We’re allllll about mulled wine and buttered rum in the winter. But once the hot weather hits and the days are long, we crave refreshing, fruity libations almost instantly. Here are 30 summer cocktails to shake up at home this season, from an authentic piña colada to a frozen Aperol spritz.
30 Summer Cocktails That Anyone Can Mix Up at Home
1. Portable Summer Sippers
No one should be forced to play bartender at their own soiree. Set these premade coolers made with raspberry vodka and fresh lime juice out in a bucket of ice instead and join the party.
6. Piña Colada
If you’re wondering how to make this iconic rum-based cocktail the *right* way, take it from the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The drink was invented there, after all.
7. White Sangria With Peaches And Berries
Aka the easiest way to quench a crowd’s thirst. Start with frozen peaches and raspberries to cut back on chilling time.
8. Brazilian Breezer
This gem requires a bit of hindsight (the pineapple-infused tequila and coconut rum will need a week’s worth of patience), but it’s so, so worth the wait.
10. Bloody Mango Cocktail
Looks like Mary hopped a flight to a tropical island to live her best life. Think a simplified, vodka-based bloody with the addition of fresh lemon juice, mango nectar and a dash of sriracha.
12. The Lono Tiki Cocktail
Named for the Hawaiian god of fertility, this cocktail boasts silver, coconut and dark rums, hazelnut liqueur and all the tropical fruit.
14. Queen’s Park Swizzle
This mix of lime, mint and rum is dangerously close to a mojito, save for the Angostura aromatic bitters.
16. Peach Sun Tea And Bourbon Cocktail
This Southern-style sipper is sweetened with maple syrup before it’s spiked with bourbon and peach brandy.
18. Watermelon Limoncello Prosecco Slushies
Bust out the blender to turn frozen, cubed watermelon into the most refreshing elixir known to man.
19. Strawberry Melon Elderflower Pimm’s Cup
Pimm’s is a gin-based spirit infused with spices, orange and herbal botanicals. So, pairing it with fresh summer produce and St-Germain is just plain genius.
21. Strawberry Peach Sweet Tea Julep Pitcher
This crowd-pleaser has Derby Day written all over it. It’s got classic ingredients like mint and bourbon, along with fresh fruit juices and green tea.
25. Rosé Raspberry Lavender Spritzer
Have you ever had Hangar’s Rosé Vodka? The blush-colored spirit with notes of apple, cranberry and sweet pea blossom tastes divine with the raspberry-lavender syrup, but feel free to substitute plain vodka or omit it completely.
28. Tropical Wine Slushies
Pro tip: Always use frozen fruit for blended cocktails, including this Moscato number. That way, you won’t have to dilute the drinks by adding plain ice.
30. Strawberry Moscow Mule
Infuse your own strawberry vodka by combining the spirit and hulled berries in a jar and letting them sit for up to three days.