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Top 10 Summer Cocktails

Top 10 Summer Cocktails

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Summer cocktails to try

Here are the best summer cocktails, including classics, frozen drinks, and gin and vodka mixers. Let the summer beverage season begin!

Nothing beats a fruity, herbal, or frozen drink in the summer! There are several summer cocktails that play on the flavours of the season, such as sweet watermelon and luscious peaches, herbal mint and basil, and vibrant berries. Even better: cool summer drinks are the ideal way to fight the heat.

Here are the best summer cocktails to try! We have classics like the minty Mojito and the sour margarita, as well as frozen cocktails like daiquiris and pina Coladas. There are also gin and vodka cocktails, as well as exotic twists like watermelon cocktails and peach margaritas. We seriously want to drink them all. Read more…

Summer cocktails 

1. Classic Mojito

Classic Mojito
Classic Mojito

The mojito is one of the most well-known summer drinks! With lime, rum, and fresh mint, this traditional Cuban drink is delicious and wonderfully balanced. When summer herbs are in plenty, this dish is ideal.

Here’s a classic mojito recipe with lime, rum, and fresh mint that’s wonderfully balanced! This classic Cuban cocktail is light and refreshing, with just the right amount of sweetness.

Is there anything more refreshing than a mojito? Among classic cocktails, this traditional Cuban cocktail is one of the greatest.. Here’s a recipe for a perfect mojito: not too sweet, fizzy, and minty fresh. The true version, like the margarita, has less sugar and more nuance than what it’s become in bars and pre-made mixes. It’s ideal for sipping on the patio, but it’s also delicious in the dead of winter when you’re missing the beach. Here’s how to create a simple mojito. Read more…

What is the proper way to make a mojito?

The mojito is a sour cocktail popular in Havana, Cuba. The Mojito’s roots are murky: some claim it was invented in the 1500s, while others claim it was invented in the 1800s with the establishment of the Bacardi rum firm. In any case, its status as a classic Cuban cocktail was cemented by the 1930s, when Ernest Hemingway helped promote it.

It’s one of the International Bartender Association’s official beverages. This means it has a “precise” definition, albeit bartenders all around the world interpret it differently! A classic mojito recipe includes the following ingredients:


6 mint leaves, plus additional for garnish

1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lime juice

1 ounce (2 tablespoons) simple syrup

2 ounces (4 tablespoons) white rum

2 to 4 oz. (12 cups) soda water


In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves. (Here’s how to muddle mint.)

Add the lime juice, simple syrup, and rum.Fill the cocktail shaker halfway with ice and shake vigorously until cold.

Pour the liquid over the ice in a glass. Top off the glass with soda water. Garnish with additional mint leaves. Read more…

2. Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz
Aperol Spritz

The Aperol spritz is a typical summer sipper that is bubbly, lemony, herbal, mildly bitter, and gently sweet. This drink is well-known throughout the world, achieving peak popularity in the 2000s. But did you know it’s actually a 1950s classic cocktail? For years, this Italian cocktail has captivated hearts and minds. And it’s well worth the hype.

What exactly is in an Aperol spritz?

Aperol spritz, often known as Spritz Veneziano, is an Italian aperitif: a drink served before a meal. The spritz was created in the 1800s in Italy as a technique to dilute sparkling wine by mixing it with…well, water! The Aperol spritz did not take its current form until the 1950s. It’s one of the International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails, which means it has an “official” definition. The Aperol spritz contains the following components in a 3-2-1 ratio:

Prosecco or champagne-style sparkling wine


Coca-Cola water (not tonic water)

The traditional Aperol spritz is well worth the hype! It’s light and effervescent, with citrus and herb hints: one of the most refreshing mixed beverages ever.


2 ounces (4 tablespoons) cold Aperol

3 ounces (6 tablespoons) cold Prosecco or other sparkling wine

1 oz. (2 tbsp.) sparkling water

Clear ice (try it!)

For garnish, use an orange wedge and, if desired, a straw.


Stir the Aperol into a tumbler filled with ice. Pour the sparkling wine and soda water on top.

Squeeze in the orange wedge and gently whisk in before serving. To reduce dilution, serve with a straw! Read more…

3. Classic Piña Colada

Classic Piña Colada
Classic Piña Colada

Here are the components for the BEST traditional pia colada! It’s a more refined, grown-up version of this frozen tropical cocktail.

When it comes to frozen cocktails, the pia colada is at the top of the list! It has those nostalgic 1990s chain restaurant vibes, and it’s difficult to find a resort that doesn’t serve it. But did you know it’s a traditional cocktail that dates back to the 1950s? It’s become so popular that most restaurant renditions deviate significantly from the original. So, what exactly is in this tropical frozen mixed drink? Here’s how to create a real pia colada! It’s so full of subtle, fascinating flavour that it’ll quickly become your favourite. (It has arrived!)

Here’s how to prepare a classic pia colada: the refined, grown-up version of this tropical drink! Frozen Pia Colada is a simple spin with a smoothie-like texture.


12 cup thawed pineapple

12 cup ice

5 oz. (12 cup plus 2 tbsp.) old rum

2 oz. (4 tbsp.) coconut cream (not coconut cream; see notes*)

12 cup pineapple juice, 4 oz.

1-ounce lime juice (2 teaspoons)

Cocktail cherry as a garnish


Blend until the pineapple and ice are lumpy. Blend in the remaining ingredients until smooth. Garnish with a cocktail cherry and drink umbrellas.


*Cream of coconut is a specialised coconut product used to sweeten beverages, whereas coconut cream is unsweetened (read more at Cream of Coconut vs Coconut Cream). If you use coconut cream, the drink will not taste sweet. If you make this mistake and still want to rescue your drink, add simple syrup to taste. Frozen Pina Colada is a simpler version of this cocktail that uses coconut milk instead of pineapple juice.

4. Vodka Spritzer

Vodka Spritzer
Vodka Spritzer

Here’s the finest vodka spritzer, which is refreshing and ideal for gatherings! It’s lovely, full of fruity flavour, and simple to make.

Some days call for a classic cocktail, while others call for a wacky and one-of-a-kind artisan cocktail. Others, on the other hand, ask for…a down-home party drink. There is no shame, and this one is very tasty. Try this delicious and effervescent Vodka Spritzer! These photographs make it appear too sweet, yet it is anything but. It’s just sweet enough with a little berry flavour, and it’s tart, refreshing, and sparkling all at the same time. The beautiful red colour comes from cranberry juice, but because it’s 100 per cent juice, it’s sharp and snappy rather than sweet.

What exactly is in a vodka spritzer?

First and foremost, what exactly is a spritzer? A wine spritzer, a drink created with wine and soda water that originated in Austria, is commonly referred to as a spritzer. Diluting wine with water began in the nineteenth century as a method of producing sparkling wine. The name is derived from the German word “spritzen,” which means “to spray.” Any sort of wine can be used to produce a spritzer: try our white wine spritzer, red wine spritzer, or rosé spritzer.

It turns out that vodka can also be used to produce a spritzer! A vodka spritzer is a mixed drink made with vodka, carbonated water, and various juices or fruits. Because it’s a rather broad notion, there are numerous methods to make this cocktail.

Here’s the finest vodka spritzer, which is refreshing and ideal for gatherings! It’s lovely, full of fruity flavour, and simple to make.


1 tangerine

1 cup strawberries, sliced

12 oz. (1 12 cups) vodka

3 oz. (6 tbsp.) simple syrup

3 oz. (6 tbsp.) unsweetened, 100 per cent cranberry juice*

For serving, soda water

Ice cubes for serving

As a garnish: 1 bunch of fresh mint leaves


Make circles out of the lemon. Strawberries, thinly sliced

In a pitcher, combine the lemons and strawberries with vodka, simple syrup, and cranberry juice. Allow at least 30 minutes to marinate (or up to 4 hours).

Pour 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) of the vodka mixture over ice and top with soda water to taste.


Use half the simple syrup specified in this recipe if all you can find is sweetened cranberry juice (sometimes labelled as cranberry juice cocktail). You can also leave it as is for a sweeter drink!

5. Red Sangria

Red Sangria
Red Sangria

Here’s how to create the best red wine sangria in Spain! A simple combination of ingredients and fruit yields a strong and delicious cocktail.

Nothing beats a fruity glass of traditional red sangria! Sangria can be readily ruined in the United States by adding too much sugar or ginger ale. The traditional Spanish method, on the other hand, is all on nuanced flavour. It’s strong, fruity, and just the right amount of dry and sweet. While living in Spain years ago, I fell in love with all things Spanish and brought back a life-long love of paella, patatas bravas, and, of course, this delightful wine punch. So here’s how to create red wine sangria the Spanish way, with wine-soaked fruit, brandy, and a splash of orange liqueur.

The best red sangria ingredients

Sangra is a traditional wine punch from Spain. The traditional recipe calls for red wine, chopped fruit, and sometimes orange juice or brandy. It’s also referred to as red sangria. There’s also white sangria (made with white wine) and rosé sangria. When it comes to ingredients, there are many variants on the subject, as with many popular dishes. Our version keeps faithful to the classic while boosting the flavour with orange liqueur. The following are the

ingredients in red sangria:

Orange, lemon, and green apple


Red wine that is dry


Liqueur orange (triple sec or Cointreau)

Optional sparkling water

Red Sangria Made Simple

Here’s how to create the best red wine sangria in Spain! A simple combination of ingredients and fruit yields a strong and delicious cocktail.


a single orange

1 apple (green)

three tbsp sugar

1 bottle chilled dry red wine

14 oz. brandy

14 cup orange liqueur (Cointreau, for example)

1 lemon (cut into rounds)

For serving, sparkling water (optional)


Chop the orange (leave the peel on) and apple into bite-sized slices and place them in the bottom of a pitcher. Sprinkle with sugar and toss to combine. Allow them to stand for 20 minutes at room temperature.

Pour in the red wine, brandy, orange liqueur, and lemon rounds after 20 minutes. Refrigerate for 1 to 4 hours, stirring every now and then. (If you leave it longer than 4 hours, the texture of the fruit will decline.)

Pour the sangria into glasses with ice and top with a dash of sparkling water (if desired). Fill each glass with fruit, preferably on long skewers for convenient eating.

6. Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise
Tequila Sunrise

This is how you make a tequila sunrise! Using tequila, orange, and grenadine, this vibrant cocktail layers the colours of a summer sunrise.

Wow, this drink has nailed the visual component. If you want to impress your guests, try this, Tequila Sunrise! It’s lovely and vibrant, with layered colours reminiscent of a summer sunset. The best part is that it’s incredibly simple to make! There are only three ingredients required, and no special techniques or equipment are required! The flavour is sweet and refreshing, with just a hint of tequila. We knew it would be a great signature drink for entertaining the moment Alex and I made it. It’s a great summer cocktail, but it’s also appropriate for any time you want to feel the warmth of summer. Here’s how you can make it!

This is how you make a tequila sunrise! Using tequila, orange, and grenadine, this vibrant cocktail layers the colours of a summer sunrise.


2 oz. (approximately 4 tablespoons) tequila

12 cup orange juice, 4 oz.

34 oz (1 12 tbsp) grenadine syrup (purchased or homemade)

Ice (try our crystal clear ice!)

Cocktail cherry, orange slice as garnish


Fill a highball glass halfway with ice. Combine the tequila and orange juice in a mixing bowl.

Pour the grenadine into the centre of the glass, where it will sink to the bottom. For a sunrise gradient effect, gently stir the mixture.

Serve with an orange slice and a cocktail cherry as a garnish.

7. Rosé Spritzer

Rosé Spritzer
Rosé Spritzer

Here’s a drink you absolutely must try right away. A spritzer of roses! This is a no-fuss way to make a refreshing summer drink full of bubbles. When Alex and I went to visit friends in Austria, we discovered spritzers, which are one of the most refreshing drinks on the planet. They’re also very low in calories! This rose spritzer is perfect for happy hour, by the pool, or while smelling the charcoal at a grilled dinner party.

Nothing beats a rose spritzer in the summer! Make the perfect summer drink by adding bubbles to your favourite rosé wine.


3 ounces (6 tablespoons) chilled rosé wine

1 oz. (2 tbsp.) sparkling water

For garnish, a sprig of thyme


Pour the wine into a glass, then top it off with the soda water. Once, gently stir the mixture. Finish with the garnish and serve.

8. Gin Basil Smash:

Gin Basil Smash
Gin Basil Smash

The Gin Basil Smash is the ideal summer cocktail for when herbs are in abundance. Make this refreshing and herbaceous drink with your basil plant.

Do you have basil? Do you enjoy gin? The Gin Basil Smash is the perfect drink for you! This light and herbaceous twist on the Whiskey Smash combines peppery basil and botanical gin. This is what summer looks like in a cocktail glass! We enjoy drinking our herbs throughout the season, and this new addition to our summer cocktails perfectly captures the sensation of fresh-cut grass between your toes and sticky melted popsicle fingers. (At least, that’s what we think!)

The Gin Basil Smash is the ideal summer cocktail for when herbs are in abundance. Make this refreshing and herbaceous drink with your basil plant.


8–10 large basil leaves, plus a few extra for garnish

2 12 oz.* gin

34 oz lemon juice

34 oz simple syrup

Ice cubes for serving (try clear ice)


Using a cocktail shaker, muddle the basil leaves (gently mash).

Combine the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker Shake in 2 handfuls of ice until cold.

Fill a lowball glass halfway with ice and strain the drink into it. If desired, top with a splash of soda water. Garnish with additional basil leaves if desired.

9. Strawberry Daiquiri

Strawberry Daiquiri
Strawberry Daiquiri

This simple strawberry daiquiri recipe is quick and full of flavour! You only need 5 minutes and a blender; no need for a premade mix.

Have you ever attempted to make your own strawberry daiquiri? There’s no need to buy store-bought daiquiri mix because believe us, it’s not necessary. A homemade strawberry daiquiri made with real frozen strawberries tastes far superior to a store-bought mix! To make this classic drink, all you need are a few ingredients, a blender, and 5 minutes. Are you ready to begin?

Why should you make this strawberry daiquiri recipe?

This strawberry daiquiri recipe is bursting with berry flavour. With just one taste, you’ll be singing its praises! It’s just sweet enough, with a hint of rum on the finish. If there was ever a drink made for sipping on the patio, this is it. Here’s what makes it unique:

The flavour is authentic, as it is made with real berries! Who knows what’s in store-bought daiquiri mixes? This daiquiri has a lush flavour because it is made with real frozen berries and lime!

It’s perfectly sweet. Some strawberry daiquiris are too sweet, but this one isn’t. It’s just sweet enough that you can enjoy the pure berry flavour without getting a stomach ache afterwards. Pure maple syrup can be used if you prefer natural sweeteners.


1 pound of frozen strawberries

6 tbsp simple syrup (or pure maple syrup)

¼ cup lime juice

1 cup of best-quality white or light rum

1 cup ice

⅛ teaspoon kosher salt

This simple strawberry daiquiri recipe is quick and full of flavour! All you need are 5 minutes and a blender: no need for the premade mix.


Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into four glasses and serve.

10. Bay Breeze Cocktail

Bay Breeze Cocktail
Bay Breeze Cocktail

The tropical flavour of pineapple is combined with vodka and cranberry juice in the Bay Breeze cocktail. It’s a quick and easy mixed drink that you can make in minutes!

Looking for a quick and easy fruity cocktail? The Bay Breeze has arrived! It’s a cranberry cocktail with bright colour and a sweet-tart flavour, also known as the Hawaiian Sea Breeze. The tropical flavour of pineapple in the Bay Breeze makes it feel carefree and beachy. It’s ideal for a summer cocktail on the patio or a winter cocktail when you’re longing for the warmth of the sun! Here’s how to make this delectable cocktail.

Easy Bay Breeze Cocktail

The tropical flavour of pineapple is combined with vodka and cranberry juice in the Bay Breeze cocktail. It’s a quick and easy mixed drink that you can make in minutes!


12 ounces (3 tablespoons) pure pineapple juice

1 oz. (2 tbsp.) vodka

3 oz. (6 tbsp.) 100% unsweetened cranberry juice (do not use sweetened or cocktail)

1 teaspoon maple or simple syrup*

1 wedge lime


In a glass, combine the pineapple juice and vodka and stir. Fill the glass halfway with ice.

Stir together the cranberry juice and syrup* in a shot glass or small pitcher.

To create the appearance of a layered drink, tilt the glass of pineapple juice slightly and pour the cranberry mixture along the side of the glass, allowing it to glide to the bottom. (For more information, see How to Make a Layered Drink.) Alternatively, simply pour in the cranberry and maple syrup and stir.

As a finishing touch, garnish with a wedge of lime.


*Omit the syrup if you can only find sweetened cranberry juice or cranberry juice cocktail.

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