Easy Summer Cocktail Recipes – Rachel Cooks®

Looking for easy summer cocktail recipes to cool down and relax? Perfect for a backyard BBQ or lounging by the pool, this collection of refreshing and uncomplicated cocktails is guaranteed to transport you to tropical paradise with every sip.

List of summer cocktail recipes, graphic with text and photos.

Summer is here and what better way to celebrate the season than by treating yourself to a delicious cocktail (or non-alcoholic mocktail)?

Whether you’re planning a backyard gathering, a relaxing poolside retreat, or just a refreshing sip after a long day, you’ve come to the right place. These easy summer cocktail recipes will quench your thirst and keep you chilled all season long.

Check out the cocktails below and start planning! My favorites are a classic Aperol Spritz or a refreshing glass of Frosé.

Many can also be made into soft drinks!

And what goes better with a cocktail than an irresistible appetizer? Try bacon-wrapped dates, Mexicani dip, air fryer coconut shrimp, or crab rangoon dip.

If the list below doesn’t quench your thirst, browse through all of our drink recipes.

Summer Cocktail Recipes


Rosé wine mixed with frozen strawberries is the ultimate summer refreshment!

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Frozen rose wine mixed with strawberries in a stemmed glass, garnished with strawberries.
French 75

This bright and sunny lemon, gin and bubbly cocktail is a classic for a reason!

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Two French 75 cocktails garnished with lemon wedges.
Aperol Spritz recipe

Another classic summer cocktail, an Aperol Spritz is slightly bitter, slightly sweet and very refreshing!

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A light orange Aperol spritz in a wine glass, garnished with star-cut orange zest.
Vodka lemonade

Vodka Lemonade is super easy to make and always a crowd favorite! Ours has a special White Claw twist!

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Two glasses of vodka lemonade garnished with orange wedges.
Raspberry rosé spritzer

We love a spritzer in summer and this raspberry rosé spritzer is refreshing, flavorful and easy to make!

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Bright red drink in a stemmed glass with raspberries next to it.
Paloma Recipe – Spicy or Traditional

Whether you like it sweet or tangy, this grapefruit tequila cocktail pairs perfectly with tacos or nachos!

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Peach colored paloma cocktail on ice with a slice of grapefruit and lime.
Bay Breeze recipe

If you love a fruity drink, this one is for you! Tart cranberry and sweet pineapple juice pair perfectly with this refreshing cocktail!

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Bright red cocktail garnished with a cherry and a lime wheel.
Classic Gin Tonic Recipe – Tips for making the best!

You can never go wrong with a classic gin and tonic! Try adding mashed cucumbers for something different and unique!

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Beautiful cocktails with gin tonic water and lime.
Rosé spritzer

Another great spritzer, this rosé spritzer only requires two ingredients!

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Two stemmed glasses with rose spritzers garnished with strawberries.
Strawberry Margarita Punch

If you like a sweeter drink, try this Strawberry Margarita Punch!

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Red iced drink in a margarita glass.
Frozen Sangria Slushie recipe

Honestly, I like this cocktail better than traditional sangria because you don’t have to fish fruit out of the glass after drinking the sangria!

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Three long stemmed wine glasses filled with frozen sangria and garnished with a fresh strawberry and orange slice.  There is a paper straw in each glass.
Mojito milkshake

A cross between a cocktail and a milkshake, this mojito milkshake is the ultimate summer refreshment!

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A cross between a vanilla milkshake and a mojito, this Mojito Milkshake is absolute summertime perfection!  You'll love the taste of a mojito in a decadent summertime treat.  Get the recipe at RachelCooks.com!
Sparkling Pink Lemonade (with cocktail option!)

Whether you use it to make a cocktail or a mocktail, you’re sure to be satisfied and refreshed!

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Close-up of a pink lemonade on ice garnished with berries and fresh mint.
Blood Orange Martini

The color of this cocktail is bright and cheerful and the taste is undeniably delicious!

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Two light pink and red cocktails garnished with blood oranges on a tray.

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