10 Summer Cocktail Recipes

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Summer is just around the corner, friends, and I have a feeling it’s going to be a particularly good one.

My goal for the season is to spend as much time with friends and family as humanly possible. Preferably outdoors in some form of Nancy Meyers-inspired linen ensemble with a festive, perfectly chilled cocktail in hand.

Should you like to join me in this thrilling summer plan, I’ve taken the liberty of rounding up my seasonal cocktail favorites below. Featuring a variety of liquors, flavor profiles (tart! sweet! herbal! spicy!), there’s a little something for every type of cocktail and mocktail lover.

Cheers to a fabulous summer, friends!

p.s. Don’t forget to be a little extra when it comes to your garnishes. A well-decorated cocktail is one of life’s simple pleasures…

10 Summer Cocktail Recipes:

Three glasses of Strawberry Thyme Coolers taken from above.
Strawberry Thyme Cooler

Made with muddled strawberries, thyme, lemon, vodka, and St. Germain, this refreshing Strawberry Thyme Cooler is perfect for all your summer celebrations!

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A short glass of Aperol Grapefruit Margarita with slices of grapefruit inside and surrounding the glass on a bed of ice.
Aperol Grapefruit Margarita

Fresh, herbal and delightfully strong, this aperol grapefruit margarita is perfect for summer sipping, but it’s truly a seasonless wonder.

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Two glasses of Watermelon-Basil Margarita garnished with skewers of watermelon and lime.
Watermelon-Basil Mezcal Margarita

Upgrade your summer cocktail game with this smoky-sweet mezcal margarita. (Decorative fruit skewers optional, but obviously recommended.)

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Two Strawberry Mexican Mules in Moscow Mule mugs surrounded by strawberries and lime slices.
Strawberry Mexican Mule

Kicked up with fresh strawberry puree, this tequila-based Mexican Mule is the perfect addition to any and all warm weather fiestas.

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Two glasses of Kiwi Kiss Cocktail garnished with a slice of kiwi.
Kiwi Kiss Cocktail

Bright, tangy, and refreshing this unique kiwi-laced cocktail is the perfect choice for warm weather entertaining. Pucker up!

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Two glasses of Cantaloupe Coolers garnished with slices of lime.
Cantaloupe Cooler

With or without a generous poor of rum, this sweet cocktail is guaranteed to become a favorite summer sip. (It's like a cantaloupe mojito slushie…)

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Three glasses of Roasted Strawberry Mojito garnished with limes slices and mint.
Roasted Strawberry Mojito

Upgrade your mojito with roasted strawberry puree. Seriously.

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Three glasses of pineapple Ginger mojito garnished with mint.
Pineapple-Ginger Mojitos

It’s got all the glorious flavors of the classic mojito (lime+mint+rum. duh.), but the addition of fresh pineapple puree and ginger simple syrup gives it an irresistible tanginess and the subtlest of kicks. It’s bright, it’s fresh, and it goes down far too easily.

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Three glasses of Cucumber Mint sparklers garnished with cucumber slices and mint.
Cucumber-Mint Sparklers

This bright and refreshing vodka cocktail gets its sparkle from a hefty pour of Prosecco. Party time.

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Two cups of Grapefruit Rosemary Mule in moscow mule cups on a platter with grapefruit halves and rosemary sprigs.
Grapefruit-Rosemary Mule

This delightful Grapefruit-Rosemary Moscow Mule is bright and refreshing with an unexpected herbal twist.

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Strawberry Thyme Cooler and 9 Other Summer Cocktail Recipes

Author – Serena Wolf

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yields: 1 cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup hulled and diced strawberries
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce St. Germain
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2-3 ounces club soda depending on personal taste

For garnish:

  • Sliced strawberries
  • Thyme sprig

Instructions

  • Muddle the strawberries, thyme sprig, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Add the St. Germain, vodka, and some ice, and shake vigorously to combine.
  • Strain the cocktail into a glass with ice and top with club soda.
  • Garnish with sliced strawberries and a sprig of thyme. Bottoms up!

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