It’s the most wonderful time of the year because it’s summer! And with summer comes all the best Summer Cocktails.
Here you’ll find a delicious variety of the best summer cocktails to choose from. There are easy summer cocktails you can create when you’re short on time. Plus, several extra refreshing summer cocktails because, well, it’s hot outside and these cocktails are cool.
If you’re looking for a particular liquor for your summer cocktails recipes, check out the section below on summer rum drinks or summer cocktails with vodka (although several are sprinkled throughout this list).
Easy Summer Cocktails
Here are a few easy summer cocktails for those busy days or lazy days when you’re ready for a cool summer drink without any fuss. Pour, stir and sip. Quick and easy yet still deliciously satisfying.
Pineapple Rum Punch – All you need are just 3-4 simple ingredients (depending on if you’re adding a floater). In a matter of a few minutes, you’ll have a refreshing rum punch cocktail in your hands.
Tropical Bay Breeze – This cocktail includes all the tropical drink flavors we love. Sweet pineapple, coconut and cranberry juice create a tasty summer drink for sipping by the pool or even better… the beach!
The Bullfrog – With just two ingredients, this vodka drink is the easiest of all summer cocktails. This happens to be my go-to batch summer cocktail when I need to serve a delicious drink for guests in a snap. It’s so easy and everyone loves it. Win-win, right?
Red White and Berry Vodka Lemonade – An easy patriotic cocktail is nice to have in your recipe collection. Beautiful 4th of July layered drinks are wonderful but sometimes you just want a delicious and simple drink that’s easy to serve a crowd.
Refreshing Summer Cocktails
When the temperatures rise it’s time to start making refreshing summer cocktails. Here are several summer cocktail recipes perfectly refreshing to keep you cool this summer.
Mermaid Water – Summer is the perfect season to enjoy this Mermaid Water drink. Refreshing pineapple juice and two types of rum plus Blue Curacao for this magical green-blue color.
Strawberry Mojito – Using mint is a sure way to make refreshing summer cocktails. Change up the traditional Mojito for this cool summer strawberry version.
Sparkling Crown Royal Peach Mixed Drink – Crown Royal Peach is a summer cocktail dream. Enjoy this Crown Peach mixed drink with a bubbly fizz for a refreshing effervescent cocktail.
Strawberry Margaritas on the Rocks – Oh, this Margarita is extra refreshing. Mix fresh strawberries with lime and tequila for a delish summer cocktail.
The Crown Peach Beach – the best summer cocktails are made with peach whisky! Crown Peach with pineapple juice and orange juice combine to make a fruity summer cocktail.
Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Drink – The sweet and tart of Strawberry Lemonade vodka mixed with a delightful pink lemonade bubbly is a thirst-quenching refreshing summer cocktail.
Summer Rum Drinks
Summer is the time for rum! It reminds us of the islands and tropical getaways where rum is as popular as the beaches. Here are a few of our favorite summer cocktails made with rum.
Lava Flow – This Hawaiian inspired cocktail is extra creamy because there is no ice in this drink. Follow the special pouring procedure to make the strawberry puree creep up the sides of the glass for the signature Lava Flow look.
The Electric Smurf – another colorful and fun summer cocktail! Get a taste of the islands with Malibu Coconut Rum, pineapple juice, Blue Curacao and topped with lemon-lime soda for a little refreshing bubbly taste. The best summer cocktails are blue, right?
Famous Soggy Dollar Painkiller – The Painkiller is a pretty famous summer rum drink. In the BVI’s every watering hole offers this delicious concoction. Here is the actual Soggy Dollar Bar Painkiller recipe as well as an option to pump up the creaminess.
Dirty Monkey Drink – The Dirty Monkey is another summer rum drink popular in the tropics. It’s most famous in places like Cancun and Cozumel and the Dominican Republic where everyone’s loving summer cocktails year round.
Blue Hawaiian – Don’t you just love gorgeous colored summer cocktail recipes? Here’s another rum and Blue Curacao tropical drink that will be fun to serve up this summer.
Summer Cocktails with Vodka
Vodka is a light and refreshing liquor that’s practically made for summers. Try these favorite summer cocktail recipes featuring a variety of vodka flavors
Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Shots – Strawberry Lemonade is a quintessential summer drink and it’s even better when spiked with vodka for a sweet and tart shot recipe.
The Blue Lagoon – Bright blue summer cocktails are so fun! This one is also a delicious lemonade cocktail, perfect for a thirst-quenching summer drink!
Deep Eddy Vodka Lemonade Fizz – Lemonade summer cocktails are possibly the most refreshing cocktails. Try this Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka, champagne and lemonade on a hot summer day.
Dirty Banana – The Dirty Banana is another summer cocktail recipe popular in the islands. You simply can’t go wrong with vodka, Kahlua, banana, coconut and chocolate!
Pineapple Strawberry Vodka Slush – Pineapple and strawberries are the best fruits for summer cocktail recipes. This refreshing drink is perfect all summer long.
A Few More Summer Cocktail Recipes
- Easy Pitcher Pina Coladas – best pina colada recipe and probably the most popular of all summer cocktails!
- Hawaiian Mai Tai – the real deal, authentic Hawaiian recipe.
- Strawberries and Cream Whipped Vodka Cocktail – Strawberry and vodka with ice cream – delish!
- Crown Royal Peach Tea Recipe (3 Ways!) – 3 Recipes for a delicious Crown Royal Peach Tea drink.
- Crown Royal Peach Lemonade – Tasty lemonade with a touch of peach juice and Crown Royal Peach Whisky.
If you want to check out all our summer cocktail recipes, scroll through the category to find more easy and refreshing summer cocktails.
Enjoy your summer filled with summer cocktails. Cheers!