Here are the best summer cocktails, from classics to frozen drinks to mixers with gin and vodka. Let summer drink season begin!

Summer cocktails and summer drinks

When it’s summer, there’s nothing better than a fruity, herby or frozen drink in hand! There are so many ways to drink the flavors of the season: sweet watermelon and juicy peaches, herbaceous mint and basil, and bright berries. Here are all the best summer cocktails to try! There are classics like the minty Mojito and the tangy margarita, frozen drinks like daiquiris and pina coladas, and fun fruity spins like watermelon cocktails and peach margaritas. Really: we want to drink them all.

And now…the best summer cocktails!

More summer drinks

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40 Best Summer Cocktails

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Here’s a classic mojito recipe, perfectly balanced with lime, rum and fresh mint! This iconic Cuban cocktail is refreshing and just sweet enough.


  • 3 mint leaves, plus additional for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon (½ ounce) maple syrup or simple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) white rum
  • ½ cup soda water


  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves with the lime juice and syrup. (Here’s how to muddle mint.)
  2. Add the rum and fill the cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cold.
  3. Place ice into a glass, and strain in the liquid. Top off the glass with soda water. Garnish with additional mint leaves.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Summer Cocktails, Summer Drinks, Summer Vodka Cocktails, Summer Gin Cocktails

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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