31 summer cocktails
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 a refreshing frozen strawberry margarita to tropical rum punch and a tangy pineapple whisky sour, there's something for everyone. Other easy summer cocktails include a fruity sex on the beach, simple white sangria and a rum-laced mai tai.
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31 summer cocktails
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.
This cocktail sings of summer – simply mix vodka with peach schnapps, orange juice and cranberry juice.
Summer screams for sangria – try this white wine version with brandy, elderflower and plenty of fruit.
The perfect refresher for the summer months, check out this light and breezy tequila cocktail featuring agave syrup and grapefruit.
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.
For a fresh and fruity cocktail with plenty of kick, try this zombie cocktail which mixes three types of rum with anise liqueur and Angostura bitters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A quick and easy recipe which sings summer, give this spiced rum cocktail from Brixton restaurant Caribe’ a go.
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!
Blitz fresh apricots to make our summery take on a classic Italian prosecco cocktail.
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.
A passion fruit twist on the punchy Brazilian cocktail. This is an ideal drink for those warm summer evenings.
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.
This lagerita 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.
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.
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.
Stay cool this summer with refreshing strawberry margarita slushies. These fruity drinks are super quick and easy to make, a perfect crowd-pleaser.
We've taken a classic Italian cocktail and given it a summery twist, perfect for an easy aperitivo.
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.
Make a batch of these summery portable mocktails in just ten minutes and pop in your picnic hamper.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.