The warm weather is upon us. That means it’s time to sit, sip, and enjoy the sunshine. For those looking for a refreshing drink to fill up your cup with, look no further than these summer cocktails. We will provide you with some cocktail recipes and ideas for a summer drink that is sure to impress.
Summer is a fun time to experiment with fresh and fruity flavors. We will explore ideas from frozen drinks to drinks incorporating in-season fruits and herbs from your own garden. There is sure to be a drink for every cocktail lover.
Summer Rum Cocktails
Rum is the base for some of our favorite cocktails. Let’s take a look at our top choices for summer rum cocktails.
1. The Strawberry Mojito
The mojito is a classic summer beverage with refreshing flavors of fresh mint and bubbly soda water. The addition of strawberries to this classic mojito creates a sweet and summery flavor.
Check out this easy summer cocktail for the perfect sunny day:
- 6 mint leaves, plus a couple to garnish
- 3 fresh strawberries
- 2 ounces of white rum
- 1 ounce of lime juice
- 1 ounce of simple syrup
- 4 ounces of soda water/club soda
To make this drink, yielding one serving, muddle the six mint leaves first in a cocktail shaker. Then, cut the strawberries in half and muddle them with the mint leaves.
Next, add the rum, lime juice, and simple syrup and shake with ice. You will then strain the liquid into a glass or tumbler over new ice and fill the rest of the cup with soda water. Garnish with mint leaves or strawberries to your liking.
2. The Classic Piña Colada
When we think of kicking back at the beach, holding a frosty drink, the piña colada is the perfect oceanfront companion. With a tropical mix of coconut and pineapple, it is the best way to bring an island feel to any summer day.
Follow this recipe that yields two drinks:
- 1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple
- 1 1/2 cups ice
- 5 ounces of rum
- 4 ounces of pineapple juice
- 1-ounce lime juice
- (optional) add a cherry for garnish
Here’s another summer cocktail to pour into your tumbler for long-lasting fun.
3. The Frozen Daiquiri
Finishing off our picks for summer rum cocktails comes the frozen daiquiri. It takes everything we love about slushies and ice cream but with an adult twist. Take the zesty, bright flavors and add the refreshing feeling of a frozen drink. With those combined, we have a cocktail that screams summer.
Find out how to make this summer cocktail that yields two drinks here:
- 4 ounces of white rum
- 3 ounces of lime juice
- 2 ounces of simple syrup
- 2 1/2 cups of ice
Blend ingredients together for a smooth and refreshing cocktail. For variations to this classic, add frozen or fresh strawberries to make a strawberry daiquiri. Other additions include mangos, blueberries, and bananas.
This drink really loses its pizazz when it melts. Rely on stainless steel double-wall insulated tumblers to keep the fun going all day long.
Summer Gin Cocktails
We love gin for its old-fashioned pine flavor, thanks to the addition of juniper berries. It is a neutral liqueur famously used in drinks like the gimlet.
Check out some of our favorites that incorporate gin:
1. Watermelon Cocktail
Now come on, we can’t talk about summer without including watermelon. We chose this watermelon cocktail for a sweet and summery drink. The best part? This recipe yields enough for six drinks.
- 2 cups cubed watermelon
- 8 ounces of gin
- 2 ounces of lime juice
- 1 tablespoon simple syrup
- 1 cup ice
Simply blend the ingredients together and pour into glasses or into your favorite tumbler and enjoy.
2. Gin and Tonic
The gin and tonic is another refreshing classic for your sunny brunch gatherings. It is simple and delicious, with a spritz of tonic water offering just the right amount of sweetness and fizz.
Follow this recipe to make a drink for one:
- 2 ounces of gin
- 4 ounces of tonic water
It is recommended that the gin is added to your glass or tumbler first. Then, pour the tonic water over a spoon into the glass. This technique is said to make the drink bubblier. To finish off your cocktail, you can add a variety of different garnishes, from mint leaves to berries and orange slices.
Summer Tequila Cocktails
We can’t have a list of summer cocktails without including our tequila-based drinks. Without further ado, here are our top choices for this season.
1. The Classic Margarita
To us, margaritas are the perfect summer night drink. They are a classic drink for hosting outdoor gatherings. They are simple to make, requiring only three ingredients.
- 1 1/2 ounces of tequila
- 1 ounce Triple Sec
- 3/4 ounce lime juice
Simply shake these three ingredients together in a cocktail shaker and strain them over ice. If you want to take the appearance up a notch, try salting the rim.
To do this, simply moisten the glass with fresh lime or lemon juice, then dip the rim of the glass onto a plate of salt. The saltiness enhances the flavors in the margarita.
2. The Paloma
If you enjoy sipping a margarita, then try the Paloma for a similar experience with a unique twist. The Paloma combines the same ingredients as a margarita, only with grapefruit juice added into the equation.
- 2 ounces of tequila
- 2 ounces of grapefruit juice
- 1/2 ounce of lime juice
- 1/2 ounce of simple syrup
- 1 ounce soda water
Shake or stir the contents together and pour over ice. Add the soda water as the last step and serve.
3. The Tequila Sunrise
Last on our list is the tequila sunrise. This drink is simple and refreshing, and not to mention, it looks beautiful. Impress your guests with this vibrant and fruity cocktail.
- 2 ounces tequila
- 4 ounces orange juice
- 3/4 ounce grenadine syrup
For this one, you’ll use a highball glass. First, you’ll add the tequila and orange juice and stir them together. Then pour the grenadine into the center of the glass; it will sink to the bottom to create the appearance of a sunrise.
Toast with Your Tumbler
It’s summertime, and that means hot weather and cold drinks. This summer, fill your tumbler with any of these fun summer cocktails.
Perfect for hosting or for an evening to yourself, these summer cocktail recipes are sure to be a hit. So start the summer right by grabbing your tumbler from Patriot Coolers and filling it with one of the best summer cocktails.