The 15 Best Summer Cocktails for a Warm Weather Buzz

Whatever your spirit of choice, these drinks will keep you cool through the hottest months.

best summer cocktails
Tyler Joe

A cocktail in the summertime has a singular purpose: It must make you feel cool. We mean cool in the literal sense of the word. Cool, like soft breezes, salty ocean spray, and the crisp air from AC units. Cool, like the hose water in that inflatable pool you may or may not have panic-purchased as you looked ahead to a summer spent in at least partial isolation. That's the kind of cool a strong Negroni brings to your evening, or a Julep with fresh mint. You'll find it in any number of rum drinks, particularly the frozen ones like a Piña Colada or Pain Killer. It's what makes those hot-weather tequila staples (oh yeah, it's Margarita season) so damn refreshing.

These classic summer cocktail recipes, which range from simple to more intensive concoctions, are ideal for hot weather drinking. Master a handful—a Mojito is particularly impressive and almost too drinkable when it's good—and you'll have yourself a happy hour cocktail menu stored in your brain. So log off, shut down, or hang up. Depart the home office for your kitchen, back deck, or front drive, where you can nurse the cocktail you just mixed. And, as always, stay cool.

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Margarita
margarita
Tyler Joe

Ingredients

2 oz. silver tequila
• 1 oz. Cointreau
• 1 oz. lime juice
• coarse salt

Directions

im电竞官网-Chill a cocktail glass, and then rub its rim with lime juice and dip it in coarse salt. Add tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and ice together in a cocktail shaker. Shake and then strain into the glass over ice.

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Negroni
best spring cocktail recipes

Ingredients

• 1 oz. London dry gin
• 1 oz. Campari
• 1 oz. vermouth rosso

Directions

Add the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker. Stir well with cracked ice. Strain into a glass over cubed ice. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.

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Long Island Iced Tea
long island iced tea
Tyler Joe

Ingredients

• 1/2 oz. vodka
• 1/2 oz. gin
• 1/2 oz. white rum
• 1/2 oz. silver tequila
• 1/2 oz. Cointreau
• 3/4 oz. lemon juice
• 2 tsp. simple syrup
im电竞官网-• 3/4 oz. Mexican Coke

Directions

Shake ingredients (except Mexican Coke), then strain into a Collins glass over crushed ice. Top with Coke and garnish with a lemon twist.

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Mojito
mojito
Tyler Joe

Ingredients

• 2 oz. white rum
• 1/2 oz. lime juice (squeezed fresh)
• 1 tsp. superfine sugar
• 3 mint leavesclub soda or seltzer

Directions

In a smallish Collins glass, muddle lime juice with 1/2 to 1 tsp. superfine sugar. Add the mint leaves, mushing them against the side of the glass. Fill glass 2/3 with cracked ice and pour in the rum. Pitch in the squeezed-out lime shell and top off with club soda or seltzer.

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Mai Tai
best rum cocktails

Ingredients

• 2 oz. dark rum
• 1 oz. lime juice
• 1/2 oz. orange curaçao
• 1/2 oz. orgeat syrup
• 1/8 oz. rock candy syrup

Directions

im电竞官网-Shake ingredients with cracked ice in a chilled cocktail shaker. Pour unstrained into a large Collins glass (or tiki mug). Garnish with half a lime shell and a sprig of mint.

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Piña Colada
best rum cocktails

Ingredients

• 2 1/2 oz. rum
• 3 oz. pineapple juice
• 1 oz. coconut cream
• ice

Directions

Start with the rum. Then combine with unsweetened pineapple juice (you can sub in 3 ounces crushed or whole pineapple), and coconut cream in a blender. Blend on high with a cup or so of crushed ice, or 5 or 6 ice cubes. Pour into a tall glass. Garnish with whatever you've got.

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Mint Julep
best spring cocktail recipes

Ingredients

• 3 oz. bourbon
• 5-6 mint leaves
im电竞官网-• 1 tsp. sugar

Directions

Place mint leaves in the bottom of a pre-chilled, dry pewter cup. Add sugar and crush slightly with a muddler. Pack glass with finely cracked ice, then pour a generous 3 ounces of Kentucky bourbon over the ice. Stir briskly until the glass frosts. Add more ice and stir again before serving. Stick a few sprigs of mint into the ice to get the aroma.

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Painkiller
best rum cocktails

Ingredients

• 3 oz. dark or gold rum
• 2 1/2 oz. pineapple juice
• 1 oz. orange juice
• 1 oz. coconut cream

Directions

Shake ingredients well with ice in cocktail shaker. Strain into a hurricane glass over fresh ice. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

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Sangria
best spring cocktail recipes

Ingredients

• 1 bottle red table wine
• 1/2 c. brandy
• 1/2 c. orange juice
• 1/2 c. pomegranate juice
• 2 c. sparkling water
• 1/4 c. simple syrup
• orange slices
• apple slices
• blackberries
im电竞官网-• pomegranate seeds

Directions

Stir all of the ingredients together in a pitcher. Put the pitcher in the refrigerator and let stand overnight. Pour sangria into glasses. Garnish with an orange wedge.

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Rum Runner
best rum cocktails

Ingredients

• 1 oz. light rum
• 1 oz. dark rum
• 1 oz. banana liqueur
• 1 oz. blackberry liqueur
• 1 oz. orange juice
• 1 oz. pineapple juice
• splash of grenadine

Directions

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a glass over fresh ice. Garnish with fresh fruit.

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Daiquiri
daiquiri
Tyler Joe

Ingredients

• 2 oz. white rum
• 1/2 tsp. superfine sugar
• 1/2 oz. lime juice

Directions

Squeeze the lime into your shaker, stir in the sugar, and then add the rum. Shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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Paloma
la paloma
Tyler Joe

Ingredients

• 2 oz. tequila
• 1/2 oz. lime juice
• pinch of salt
• grapefruit soda

Directions

Combine the tequila (reposado, preferably), lime juice, and salt in a tall glass. Add ice, top off with grapefruit soda, and stir.

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Hurricane
best rum cocktails

Ingredients

• 2 oz. dark rum
• 1 oz. passion fruit syrup
• 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
• orange slices
• maraschino cherries

Directions

im电竞官网-Combine rum, passion fruit syrup, and lemon juice with ice in a shaker. Shake until frosty. Pour into a hurricane glass filled with more ice cubes. Garnish with orange slices and maraschino cherries.

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Cape Codder
cape codder
Heidi's Bridge

Ingredients

• 2 oz. vodka
• 2-3 oz. cranberry juice cocktail
• 1/2 oz. lime juice
• club soda

Directions

im电竞官网-Pour vodka, cranberry juice, and lime juice into a Collins glass over ice. Stir. Top with club soda, then garnish with a lime wedge.

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Gin & Tonic
gin and tonic
Tyler Joe

Ingredients

• 3 oz. gin
• 3 lime wedges
im电竞官网-• 4 oz. tonic water

Directions

Add the gin to a highball glass filled with ice. Squeeze in lime wedges to taste. Then add tonic water and stir to combine. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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