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Summer Cocktails


posted: 05/13/22

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There is nothing better than sipping on cool refreshing Summer Cocktails in the heat of summer. If you need some cocktail inspiration, you’ll find what you are looking for here.

If you have a favorite summer drink recipe, leave me a comment below telling me what it is!

a collage of four summer cocktails with a graphic overlay

Sangria Recipes

To me, there is nothing better to entertain with than a great pitcher of sangria. And there are so many recipes that are perfect for summer.

White Sangria

This White Sangria Recipe comes together fast with just a few ingredients and is so perfect for entertaining – refreshing, delicious, and so easy to make!
easy white sangria recipe for a crowd being poured into a glass

Red Sangria

Red Sangria is easy to make and the perfect balance of flavors. It is a true classic!
glass of red sangria recipe with an orange wedge for garnish

Tropical Margarita Sangria

A fun and fruity tropical twist on the classic white Sangria, this easy recipe is the perfect combination of a margarita and sangria creating the ultimate party drink.
pitcher of tropical margarita sangria filled with fruit

Cherry Sangria

Made with just four ingredients, this Cherry Sangria is fruity and refreshing. The perfect pitcher for just about any occasion.
a glass of cherry sangria

Sunset Sangria

Made with orange, strawberry, rum, this Sunset Sangria is refreshing without being too sweet. It will quickly become a favorite!
a close up glass of sangria with strawberries and oranges in it

Pina Colada Sangria

This Pina Colada Sangria literally takes less than five minutes to throw together, but is so insanely delicious that you’ll want to make at least two batches, since your party guests will go nuts for it.

Margarita Recipes

Give me a patio somewhere and a cold margarita with some tacos and I am a very happy girl.

The BEST Margarita Recipe

For the BEST margarita recipe, look no further! This refreshing classic comes together with only three ingredients so you’ll be in Margaritaville in no time. It’s easy to make a single drink or a pitcher in a matter of minutes. Tart, sweet, and the kick of tequila check all the boxes when it comes to a delicious cocktail.

Strawberry Margarita

This Strawberry Margarita recipe is so easy to throw together! And perfect to make as one or make a whole pitcher for a party. Ditch the strawberry margarita mix, this is all you need!
two margarita glasses rimmed with sugar and filled with strawberry margaritas surrounded by strawberries and limes

Jalapeno Margarita

These Jalapeño Margaritas are an easy spin on classic margaritas, and a cocktail that you are sure to fall in love with! Not too spicy, not too strong, absolutely perfect!

Strawberry Mango Margarita

This Strawberry Mango Margarita recipe is sweet, slightly tart and bursting with refreshing fruit. Super easy to make at home, this cocktail is sure to be a summertime favorite.
Close up photo of Strawberry Mango Margaritas garnished with sugar rims and strawberries.

Mojito Margarita

This Mojito Margarita is the perfect combination of two of your favorite cocktails! The balance of mint, lime and tequila is perfection.
small tumbler glass filled with mojito margarita recipe with salt rim, lime wedge, and mint sprig

Margarita Milkshake

Everything you love about your favorite margarita, in a dessert form! If thick, creamy milkshakes are what you crave, but you’re also all about the cocktails right now, I promise this one will not disappoint!
tall milkshake glass filled with margarita boozy milkshake with liquor bottles in the background garnished with lime zest

Coconut Margarita

This Coconut Margarita recipe is the perfect summer cocktail. Made with just four ingredients that are easy to keep on hand, you will sip this in the sun all season long.
close up of a coconut margarita in a glass rimmed with toasted coconut and garnished with a lime wedge

Frozen Cocktails

The ultimate cool down drink is a nice frozen blended one. I have several recipes that are perfect and most of them are only three ingredients!

3 Ingredient Pina Colada

Throw out your Pina Colada Mix, you only need three ingredients for this easy Pina Colada recipe. The flavor trifecta of pineapple, coconut and rum just can’t be beat when it comes to feeling and tasting that tropical vibe.
hurricane glass filled with an easy pina colada garnished with a pineapple


If you are a lover of Rosé, you have to try this Strawberry Frose Recipe to make all your summer cocktail dreams come true! Only four ingredients and so easy to make!
frosted glass of rose with two straws garnished with a strawberry

Frozen Moscow Mule

This recipe takes the traditional Moscow Mule recipe and spins it into this amazing and simple three ingredient Moscow Mule Slush.

Pink Party Punch

This Three Ingredient Pink Party Punch comes together in less than five minutes and is SO delicious! Its bright pink hue and refreshing flavor makes it the best party punch recipe!
frosted glass of three ingredient pink party punch recipe

Three Ingredient Wine Slushies

These Three Ingredient Wine Slushies happen to be Strawberry Wine Slushies, but using this recipe you could use any frozen fruit. You could even mix and match fruits for all sorts of different flavors!
glasses of strawberry wine slushies

Red White and Blue Wine Slushies

These Red White and Blue Wine Slushies are the perfect patriotic treat! Made with three different types of wine, frozen fruit and a little simple syrup, these are going to be your go to Fourth of July cocktail!

Dole Whip with Rum

There are only four Rum Dole Whip ingredients so you will want to make this anytime you are itching for a sunny warm vacation!
glass of vanilla dole whip with metal straw and pineapple garnish

Rum Cocktails

Rum tends to make the best summer cocktails. Here are a few I love, starting with my favorite.


Fragrant fresh mint leaves compliment light rum, bubbly club soda, tart lime juice, and simple syrup to create a cocktail that is delightfully refreshing and delicious! This simple recipe is balanced and just sweet enough, making it perfect for an evening on the patio or when you need your thirst quenched!
up close view of a high ball glass filled with a mojito cocktail, lime slices, fresh mint, striped green straws, and garnished with lime wedges and fresh mint

Dark and Stormy

Like a Moscow Mule made with rum, this Dark and Stormy Drink will be something you want to sip on all the time!
tall glass filled with ice and dark and stormy recipe, garnished with a lime wedge

Watermelon Rum Punch

Juicy watermelon pairs beautifully with tart pineapple, lime juice and delicious white rum to create a tantalizing taste bud explosion! There are so many tropical flavors happening in this recipe, I promise it’ll be a huge hit. You can even leave the rum on the side and make it a great kid friendly drink!
a tall pitcher of watermelon rum punch with a pineapple and a watermelon in the background

Pina Colada Rum Punch

With only FOUR ingredients, you can make this in about five minutes. Made with champagne and rum, it is a great twist on the classic Pina Colada and a festive punch for a crowd!
This Pina Colada Rum Punch recipe is made with champagne and takes only five minutes to make!

Watermelon Pina Colada

A pink and slightly fruity twist on the classic Pina Colada, this drink becomes even more refreshing to enjoy during those warm summer months!

Vodka Cocktails

When all else fails, vodka is the perfect mixer to create a great summer cocktail recipe.

Moscow Mule

This is the best Moscow Mule Recipe! Moscow Mules are such a popular cocktail because Moscow Mule ingredients are so easy to come by and mix together to make the perfect flavor combination.
moscow mule in sweaty copper mug garnished with mint and lime

Iced Coffee Cocktail

This Iced Coffee Cocktail is the perfect easy summer afternoon treat! Made with just a few ingredients, you will want to sip on it always.
two tall tumblers with ice, iced coffee, and cream swirling in them with metal straws

Pink Lemonade Vodka Punch

Made with just three ingredients, this vodka punch recipe whips up in a snap and can be stretched to please a huge crowd. The beautiful color, the icy cold tart flavor mixed with a hint of sweet sugar are what make this drink summer perfection!
stemlesss wine glass with a lemon slice and three raspberries skewered over a pink lemonade vodka punch

French 76

Bubbly champagne and tart lemon juice combine with vodka and simple syrup to create a chic and invigorating cocktail that is worth celebrating!
two champagne flutes with cherries at the bottom of them holding a French 76

Watermelon Vodka Tonic

This gorgeous vodka tonic recipe variation features juicy, ripe watermelon in its finest form: paired with alcohol! The sweet fruit, combined with tangy lemon vodka and refreshing tonic water will quench your summertime thirst and be a big hit at any gathering.
small tumbler full of ice and watermelon vodka tonic, garnished with a watermelon slice

Cosmopolitan Cocktail

The famous Cosmopolitan Cocktail, made with vodka, a orange liqueur, lime juice, and a splash of cranberry juice is your go to ladies night drink. This martini cocktail was made for book clubs, gossip, and laughter.
Photo of Cosmopolitan Cocktail with another cosmo and cocktail shaker behind. Lime wedges beside.

Cookies and Cream Pudding Shots

Cookies and Cream Pudding Shots are a magical little creation that combine cookies and cream instant pudding, milk, more crushed cookies, and cake flavored vodka!


Cherry Lime Vodka Tonic

This Cherry Lime Vodka Tonic is the perfect amount of sweet and tart. Such a delicious and refreshing drink that is only three ingredients and beautiful red hue! A delicious twist on a classic cocktail.

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says

    I’m going to make it my mission to try every single one of these this summer! I already got one under my belt :) Thanks for including me!

  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    Thank you for including me!!

  3. Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling says

    Wanna make it through the whole list by the end of summer?? (say yes!) Thanks for including me, Lisa!

  4. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says

    I am loving all the summer cocktails I’ve been seeing lately too! Love this round-up! Can’t wait to make a few of these this summer!

  5. Donna says

    Some of these cocktails sound delicious! Can’t wait to try. THANK you!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      You’re welcome!

  6. Maria says

    What a variety! So I’m time for the summer heat! Love to try them all🥰

    • Lisa Longley says

      Let me know which ones you try!

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