With the dog days of summer wearing on, now is the perfect time to add a few drinks to your summer cocktail arsenal. I’ve got 17 awesome recipes from Pinterest to share with you. Some are classic, while others have their own unique spins – all will (briefly) let you escape from the sweltering heat. Cheers!
Like a margarita, but simpler, the Paloma is fresh grapefruit juice, club soda, and tequila, tempered with some simple syrup and a little lime juice. Easy, light, and so refreshing, this might just be your new go-to poolside cocktail.
2. Blood Orange Elderflower Gin Cocktail
Perfect for a summer wedding reception, this blood orange and elderflower cocktail is so pretty and tastes just as elegant. The vibrancy of the blood orange, the bubbles from the ginger ale, the botanical sharpness of gin, and the perfect sweetness of the St. Germain make for a sophisticated drink sure to impress.
3. Vodka Watermelon Cocktail
What’s more summery than watermelon? Maybe this cocktail, which jazzes things up with coconut water, lime juice, and citrus vodka. Yes, please. I want to blend up a big batch for my next trip to the beach.
4. Pimm’s Cup for Two
Britain’s favorite Pimm’s Cup is great for days when it’s too hot to fool with fruit juices – this recipe is just Pimm’s and ginger ale, and a few fruits for garnish if you’re feeling fancy. Refreshing and delicious with minimal effort, this drink is just what the doctor ordered.
5. Pineapple Jalapeño Smash
This is sweet and spicy matrimony at its finest. It’s also really easy to make by the glass, so if you’re enjoying your patio solo, you don’t have a pitcher to finish. Muddle the jalapeño, pineapple, and lime juice, top with pineapple juice and vodka, and voilà!
6. Classic Mint Mojito
Rum, mint, and lime – how can you go wrong? This recipe makes it even easier by subbing in simple syrup instead of traditional granulated sugar, so you don’t have to worry about dissolving it completely.
7. Strawberry Basil Margarita
Take advantage of strawberry season and whip up this mouthwatering riff on a classic marg. The strawberries add enough sweetness that you don’t need sugar – just a little raw honey for depth of flavor.
8. Classic Tom Collins
Any gin lovers out there likely already know about a good ol’ TC, but if you haven’t heard before, you’re welcome. Tommy C is a refreshing balance of sweet and sour made from ingredients I bet you already have on hand – lemon juice, powdered sugar, and club soda.
9. Limoncello Prosecco with Blueberries and Thyme
If you like a lemon cocktail but want a little more glamour, might I suggest this Italian bombshell. She’s gorgeous, bubbly, and zesty, with a surprising kick at the end.
If you can handle your bitters, this is the cocktail for you. Equal parts gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari, Negronis are hard to mess up and perfectly balanced.
11. Gin Fizz
A gin fizz is one of those cocktails that adapts well to endless variations, but it’s hard to beat the classic. It’s a light and citrusy cocktail, and is surprising creamy thanks to an egg white.
12. Strawberry Mango Daiquiri
If you’re craving a tropical, fruity, frozen drink, you can’t do better than a yummy strawberry mango daiquiri. This recipe calls for making a mango daiquiri and a strawberry daiquiri separately, then layering them in the glass for a colorful treat. If pressed for time, just throw it all in one blender – it’ll still taste great.
13. Garden Gimlets
For the ultimate garden party sipper, whip up a pitcher of these cucumber, lime, and basil gin gimlets. I like the addition of the optional celery bitters. They add a complexity to the flavor that makes the gimlets feel so fresh and botanical, a little je ne sais quoi.
14. Mint Julep
Grab your Derby hat and practice your “y’all,” we’re headed to Kentucky! The official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby, a mint julep is refreshing while still being very spirit-forward. It’s perfect for sipping slowly, whether on the rocks or over crushed ice.
15. Dark and Stormy
Dark rum, lime juice, and ginger beer make a full-bodied cocktail that’s still great for the heat. Bring the ingredients to a summer party for a fun activity that turns into a drink!
16. Maui Moscow Mule
A stunning party drink, this Maui Moscow Mule looks like a tropical sunset and tastes just as gorgeous. It gets its pink color from vodka distilled with passion fruit, mango, and blood orange, and that heavenly deep blue tint from natural butterfly pea flower extract. Maui Wowie!
17. Rhubarb and Honey Pisco Sour
A delicious twist on a Peruvian signature, this pisco sour incorporates rhubarb and honey into the traditional simple syrup. When shaken with pisco, lime juice, and an egg white, the syrup gives this tart and foamy cocktail a sweet seasonal update.
No matter what you’ve got planned for the rest of summer, there’s an easy and refreshing cocktail for every occasion. Which recipe will you try first? I’ve got my eyes on the Tom Collins, and I think there are even maraschino cherries in the back of the fridge…