Whether you're hosting a backyard barbecue, lounging by the pool, or simply looking to unwind after a long day, a well-crafted cocktail can transport you to a tropical paradise. As the temperature rises, we've rounded up six of the best cocktail recipes to help you beat the heat. From a twist on a classic mojito to fruity sangrias and a refreshing mezcal Appleliza, these cocktails are sure to become your go-to drinks all summer long. So, grab your shakers and mix up some of these refreshing cocktails for your next summer soirée.
The Mojito Express
From The Home Bartender
The Mojito is known for its refreshing taste and has become a staple drink during the summer months. This Mojito Express is a simplified version of the traditional mojito, using just four essential ingredients to create a delicious and easy-to-make cocktail.
Mason Jar Michelada
The Michelada is a refreshing Mexican cocktail perfect for a hot summer day. This beer-based drink is typically made by combining beer, lime juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and a pinch of salt over ice. This spicy and savory cocktail is known for its ability to cure a hangover, making it a popular choice for brunch or as a hair-of-the-dog drink.
From Frozen Cocktails
There's a reason Piña Coladas have become associate with vacation and relaxation. This classic cocktail combines the flavors of coconut and pineapple in a smooth and creamy drink that's perfect for sipping anytime you need a refreshing escape. And with the addition of triple sec, this version of the Piña Colada has an extra burst of freshness that leaves the drink nice and light.
Sweet Peach Sangria
From Season Sangria
Hosting a crowd? This sweet peach sangria recipe makes a big batch and is perfect for any outdoor gathering, from barbecues to pool parties. This is just one of the many summer sangria recipes you can find in Seasonal Sangria, featuring frozen and red wine options as well.
A Balcony in Chiba
From Tiki Cocktails
Looking for something a little more exotic? This vibrant cocktail combines shochu, Suntory Toki Whisky, passion fruit cordial, fresh lime and lemon juice, and an egg white for a frothy finish. It's light and fruity flavor make it the perfect beverage to end a hot summer day.
Don't be surprised if you find yourself sipping on this delicious cocktail all summer long! The Appleliza is the perfect balance of mezcal, lime and apple juices, Amaro Montenegro, and Cucumber Cordial, making it the perfect drink to enjoy by the pool. And did you know that mezcal is more intensively handcrafted than almost any other spirit, making it a true farm-to-table drink? While mezcal isn't as ubiquitous as vodka or whiskey, its actually very easy to work with and pairs beautifully with citrusy flavors for summer cocktails.
There you have it – six delicious cocktail recipes to elevate your summer. But this is just the beginning! If you're a cocktail enthusiast or simply want to expand your repertoire, be sure to explore our collection of cocktail books. Our selection includes everything from beginner's guides to advanced mixology techniques. With so much to discover, there's never been a better time to shake things up and experiment with new flavors and techniques. Cheers to a summer of great cocktails!