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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36 summer cocktails

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 cocktail in a glass, with pineapple wedge garnish

Sex on the beach

This cocktail sings of summer – simply mix vodka with peach schnapps, orange juice and cranberry juice.

Sex on the beach cocktail in glass with orange slice

White wine sangria

Summer screams for sangria – try this white wine version with brandy, elderflower and plenty of fruit.

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White sangria in pitcher and glasses

Paloma cocktail

The perfect refresher for the summer months, check out this light and breezy tequila cocktail featuring agave syrup and grapefruit.

Two peach-coloured cocktails in short glasses with salted rims and a wedge of grapefruit

Banana daiquiri

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 which mixes three types of rum with anise liqueur and Angostura bitters.

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

Elderflower daiquiri

Summery, elegant and simple to make, this cocktail is also easy to adjust to your taste. Reduce the lime juice by 5ml to make it sweeter, or add more to sharpen.

Cocktail glass with elderflower daiquiri

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

Pineapple mezcal margarita

Bring a burst of flavour to your summer soirées by melding the captivating smokiness of mezcal with the sun-kissed sweetness of pineapple juice.

Pineapple mezcal margarita in a martini glass topped with a dried lime.


Serve this cocktail-dessert hybrid for an easy yet impressive end to an Italian-inspired al fresco dinner.

Two glasses of sgroppino

Frozen sherry cobbler

We’ve made a sherry cobbler even more refreshing and summery by creating this frozen version, perfect for a hot day.

Frozen sherry cobbler cocktail in a tumbler glass with a slice of orange


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

Strawberry daiquiri

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


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

Seabreeze cocktail

You'll need cranberry vodka, two types of sherry and grapefruit juice for this refreshing cocktail from Manzi's seafood restaurant in Soho.

A tall cocktail with a twist of orange on top

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.

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

Black Mout Montserrat cocktail

A quick and easy recipe which sings summer, give this spiced rum cocktail from Brixton restaurant Caribe’ a go.

A wooden table topped with a rum cocktail, with silver cocktail shakers and a wedge of lime on the side

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!

Virgin mojito

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 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.

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.

Sangria in a jug with three glasses of sangria beside it

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.

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.


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


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Hannah GuinnessSenior sub editor and drinks writer

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