Summer Cocktail Recipes to Cool and Refresh - 2 Dads with Baggage

Summer Cocktail Recipes to Cool and Refresh

It’s time for outdoor entertaining, and summer is the best time of year to mix up some cool cocktails. We love to entertain on our back deck, sipping cold drinks while overlooking the yard, koi pond and canyon beyond. We’ve been mixing up some fresh new tastes and have some amazing summer cocktail recipes to share with you.

Try these drinks to spruce up your summer, indoors or outdoors.

Summer Cocktail Recipes to Cool and Refresh

1. Lemon Drop Martini

This easy three-ingredient lemon martini will have you sipping by the pool in no time!

Lemon Drop Martini
Delicious, easy to make and lemony-licious.

2. Grapefruit Cocktail

The refreshing taste of grapefruit and vodka makes this sweet citrus cocktail a favorite for the warm summer months.

Summer Grapefruit cocktail
Tastes just like summer – great for boozy brunches.

3. Pineapple Coconut Malibu Rum Summer Cocktail Recipe

For a tropical coconut flavored beverage, try this easy, delicious drink:

Pineapple Coconut Rum Summer Cocktail
Malibu coconut rum, pineapple juice, ginger ale, and grenadine syrup give this drink its kick

4. Captain’s Lime Shandy

I never thought beer, lime, and dark rum could combine for such a delicious summer flavor, but this cocktail makes it happen!

Captain’s Lime Shandy
Add a sprig of rosemary for a nice flourish.

5. Orange Julius Cocktail

Take your favorite childhood mall drink and imagine it with liquor in a gluten-free, vegan masterpiece. It’s a grown up Orange Julius.

Orange Julius Cocktail
My mom used to make an Orange Julius but it was nothing like this!

6. Nectarine and Basil Mojitos

This rum-based drink puts together unique flavors together for a fruity marvelous mojito.

Nectarine and Basil Mojitos
Grab some fresh nectarine at your local farmer’s market.

7. Jack Daniels Iced Tea

Lemon slices and Tennessee whiskey will make you want to sing a country song and relax in the sun.

Jack Daniels Iced Tea
Now this kind of iced tea makes me happy on a summer day.

8. Wine Slushies

Perfect for a night in with your spouse or a dinner party with friends, wine slushies bring the sophistication of your favorite vino to summertime.

Wine Slushies cocktail recipe
Wine Slushies are the new big thing, and now you can make one at home.

9 Cry Baby Punch

This sour tequila cocktail is a Tulsa, Oklahoma original.

Cry Baby Punch sour tequila cocktail
This sour tequila cocktail makes you pucker up in a good way.

10. Crown Royal Cocktail

Inspired by The Avengers movie, this drink features cranberry juice, amaretto, Crown Royal, and Captain Morgan for an out of this world chilled beverage.

Crown Royal Cocktail recipe
Festive and colorful, this cocktail is a big hit at summer parties.

11. Pineapple Orange Colada

Do you like pina coladas? Enjoy this fruity drink with added optional strawberries.

Pineapple Orange Colada cocktail recipe
This summer cocktail sneaks up on you.

12. Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail

Lemonade and bourbon make this beachy beauty perfect for sipping.

Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail recipe
Fresh lemon and lime give this cocktail an Italian flavor profile.

13. Classic Gin Rickey Cocktail

Decorate this drink with edible flowers for an artistic delight.

Classic Gin Rickey Cocktail recipe
Some of these old time cocktail recipes are coming back strong.

14. Skinny Margarita

Whip up a batch of sugar-free margaritas in under five minutes.

Skinny Margarita recipe
If you are watching your calories, this cocktail almost begs to be included.

15. Call Me a Cab Lemonade Wine Cocktail

Ice + lemonade + vodka + wine makes this simple sweet drink that will have you buzzing for more.

Lemonade Wine Cocktail recipe
Beautiful, sweet and deceivingly strong.

16. Peach Mango Daiquiri

When you need to beat the summer heat, try this peachy frozen treat:

Peach Mango Daiquiri recipe
With the abundance of fresh summer fruit, peaches will be easy to find.

17. Winey Moscow Mule Cocktail

If you’re a moscow mule fan, bring out your copper mug, add some wine, and enjoy!


18. Summer White Sangria

Slices of fruit make this white wine inspired drink a summer favorite.

Summer White Sangria recipe
White Sangria is synonymous with summer, and this one does not disappoint.

19. Morning Mimosas

Set up this delicious mimosa bar to have for brunch or anytime.

Mimosa recipe
A little pick-me-up at the Sunday brunch.

20. Lemon Lime Basil Margarita

Another drink that utilizes basil gives you a reason to plant an herb garden. Yum!

Lemon Lime Basil Margarita recipe
Mmmmmm delish.

These summer cocktail recipes are perfect for a night in, a cocktail party, or lounging outdoors with friends. Enjoy these flavorful drinks all summer long.

If you’re looking for more recipes, check out my concoctions for Sparkling Ice fruity drink recipes, and my recipe for Blueberry Ginger Mojitos is a summer favorite as well.


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    4 thoughts on “Summer Cocktail Recipes to Cool and Refresh

      1. Thanks for letting us Teresa – it’s delicious! I think it will become a staple at our summer parties. Hope you have a great summer too!

      1. We are glad to include your recipe, and gin is so big right now we’re sure this will be very popular!

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