Summer cocktail recipes – 6 best summer cocktails to try

Summer cocktail recipes – 6 best summer cocktails to try

There’s nothing better than the feeling of drinking a cool, refreshing drink on a scorching hot day… except if it’s a spiked, fruity drink. While the hot weather rages on, here are six easy summer cocktail recipes to prepare before heading outdoors. Each cocktail recipe is one serving – remember to multiply quantities as needed to make multiple drinks.


Whether its light, dark, or flavored, rum is a summer cocktail staple.

Blue Hawaiian

With pineapple juice and crème of coconut, this sweet and creamy frozen drink is your one-way ticket to tropical relaxation! Recipe
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz light rum
  • 1 oz blue curacao
  • ½ - 1 oz crème of coconut
  • 1 cup ice
Instructions Combine ingredients in a blender and puree on high until smooth. Serve in a chilled highball glass. If you’re not a fan of frozen drinks, give it a try on the rocks. Optional: garnish with a pineapple slice and maraschino cherry.

Malibu Sunset

One sip of this drink and you’ll feel like you’re on vacation! Combines flavors of pineapple, orange, coconut, and cherry for a beautiful, delicious cocktail. Recipe
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • 2 oz Malibu (coconut rum)
  • A splash of grenadine
Instructions Pour the Malibu, pineapple juice, and orange juice into a highball glass over ice. Give it a good stir, drizzle in some grenadine, and you’re done! Optional: garnish with an orange wheel and maraschino cherry.


Mojito The Mojito is a classic – but we like to mix it up with some lemon-lime soda! The most refreshing part of this cocktail has to be the signature muddled mint – perfect for sipping by the pool. Recipe
  • 1 ½ oz white rum
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Several mint leaves
  • Sprite
Instructions Add mint leaves, lime juice, and sugar to a highball glass. Use a wooden spoon to muddle the mint leaves at the bottom of the glass. Add ice, pour in your white rum of choice, and top with sprite. Optional: garnish with a couple mint leaves.


Vodka is a great liquor for mixing and can be used to create simple and delicious summer drinks – the Vodka summer cocktail recipes here feature no more than three ingredients!

John Daly

A fun, alcoholic twist on an Arnold Palmer – perfect for a hot day! (golfers come up with some pretty great drinks, huh?) Recipe
  • 1 ½ oz vodka
  • 2 oz lemonade
  • 2 oz iced tea
Instructions Combine ingredients in a highball glass over ice. That’s it! Optional: garnish with a lemon wedge.

Hairy Naval

Although the name may not seem appealing, this delicious cocktail marries the flavors of orange and peach with a swirl of vodka. It will be hard to have just one! Recipe
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Peach Schnapps
  • 4 oz orange juice
Instructions Combine ingredients in a highball glass over ice.


This is a summer cocktail recipe list, after all – it would be a crime to exclude the margarita!


Margarita This cocktail combines the fresh taste of citrus with a little sweetness and a salted rim – definitely a classic for a reason. Recipe
  • 1 ½ oz Silver tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
Instructions To salt the rim: Use a lime wedge to moisten the rim of a margarita or glass, and dip into a small dish of coarse salt. We recommend a cocktail shaker for this one! Add all ingredients into the shaker with ice, secure the lid, and shake until frosted. Strain into your salt-rimmed glass and you’re done! Optional: garnish with a lime wheel. If you’re feeling adventurous, add a splash of pineapple juice, strawberry puree, or both! You can also combine the ingredients in a blender for a frozen version instead. Here are the best summer cocktail recipes to try out and always remember to drink responsibly. Happy summer!