Summer heat have you feeling thirsty? There’s no better way to refresh and enjoy the summer sun than with a classic cocktail featuring the best seasonal flavors. We’ve rounded up five of our favorite recipes here.


Keep it cool when temperatures rise this summer with this classic cocktail filled with zingy mint flavor.

Makes 4 cocktails

  • Ice
  • 6 oz light rum
  • 12 sprigs fresh mint, 8 roughly broken apart
  • 6 tbs fresh lime juice
  • 4 tbs sugar
  • Club soda
  • 4 slices of lime

Place ice in a cocktail shaker, then add rum, 8 broken up mint sprigs, lime juice, and sugar. Shake well and serve over ice in a highball glass. Top off with a splash of club soda, and garnish with a slice of lime and a sprig of mint.

Classic Margarita

Tangy and sweet, the margarita is one of the most popular cocktails out there. Mix one up the next time you’re enjoying a summer night on the patio.

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 2 lime wedges, for rimming glasses and garnish
  • ¼ cup kosher salt or coarse sea salt, for rimming glasses
  • 4 oz tequila
  • 2 oz Triple Sec
  • 1 ½ oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice

Place salt on a shallow plate, rub rims of glasses with lime wedge, then dip in salt to coat rim. Divide the tequila, Triple Sec, and lime juice between the two glasses and stir to combine. Top with ice and garnish with lime.

Red Sangria

For a summer cookout or festive night in the backyard, there’s no better beverage than a classic red sangria. This refreshing punch is totally customizable with your favorite fruits and wine. Check out more summer sangria recipes here.

Makes 1 pitcher (enough for 6 glasses)

  • 1 bottle Pinot Noir or other fruity red wine, chilled
  • 1 large orange
  • 1 cup thinly sliced seasonal fruit (Granny Smith apples, pears, strawberries, peaches, pineapple, or a combo)
  • 1 small lemon, sliced into rounds
  • ½ cup brandy
  • 1-2 tbs sugar or brown sugar, to taste
  • Ice, for serving

Slice the orange in two and squeeze the juice from one half into a pitcher. Thinly slice the remaining half and place the slices in the pitcher. Add the fruit and sliced lemon, then brandy and 1 tablespoon of the sugar. Pour the wine into the pitcher, stir, and taste. Add another tablespoon of sugar if desired.

Serve immediately, or let marinate in the refrigerator for 2-8 hours for a more fruity flavor. Serve in wine glasses over ice.

Long Island Iced Tea

Don’t let the name fool you—there is actually no iced tea in a Long Island. But this summertime staple is a refreshing beverage that packs a punch.

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz white rum
  • 1 oz white tequila
  • ½ oz Triple Sec
  • 2 tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ cup cola, or to taste
  • 2 lemon wedges

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour the vodka, gin, rum, tequila, Triple Sec, and lemon juice over the ice. Cover and shake vigorously. Pour the mixture, including the ice, into two glasses or beer mugs. Top with cola and garnish with lemon wedges.

Mai Tai

Take your next summer evening on a tropical vacation with this popular rum cocktail. It has all the bright, citrusy flavors we love about summer.

Makes 1 cocktail

  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tbs white rum
  • 1 ½ tbs fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz dry orange Curacao
  • 1 tbs simple syrup
  • 1 tsp maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 tbs dark rum
  • Mint sprig, pineapple slice & maraschino cherry, for garnish

Combine pineapple juice, white rum, lime juice, Curacao, simple syrup, and cherry juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds, then strain into an ice-filled glass. Top with the dark rum, then garnish with mint sprig, pineapple slice, and cherry.


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