A refreshing summer cocktail is perfect for staying cool when the weather heats up. Our favorites are the cucumber-rose spritz, which gets its taste from dried rose petals, and the rosy hibiscus tea sangria, although we’re always down for a frozen beverage, too. Here are the recipes for those summer cocktails, as well as more. We’ve put together a selection of some of the best summer cocktails to make this summer. Several easy summer cocktails are on hand if you’re short on time, as well as a few extra refreshing summer cocktails since it’s hot outside and these are the perfect summer drinks.
1. Classic Mojito
One of the most iconic summer cocktails is the Mojito. Lime, rum, and fresh mint are the healthy ingredients in this famous Cuban cocktail. Herbs are in abundance in the summer, so this is the perfect recipe. You can easily make this one. Shake the ingredients in a cocktail shaker until they are well blended, then place the cocktail glass in the refrigerator. Rub its rim with lime juice and salt then pour in the tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and ice. Pour into an ice-filled glass after shaking.
In a Marg, Cointreau is poured over fresh lime juice and Cointreau is used as an ingredient. Mixes should be avoided. Fresh herbs and fruits should be blended with a muddler if possible.
3. Salted Strawberry Daiquiri
A frozen Strawberry Daiquiri is typically served with a few strawberries, blended with ice, these are the basic ingredients for this drink. An icy treat is the perfect way to beat the heat.
4. Watermelon-Tequila Cocktails
You can make this out of an abundance of watermelon. After pureeing seedless watermelon chunks, Bobby Flay strains the juice through a sieve, then combines silver tequila, sugar syrup, blueberries, mint, and fresh lime juice with it.
5. Pimm’s Cup
The best time to enjoy a glass of fresh lemonade is in the summertime. The Pimm’s Cup is renowned for displaying it in such a stunning way. With a taste that’s simple but tasty, this British favorite combines spiced fruit flavors with Pimm’s Cup. Lemonade and all the fresh garnishes you could want are included in one of the drinks.
6. Tropical Bay Freeze
The flavors we love in tropical drinks are included in this cocktail. It’s a delicious summer drink made up of sweet pineapple, coconut juice, and cranberry juice.
7. Aperol Spritz
A light, subtly bitter, citrusy, herbal beverage with a slight sweetness. Summertime is best enjoyed with an Aperol spritz. There’s no doubt that this beverage is world-renowned, with its peak popularity occurring in the 2000s. Did you know it’s actually a classic cocktail from the 1950’s? It is no wonder that this Italian cocktail is so popular. The hype is definitely worth it.
8. Fizzy Mint Doogh
To quench heat and humidity, doogh, a salty, tangy Persian yogurt beverage, is the perfect drink. Mint and rose petals (and/or black pepper) are typically used in the recipe, but fresh mint adds a pop of color and flavor. Flat water can be used instead of club soda, but it adds a refreshing fizzy finish to the drink.
9. Limoncello Collins
John Collins, who worked at London’s Limmer’s Hotel in the 19th century, is most likely who named the Collins bar. To make the Tom Collins, you first need Old Tom, a sweet style of gin that’s becoming harder and harder to find.
10. Strawberry Vodka Lemonade
The fresh strawberry flavor shines through in this vodka-spiked lemonade cocktail. Three ingredients is all you need for this delicious recipe. This summer you’ll look forward to having this refreshing drink on the patio.
11. Famous Soggy Dollar Painkiller
one of the most popular rum drinks in the summertime. This delicious concoction can be found at many watering holes in the BVI’s. This is the Soggy Dollar Bar Painkiller recipe and a creamier version is available as well.
12. Red Sangria
The Sangria is yet another signature summer drink. An original red sangria can’t be beat for a fruity, refreshing taste. We eat lots of sugar and ginger ale here in the US, making Sangria go wrong easily. It has a nuanced flavor, however, which is how it was traditionally made in Spain. There is an excellent balance of citrus and sweetness in this bold, fruity blend.
13. Watermelon Cucumber Cooler
The two fruits watermelon and cucumber make an excellent summer fruit combination. Watermelon and gin blend beautifully in this refreshing cocktail that tastes like it just came from the garden. The recipe saves you from storing leftover watermelon from summer picnics. Don’t forget to garnish your cocktail if you want it to look more appealing.
14. Dirty Monkey Drink
In the tropics, a similar summer rum drink is called the Dirty Monkey. Most people are passionate about summer cocktails in places like Cancun, Cozumel, and the Dominican Republic; there, everyone loves them no matter what the season.
15. Gin Basil Smash
Basil, anyone? Love gin? A Gin Basil Smash is just what you need. The modern take on the Whiskey Smash combines peppery basil with botanical gin in a light, herbaceous drink. You would want to drink this summer drink in a cocktail glass. This is a refreshing addition to our summer cocktails and perfectly captures the feeling of standing on freshly-cut grass and holding melted popsicles in your hands.
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