What would a summer dinner party on the patio or a day spent lounging poolside be without an ice-cold refreshing cocktail in hand? If you're keen on playing bartender and whipping up your own tasty drinks served up just the way you like, you'll want to experiment with a few easy cocktail recipes this summer. After all, a drink you can quickly throw together ensures you spend as much time relaxing and enjoying the season as possible.
Enter: these 10 easy summer cocktails. Each requires just a few ingredients and a couple of minutes of your time. Prepare a big batch of sangria made for sharing, or try your hand at a fun rosГ© spritz or fruity mojito. No matter your alcohol preferences, there's a quick and easy drink for you test your mixology skills on. Stock the bar and ready your shaker and muddler, these flavorful concoctions were made for summer.
RosГ© SangriaThe Modern Proper
The Recipe:В ThisВ rosГ© sangria makes for the perfect summertime entertaining beverage.В It's made for a crowd; all you have to do is toss ingredients like rosГ©, club soda, triple sec, gin, and sliced citrus into a large pitcher, stir, and wait.
The Hero Ingredient:В Dry rosГ© gives this sangria a unique taste that's sure to impress. Plus, what summer cocktail would be complete without at least a dash of the pink wine?
Prep Time: FiveВ minutes (but you'll have to let the sangria chill in the fridge for at least four hours before enjoying).Nordstrom at Home Set of 4 Coasters $39 $26Shop
Lemony Lime Island Mango Mezcal BreezeHalf Baked Harvest
The Recipe: A lemon-lime mezcal breeze is the easy summer cocktail you didn't know you were missing out on. Forgo your usual margarita recipe for this Mexican-inspired treat. It's made with mango juice, mezcal, tequila, sparkling water, lemon, and lime for a smokey, fruity concoction that you can whip up in minutes.
The Hero Ingredient: This recipe calls for just a pinch of chili powder to give the cocktail a bit of bite. Paired with the undeniable taste of mezcal, it's the perfect combination of heat.
Prep Time: Five minutesJuiceglass Glass Drink Stirrers $36Shop
Coconut MargaritaFoodie Crush
The Recipe: A play on a traditional margarita, this recipe ties in one of the summer's most popular flavors: coconut. Raid your fridge for some coconut cream and coconut milk and combine with tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, simple syrup, and just a splash of half-and-half. Shake it up and serve on the rocks for a restaurant-quality creation made in minutes.
The Hero Ingredient: Coconut cream. It gives the drink its intense coconut flavor as well as the desired creamy texture.
Prep Time: Five minutesTrue Fabrications Viski Belmont Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker $35 $23Shop
Smashed Berry RosГ© SpritzHalf Baked Harvest
The Recipe: Another cocktail that you can make in one big pitcher, this smashed berry rosГ© spritz couldn't be easier to make. Muddle fresh blackberries, raspberries, basil, and lemon in the bottom of a pitcher; then pour in tequila, elderflower liquor, and a bottle of chilled sparkling rosГ©. Toss in sliced peaches or nectarines and garnish with extra basil.
The Hero Ingredient: Fresh fruit adds a punch of flavors to this easy summer cocktail. Be sure to muddle well to release all the juices to the mixture.
Prep Time: 10 minutesAHeirloom Muddler $29Shop
Grapefruit Pisco Sour with Orange BittersThe Modern Proper
The Recipe: This pisco sour recipe swaps traditional lemon for tangy grapefruit and angostura bitters for orange ones. Although the drink calls for egg whites, don't be scared off by the odd ingredient, it's still a straightforward cocktail perfect for summer. Simply combine an egg white with simple syrup, grapefruit juice, pisco (a South American brandy), and ice. Shake it up, strain into a glass, and top with a few dashes of orange bitters. Only you will know how easy it was to make such an impressive-looking cocktail.
The Hero Ingredient: Pisco gives this traditional drink its signature taste. If it's not already sitting on your bar cart, be sure to pick some up to have on hand just in case the mood for this cocktail strikes.
Prep Time: 10 minutesWaterford Elegance Champagne Belle Coupe Glass, Pair $70Shop
Pineapple MojitoMelanie Makes
The Recipe: All you need to make this refreshing mojito is six ingredients and 10 minutes. Muddle fresh mint leaves and limes and top with pineapple juice, simple syrup, white rum, and club soda. One sip and you'll feel like you're lounging seaside on vacation.
The Hero Ingredient: Pineapple juice makes this drink feel like summer. It's fresh, sweet, and combines wonderfully with the white rum and fresh mint.
Prep Time: 10 minutesJuiceglass Glass Straws (Set of 4) $32Shop
Traditional White SangriaMinimalist Baker
The Recipe: Gather up seasonal fruit like green apples, peaches, and strawberries to combine with lemon, lime, sugar, apple brandy, and dry white wine. The result is an easy traditional white sangria made for sharing with friends. For something truly special, freeze a few berries to use in place of ice cubes when serving.
The Hero Ingredient: Opt for a bottle of white Spanish table wine to bring all the traditional flavors together.
Prep Time: 15 minutesAerin Leon Corkscrew $125Shop
Sparkling Sage Grapefruit CocktailSalt and Wind
The Recipe: Elderflower liqueur, sparkling wine, and grapefruit all scream summer. Combine these fragrant ingredients with vodka and simple syrup, stir, and serve over ice with a few fresh sage leaves. The result is a beautiful, tasty cocktail made in minutes.
The Hero Ingredient: Sage acts as both an aesthetically pleasing garnish and a sweet smelling topping to delight all the senses.
Prep Time: Five minutesHawkins New York Handblown Moroccan Glass Pitcher $32Shop
Summer Radler with Strawberry VodkaThe Modern Proper
The Recipe: Though easy enough, this summer radler recipe will take a bit of extra time and care to perfect. Blend together fresh strawberries with vodka to create a purГ©e then strain over a bowl before chilling in the fridge. Be sure to keep all the ingredients cold; then combine wheat beer with the strawberry vodka and a lemon simple syrup for a seriously refreshing summer cocktail.
The Hero Ingredient: If you've never tried a cocktail mixed with beer, it's time to start. A wheat beer adds a summer flair to this fruity beverage.
Prep Time: 15 minutesVanessa Dina The Art of the Bar Cart $23Shop
Cucumber Cooler CocktailsMinimalist Baker
The Recipe: Cucumber is arguably the most refreshing food around. Pair it with gin, lime, tonic, and mint for the perfect easy summer cocktail. You'll be left with a light, simple, drink that's perfect for enjoying on a hot evening.
The Hero Ingredient: Cucumber, of course. This cocktail wouldn't be complete without the fresh, barely there taste that lends itself to this drink. Think of it as spiked spa water.
Prep Time: Five minutesThreshold Wood & Glass Gold Finish Bar Cart $108Shop