21 Tropical Drinks to Sip All Summer Long
These recipes are equal parts refreshing and delicious.
Tropical cocktails are the perfect way to get you in the summer spirit. Whether you're whipping up a mixed drink to sip by the pool or putting together your favorite mocktail to pair with dinner, these fruit-forward sips are guaranteed to transport you to your favorite beach getaway. What makes the beverages we're sharing so refreshing? In addition to being icy cold, many are topped off with fresh, juicy fruit like pineapple, kiwi, grapefruit, and more. Simply put, our island-inspired libations are guaranteed to cool you off and help you unwind.
Kick-off your menu with a tangy twist on a quintessential tropical drink that is the Piña Colada—our shaken rendition is pictured here, and it's a fun twist on the classic that requires a little less prep work. Who wants to pull out that bulky blender on a hot day? You can also chill out with the ever-essential Mojito, a summer beverage classic in our book. Treat yourself to the Cuban cocktail's blend of rum and soothing, cooling mint to beat the heat.
For something a bit more tiki-inspired, try our flavorful Mai Tai. With easy-to-find ingredients, it's a vacation-worthy sip you won't have to leave home to enjoy. Just don't forget your mini umbrella to add to the tropical beverage for a picture-perfect finishing touch. Looking for something tasty to sip on minus the alcohol? Our Grapefruit-Sanbitter Spritz is the staple you need on your mocktail list. This drink's mix of Italian red soda and tangy grapefruit is sure to surprise in terms of flavor.
From classic summertime sips to your soon-to-be new favorites, read on to find tropical cocktails you can enjoy anywhere—whether it's at the beach or your own backyard.
Lemon Mezcal Margarita
Mezcal replaces the traditional tequila in this tangy margarita, and the result is a smooth, slightly smoky refreshment—complete with a salt-and-pepper glass rim. The drink swaps out the typical lime juice you would find in a margarita and adds lemon juice to further balance the mezcal.
An authentic Brazilian beverage doesn't have to be too far from your reach, even in your own backyard. You just need to mix three-ingredients—lime, sugar, and cachaça—to create the official drink of the South American country.
Tropical drinks almost always start with a tangy fruit. Lime takes the lead in this classic recipe, complete with mint and rum.
White Sangria with Tequila
Sangria is best served during a summer get-together—and our twist on the original recipe makes for an even better party cocktail. Mix dry white wine and tequila with other essentials, like cucumber and lime, for a delicious take on the beverage.
Test out tropical drinks that the whole family can enjoy with this fruity spritz (just be sure to leave out the optional pisco, a South American brandy, if your little ones will be joining you for a glass). The bubbly creation gives it a kick.
It's the tropical drink you'll want to whip up all summer long—no alcohol required. The Sanbitter, an Italian red soda, brings the bubbles to this beverage. Ginger ale and grapefruit juice finish off the signature sip you can serve to friends and family for any summertime celebration.
Pineapple and Mango Rum Cocktails
Puréed fresh mangoes, pineapple juice, and golden rum make for a simple, mouthwatering tropical cocktail. You can make a big batch of the mango-rum purée ahead of time, so you'll be party-ready when guests arrive.
Daniel Webster's Punch
This sip is a great one-two punch—a beverage packed with flavor that can also serve large groups.
Put a twist on a typical Negroni recipe by dry shaking an egg white to add in the drink, making it extra foamy.
This tropical drink recipe only requires a few simple ingredients—pineapple and ginger being the essentials.
Kiwi along with cilantro replaces mint in this extra emerald-hued beverage. It's delicious and just the tropical taste to enjoy on a balmy evening.
Shake up a storm with this classic New Orleans cocktail full of rum, orange juice, and pineapple juice.
Dark and Stormy
This sweet-and-spicy mix of dark rum and ginger beer originated in Bermuda. Enjoy this tropical cocktail for an authentic taste—it'll bring out the sunshine any day of the year.
Pineapple Mint Daiquiris
Making a mixed cocktail has never been so easy or refreshing. Combine pineapple and mint to make this tropical drink that's sure to have everyone asking for another round.
You won't be able to resist this blue concoction! A blend of pineapple juice and brilliant blue Curacao gives this rum-and-vodka cocktail its signature hue.
This most iconic of tiki drinks couldn't be simpler to make. Just combine lime juice and amaretto with gold rum for a little taste of tropical bliss.
This potent pink beverage blends pineapple juice, gin, cherry brandy, Benedictine, triple sec, and lime juice for one scrumptious cocktail. Don't forget the bitters!
In another tiki classic, white rum, gin, brandy, amaretto, and citrus juices mingle under a floater of dry sherry for a delicious tropical drink.
Pineapple and orange juices, coconut cream, and gold rum will leave you feeling at ease thanks to this tropical drink.
Pineapple Guava Mocktail
Nothing says "tropical drink" quite like pineapple as the main ingredient. This fruity faux-cocktail adds passion-fruit juice to create the perfect ombré hue for a picture-perfect mocktail.