Whether I’m by the pool, the beach, or imagining myself, refreshing summer cocktail recipes are my favorite way to beat the heat. Often for me, drinking a cocktail has less to do with alcohol and more to do with experimenting with unique combinations of flavors and Buzzer produce provides all the inspiration. Here in California, the produce from my family’s back garden has been the foundation of many summer cocktail recipes. Our lemon trees are in full bloom so naturally we’ve had plenty of homemade lemon juice to play with. The kumquat plant is the most prolific plant in our garden, which inspired us to find a recipe for kumquat mojitos recently. Minus one mishap with our mint plant being mistaken for weeds and uprooted, our environment has encouraged us to make the five o’clock happy hours unique.
My Instagram direct message chain with my mom is full of recipes we’ve tried and loved, so it was easy to put together a list of the 20 best summer cocktail recipes on the internet. Read on to sample some of our favorites, or let them inspire their own creations, and comment below on what you’ve been drinking.
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This is Camille’s official summer drink, so it’s only fair that it’s the first summer cocktail recipe on the list. “This light, bubbly cocktail with a nice touch of bitterness feels like sunshine and adventure and takes me back to this perfect day we spent in Italy,” she says. “I’ve worked to perfect my own classic Aperol spritz recipe and IMHO I have it nailed.”
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This three ingredient summer cocktail recipe is good for a restaurant and easy for a hobbyist. It’s made with exactly what you’d think: blended watermelon, lime juice, and tequila. That’s. So you have no excuse not to do this for your next summer happy hour.
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I usually prefer iced drinks over frozen drinks, but sometimes it’s so hot that only a cold glass of Frosé will do. This specific Raspberry Lemon Frosé recipe is very simple to make and is sure to impress your guests. I like to add a few drops of stevia instead of a simple syrup to give the cocktail just the right amount of sweetness.
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This cocktail makes me miss Italy, where every meal is concluded with a sip of cold Limoncello. Just four ingredients and ready in 5 minutes, serve this cool summer drink on your next Italian night to transport all your guests.
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This summer cocktail recipe is taken from Sheela prakashCook Book, Mediterranean every day. “Multiply the honey, water, and lemon juice based on how much you plan to serve,” Prakash says. “Combine all three in advance and, when needed, shake them with ice, divide between glasses, and top each glass with Prosecco. It’s a drink that feels a bit fancy but is extremely quick to prepare. “
It’s the summer of the spicy marg. With exciting new tequilas (has anyone else tried 818?) and endless flavor combinations, this has been my favorite restaurant order, and now I can’t wait to make this recipe myself.
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While it is true that I am not a big bourbon drinker, this cocktail took me by surprise. It really accentuates the floral tones of the bourbon without being too overpowering. Also, the final product of the blue / purple drink with the mint and blueberry garnish is just perfect.
This cocktail is like an adult version of my childhood favorite Citrus 2 juice from Pressed juices. Using lemonade instead of plain syrup gives it the perfect kind of natural sweetness, making it ultra refreshing.
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Nothing screams summer like pink sangria. Especially when the recipe includes three of the superstars of summer produce: strawberries, peaches and basil. Now is the perfect time to seize the season and whip up this light, refreshing, and beautiful summer cocktail.
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I couldn’t identify what this cocktail reminded me of until I looked at the recipe again. Defined Dish itself agrees that it has all the vibes of a watermelon Jolly Rancher in only the best of forms. This is the perfect cocktail for a hot day by the pool … or just a normal day indoors.
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The recipe includes vodka and spicy pineapple juice (is there anything that tastes more like a holiday?), Topped with crisp and fruity Prosecco. You could drink this refreshing spritz all summer long.
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Call me crazy, but I’ve never been a great Piña Colada girl until I tried it with vodka (additional accessories for this one using one of Austin’s best local businesses). This delicious three ingredient cocktail has no added sweeteners either, so your hangover will thank you.
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This simple recipe is a perfect base for adding any combination of toppings you want. We kept this fresh with clementines, blueberries, cucumber, and basil. Hmm!
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Classic mojitos were my first foray into cocktails, so it’s only natural that a hint of strawberry (my favorite food) in the drink makes this one of my favorite summer cocktail recipes. Like I said, summer is the time to consume all that fresh fruit creatively, so don’t let a recipe lock you in. Try this same recipe with whatever berries you have on hand and I guarantee it will be a crowd pleaser.
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You’ll never settle for a basic mimosa after trying this Thyme Plum Prosecco Cocktail. My Diary of Us reinvents the overlooked plum by incorporating it into this delicious drink that I will now crave at every brunch.
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This Thai basil and kumquat twist makes the classic mojito cocktail so much more refreshing, you didn’t know was possible. As I mentioned, we have a kumquat plant blooming in our front yard, so when my mom found this recipe on Pinterest, we both knew it would become a summer staple.
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If you are looking for a refreshing cocktail with just a hint of sweetness, this is the place. It feels fancy, but it’s easy to make and looks amazing in a glass. Next time I make this drink, I’m dying to try it with a light sugar rim. In addition, he sports cucumbers on his high season!
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This could be the summer brunch cocktail to end all summer brunch cocktails. With ginger beer other champagne, it’s extra fizzy and extra delicious. If you don’t have blackberries or aren’t a fan, this recipe would be just as tasty with strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries, too.
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Oh, the things I would do to sit on the beach with one of these spicy Serrano pineapple margaritas in hand. Fortunately, the flavor alone is enough to get my imagination going. It’s somehow spicy, sweet, and smoky all rolled into one, and the Tajin edge really makes my heart sing.
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The espresso martini is called “the most divisive drink of the summer“Here at Camille Styles, but I know where I stand on this matter. I am definitely at Team Espresso Martini.” Not only do I love the taste of coffee, but after a long day in the sun, sometimes it’s the only thing that will keep me going through the night. I have yet to make one for myself, but this recipe emphasizes well-made espresso (I always confirm that a restaurant uses real espresso before ordering) and gives you that perfect sparkling finish.
What should I try next? Drop your favorite summer cocktail recipes below.