As the temperature rises, people need to have an ice drink to cool down and keep energetic. We all want a glass of lemonade. Ice water is a must, but sometimes in the heat of summer, a stiff drink is all you really need. That’s why we’ve collected the best summer cocktails to quench your thirst and keep you cool throughout the season, no matter where you are.

First, choose your poison, whether it’s gin, vodka, bourbon, or tequila, and then check out our selection of favorites. Drink summer cocktail recipes such as blackberry cucumber gin and tonic, sweet tea sangria, and blueberry mojitos. Frozen drinks are easy, too, and you’ll want to celebrate the added sugar with chilled salty dogs, pineapple mango daiquiris, and even beer-dipped popsicles. Whether on the beach or on the porch, these summer drinks are unique.


Frozen Salty Dog

This vodka, gin and grapefruit blend combines sweet and salty flavors to make it more satisfying when frozen.


1.5 ounces gin or vodka
3 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
1 ounces grenadine
1 1/2 – 2 cups iceberg 

Get the recipe at A Beautiful Mess.


Blackberry Cucumber Gin and Tonic

It doesn’t take much to give your go-to G&T the summer treatment—just a few fresh blackberries and cucumber slices.    
8 fresh blackberries
3–4 slices cucumber
1–1 1/2 ounces of the gin of your choice
1 cup tonic

Get the recipe at The Wooden Skillet.


Frozen Blue Lemonade Vodka Slushes

Cool down and booze up with this frozen concoction that tastes great all year.


1 c. vodka
1 c. Champagne
1/2 c. Blue Curacao
1/2 c.lemonade
3 c. ice
Lemon wedgew
hite sanding sugar
Get the recipe at Delish.

Strawberry Tequila Sodas

With only four fresh ingredients and an unbeatable light flavor, expect each round to be quicker than you can say, “who needs a supplement?”


3 juicy strawberries, top cut off
1 ounce tequila
Juice of large ½ lime
2 ounces tonic water

Get the recipe at Sugar and Charm.


Frozen Pineapple Mango Daiquiri

It’s not without at least one daiquiri in summer, so quench your thirst with this delicious frozen cockatiel.


4 oz white rum
2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed
1 cup fresh or frozen mango
1/4 cup filtered
1 cup crushed ice
pineapple wedges for garnish

Get the recipe at Jelly Toast.


Peach Bourbon Arnold Palmer

On lazy porch nights, you almost need a can of Arnold Palmer liqueur, especially bourbon and peach liqueur.


1 whiskey ball
1 part lemonade
1 part iced tea
1 tsp simple syrup
1 ounce bourbon
1/2 ounce peach liqueur
1/2 of 1 peach- sliced
1 mint sprig for garnish

Get the recipe at Kleinworth and Co.


Aperol Grapefruit Margarita

On lazy porch nights, you almost need a can of Arnold Palmer liqueur, especially bourbon and peach liqueur.


2 ounces tequila blanco
1 ounce Aperol
2 ounces squeezed pink grapefruit juice
½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
2 ounces club soda
Grapefruit or orange rounds for garnish (optional)

Get the recipe at Domesticate Me.


Mango Sunrise Piña Colada

Just take a bite of this fruity summer cocktail and you’ll be whisked away to the beach.


2 oz coconut rum
2 oz mango juice
2 oz pineapple juice
1 tablespoon coconut cream
1 tablespoon grenadine
Fresh pineapple garnish

Get the recipe at The Sweetest Occasion.


Boozy Popsicle Mimosas

Have your drink and eat it too. Let a booze-infused popsicle soak in your sparkling wine while you sip, then enjoy the adult-friendly treat once your glass is empty.


3-4 fresh strawberries, chopped into small pieces
10 strawberries, roughly chopped, for garnish 
2½ cups orange juice
3½ ounces Cointreau or Triple Sec
2 bottles chilled champagne / prosecco / some type of sparkling wine

Get the recipe at Ready to Yumble.


Rosé Lemonade Elderflower Cocktail

This wouldn’t be a summer cocktail list without roses or lemon juice, so why not combine seasonal staples into a delicious drink?


5 ounces rosé
1 ounce elderflower liqueur
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup
splash of seltzer water
sliced strawberries
lemon slices
fresh mint for garnish
Get the recipe at Spices in My DNA.