Vodka to the glass to turn it into a nostalgic Dirty Shirley. When you have quite a few people over it’s nice to have an easily adaptive drink like this on the menu that can be scaled to suit various tastes.
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The zesty Caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail and is made with real limes, sugar, and cachaça (a rum distilled from fermented sugar cane juice), it’s a refreshing drink that, when combined with ice, will shake off the heat and take you back to the beaches of Brazil. It’s a cocktail with as much zest for life as the people of this vibrant country.
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34. Blue Hawaiian Cocktail
Cocktail umbrellas? Check! Colorful garlands and leis? Check! We’re dishing up all the island–style tiki vibes with the Blue Hawaiian that is packed with tropical flavor. So, line up the Hawaiian playlist, invite your friends, and get ready to hula honey!
35. Rum Runner
Summertime is made for al fresco get-togethers, and rum-based drinks like the Rum Runner make a great accompaniment for everything from grilled vegetable skewers to gourmet hotdogs. A terrific tropical drink that’s on the stronger side, this effortless cocktail is sweet and fruity, filled with fruit liqueurs, juices, and a sneaky bit of kick.
Summery brunch cocktails with a twist? Try a Michelada. This tasty beer cocktail is like a Bloody Mary, but the vodka is swapped out with a light Mexican beer, and the tomato juice is replaced with Worcestershire sauce. It’s the perfect light and zesty sip for a midday celebration.