The Ultimate Summer Cocktail Guide

10 drinks to help you keep cool--recipes included

Hot days call for cold cocktails (natch). So we’ve put together this handy guide to get you through the dog days of summer and beyond. Ready thy cocktail shakers.

white sangria
Erin McDowell

White Sangria

Pitchers of this fruity wine cocktail will keep friends happy--and your white jeans stain-free.

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summer sippers
Erin McDowell

Raspberry-lime Coolers

Take these portable frozen cocktails to the beach, or serve them at your next barbecue so you’re not stuck playing bartender.

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blueberry ginger mojito

Blueberry-ginger Mojitos

All the minty freshness of a traditional mojito, plus tangy in-season blueberries.

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watermelon slim list

Watermelon Slim

You probably have fresh watermelon sliced in the fridge (it is summer, after all), so why not turn it into a cocktail?

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One sip of this grapefruit-infused tequila drink and you’ll never long for a margarita again.

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back nine

Back Nine

Guys. It’s an Arnold Palmer spiked with bourbon.

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dark and stormy

Dark And Stormy

Ginger beer + dark rum = paradise in a glass.

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hibiscus punch

Tequila Punch

Tiny umbrellas required.

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moscow mule

Moscow Mule

This updated recipe swaps ginger beer with homemade ginger syrup for an extra kick.

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dirty martini

Dirty Martini

When is this classic ever not in season?

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