Summer is here. It's time to lay by the pool in the shade and sip a refreshing cocktail. Whether you're on vacation or creating your own paradise in your backyard, a cocktail can be the perfect addition to your relaxation time.
No matter your drink of choice, we've found the best cocktails for the summer. Drink responsibly at barbecues, pool parties, or other time spent with loved ones. Or, if you prefer, in the quiet solace of your own home.
Summer drink ideas can sometimes be hard to find, so here are the best summer cocktails to enjoy this season.
Sun-Kissed Citrus Cocktails
Did you know that there are 77 cocktail recipes recognized by the International Bartenders Association? There are certainly more than 77 cocktail recipes on the internet!
We've searched through the best ones so that you don't have to. Cocktail recipes don't need to be complex to be delicious or refreshing.
Arguably, the best cocktails for the summer have a citrus element addition to them. Citrus can help make your alcoholic drink more refreshing than you think.
The Greyhound Cocktail
If you're looking for a refreshing gin cocktail, look no further. The greyhound cocktail is a mixture of your favorite gin and grapefruit juice.
This cocktail is easy to make, so don't worry about a lot of steps and ingredients. It's a two-part drink, which means it's half gin and half grapefruit juice.
Salt the rim of the glass to make it a "salty dog" if your heart desires. Garnish with a lime or grapefruit and sip, sip, sip away.
If you prefer vodka, especially in the summertime, a vodka spritzer is a perfect summer cocktail. Mix vodka with a bubbly citrus drink like lemon-lime sparkling water or a blood orange soda.
The best part about this cocktail is that it's easy to make, and you can choose the citrus flavor you think is the most refreshing.
The best alcoholic beverages during the summer should always be topped with a garnish. Garnish with your citrus fruit of choice, kick back, and relax.
Fruit Summer Cocktails
If citrus doesn't satisfy your craving for refreshing alcoholic beverages, don't worry. We have more ideas of drinks for you to make.
One of the most popular alcoholic beverages to cool down with is the piña colada. If you're a fan of rum, this is the perfect refreshing cocktail.
Mix coconut cream, or milk, with rum and pineapple juice. Try it frozen by blending it with ice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry or a pineapple wedge slice. Or both, we won't tell anyone.
If you want something a little less classic than just a piña colada, try switching coconut milk out with mango-flavored coconut water. Now you have a mango piña colada!
This drink is perfect to have in your hand to make you feel like you're on a beach on vacation. And if you really are on a beach on vacation, it's the perfect drink to sip on.
Peach Mezcal Cocktail
Peach is a deliciously refreshing summer fruit. Why not drink a peach cocktail?
If peach is your fruit of choice, or if you want to try something new, try a peach mezcal cocktail.
In a mixing glass, muddle slices of peach after removing the pit and skin to extract the juice from the fruit. Pour the peach juice through a strainer into a cocktail shaker.
Then, add your ice, your favorite mezcal, agave nectar, and Angostura bitters. The bitters will add a cinnamon-y taste to the drink.
Shake everything up and pour it into a glass garnished with a peach slice.
Original Summer Cocktail Recipes
You can never go wrong with a classic cocktail. If you like your cocktail to be a little more standard or less complex, we'll remind you of a few original favorite summer alcoholic drinks.
Who could forget this classic tequila cocktail? Whether you want to stick with a classic margarita or try a different flavor, you can't go wrong with this summer cocktail.
Salt the rim of your glass before you begin. Rub a lime wedge across the rim of the glass so the salt will stick.
Mix and shake tequila, lime juice, and orange liquor with ice. Or, blend it with ice to make a frozen margarita.
The key to creating the most refreshing margarita is to add fresh juice to your mixture. Fresh lime juice, orange juice instead of orange liquor, or any fruit juice of your choice will make this drink more refreshing.
Try strawberry, watermelon, or pineapple instead of the classic lime flavor. Or you can easily make a Paloma cocktail by adding grapefruit soda for the fruity addition.
If you want a refreshing tequila drink but want to attempt something new, try making a tequila sunrise.
All you need is tequila, orange juice, and grenadine syrup. Garnish with a maraschino cherry or orange slice and enjoy this colorful and delicious drink!
Summer Is a Sip Away
Summer cocktails are the perfect way to enjoy the warm weather after a long day or week. Choosing the best alcohol can take the cocktail of your choice to the next level, so be sure to buy alcohol that is made with care.
No matter the alcoholic beverages you choose to make this summer, please drink responsibly. Choose a cocktail of your choice and make it for yourself or your friends and loved ones.
Now, kick back, relax, and enjoy the refreshing taste of summer.