10 Easy Summer Cocktails That Taste Like a Vacation in a Glass

coconut margarita

Foodie Crush

What would a summer dinner party on the patio be or a day spent lounging poolside be without an ice-cold refreshing cocktail in-hand? If you're keen on playing bartender and whipping up your own tasty drinks served just the way you like, you'll want to experiment with a few easy cocktail recipes this summer. After all, a drink you can throw together quickly ensures you spend as much time relaxing and enjoying the season as possible.

Enter: these 10 easy summer cocktails. Each requires just a few ingredients and a couple of minutes of your time. Prepare a big batch of sangria made for sharing, or try your hand at a fun rosé spritz or fruity mojito. No matter your alcohol preferences, there's a quick and easy drink for you to test your mixology skills. Stock the bar and ready your shaker and muddler; these flavorful concoctions were made for summer.

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Rosé Sangria

rose cocktail

The Modern Proper

The Recipe: Rosé Sangria

The Hero Ingredient: Dry rosé gives this sangria a unique taste that's sure to impress. Plus, what summer cocktail would be complete without at least a dash of the pink wine.

Why We Love It: This Modern Proper recipe makes for the perfect summertime entertaining beverage. It's made for a crowd; all you have to do is toss ingredients like rosé, club soda, triple sec, gin, and sliced citrus into a large pitcher, stir, and wait.

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Lemony Lime Island Mango Mezcal Breeze

lemony lime island mango mezcal breeze.

Half Baked Harvest

The Recipe: Lemony Lime Island Mango Mezcal Breeze

The Hero Ingredient: This recipe calls for just a pinch of chili powder to give the cocktail a bit of bite. Paired with the undeniable taste of mezcal, it's the perfect combination of heat.

Why We Love It: This is the easy summer cocktail you didn't know you were missing out on. Forgo your usual margarita recipe for this Mexican-inspired treat. It's made with mango juice, mezcal, tequila, sparkling water, lemon, and lime for a smokey, fruity concoction that you can whip up in minutes.

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Coconut Margarita

coconut margarita

Foodie Crush

The Recipe: Coconut Margarita

The Hero Ingredient: Coconut cream. It gives the drink its intense coconut flavor as well as the desired creamy texture.

Why We Love It: A play on a traditional margarita, this Foodie Crush recipe ties in one of the summer's most popular flavors: coconut. Raid your fridge for some coconut cream and coconut milk and combine with tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, simple syrup, and just a splash of half-and-half. Shake it up and serve on the rocks for a restaurant-quality creation made in minutes.

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Smashed Berry Rosé Spritz

smashed berry rosè spritz.

Half Baked Harvest

The Recipe: Smashed Berry Spritz

The Hero Ingredient: Fresh fruit adds a punch of flavors to this easy summer cocktail. Be sure to muddle well to release all the juices to the mixture.

Why We Love It: Another Half Baked Harvest cocktail that you can make in one big pitcher, this smashed berry rosé spritz couldn't be easier to make. Muddle fresh blackberries, raspberries, basil, and lemon in the bottom of a pitcher; then pour in tequila, elderflower liquor, and a bottle of chilled sparkling rosé. We like to make it fancy by tossing in sliced peaches or nectarines.

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Pisco Orange Sour With Orange Bitters

Easy Summer Cocktail: Grapefruit Pisco Sour

The Modern Proper

The Recipe: Pisco Orange Sour With Orange Bitters

The Hero Ingredient: Pisco gives this traditional drink its signature taste. If it's not already sitting on your bar cart, be sure to pick some up to have on hand just in case the mood for this cocktail strikes.

Pisco is a clear brandy, but if you're not into brandy, you can use whiskey, tequila, vodka, gin or any other boozy spirit as your base.

Why We Love It: This pisco sour recipe from Modern Proper swaps traditional lemon for tangy grapefruit and angostura bitters for orange ones. Although the drink calls for egg whites, don't be scared off by the odd ingredient. Egg whites give it a frothiness that we can't resist.

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Pineapple Mojito

pineapple mojito

Melanie Makes

The Recipe: Pineapple Mojito

The Hero Ingredient: Pineapple juice makes this drink feel like summer. It's fresh, sweet, and combines wonderfully with the white rum and fresh mint.

Why We Love It: All you need to make this Melanie Makes refreshing mojito is six ingredients and 10 minutes. Muddle fresh mint leaves and limes and top with pineapple juice, simple syrup, white rum, and club soda. One sip and we feel like we're lounging seaside on vacation.

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Traditional White Sangria


Minimalist Baker

The Recipe: Traditional White Sangria

The Hero Ingredient: Opt for a bottle of sweet white wine to bring all the traditional flavors together.

Why We Love It: Gather up seasonal fruit like green apples, peaches, and strawberries to combine with lemon, lime, sugar, apple brandy, and dry white wine. The result is an easy traditional white sangria from Minimalist Baker made for sharing with friends. For something truly special, we like to freeze a few berries to use in place of ice cubes when we serve it.

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Sparkling Sage Grapefruit Cocktail

Sparkling Sage Grapefruit Cocktail

Salt & Wind

The Recipe: Sparkling Sage Grapefruit Cocktail

The Hero Ingredient: Sage acts as both an aesthetically pleasing garnish and a sweet-smelling topping to delight all the senses.

Why We Love It: Elderflower liqueur, sparkling wine, and grapefruit all scream summer. Salt & Wind combines these fragrant ingredients with vodka and simple syrup, stirs, and serves over ice with a few fresh sage leaves. The result is a beautiful, tasty cocktail made in minutes.

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Summer Radler With Strawberry Vodka


Little Bits of Real Food

The Recipe: Summer Radler With Strawberry Vodka

The Hero Ingredient: If you've never tried a cocktail mixed with beer, it's time to start. A wheat beer adds a summer flair to this fruity beverage.

Why We Love It: Though easy enough, this summer lemonade recipe from Little Bits of Real Food will take a bit of extra time and care to perfect. It's seriously refreshing and absolutely beautiful.

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Cucumber Coolers

cucumber coolers

Minimalist Baker

The Recipe: Cucumber Coolers

The Hero Ingredient: Cucumber, of course. This cocktail wouldn't be complete without the fresh, barely-there taste that lends itself to this drink. Think of it as spiked spa water.

Why We Love It: Cucumber is arguably the most refreshing food around. Pair it with gin, lime, tonic, and mint for the perfect easy Minimalist Baker's summer cocktail. You'll be left with a light, simple drink that's perfect for enjoying on a hot evening.

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