50 Summer Drink Recipes: Cocktails That'll Quench Your Thirst

Sparkling glasses of summer cocktails

There's nothing quite like summer. The stress to tackle the to-do list, the to-travel list, the to-visit list. You almost don't have time to sit down and kick back...until you remember the beauty and built-in vacation of summer drinks. Summer drink recipes should be easy, or at least easier than your summer obligations. Your weeding can wait another five minutes.

Vodka Forward

Consider a few of these recipes for when you want a spirit but are looking for other flavors to shine.

Mermaid Mule

Blue is the color of summer or at least a reminder of blue summer skies, and this Moscow mule riff is the path to get there.

Mermaid Mule

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces blue curaçao
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ginger beer to top off
  • Ice
  • Lime wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add ice, vodka, blue curaçao, and lime juice.
  2. Top off with ginger beer.
  3. Garnish with lime wheel.

Sex on the Beach

Despite being scandalously named, this drink couldn't be any sweeter.

Sex on the Beach Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces vodka
  • ¾ ounce peach schnapps
  • ½ ounce raspberry liqueur
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • Ice
  • Pineapple chunk and cherries for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, peach schnapps, raspberry liqueur, and juices.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball or hurricane glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with pineapple chunk and cherries.

Vodka Spritzer

An incredibly simple cocktail that's ready in seconds and a flavorful break from the heat, its customizable nature means you can swap juices, fruits, and herbs with minimal effort.

Vodka Spritzer

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces grapefruit juice
  • Club soda to top off
  • Ice
  • Rosemary sprig and grapefruit wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add ice, vodka, grapefruit juice.
  2. Top off with seltzer.
  3. Garnish with rosemary sprig.

Lemon Drop Martini

The lemon drop martini is the grown-up, sophisticated lemonade of summer drinks. It's just a bonus that there's a sugar rim.

Lemon Drop Martini

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces citron vodka
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • ¼ ounce triple sec
  • Ice
  • Lemon wedge, sugar, and lemon wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. Rub the rim of the chilled glass or coupe with the lemon wedge.
  3. With the sugar on a saucer, dip entire or half the rim of the glass in the sugar to coat.
  4. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, citron vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, and triple sec.
  5. Shake to chill.
  6. Strain into chilled glass.
  7. Garnish with lemon wheel.

Bay Breeze

The ingredients of a bay breeze might look familiar, but the pineapple juice is what moves the reliable Cape Codder to a fantastic, and upgraded, bay breeze.

Bay Breeze

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces vodka
  • 3 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1½ ounces pineapple juice
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball or rocks glass, add ice, vodka, and juices.
  2. Garnish with lime wedge.

Vodka Lemonade

This gorgeous drink is as simple as it sounds. This variation includes mint to add a refreshing layer. If you can't get enough of lemon, consider using a citron vodka.

Vodka Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 2 mint leaves
  • 6 ounces lemonade
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • Ice
  • Lemon wheel and mint leaf for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball, gently muddle the mint leaves with a splash of lemonade.
  2. Add ice, vodka, and remaining lemonade.
  3. Stir gently once or twice to mix.
  4. Garnish with lemon wheel and mint.

Elderflower Vodka Tonic

Three ingredient cocktails can be some of the best, especially when one of the ingredients brings the flavors of a summer garden. If tonic isn't for you, feel free to substitute club soda.

Elderflower Vodka Tonic

Ingredients

  • 1¼ ounces vodka
  • ½ ounce elderflower liqueur
  • Tonic to top off
  • Ice
  • Lemon wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add ice, vodka, elderflower, and tonic.
  2. Garnish with lemon wheel.

Summertime Cosmo

A classic cosmo wouldn't go awry in the summer, but a splash of pineapple juice makes the kiddy pool a little more luxurious.

Summertime Cosmo Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce citron vodka
  • ½ ounce triple sec
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce cranberry juice
  • ¼ ounce pineapple juice
  • Ice
  • Lemon peel for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add citron vodka, triple sec, and juices.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with lemon peel.

Rum Forward

Any cocktail with rum has a built-in feel of summer, regardless if it's sunny or rainy that day, summer is in the glass.

Mojito

Mojitos are a classic summer drink staple, they make the summer and they bring summer wherever they're made.

Mojito Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 4-6 fresh mint leaves
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint leaves with a splash of simple syrup.
  2. Add ice, white rum, lime juice, and remaining simple syrup.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Do not strain, pour contents of shaker into highball glass.
  5. Garnish with mint sprig.

Strawberry Daiquiri

If a classic daiquiri is too much sour flavor and not enough fruit for you, meet the strawberry daiquiri with the right amount of juice.

Strawberry Daiquiri

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce white rum
  • ½ ounce strawberry liqueur
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add white rum, strawberry liqueur, simple syrup, and lime juice.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with lime wedge.

Mermaid Water

A gorgeous ocean blue, this cocktail will bring the ocean to you even if your summer water is a sprinkler.

Mermaid Water Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces spiced rum
  • 1 ounce coconut rum
  • 1 ounce blue curaçao
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Lime wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, both rums, blue curaçao, and juices.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with lime wheel.

Rum Swizzle

Swizzles are a rarely seen classic cocktail, but they're worthy of their longevity and chance to shine during the summer.

Rum Swizzle

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • 1 ounce light rum
  • ¾ ounce falernum
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • Crushed ice
  • Orange wedge and cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball or rocks glass, fill halfway with crushed ice.
  2. Add both rums, falernum, and orange juice.
  3. Stir with swizzle stick or bar spoon to chill and frost glass.
  4. Add pineapple juice and bitters.
  5. Garnish with orange wedge and cherry.

Painkiller

A sibling of the piña colada, the painkiller adds a little extra fruit flavor to stand out from the original.

Painkiller Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Pusser's rum or royal navy rum
  • ½ ounce coconut rum
  • 4 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce cream of coconut
  • ½ ounce orange juice
  • Ice
  • Pineapple wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, both rums, juices, and cream of coconut.
  2. Shake vigorously to mix well and chill.
  3. Strain into highball or hurricane glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with pineapple wedge.

Rum Punch

Rum punch is the quickest way to please a crowd, and it's easy enough to make in large batches so you can enjoy your time off.

Rum Punch

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • ½ ounce orange juice
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce grenadine
  • Ice
  • Orange wedge and cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, rums, juices, and grenadine.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with orange wedge and cherry.

Hurricane

Fruity and very spirit-forward, the hurricane, like the weather, isn't to be taken lightly. Sip slowly and enjoy the sunny skies.

Hurricane Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces dark or spiced rum
  • 1 ounce coconut rum
  • 3 ounces passion fruit juice
  • 1½ ounces orange juice
  • 1½ ounces pineapple juice
  • ¼ ounce grenadine
  • Ice
  • Lime wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, rums, juices, and grenadine.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into hurricane or highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with lime wheel.

Piña Colada

The inspiration for the painkiller, the piña colada is a classic summer and tropical cocktail that needs no introduction, aside from the sound of the blender announcing its arrival.

Pina colada cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 2 ounces cream of coconut
  • 4 ounces pineapple juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup of ice
  • Pineapple wedge and cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a blender, add ice, rum, cream of coconut, and juices.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into hurricane or highball glass.
  4. Garnish with pineapple wedge and cherry.

Gin Forward

Gin has a deep juniper flavor, giving it an earthy taste, making it a complementary spirit of summer.

Rosemary Gin Fizz

Fizzes are the marker of summer, the bubbles mirroring the happiness of warm weather. Feel free to substitute tonic if that's more your flavor.

Rosemary Gin Fizz

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin
  • ½ ounce rosemary or plain simple syrup
  • ¼ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Club soda to top off
  • Ice
  • Rosemary sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a rocks, highball, or wine glass, add ice, gin, rosemary simple syrup, and lemon juice.
  2. Top off with club soda.
  3. Garnish with rosemary sprig.

Gin and Tonic Ice Pops

Ice pops are a great way to cool off and still enjoy a drink, especially when the sun is relentless.

Gin and Tonic Ice Pops

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups tonic water
  • 1½ ounces gin
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • Lime wheel for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. In a pitcher, mix together tonic water, gin, and lime juice.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds.
  3. Add lime wheel before adding stick.
  4. Freeze overnight.

Gin Rickey

A gin rickey is a happy medium between a gin and tonic and a Tom Collins, a middle child that flies under the radar.

Gin Rickey

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ simple syrup, optional
  • Club soda to top off
  • Ice
  • Lime wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add ice, gin, lime juice, and simple syrup.
  2. Top off with club soda.
  3. Garnish with lime wheel.

Tom Collins

The older sibling of the gin rickey, the collins asks for dry gin and uses lemon juice in place of lime.

Tom Collins Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces dry gin
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • Club soda to top off
  • Ice
  • Lemon wedge and cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add ice, gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
  2. Top off with club soda.
  3. Garnish with lemon wedge and cherry.

Southside Fizz

A bit less known than other gin drinks, it's a mojito that capitalizes on the gin flavor. What could be more summer?

Southside Fizz

Ingredients

  • 6 to 8 mint leaves
  • ½ ounce simple syrup2 ounces dry gin
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Lime wheel and mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint with a splash of simple syrup.
  2. Add ice, gin, lime juice, and remaining simple syrup.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice.
  5. Top off with club soda.
  6. Garnish with lime wheel and mint sprig.

Negroni

A timeless and gorgeous classic cocktail, the negroni is bitter yet refreshing in a way only gin and Campari can deliver. Easy enough to remember, the recipe is three equal parts.

Negroni with orange peel and ice cubes

Ingredients

  • 1¼ ounce gin
  • 1¼ ounce Campari
  • sweet vermouth
  • Ice
  • Orange peel for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a mixing glass, add ice, gin, Campari, and vermouth.
  2. Stir rapidly to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice or king cube.
  4. Garnish with orange peel.

Greyhound

A simple cocktail of just two ingredients, nothing could reflect the wishes of an easy summer better. If you want to branch out, add a salt rim to make a salty dog.

Greyhound Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 6 ounces grapefruit juice
  • Ice
  • Grapefruit wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add ice, gin, and grapefruit juice.
  2. Garnish with grapefruit wheel.

Floradora

A summer cocktail that truly hides in the shade waiting to be noticed, much like you with this drink. Well, you'll be hoping no one notices the lawn going unmowed.

Floradora Cocktails

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin
  • ½ ounce raspberry liqueur
  • ½ ounce ginger liqueur or syrup
  • ¼ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Club soda to top off
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge and raspberries to garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, gin, liqueurs, and lime juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice cubes or crushed ice.
  4. Top off with club soda.
  5. Garnish with lime wedge and raspberries.

Whiskey Forward

Whiskey has a history of being a cool weather cocktail, but it shines and works just as well in the summer.

Summer Breeze

A cousin of the Cape Codder, the caramel whiskey blends well with the juices for a simple summertime refreshment.

Summer Breeze

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • 4 ounces cranberry juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ ounce simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add ice, whiskey, juices, and simple syrup.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Garnish with lime wedge.

Whiskey Smash

A fruity and refreshing summer cocktail, the whiskey smash is a juicy whiskey alternative to a mojito.

Whiskey Smash

Ingredients

  • 2 mint leaves
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • 2 lemon wedges
  • Soda water to top off
  • Crushed ice
  • Lemon wedge and mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle lemon wedges and mint leaves with a splash of simple syrup.
  2. Add ice, whiskey, and remaining simple syrup.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into rocks glass over crushed ice.
  5. Top off with club soda.
  6. Garnish with lemon wedge and mint sprig.

Kentucky Buck

A Kentucky buck may not be in your regular whiskey or summertime drink recipe rotation, but it's worth adding to your dance card.

Kentucky Buck

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • 1 strawberry
  • Ginger beer to top off
  • Ice
  • Strawberry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle strawberry with a splash of simple syrup.
  2. Add ice, whiskey, lemon juice, bitters, and remaining simple syrup.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice.
  5. Top off with ginger beer.
  6. Garnish with strawberry.

Whiskey Sour

Whiskey cocktails are great for summertime because of their caramel notes, and adding the sour makes it reminiscent of puckery lemonade. If you want something a little more decadent, consider floating a dry red wine on top for a New York sour.

Whiskey Sour Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • ¾ ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 dashes cherry bitters
  • Ice
  • Orange wedge and Luxardo cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white, and cherry bitters.
  2. Dry shake for approximately 45 seconds to mix ingredients and create a froth.
  3. Add ice to shaker.
  4. Shake to chill.
  5. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  6. Garnish with orange wedge and Luxardo cherry.

Gold Rush

A bourbon-based bee's knees, the gold rush is a sweet sip.

Gold Rush

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce honey simple syrup
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Lemon wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, bourbon, honey simple syrup, and lemon juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with lemon wedge.

Ward Eight

Originating in Boston just between the Financial District and Back Bay, lore has it that the ward eight was created to celebrate following a successful election in the late 1800s. Sounds like a great celebratory summer drink.

Ward Eight Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces rye
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ ounce grenadine
  • Ice
  • Orange peel and Luxardo cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add rye, juices, and grenadine.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into coupe glass or rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with orange peel and Luxardo cherry.

Mint Julep

A mint julep might be associated with the Kentucky Derby, but it signifies summer just as well. You can sip and watch your neighbors race through their yardwork.

Homemade Mint Julep

Ingredients

  • 6 fresh mint leaves
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 2½ ounces bourbon
  • ¼ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Cracked ice
  • Mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a rocks glass or julep mug, muddle mint leaves and splash of simple syrup.
  2. Add ice, bourbon, lime juice, and remaining simple syrup
  3. Stir until chilled and glass is frosted.
  4. Garnish with mint sprig.

Peach Old-Fashioned

Old-Fashioneds can feel like a winter drink, but adding peach bitters gives it a summery taste without adding any sugar to interest the bees.

Peach Old Fashioned

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • 4 dashes peach bitters
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • Ice
  • Two orange peels and Luxardo cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a mixing glass, add ice, whiskey, simple syrup, and bitters.
  2. Stir rapidly to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice or king cube.
  4. Express one orange peel over the drink by twisting the peel between your fingers, then run outside of peel along rim.
  5. Garnish with second orange peel and Luxardo cherry.

Tequila Forward

Tequila is the favorite summer spirit, and with so many varieties and flavors available, it can be used in so many new ways.

Blueberry Lemonade Margarita

Margaritas are a key flavor for summer. Add in some berries and lemon and you have the perfect Saturday afternoon.

Summer Blueberry Lemonade Margarita Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • ½ ounce orange liqueur
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 blueberries
  • ½ ounces agave
  • Ice
  • Sugar and blueberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. Rub the rim of the rocks glass with the lemon wedge.
  2. With the sugar on a saucer, dip either half or the entire rim of the glass in sugar to coat.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, muddle blueberries with splash of agave and lemon juice.
  4. Add ice, tequila, orange liqueur, and remaining agave and lemon juice.
  5. Shake to chill.
  6. Do not strain, pour contents into rocks glass.
  7. Garnish with blueberries.

Tequila Sunrise

You may not necessarily want to sip this in the morning, but it's great to have in hand at sunset.

Tequila Sunrise

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • ½ ounce grenadine
  • Ice
  • Orange wedge and cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add ice, tequila, orange juice, and pineapple juice.
  2. Stir to chill.
  3. Slowly pour in grenadine and do not stir, allow to sink to bottom of glass.
  4. Garnish with orange slice and cherry.

Paloma

This variation takes the classic Paloma and uses rosemary to add a little more summer to your glass.

Paloma Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounce tequila
  • 2 ounces grapefruit juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ ounce simple syrup
  • Club soda to top off
  • Ice
  • Grapefruit wedges, rosemary sprig, and sugar garnish

Instructions

  1. Rub the rim of the rocks glass with the grapefruit wedge.
  2. With the sugar on a saucer, dip either half or the entire rim of the glass in sugar to coat.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, add tequila, juices, and simple syrup.
  4. Shake to chill.
  5. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  6. Top off with club soda.
  7. Garnish with grapefruit wedge and rosemary sprig.

New England Iced Tea

This tea is a gentler take on the infamous Long Island iced tea and a great option to make in a large batch.

New England Iced Tea

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce tequila
  • ¾ ounce vodka
  • ¾ ounce white rum
  • ¾ ounce triple sec
  • 1½ ounces lime juice
  • 3 ounce cranberry juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, tequila, vodka, white rum, triple sec, juices, and simple syrup.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with mint sprig.

Margarita

A margarita is one of the classic summer drinks. The recipe allows for personal variation should you want it a little sweeter, a little extra sour, or a splash of fruit flavor by adding raspberry liqueur or pineapple juice.

Margarita Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces tequila
  • ¾ ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce agave nectar
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge, sugar, and lime wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. Rub the rim of the rocks glass with the lime wedge.
  2. With the sugar on a saucer, dip either half or the entire rim of the glass in sugar to coat.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and agave.
  4. Shake to chill.
  5. Strain into glass.
  6. Garnish with lime wheel.

Summer Mule

Moscow Mules are a great and easy summer drink recipe, but the original leaves some room for play like the following variation using tequila and pineapple juice.

Summer Mule

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces tequila
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce pineapple juice
  • Ginger beer to top off
  • Ice
  • Mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a rocks glass, add ice, tequila, lime juice, and pineapple juice.
  2. Top off with ginger beer.
  3. Garnish with mint sprig.

Apértifs and Wine

Apértifs are a great way to enjoy a cocktail, much like wine, without feeling weighed down by an afternoon drink.

Aperol Spritz

It would be amiss to not address the Aperol spritz. It's a summertime drink that doesn't make you lose the day. Also, it's easy enough to remember the recipe as being "3-2-1" and then you're done!

Aperol Spritz

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces prosecco
  • 2 ounces Aperol
  • 1 ounce club soda
  • Ice
  • Orange slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a white wine or highball glass, add ice, Aperol, prosecco, and club soda.
  2. Garnish with orange peel.

Pimm's Cup

Similar to its cousin above, the Pimm's Cup is a sippable summer drink loaded with fruit and flavor.

Pimm's Cup

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces Pimm's
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ginger ale to top off
  • Ice
  • Orange slice, cucumber slice, lemon slice, strawberry, and mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add Pimm's and lemon juice.
  2. Add garnishes except for mint.
  3. Stir to mix.
  4. Top off with ginger ale.
  5. Garnish with mint sprig.

Frosé

A classic summertime treat, frosé can be made as you go or in a big batch to keep (frozen!) in a pitcher. This recipe yields about four glasses, but you can always cut the recipe down and use a 187mL bottle.

Frosé Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle 750mL chilled rosé wine
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries, hulled
  • 3 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ounces simple syrup
  • 2 cups ice

Instructions

  1. In a blender, add ice, rosé, strawberries, lime juice, and simple syrup.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into serving glasses.

Prosecco Pops

Popsicles are the peak summer treat, this one uses strawberries and prosecco to cool you off.

Prosecco Pops

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle 750 mL prosecco
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries, hulled
  • 2 ounces strawberry liqueur
  • 2 ounces simple syrup
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

  1. In a blender, add prosecco, strawberries, strawberry liqueur, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into popsicle molds.
  4. Freeze overnight.

Wine Spritzer

Spritzers are a great summer drink if you don't want to add any extra juices or sugar or need to polish off the wine bottle.

Wine Spritzer

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces white wine
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Club soda to top off
  • Ice
  • Lime wheel to garnish

Instructions

  1. In a wine glass, add ice, white wine, and lime juice.
  2. Top off with club soda.
  3. Garnish with lime wheel.

Americano

A cousin of the Negroni, the Americano uses Campari as the main spirit while leaving the gin behind.

Americo Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces Campari
  • 1½ ounces sweet vermouth
  • Club soda to top off
  • Ice
  • Orange wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a rocks glass, add Campari and sweet vermouth.
  2. Top off with club soda.
  3. Stir gently to chill and mix.
  4. Garnish with orange wedge.

Jungle Bird

A tropical rum beverage that's a delicious mix of Campari and rum, it adds an extra flair to a summer day.

Jungle Bird

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1½ ounces pineapple juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ demerara or simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Pineapple chunk and cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add rum, Campari, juices, and simple syrup.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice or king cube.
  4. Garnish with pineapple chunk and cherry.

Free of Spirit

Mocktails, or virgin drinks, are a great way to enjoy the treat of a cocktail but without the alcohol.

Shirley Temple

The most classic of virgin drinks or kiddie cocktails, you know this classic from peering over a bar in the 80s and waiting for your treat. It's still magical.

Shirley Temple

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces ginger ale
  • 4 ounces lemon-lime soda
  • 1½ ounces grenadine
  • Ice
  • Cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add ice, grenadine, ginger ale, and lemon-lime soda
  2. Garnish with cherry.

Raz-Lime Fizz

A spin on a margarita, this non-alcoholic version still hits the spot for a summertime drink.

Raz-Lime Fizz

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces raspberry seltzer
  • 3 ounces non-alcoholic margarita mix
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Lime wheel and raspberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a rocks glass, add ice, seltzer, margarita mix, and lime juice.
  2. Stir to mix and chill.
  3. Garnish with lime wheel and raspberries.

Sangria for All

This non-alcoholic sangria is great for a family brunch or days you want to skip the wine.

Sangria with fruits on white table

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup grape juice
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 4 cups seltzer
  • Ice
  • Orange slices, lime slices, blueberries, and mint sprigs for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a pitcher, add ice, cranberry juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, grape juice, and lemon juice.

  2. Stir to mix and chill.
  3. Add seltzer.
  4. Stir to mix.
  5. Garnish with oranges, limes, blueberries, and mint.

Sparkling Thyme Lemonade

Lemonade is a quintessential summer beverage. Adding some fizz and refreshing thyme makes the afternoon treat a little better.

Sparkling Thyme Lemonade

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ cup thyme simple syrup
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 3 cup club soda
  • Ice
  • Thyme sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a pitcher, add ice, thyme simple syrup, and lemon juice.
  2. Stir to chill and mix.
  3. Add club soda
  4. Pour into highball glasses over fresh ice.
  5. Garnish with thyme sprig.

Cucumber Virgin Gimlet

Gimlets are typically a bit sour, however, this recipe adds cucumber to balance the sour and make it a bit more refreshing.

Cucumber Virgin Gimlet

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 5 slices of cucumber
  • Club soda to top off
  • Ice
  • Cucumber slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle cucumbers with a splash of simple syrup.
  2. Add ice, lime juice, and remaining simple syrup.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into wine glass over fresh ice.
  5. Top off with club soda.
  6. Garnish with cucumber slice.

Summer Tales

Summer is about relaxing, unwinding, and enjoyment, sprinkled with moments of yard work, responsibilities, and bug bites. Summer drinks help ease the duller points and bring new heights to the sunny days. But even on rainy days, summer drink recipes keep the sunshine going.

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