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Summer Cocktails You Need to Try

We all know summer is a time for refreshing drinks on the beach, but what are your favorite cocktails? Maybe you’re looking for something with a little more bite. Or maybe you want to be able to make it at home without ordering anything from the store. Whatever your preference, we have some suggestions below of some of the best summer cocktails!

If you’re looking for a refreshing drink to beat the heat this summer, then look no further than these recipes. We’ve got something for everyone, whether you like classic cocktails or fancy ones. These drinks are perfect for those hot summer days and nights when it seems too hot even to think about cooking dinner!

Pina Colada

Pina Colada Cocktail on the beach

It’s summertime! The time of year when we can enjoy the outdoors with our friends and family. This is also the time for tropical drinks, like a Pina Colada. A Pina Colada is easy to make at home and even more delicious than those you get from your favorite bar or restaurant. I’ll show you how to make one in just five minutes! A pina colada is a cocktail made from pineapple juice, coconut cream or milk, and dark rum.

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margarita drink recipe

Margaritas are the perfect drink for summer, but they can be a little too sweet. This is why I like to use tequila blanco and Grand Marnier instead of triple sec because it really brings out the lime flavor in the drink. You’ll see that this margarita recipe is deliciously balanced with both dry and tart flavors. I hope you enjoy!

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Paloma Cocktail tequila fresh grapefruit juice

Paloma Cocktail is a Mexican drink that features grapefruit juice and tequila. The name Paloma derives from the Spanish word for “dove,” which is also a symbol of peace. It’s typically served as an afternoon cocktail or before dinner, but it can be consumed at any time of day by those who are looking to have some good times!

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mojito cocktail

What’s your favorite cocktail? Mine is the mojito. I love that it has a refreshing taste with a sweet and sour twist to it. It’s perfect for those hot summer days when you want something cool, but not too heavy on the stomach.

This is a perfect drink for those hot summer days where you want to cool off with something delicious and refreshing. The mixture of the lime, mint leaves, sugar, rum and club soda makes this drink an excellent choice. You can also make it virgin by omitting the rum!

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Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz Cocktail

The Aperol Spritz is a popular drink in Italy, and it’s usually served as an appetizer or with lunch. It has become more common to see this drink on menus around the world, especially during the summer and spring months. The Aperol Spritz is light-weight, refreshing, and low in alcohol content – so it’s perfect for those hot days when you want something cool to sip on!

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Cucumber Basil Gin

Cucumber basil gin cocktail

This cucumber basil gin cocktail is light and refreshing. The cucumber adds a nice, subtle flavor to the drink while the basil gives it an earthy taste that is reminiscent of summer. This recipe can be served chilled or over ice for those in warmer climates!

I’ve been on a bit of a gin kick lately and I’m continuously trying new cocktails. This one is one that my friend mixed up for me at a party recently and it’s so refreshing! The cucumber basil combo is perfect for the summertime, especially when you’re sitting outside in the sun with friends.

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Strawberry Diaquiri

Strawberry Daiquiri

Ever had a strawberry diaquiri? If not, you’re missing out on one of the most refreshing and delicious drinks ever created. This recipe is so easy to make that it’s perfect for beginners. It’s also an excellent cocktail for summertime because it doesn’t contain any ice cubes – just fresh fruit!

I first tried this Strawberry Diaquiri at the beach in South Carolina and it was so refreshing. It tastes like summer, and I can’t wait to make one for myself.

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Whiskey Smash

Whiskey Smash cocktail on the bar

A classic whiskey smash cocktail is a refreshing drink on a hot summer day. It consists of just four ingredients: rye, lemon juice, sugar and water.

The whiskey smash cocktail is so refreshing and light. It’s like a whiskey and lemon version of the classic mojito. Plus, it’s super easy to make!

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Pimms Cup

pimms cup

The Pimm’s Cup cocktail is a refreshing, fruity drink which is perfect for the summer months. Made with Pimm’s No. 1 or your choice of mid-proof gin, lemon juice and sugar topped up with ginger ale or lemonade, this classic English drink has been enjoyed by many throughout the years.

It’s especially popular during the summer months and it tastes delicious with or without alcohol, but we recommend spiked!

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Gin Rickey

gin rickey cocktail with lime

The Gin Rickey cocktail is a classic drink that has been around since the 1800’s. It is a refreshing, and thirst-quenching beverage that is perfect for those hot summer nights. The recipe is simple to make with just three ingredients of gin, lime juice and seltzer, making it easy for anyone to create this iconic cocktail!

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Dark and Stormy

Boozy Rum Dark and Stormy Cocktail with Lime

Can you imagine a more perfect drink to enjoy on a hot summer day? A Dark and Stormy combines dark rum, ginger beer, and lime for the perfect combination of sweet, spicy, tangy.

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Classic Lime Daiquiri Cocktail with a Garnish

The Daiquiri cocktail is a refreshing drink, and one of the most popular cocktails in the world. It’s an easy to make beverage that can be served as a dessert or as an after-dinner drink. The combination of rum, lime juice, sugar syrup and ice cubes is not only delicious but also provides a healthy dose of vitamin C.

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Tom Collins

Tom Collins Cocktail

Tom Collins cocktail is a refreshing drink that’s perfect for summer. It’s easy to make and only requires four ingredients: gin, lemon juice, sugar, and club soda.

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Brazilian Caipirinha

The Caipirinha cocktail is a refreshing and easy to drink Brazilian drink that is perfect for hot summer days. This recipe will show you how to make this classic cocktail with three ingredients – lime, sugar, and cachaça.

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Vodka Lemonade

vodka lemonade

I’m a firm believer that nothing beats the refreshing taste of lemonade on a hot summer day. I don’t know about you, but sometimes lemonade just doesn’t cut it when I need to cool off from the heat and humidity. That’s why we’re going to mix up this vodka lemonade cocktail recipe for you!

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Moscow Mule

moscow mule

Moscow Mules are a great drink to have in the summer and they’re really easy to make. To start, you need ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice. You can find these all at your local grocery store or liquor store.

It’s one of my favorite drinks to order at bars because it’s delicious, but also refreshingly different from other cocktails I’ve tried over the years.

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Salty Dog

salty dog drink and recipe


If you’re looking for a delicious, easy to make cocktail recipe that is reminiscent of the beach and summertime then look no further. This salted dog cocktail recipe will not only taste amazing but it’s also really simple to whip up. The cocktail has vodka, grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and salt for the rim.

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Final Thoughts

Summer brings with it a long list of things to enjoy. The sun, the beach, barbecues and grilling out in the backyard – all of these are made even better by a cold drink. One of my favorite drinks for summer is iced tea – either raspberry flavored or just plain black tea. I get mine unsweetened so that I can add as much sugar as I want!

It is summertime and that means it’s time to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you have a bbq, picnic or just some friends over for drinks on your patio, these drinks will be sure to keep everyone happy!

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