6 Easy & Refreshing Summer Cocktail Recipes

Summer is just around the corner, and you know what that means! Enjoy the fresh, vibrant, bold flavors of summer. Break out the cocktail shakers and beat the heat with these fun summer cocktail recipes!

Watermelon Vodka Cocktail

The arrival of summer can't be complete without watermelon, an undeniable summer fruit. This fresh summer cocktail will be your best friend at the poolside or beach!

Muddle a lime wedge and 4-5 cubes of seeded watermelon in your cocktail shaker. Add ice, vodka, and simple syrup. Shake and strain into a highball glass over crushed ice. Top it off with club soda, and there you have it! Top this one off with a watermelon wedge as garnish.

Frozen Strawberry Daquiri

If you don't own a cocktail shaker but still want in on the fun, this is an easy blender drink that'll quench your thirst in no time! Rum and strawberries are a match made in heaven, giving you a fruity punch of flavor that's just perfect for the summer. Add the following to your blender:

  • Ice
  • Strawberries
  • White rum
  • Lime juice
  • Simple syrup.

Blend it up, pour it into your cocktail glass, and it's ready. You can garnish it with either a mint sprig or a strawberry, both are fun options that freshen up your drink.

Zesty Summer Margarita

Chilly Margaritas are a summer classic, you can't go without one this season! This reinterpretation of the summer drink uses a fruity pineapple tequila, adding a fun twist for the adventurous drinkers out there.

Start by rimming your glass with a lime wedge. Afterward, dip the rim of the glass in salt to coat. In your cocktail shaker, add the following:

  • Pineapple tequila
  • Lime juice
  • Ice
  • Orange liqueur
  • Agave

Shake, strain, and garnish with a lime wedge to get the perfect summer Margarita.

Ranch Water

If you want to enjoy a Margarita, but prefer your drinks to be less sweet and fizzier, try this simple Ranch Water recipe. It's an effervescent, dressed-down Margarita. No frills and no fuss in this drink that only consists of three ingredients.

Just fill your glass with ice, add tequila, lime juice, and sparkling water, and you're good to go! Serve garnished with a lime wedge for an extra citrusy kick.

Classic Mai Tai

If you're ever in a tropical mood, you can never go wrong with a Mai Tai! If you've ever been at a Tiki resort or bar, you've seen this drink at least once.

Rim your glass with a lime wedge, and dip your rim into chili powder to coat. Stir rum, orange juice, lime juice, Curaçao, and orgeat syrup into your glass. Subsequently, fill with glass and pour in grenadine. Garnish with the fresh fruit of your choice for a tropical experience!

Piña Colada

Feeling nostalgic? Bring the resort to your home by recreating this iconic drink!

Blend some frozen pineapple and ice until you get a chunky consistency, and add aged rum, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and lime juice until smooth. Serve with a cocktail cherry and a drink umbrella for bonus points!