Best ever summer cocktail recipes

Try one of our 19 summer cocktail recipes for BBQs, picnics and summer entertaining. From frozen margaritas to refreshing fizzes, these cooling recipes are great for al fresco events

Here are our best summer cocktail recipes. From our zesty vodka cocktail of grapefruit and lychee fizz, to our refreshing frozen peach margaritas, there’s a recipe for every summer’s day. We’ve also got an excellent collection of gin cocktail recipes, including our Clissold cooler cocktail and Southside fizz cocktail. 


 If you’re looking to share, try our best ever summer cocktail recipes by the pitcher.

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

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 recipe with tropical pineapple, zesty limes and fiery ginger.

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. For other summery dessert ideas try our best ever summer desserts. Or why not try some of our other peach recipes here.

Kombucha mule

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

Grapefruit and lychee fizz

Kick back and relax with this refreshing cocktail for one. Enjoy the fruity flavours of grapefruit and lychee in this vodka and fizz cocktail. Perfect to unwind with on a Friday night.

Lime, raspberry and vodka cocktail

This refreshingly zingy drink is our best ever vodka cocktail and so simple to make. Perfect for sipping alfresco with guests on a hot day. Why not try another of our raspberry recipes?

Kentucky Royale

The best bourbon cocktail. This classic recipe mixes bourbon with Chambord, the delicious raspberry liqueur. Ginger beer ties it all together and a raspberry garnish finishes it off nicely.

Southside fizz cocktail

This Southside Fizz cocktail recipe comes from Boodles Gin – and all it calls for (apart from the gin) is lemon juice, sugar syrup and a handful of mint leaves.

Watermelon cooler

This watermelon and tequila cocktail from Thomasina Miers is really refreshing for a hot summer day, and proves that tequila isn’t all about slammers. Try serving it at your next BBQ.

The new spritz

Vermouth is back in style and it’s THE thing to be drinking this summer. We love Cocchi’s range of vermouths, and this zesty Cocchi Americano spritz, topped up with white grapefruit juice and prosecco is perfect for summer. The spritz was originally wine with a dash of soda water, before people started adding bitters to soda, tonic and prosecco to create modern-day versions.

kiwi fruit collins

A fruity vodka-based cocktail invented by cocktail guru Douglas Ankrah that looks amazing with its green Christmas hue. Make sure you’ve got lots of crushed ice ready to go before you start making them.

Saudi champagne

One for the drivers! If you prefer something with a bit of an alcoholic kick (which would most definitely not make it Saudi), put a shot of gin in each person’s glass.

Clissold cooler cocktail

Did you know that rose wine mixed with apple juice makes the beginnings of an excellent gin cocktail? This Clissold cooler is from Colonel Fox, a dry gin company based in London, and also calls for elderflower spritz and merle cassis.

cucumber gin fizz

The perfect summer cocktail. Serve this refreshing sparkling drink to guests as a pre-dinner pick me up.

Citrus peach cooler

This refreshing summer cocktail recipe can be enjoyed as a non-alcoholic cooler, or a boozy daytime drink with the option of adding peach schnapps. Make up a large batch for a BBQ, picnic or buffet-style dinner and enjoy as an alternative to Pimms.

Pink lemonade cocktail

Create this deliciously fresh summer cocktail for a relaxed lunch with friends.

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.

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