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Easy summer cocktail recipes

Try one of our refreshing cocktails for BBQs, picnics and long lazy summer afternoons, from frozen margaritas to mojitos, and the ultimate piña colada

Here are our best summer cocktail recipes. From our refreshing frozen strawberry margaritas to our rum punch and pineapple whisky sour, there’s a recipe for every summer’s day. We also have an excellent collection of gin cocktail recipes and jug cocktails to try – perfect for get-togethers or lazy summer afternoons. Or, if you’re after more in the way of classic concoctions, try our best ever cocktail recipes.

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Also check out our collection of sizzling summer recipes for more seasonal drinks and dishes.


Easy summer cocktail ideas

Piña colada

Best drunk in the sun on holiday, piña coladas really are the bee’s knees. Transport yourself to the tropics by recreating our perfect recipe at home.

Piña Colada Recipe

Transport yourself to a sunny beach with this fruity daiquiri cocktail, bursting with tropical and summery flavours including banana and white rum.

For more recipe inspiration, check out our banana recipes.

A banana daiquiri cocktail with fresh banana on the side

Zombie cocktail

For a fresh and fruity cocktail with plenty of kick, try this zombie cocktail mixing three types of rum with anise liqueur and Angostura.

Three tall zombie cocktails with fruit in the background

 

 


Mai tai

If you’re feeling fruity, make this tropical cocktail made with two types of rum, orange curacao, almond syrup and lime juice. Perfect with a pineapple wedge.

Two mai tai cocktails topped with fresh mint

Frozen margarita

Nothing quite says summer like a frozen margarita in a salt-crusted glass. This recipe only requires four ingredients, making it perfect for cocktail making without the fuss.

Two frozen margaritas with lime wedges in the background

Margarita

Lime juice, tequila and cointreau are all that is required to make our simple and delicious margarita. No self-respecting cocktail menu would be complete without this punchy, citrussy treat.

Take a look through our best ever margarita recipes for even more twists and variations.

Margarita in a glass with copper cocktail shaker and a plate of limes behind

It’s party time! Grab strawberries, rum, lime juice and ice, then blitz it all together for quick-as-you-like homemade cocktails that’ll cool you right down.

Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri Recipe

Caipirinha

Mojito fans in particular will love this light, zesty yet punchy cocktail, which is Brazil’s national drink. A properly refreshing sip for a summer’s day.

Caipirinha Recipe

Bicicletta spritz

A sophisticated take on a classic cocktail, this recipe uses dry white wine (a light Italian variety) in place of the usual prosecco. Ideal for lazy summer afternoons, spent imagining you’re on the continent.

Bicicletta spritz

Pineapple whisky sour

Pineapple juice adds a refreshing fruity twist to the classic whisky sour, as well as giving it a lighter edge. Try this recipe to see what we mean.

Pineapple Whisky Sour Recipe

Virgin mojito

Who needs rum for a refreshing cocktail in the sun? Whip-up an alcohol-free mojito with fresh lime, mint leaves, apple juice and sparkling water. All the Cuban flavour, none of the hangover!

Mojito Mocktail Recipe

Apricot bellini

Blitz fresh apricots to make our summery take on a classic Italian prosecco cocktail.

Bellini Cocktail Recipe with Apricots

Raspberry daiquiri

A classic with a twist, this bright-red concoction uses fresh raspberries, lots of lime juice and white rum. A fruity, refreshing cocktail that’s perfect for summer.

Raspberry Daiquiri Recipe

Passion fruit caipirinha

A passion fruit twist on the punchy Brazilian cocktail. This is an ideal drink for those warm summer evenings.

Passion Fruit Caipirinha Recipe

Jamaican rum punch

This rum punch is packed with the tropical flavours of coconut, pineapple and lime. It’s simple to make and can serve a crowd, meaning it’s ideal for summer get-togethers.

Jamaican Rum Punch from original flava

Lagerita cocktail

This largertia takes the tequila from a classic margarita and combines it with beer. Make this quick and easy cocktail for a simple but refreshing drink this summer.

Lagerita Cocktail Recipe

Classic sangria

Channel sunny holiday vibes with this classic Spanish tipple. Grab a bottle of light, dry red wine, some fruit, brandy and lemonade and create your own version of this refreshing punch.

Easy Sangria Recipe

Mezcal, pineapple and jalapeño smash

The smoky notes of the mezcal work wonderfully with the grilled pineapple and gentle heat from the chilli in this spicy drink, ideal for summer. It’s simple to make and can easily be made into a jug cocktail for a crowd. Find more of our jug cocktail recipes here.

Mezcal Cocktail Recipe with Pineapple And Jalapeño

Strawberry margarita slushies

Stay cool this summer with refreshing strawberry margarita slushies. These fruity drinks are super quick and easy to make, a perfect crowd-pleaser.

Strawberry Margarita Slushie Recipe | Strawberry Granita Recipe

Rosé negroni sbagliato

We’ve taken a classic Italian cocktail and given it a summery twist, perfect for an easy aperitivo.

Negroni Sbagliato Cocktail Recipe with Rosé Wine

Iced tea sangria

Eke out the last of the warm weather with this easy-drinking wine cocktail. Packed with zesty lemons, juicy oranges and a touch of sweet honey.

Iced Tea Sangria Recipe

Elderflower and raspberry mocktail bottles

Make a batch of these summery portable mocktails in just ten minutes and pop in your picnic hamper.

Elderflower Mocktail Recipe

Mezcal paloma

Check out this quick and easy summer cocktail recipe with mezcal, zesty limes and sweet yet slightly bitter grapefruit juice. A paloma is usually made with tequila but using mezcal instead adds a lovely smoky edge to the drink.

Mezcal Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Dark and stormy punch

Want an easy rum punch recipe? Check out this quick and easy summer cocktail punch with tropical pineapple, zesty limes and fiery ginger. We have more great rum cocktails over here.

Dark and Stormy Punch Recipe

Frozen peach margaritas

Nothing quite says summer like a frozen margarita and we’ve given it a fruity twist with this recipe for frozen peach margaritas. They’re easy to make and perfect for a boozy dessert. We have more great summer dessert ideas here.

Frozen Margarita Recipe with Peaches

Kombucha mule

Raw, fermented tea may not sound particularly appealing, but that’s exactly what kombucha is and it works really well in summery cocktails like this refreshing kombucha mule.

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Kombucha Mule Cocktail


Olive summer cup

This is our homemade version of Pimm’s and it’s the perfect drink for summer sipping. Plus, you probably already have the ingredients lurking in your cupboard.

olive summer cup