9 Refreshing Cocktails Perfect for Summer

The temperature has been heating up, so cool down with a cocktail.

We’ve rounded up nine delicious cocktails that are perfect for the summer weather. Some of these drinks are frozen and fruity while others are smooth and minty, but they’re all boozy and refreshing. And of course, they’re all easy to whip up at home.

Frozen Strawberry Negroni

By Jeremy Ortel,
By Jeremy Ortel (Photo: Donna)

1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Bulldog Gin
1 oz. Cinzano 1757 Sweet Vermouth
3/4 oz. Orange Juice
1/2 oz. Simple
Garnish with a strawberry and an orange slice

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour and garnish.

Midori Colada

Midori Colada.
Midori Colada. (Photo: Midori)

2 oz. Midori
1 oz. Cruzan pineapple rum
4 oz. Colada mix*
Whipped cream
Garnish with pineapple and cherries.

Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a hurricane type glass and top with whipped cream and fruit for garnish.

*Combine 5 oz. cream of coconut and 8 oz. of pineapple juice in a blender without ice. 

Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz.
Aperol Spritz. (Photo: Dante)

3 oz. Cinzano Prosecco
2 oz. Aperol
1 Splash of soda
Garnish with orange slice

Pour the Prosecco, Aperol and a dash of soda into an ice-filled wine glass and stir and garnish. 

Freshly French

Freshly French
Freshly French (Photo: VSOP)

1.5 oz. CAMUS VSOP Elegance cognac
3/4 oz. Lemon juice
1/2 oz. Simple syrup
Garnish with a lemon slice

Add a lemon slices into a chilled glass and set aside.  Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake.  Strain into garnished glass and serve.

Summer Negroni

Created by Julie Reiner.
Created by Julie Reiner. (Photo: Clover Club)

1 oz. Gin
1/2 oz. Strawberry-infused Campari
1/2 oz. Strawberry-infused Aperol
1 oz. Cinzano Bianco
Garnish with an orange twist and strawberry slice

Stir and strain over one large ice cube and garnish.

Mint Mayhem

Mint Mayham.
Mint Mayham. (Photo: LUCID)

1 oz. LUCID absinthe
1 oz. Pineapple juice
2 oz. Lemon-lime soda
5 Mint leaves
3 Lime wheels

In a glass, muddle mint leaves and a lemon wheel. Add ice, Lucid absinthe, pineapple juice and top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wheel.

Mr. P Gin and Tonic

Created by Nico Szymanski.
Created by Nico Szymanski. (Photo: Mr. Purple)

1.75 oz. Hendrick’s gin
1.75 oz. House tonic syrup
.5 oz. fresh lime juice
3.5 oz. soda water
Garnish with a lime wedge

 Build cocktail in a tin without ice. Pour over ice into a highball glass and garnish.

The Crooner  

By Pamela Wiznitzer.
By Pamela Wiznitzer. (Photo: Trademark)

3/4 oz. Frangelico
1.5 oz. Rum
1 Tbsp. Cherry jam
3/4 oz. Lime juice
3 dashes Tiki Bitters
1 egg white (optional)
Garnish with a brandied cherry

Dry shake and then shake once more with ice. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish.

Facing West

Facing West.
Facing West. (Photo: Maestro Dobel)

2 oz. Maestro Dobel silver tequila
1 oz. Raw coconut water
1/2 oz. Lime juice
Barspoon agave
4 large pieces fresh watermelon
Lime wheel

Shake ingredients in a tin and fine strain into an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice. Garnish with a watermelon triangle and lime wheel. 

  9 Refreshing Cocktails Perfect for Summer