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9 Super Easy Summer Cocktail Recipes

Written By Alex Park 11 Jul 2018
A dog with a cocktail in summer.

Summertime is for cocktails. Whether you’re hosting a BBQ, or a simple terrasse party, cocktails are good for any occasion, especially when the sun’s out. Looking for easy summer cocktail recipes? Something that doesn’t involve throwing in 100 ingredients together, put it in a blender on a specific setting that you don’t have, shake it exactly 12 times, then sprinkle some magic fairy dust you’ve found from the top of mount Everest?

Well, despair no more. Here are some super easy summer cocktail recipes to quickly get you from mixing to drinking.


Margarita Recipe

Margarita recipe

Ingredients: Tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, Simple Syrup, kosher salt, and lime wedge.

Why this cocktail is perfect for summer:

Widely recognized as one of the timeless summertime classics, Margaritas are also easy to make. In fact, it’s really not complicated at all. Just a few ingredients and you’re good to go. The combination of sunshine and refreshing sip of homemade margarita, it sounds so amazing. If you have a store-bought bottle of margarita in your booze drawer, throw it out. Don’t settle for less.

Starter recipe:

  • 1 1/2 ounces of tequila
  • 1 ounce of fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce of orange liqueur
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of simple syrup
  • kosher salt
  • lime wedge

Moisten the rim of your glass with a lime wedge, and sprinkle some kosher salt around the rim. Add Tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, and simple syrup in your glass. Stir it and add ice. Garnish it with lime slices or a lime wedge, it’s your choice. Then, enjoy it.

Watermelon Mojito Recipe

Watermelon Mojito

Ingredients: Watermelon, lime juice, white rum, and fresh mint leaves

Why this cocktail is perfect for summer:

It’s the weekend, so it’s crystal clear you’re going to need a great cocktail to celebrate. Do you like watermelon? Do you like amazing cocktails? Then watermelon mojitos are definite keeper. Loaded with many sorts of vitamins, such as A, B6 and C, this drink will help with the summer heat as well. It’s important to stay hydrated. It’s vegan, too!

Starter recipe:

  • 1/2 a medium size watermelon (about 4 lbs watermelon), seeds removed and cut into chunks
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup white rum
  • 20-30 fresh mint leaves, muddled
  • ½ cup simple syrup (optional)

Put your watermelon chunks into a blender for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Pour the watermelon into a large pitcher and add the lime juice and the mint leaves. Stir it, and add in the white rum. Stir again. Taste it and add simple syrup according to your preferences. Stir again, and pour into an ice-filled glass. Enjoy.


Mint Julep Recipe

Mint Julep

Ingredients: Bourbon, mint leaves, and raw sugar syrup

Why this cocktail is perfect for summer:

Mint Julep, designed to be a spirit-forward yet sweet cocktail, is simply perfect for the weekend afternoon and evening. Known for being the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby, an annual horse race in Louisville, Kentucky, United States, Mint Julep owes its heritage to the 18th century southern United States. Traditionally served in a Highball glass or Julep cup over crushed ice and garnished with mint. Easy to make, easy to drink.

Starter recipe:

  • ¼ oz of raw sugar syrup
  • 2 oz of Bourbon
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1 mint sprig

Add the lightly muddled mint and syrup in a Julep cup or rocks glass. Add the bourbon and pack the glass tight with crushed ice. Stir it well, garnish it with the mint sprig, and you’re good to go.


Ginger Peach Soda Recipe

Ginger Peach Soda

Ingredients: sugar, minced ginger, peaches, Seltzer, mint leaves

Why this cocktail is perfect for summer:

Okay this one's a bit more complicated, but look at the name of this cocktail. Ginger Peach Soda. How could it possibly go wrong? You only need a couple ingredients and you’re one step away from a sip of flawless summertime breakaway.

Starter recipe (for 8 servings):

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 tbsps of minced ginger
  • 2 peaches
  • 2 liter Seltzer
  • 16 mint leaves

Preheat your oven for medium-low heat. In a medium saucepan, pour a cup of water, sugar, and ginger until sugar gets dissolved. Remove the made syrup from heat and cool it down for 30 minutes. Get a medium-sized bowl and pour syrup through a fine sieve, and separate the ginger. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate it until well cooled. Get the peach sliced into 8 tall glasses, gently press peaches to release their juice. Pour 2 tablespoons of the chilled syrup over peaches. Add ice cubes and pour seltzer. Stir it until well mixed. Garnish with 2 mint leaves, and enjoy.


Red Sangria Recipe

Red Sangria on the table

Ingredients: Red wine, brandy, Simple Syrup, oranges, lemons, limes, and ice

Why this cocktail is perfect for summer:

Sangria, especially red sangria, is yet another typical summer classic. Its colourful and festive nature guarantees good time to everyone, especially when the sun’s out. Just seven simple ingredients, and a sip of this cocktail will let you know right away why Spaniards and Portuguese have been drinking sangria for centuries. Exotic adventure awaits you.

Starter recipe:

  • 750ml of bottle red wine, preferably Merlot
  • 4 oz of brandy
  • 3 oz of Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup of mixed chunks of seeded oranges, lemons, and limes
  • Ice

In a picture, pour the red wine, brandy, Simple Syrup and fruit. Cool it until the flavours are blended, wait 4 to 8 hours. Serve the sangria in chilled and ice-filled wine glasses. Easy.


Whiskey Lemonade Recipe

Whiskey Lemonade

Ingredients: raw honey, water, lemonade, whiskey, soda, lemon slices

Why this cocktail is perfect for summer:

If you’re looking for a refreshing summer cocktail with a sweet twist, you’re in luck. Whiskey Lemonade exists to serve your needs, and with a splash of soda, it becomes a fantastic addition to your weekend hangout with your friends, parents, or anyone for that matter. Good times guaranteed.

Starter recipe:

  • ½ cup of raw honey
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1-2 stems of your favourite herb with a few leaves for garnish
  • ¼ cup of lemonade
  • 1 shot of whiskey
  • ¼ cup of soda
  • Lemon slices

In a small saucepan, pour water and honey until it boils. Reduce the heat and add an herbal sprig, simmer it down for 15 minutes. Then let it cool for a while. Fill a short glass with ice and add the whiskey shot. Add lemonade, soda and simple syrup if you’d prefer. Garnish it with herb and lemon slices, then it’s good to serve.


Moscow Mule Recipe

 Moscow Mule

Ingredients: Lime juice, vodka, ginger beer

Why this cocktail is perfect for summer:

First of all, it’s really easy to make. With the right ingredients, you’re only few seconds away from pleasure and refreshing feelings that Moscow Mule offers to anyone who dares to try. 3 ingredients are all you’re ever going to need for this cocktail. Despite its name, Moscow Mule is rumoured that it was actually an American invention by a bartender in Manhattan, simply out of curiosity. Curious what it tastes like? Well, let’s find out.

Starter recipe:

  • ½ oz of lime juice
  • 2 oz of vodka
  • 4-6 oz of ginger beer

Squeeze the lime juice into a copper mug if you have any. Glass is fine. Add 2 or 3 ice cubes, then pour the vodka and cold ginger beer. Stir it with spoon, and garnish with a mint sprig and lemon wedge, if you’d like. Done.


Gin Tonic Recipe

Gin tonic

Ingredients: gin, tonic water, and lime slice

Why it’s perfect for summer:

Arguably one of the easiest summer cocktails to make, Gin Tonic is a super simple, yet a very refreshing cocktail. 3 ingredients and 3 minutes. Due to its simplicity, the overall quality of Gin Tonic depends on the quality of gin, so make sure you have a good gin. It’s light, and perfect for any occasion, really. Having a party yet not enough time to prepare for everything? Well, Gin Tonic is easy and fancy enough. It never goes wrong.

Starter recipe:

  • 2 oz of Gin
  • 3 oz of Tonic Water
  • 1 lime slice

Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Pour the ingredients, stir well, garnish with the lime slice. Now, drink.


Dark ‘n’ Stormy Recipe

Dark n Stormy

Ingredients: dark rum, ginger beer, lime juice

Why it’s perfect for summer:

It has been said that the key to making a perfect glass of Dark ‘n’ Stormy is all about the ratio between the spice of the ginger beer and the quality of rum that you’re going to use. A bit similar to the citrus nature of previously mentioned Moscow Mule, lime really brings out of the richness of the drink. So, what’s the difference between Dark ‘n’ Stormy and the Moscow Mule? Moscow Mule uses vodka, ‘cause you know, Russia.

Starter recipe:

  • 2 oz of dark rum
  • 3 oz of ginger beer
  • ½ oz of lime juice (optional)

Get your tall glass filled with ice cubes. Pour everything in. Stir, garnish with a lime slice. Simple, isn’t it?

So those are the 9 summer cocktail recipes. Now go out and have a nice drink all of you! 

And don't forget, watch out for those hangovers


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