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20 Most Popular Poolside Cocktails to Drink

three different poolside cocktails

There’s something undeniably relaxing about sipping on a refreshing cocktail by the pool. The combination of cool water, warm sun, and a perfectly mixed drink just seems to make everything better. Whether you’re lounging on a tropical vacation or enjoying a staycation in your backyard, poolside cocktails have a way of adding a touch of luxury to any moment.

From classic concoctions to creative new blends, there’s a cocktail for every poolside vibe. The clink of ice cubes, the splash of a citrus garnish, and the first sip of a well-crafted drink can transport you to a state of pure bliss.

Sex on the Beach

sex on the beach cocktail with ingredients

This tantalizing cocktail blends the fruity notes of vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice, and orange juice. Sipping on this drink is like taking a mini-vacation to a tropical paradise. The flavors intertwine harmoniously, creating a perfect balance between sweet and tangy. Loved for its vibrant colors and soothing taste, Sex on the Beach is a favorite among cocktail enthusiasts. Give in to temptation and let the flavors transport you to a sensuous seaside getaway.


Pina Colada

Pina Colada Cocktail

Indulge in the velvety embrace of this classic tropical delight. Combining rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice, the Pina Colada is a creamy and smooth cocktail that evokes visions of sandy beaches and swaying palm trees. Sipping this drink is like savoring a taste of paradise. Its tropical flavors and rich texture make it a beloved choice for those seeking a taste of the exotic. Treat yourself to a little slice of heaven in a glass and let your worries melt away.


Strawberry Daiquiri

Strawberry Daiquiri cocktail

Bursting with the freshness of ripe strawberries, the Strawberry Daiquiri is a delightful cocktail that perfectly balances sweet and tart flavors. This tantalizing blend of rum, fresh strawberries, lime juice, and a touch of sweetness is a crowd-pleaser. With its vibrant pink hue and invigorating taste, the Strawberry Daiquiri captures the essence of summer in every sip. Let this luscious concoction transport you to sun-soaked afternoons and beachside bliss.


Margarita

classic margarita cocktail on a bar in a mexican restaurant

The Margarita is a timeless classic that has earned its place among the cocktail elite. This tangy and stimulating concoction brings together tequila, lime juice, and a hint of sweetness. With its signature salt rim, the Margarita strikes a perfect balance between tart and savory, creating a cocktail that is both invigorating and satisfying. Loved for its versatility and simplicity, the Margarita is a go-to choice for those seeking a zesty and unforgettable drink experience. Treat yourself to this Mexican marvel and let the fiesta begin.


Painkiller

painkiller cocktail with ingredients

As its name suggests, the Painkiller is the ultimate remedy for a stressful day or a long night out. This tropical delight blends rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and cream of coconut, creating a luscious and velvety elixir that transports you to a blissful state of relaxation. Sip on this smooth concoction and let the flavors melt away your worries, leaving you refreshed and rejuvenated. The Painkiller’s tropical flavors and velvety texture make it a crowd favorite, offering a delightful escape from the everyday chaos.


Banana Daiquiri

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Embrace the tropical allure of the Banana Daiquiri, a creamy and indulgent cocktail that combines rum, fresh bananas, lime juice, and a touch of sweetness. This smooth and velvety drink captures the essence of the Caribbean, infusing each sip with the flavors of ripe bananas and tropical breezes.  Loved for its richness and tropical charm, the Banana Daiquiri is a must-try for those seeking a taste of paradise. Immerse yourself in its velvety embrace and let the worries of the world melt away.


Classic Mojito

classic mojito cocktail on a table in the sun

The Classic Mojito is a refreshing and invigorating cocktail that perfectly balances sweet, tangy, and minty flavors. This Cuban delight combines rum, lime juice, fresh mint leaves, and a touch of sweetness, creating a symphony of taste that dances on your palate. With its crisp and cooling qualities, the Classic Mojito is a go-to choice for hot summer days or lively gatherings. Sip on this vibrant concoction and let the hydrating flavors transport you to the sun-drenched streets of Havana.


Hurricane 

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Brace yourself for a storm of flavor with the Hurricane cocktail. This New Orleans classic blends rum, passion fruit syrup, and citrus juices, resulting in a vibrant and tropical concoction. Sipping on a Hurricane is like experiencing a whirlwind of fruity and tangy flavors that leave a lasting impression.  Loved for its bold taste and eye-catching presentation, this cocktail is a party in a glass. Let the Hurricane sweep you off your feet and transport you to the lively streets of the Big Easy, where the festivities never end.


Rum Punch

rum punch cocktail with ingredients on the background

Get ready to embark on a Caribbean adventure with the Rum Punch. This delightful concoction combines various types of rum, tropical fruit juices, and a splash of grenadine to create a symphony of flavors that transport you to sandy beaches and turquoise waters. With its fruity and invigorating taste, the Rum Punch is a true crowd-pleaser. Loved for its ability to evoke the carefree spirit of the islands, this cocktail is a must-try for those seeking a taste of paradise. Sip on the Rum Punch and let the flavors carry you away to sun-soaked shores.


Ranch Water

Ranch Water garnish with lime.

Refreshment meets simplicity in the Ranch Water cocktail. This Texan favorite requires just three ingredients: tequila, lime juice, and sparkling water. Despite its simplicity, the Ranch Water offers a crisp and invigorating experience. The combination of tequila’s earthy tones, zesty lime, and sparkle creates a drink that is both stimulating and easy to enjoy. Loved for its light and revitalizing qualities, the Ranch Water is a perfect choice for those seeking a laid-back and fuss-free cocktail experience. Embrace the Texan spirit and savor the simple pleasures with a glass of Ranch Water.


Watermelon Mojito

watermelon mojito cocktail

Quench your thirst with the soothing and vibrant Watermelon Mojito. This twist on the classic Mojito combines rum, fresh watermelon juice, lime juice, mint leaves, and a touch of sweetness. With its juicy and cooling flavors, the Watermelon Mojito is a delightful choice for hot summer days. The combination of watermelon’s natural sweetness and the minty freshness creates a harmonious balance that lingers on your taste buds. Loved for its ability to capture the essence of summer, this cocktail is a must-try for those seeking a pleasant and fruity drink. Sip on the Watermelon Mojito and let the flavors transport you to a sun-soaked paradise.


Mai Tai

traditional mai tai cocktail recipe

Transport yourself to the tropical shores of Polynesia with the iconic Mai Tai. This exotic cocktail blends rum, orange curaçao, almond syrup, and lime juice, creating a complex and tantalizing blend of flavors. With its rich and fruity taste, the Mai Tai captures the spirit of the islands in every sip. Loved for its complexity and tropical tiki allure, this cocktail is a favorite among cocktail enthusiasts. Close your eyes, take a sip, and let the Mai Tai whisk you away to a world of swaying palm trees and azure waters.


Blue Hawaiian

blue hawaiian cocktail and ingredients on the background

Dive into the vibrant and tropical world of the Blue Hawaiian. This eye-catching cocktail combines rum, blue curaçao, pineapple juice, and coconut cream, creating a drink that is as visually stunning as it is delicious. Sipping on the Blue Hawaiian is like taking a sip of paradise itself. The combination of tropical fruits and the smoothness of coconut cream transports you to a beachside oasis. Loved for its striking blue hue and delightful taste, this cocktail is a must-try for those seeking an exotic and Instagram-worthy drink experience. 


Cucumber Basil Gimlet

Refreshing summer homemade lemonade made from lime, lemon, cucumber and basil

Find refreshment and sophistication in the Cucumber Basil Gimlet. This elegant cocktail combines gin, fresh cucumber juice, basil leaves, lime juice and a touch of sweetness. The Cucumber Basil Gimlet is a harmonious blend of herbal and crisp flavors that dance on your palate. The coolness of the cucumber, the aromatic essence of basil, and the zing of lime create a enlivening and invigorating experience. Loved for its refined taste and garden-fresh appeal, this cocktail is a favorite among those with a discerning palate. Take a sip of the Cucumber Basil Gimlet and let its vibrant flavors transport you to a serene garden oasis. It’s a cocktail that elevates your senses and leaves a lasting impression.


Planter’s Punch

Planter’s Punch

Immerse yourself in the exotic flavors of the Planter’s Punch. This Caribbean delight combines dark rum, tropical fruit juices, and a touch of spice, creating a robust and complex flavor profile. With each sip, you’ll experience a symphony of tropical fruits, balanced by the richness of rum and a hint of spice. Loved for its bold and invigorating taste, the Planter’s Punch is a cocktail that embodies the spirit of the islands. Let this vibrant drink transport you to a tropical paradise, where the sun kisses your skin and the breeze whispers of adventure.


Greyhound

greyhound cocktail

Experience the simplicity and elegance of the Greyhound cocktail. This classic drink combines vodka and freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, creating a vibrant and tangy flavor that delights the senses. The Greyhound’s simplicity allows the pure flavors of the ingredients to shine, making it a go-to choice for those seeking a crisp and uncomplicated cocktail experience. Loved for its clean and invigorating taste, the Greyhound is a timeless favorite. Sip on this citrus-infused drink and let the zesty grapefruit transport you to sun-drenched citrus groves, where every sip is a burst of sunshine.


Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita

Spicy Margarita with pineapple and jalapeno. Mexican cocktail

Spice up your cocktail game with the Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita. This bold and fiery concoction combines tequila, pineapple juice, lime juice, and a splash of jalapeno-infused syrup, creating a perfect balance between sweet, tangy, and spicy. The Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita is a rollercoaster of flavors that invigorate your taste buds. Loved for its adventurous and adventurous and unforgettable taste, this cocktail is a must-try for those seeking a thrilling and unique drink. Sip on this fiery fusion and let the pineapple sweetness dance with the jalapeno heat for a truly memorable experience.


Tequila Sour

a classic tequila sour cocktail

Elevate your taste buds with the Tequila Sour, a cocktail that marries the boldness of tequila with the tangy freshness of citrus. This invigorating blend of tequila, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a touch of sweetness creates a symphony of flavors that excite and delight. Loved for its zesty and cooling qualities, the Tequila Sour is a favorite choice for those who enjoy a tart and spirited drink. Sip on this vibrant concoction and let the tequila take you on a journey of bold flavors and exhilarating moments.


Sea Breeze

sea breeze drink

Cool off with the vibrant Sea Breeze cocktail. This invigorating drink combines vodka, cranberry juice, and grapefruit juice, resulting in a crisp and tangy drink. The Sea Breeze captures the essence of the ocean breeze, offering a delightful and revitalizing experience. Loved for its simplicity and thirst-quenching qualities, this cocktail is a go-to choice for those seeking a pleasant and easy-to-enjoy drink. Sip on the Sea Breeze and let its invigorating flavors transport you to the shoreline, where the waves crash and the sun kisses your skin.


Paloma

refreshing paloma cocktail with ingredients

Embark on a journey to the heart of Mexico with the Paloma cocktail. This iconic drink combines tequila, grapefruit soda, lime juice, and a pinch of salt to create a quenching and vibrant flavor profile. The Paloma captures the spirit of fiestas and the zest of Mexican culture in every sip. Loved for its tangy and fizzy qualities, this cocktail is a beloved choice among tequila enthusiasts. Sip on the Paloma and let the bright and citrusy notes transport you to sun-drenched haciendas and lively celebrations. It’s a cocktail that embodies the vibrancy and zest for life that makes Mexico truly enchanting.


A Watermelon Mojito, artistically presented in a tall, clear glass. The cocktail is set against a summery, vibrant backdrop with slices of fresh watermelon and sprigs of mint accentuating the drink's refreshing ingredients. The glass is garnished with a watermelon wedge and a mint leaf, and the scene is bathed in natural, bright sunlight, evoking a lively and refreshing summer vibe.

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Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

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A tropical cocktail of Coconut Rum & Pineapple Juice. The drink is served in a large, decorative glass, displaying a delightful mix of the creamy white of coconut rum and the bright yellow of pineapple juice, creating a beautiful gradient effect. It's garnished with a pineapple wedge and a cherry. The glass is placed on a beachside bar counter, with a backdrop of a sunny beach with palm trees, white sand, and a clear blue sky.

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