21 Refreshing Summer Cocktails

The best summertime cocktails are made with fresh ingredients and filled with fascinating flavors. Whether you're hosting a backyard barbecue or simply want a garden-fresh drink, there are many refreshing recipes to explore this summer. Break out the shaker because it's time to mix up the freshest cocktails of the year!

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    Pimm's Cup

    Pimms Cup No. 1

    The Spruce


    Summer is the perfect time for fresh-squeezed lemonade. Few cocktails can display it as beautifully as the Pimm's Cup. This British favorite is simple, pairing the spiced fruit flavor of Pimm's Cup No. 1 with lemonade and all the fresh garnishes you could want.

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    Strawberry Vodka Lemonade

    Stawberry Vodka Lemonade Cocktail

     The Spruce Eats

    A simple vodka-spiked lemonade, this cocktail recipe highlights the taste of fresh strawberries. It's a delightful recipe that mixes up quickly with those three ingredients. Perfect for a refreshing patio drink, it's one you'll come back to all summer.

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    Frozen Watermelon Coconut Mojito

    Frozen Watermelon Coconut Mojito

    The Spruce

    A tempting rum cocktail for two, it's hard to pass up the frozen watermelon coconut mojito. It has all the beloved flavors of summer, including coconut and fresh watermelon. Add the cooling taste of the mojito's signature mint and you're in for a real treat!

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    Blueberry Lavender Vodka Spritzer

    Blueberry Lavender Vodka Spritzer

     The Spruce

    Invite a few friends over and serve up this captivating blueberry lavender vodka spritzer. Designed for four people, you also get to show off your culinary skills with the homemade syrup that has the splendid flavor of blueberries and lavender.

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    Kentucky Buck

    Kentucky Buck

    The Spruce

    If whiskey is your liquor of choice, you'll want to mix up the Kentucky buck. The recipe's more complex than the average "buck" mixed drink, adding lemon juice, syrup, and bitters to the whiskey-ginger beer combination. And, there's a fresh strawberry muddle that's sure to capture your attention.

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    Lavender Lemon Drop

    Lavender Lemon Drop Cocktail
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    A fun martini that's perfect for a lazy summer afternoon, the lavender lemon drop is an absolute delight. To make it, you'll combine lavender, simple syrup, lemon vodka, and lemon juice. It's a familiar sweet and sour taste, and the gentle floral kiss makes it divine.

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    Watermelon Cucumber Cooler

    Easy and Fresh Watermelon Cucumber Cooler Aviation Gin Cocktail Recipe

    Aviation Gin

    Among the many amazing fruit pairings for summer is the happy marriage of watermelon and cucumber. The two shine in this simple gin cooler that has a fresh-from-the-garden taste. There's no need to stash that leftover watermelon from summer picnics with this recipe at your disposal!

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    Pomegranate Grapefruit Frosé

    Van Gogh Vodka's Pomegranate Grapefruit Frosé - Blended Rose Wine Cocktail
    Van Gogh Vodka

    If you have yet to experience the absolute joy of a frosé, here's your excuse to indulge in the frozen treat! The pomegranate grapefruit frosé is a blend of pomegranate vodka, grapefruit juice, and rosé wine. One taste will inspire you to toss more pink wine into the blender for your own custom frosés.

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    Grapefruit Shandy

    Refreshing, Made-From-Scratch Grapefruit Shandy
    S&C Design Studios

    Shandies are a summertime tradition and the grapefruit shandy is sure to bring on fun times. This twist on the original shandy offers the tart taste of a homemade grapefruit-ade. Make a full pitcher and it's always ready to be topped with a crisp wheat beer.

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    Raspberry Snakebite

    Raspberry Snakebite - Vanilla Porter, Hard Cider, and Fresh Raspberry Beertail
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    A rich vanilla porter, hard cider, and raspberry juice combine for a fantastic raspberry snakebite. The three-ingredient recipe is a great way to enjoy the darker beer in the summer months and the taste of the fresh berries offers an enlightening experience.

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    Rum Swizzle

    Rum Swizzle Cocktail
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    Swizzling makes a slushy-like cocktail without the blender. It's a fun approach to mixing drinks, and the rum swizzle is the perfect place to begin your swizzle adventures. The Caribbean cocktail is a fruity rum mix and you'll use a swizzle stick (or bar spoon) to churn it in a glass filled with crushed ice.

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    Eye Candy

    Eye Candy Cocktail

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    Fresh mint and ginger create the eye candy cocktail that promises a truly unique drinking adventure. This gin-based lowball is spectacularly refreshing, with the additional flavors of elderflower liqueur and a sprightly splash of soda.

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    Honey Deuce

    Easy Honey Deuce Cocktail Recipe - Grey Goose Vodka

    Grey Goose

    A cocktail designed for tennis fans, the honey deuce is a vodka lemonade you won't want to miss. The duo is sweetened with Chambord, offering a dark raspberry flavor to contrast the tart lemonade. Add a few honeydew melon balls and it's game on!

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    Basil-ica Cocktail
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    Basil is an amazing cocktail ingredient and the herb is center stage in the unconventional Basil-ica recipe. The drink offers a complex array of flavors, including Plymouth Gin and St. Germain accented by a sweet and sour muddle with fresh basil.

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    Strawberry Daiquiri

    Strawberry Daiquiri

     The Spruce

    The ultimate summertime cocktail, it's hard to resist a strawberry daiquiri! Whether you blend or shake it, this iconic rum drink is always a hit. While you could use frozen berries, there's nothing like a daiquiri made with fresh strawberries on a hot summer day.

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    Tomojito Cocktail with Tomato Vodka
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    The bloody Mary is a fabulous drink, but imagine making one with tomatoes harvested from your very own garden. The tomojito is that and so much more! This unique recipe uses homemade tomato-infused vodka, then builds on the fresh flavor with lime, a cherry tomato, and basil-infused syrup.

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    Pineapple Mimosa

    Pineapple Mimosa

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    Give your mimosa a tropical spin this summer. The pineapple mimosa pairs pineapple vodka with lemon and orange juices, sweetens things up with honey syrup, and tops it off with Prosecco. It's a fun, simple, and lively recipe.

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    Garden Patch Smash

    Colleen Graham's Garden Patch Smash Cocktail
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    If you have a fascination with berry-flavored drinks, the garden patch smash is the recipe for you. This tequila cocktail uses fresh blueberries and a homemade raspberry-lavender syrup and it's finished off with a floral spritz of lavender soda.

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    Tamarind-Pineapple Margarita

    Tamarind Pineapple Margarita
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    Of all the margaritas you can mix up this summer, the tamarind-pineapple margarita is one you won't want to miss. The cocktail features that fascinating flavor duo of tequila and tamarind with a little pineapple. Four ingredients and a whirl of the blender are all you need!

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    Rocky Cucumber

    Leaf Vodka Made from Rocky Mountain Mineral Water and the Rocky Cucumber Cocktail

    Leaf Vodka

    Cool cucumber and hot sauce combine for a clever cocktail that will spice up your summer nights. The rocky cucumber recipe features a smooth vodka and offers a taste sensation that you simply have to experience for yourself.

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    Apricot Sunray

    Hennessy Black Apricot Sunray Punch
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    Perfect for any summer soirée, the apricot sunray is a fruity punch that will astound all your guests. It's a Champagne punch unlike any other, pairing Cognac with blood orange juice and three apricot ingredients. The big-batch recipe ensures there's plenty to go around.