Summer Cocktail Recipes You'll Want to Make All Season Long
What makes the ideal summer cocktail? It's refreshing, it's fruity, and it's well balanced, making it the perfect libation to enjoy while soaking up the sun by the pool or in a hammock. Bonus points for cocktails that can be made in big batches ahead of time so you can focus on relaxing with your loved ones instead of having to hop up and stir a new round of drinks every time you see an empty glass.
One of the most iconic summer cocktails is the spritz: a beautiful marriage of sparkling wine or water plus a liqueur. Go with a classic like the Aperol spritz, pictured here, or play around with different combinations of muddled fruit, a splash of spirits, and a bit of sweetener, all topped with your favorite bubbles. Another time-honored summer cocktail classic is sangria. A bounty of fresh fruit (any kind you like best will work, so try citrus, berries, melon, or stone fruits) macerates with sugar and brandy, then the heady mixture is combined with red, white, or rosé wine and served chilled.
If your imagination is conjuring up memories of a warm island breeze rustling through palm trees, it's time to get in on the Tiki revival. Classic and updated versions of fruity rum drinks like Mai Tais, Blue Hawaiians, and daiquiris will make all your tropical dreams come true. And no summer cocktail roundup is complete without a refreshing margarita. The Lemon Mezcal version we're sharing is a simply delightful twist on tradition.
Are you thirsty yet? Come check out some of our favorite summer sips, then get shaking, stirring, or blending.
Frozen peaches, rather than ice cubes, are what make this vodka-based drink so slushy and cool. It's easy to make a virgin version of this frappe by simply subbing water for the spirits.
Aperol Jasmine Spritz
Enjoy the season in true Martha style with a variation of her favorite cocktail, the Aperol spritz. It's a riff on the Jasmine, a classic gin cocktail, and will bring the perfect blush to your summer gatherings.
Lemon Mezcal Margarita
Boozy White Sangria
Macerated fruits like pineapple, honeydew, grapes, and kiwi soak together in this delicious drink that was practically made for summer. Best of all, it only takes 15 minutes of prep.
Shaken Piña Colada
Nothing says summer cocktail quite like a piña colada. Ours is shaken, not blended, and the taste transports you to a tropical island.
Modern Mai Tai
Sip on this summertime favorite. We recommend enjoying it beside the pool or on the beach to reach ultimate relaxation. This recipe contains four different types of alcohol and definitely packs a punch.
Rumored to be a favorite of President George Washington, this sour cherry cocktail is just the drink for summer.
This summer cocktail is exactly what the name implies—refreshing. Not only will it hit the spot on a hot day, but it only requires five ingredients to make. Watermelon, sugar, ice, lemon juice, and tequila come together to create one seriously lip-smacking drink.
Whip up this tiki-inspired drink the next time you want to take a trip to an island. The blue hue and frozen consistency will have you dreaming of a salty ocean breeze.
Spiked Elderflower Lemonade
This summertime favorite beverage gets an adult twist with vodka and Elderflower Cordial. It's sweet, refreshing, and just a little tart.
The citrusy spice known as Sumac is used to make simple syrup in this tasty drink. Add a dash of alcohol of your choosing to give it a boozy touch.
Here's a Brazilian classic that's outrageously delicious. It's made with cachaca, a spirit derived from sugarcane, fresh muddled ginger, and lime.
Amp up your summer brunch menu with this refreshing take on a Bellini. It's made with chilled brut sparkling white wine, raspberries, pineapple juice, seltzer, and vanilla extract.
Toast to the summer days ahead with this crisp, tasty cocktail. All you need is prosecco, limoncello, and a sprig of fresh rosemary to make this warm-weather delight.
This tiki-inspired summer cocktail uses a vanilla-and-star-anise syrup, white rum, seltzer, and maraschino cherries for a dose of sweetness.