8 Simple & Refreshing Summer Cocktails

These easy cocktail recipes are perfect for sweltering days when you just want a drink of something cool & refreshing. Here are 8 of our favorite ideas perfect for summer sipping.

Campari Spritz in a tall stemmed glass served with a red and white straw

Campari Spritz

Not only is this cocktail beautiful – just look at that color! – but it’s also simple to make with only 3 ingredients. Campari is an Italian aperitif that’s then mixed with club soda and processco. Add orange slices for a pretty garnish and then pile on the ice for a cool drink!

Hugo Cocktail with lime and mint in a large wine glass

The Best Hugo Cocktail Recipe

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This pretty drink is similar to the spritz cocktail mentioned above since it also includes prosecco. What makes a Hugo Cocktail different? It also uses elderberry, fresh mint and sparkling water instead of club soda. Once you try it you’ll understand why it became one of Europe’s most popular cocktails in the early 2000’s!

Three copper mugs are filled with peach Moscow mules.

Peach Moscow Mule

Add a summery twist to a classic Moscow mule by adding fresh peaches to the mix! With a homemade peach simple syrup, peach schnapps and peach slices this drink is much summer in cocktail form.

Two mango mojitos in tall glasses with orange straws

Maple Mango Mojito

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Sweetened with pure maple syrup this mojito recipe only takes a couple minutes to make. No blender required! This cocktail is made with mango nectar, mint and white rum with a touch of lime. Add sparkling water, then pour over ice and enjoy!

raspberry mango daiquiri in clear glass

Raspberry Mango Daiquiris

Easy to make and delicious to drink, these layered raspberry mango daiquiris are so perfectly refreshing. This beautiful cocktail is essentially a raspberry daiquiri and a mango daiquiri layered on top of each other!

Three stemless glasses full of French 75 cocktails with fresh blackberries beside them

French 75 Cocktail

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If you have never tried a French 75 cocktail, now’s the time to try it. Made with homemade blackberry sauce, lemon and champagne, sipping this drink is a luxurious summer treat.

Epic Grapefruit Salty Dog Cocktail Recipe-11

Epic Salty Dog Cocktail Recipe

It doesn’t get much easier than this Salty Dog cocktail. Usually served over ice with a salted rim, this simple drink is made with grapfruit juice, vodka and sparkling water with a touch of lime.

Blackberry Mint Julep - Sweet and fruity summer cocktail prepared with blackberries, mint, and bourbon. 

Blackberry Mint Julep Recipe

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This fruit-filled mint julep is summer vacay in a glass! It’s sweet, refreshing and after two sips you’ll have a smile on your face all day long. The flavor combination of blackberries + bourbon + mint is everything we want in a summer cocktail.

We hope you enjoyed these ideas! For even more, be sure to check out our recipe index where you can browse thousands of recipes for every meal of the day.

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