6 Best Summer Cocktail Recipes Bartenders Recommend

Kick back and treat yourself this summer with a tasty and refreshing cocktail. There’s nothing better than watching the waves, feeling the sun on your skin and sipping a cold drink with a kick. Whether it’s a reliable old classic or an exciting new adventure, you’ll find something here to satisfy your thirst. There’s something for everyone, whether it’s sweet, fruity drinks or something dry and strong.

Pear Mojito

For a sweet twist on a summer classic, add some delicious pear puree to your next mojito. Use one part lime juice and one part syrup for every two parts of your favorite rum. Shake it with ice and a generous helping of pear puree, and then add club soda and fresh mint. Switch out the pear for a little bit of sugar if you prefer the traditional version.

Tequila Sunrise

Start your morning right with this perfect brunch drink. Add about a shot of tequila to a moderate glass of orange juice and mix it with some ice. You can adjust to make it stronger or weaker as you prefer. Then gradually pour in a shot of grenadine and wait for it to sink to the bottom of the drink. 

Mint Julep

Mix fresh mint, water, and a little sugar in a small glass or a pewter cup if you have one. Then add ice and a sizeable pour of smooth bourbon whiskey. Turn this into an amazing slushie-style treat with shaved ice. Take your time with this gorgeous drink while sitting on the porch with a good book or a close friend. 

Watermelon Sangria

There’s no better way to make a thrilling summer cocktail that everyone’s going to enjoy than using fresh fruit. Mix a small pitcher of this delicious and surprisingly strong sangria and dazzle your friends. Blend four cups of seedless watermelon with a cup of rum, a little lime juice, and a normal-sized bottle of sweet wine, like Moscato. Serve cold and top it with a few blueberries to add a splash of color. 

Basil Gimlet

If you’re a fan of gin and you’d like to try something new, how about making yourself a basil gimlet? All it takes is a good gin, syrup, lime juice, and fresh basil. Use one part syrup and one part lime juice for four parts gin. Shake those ingredients together with ice and add a basil garnish. Enjoy the unique flavor!

Piña Colada

Nothing takes away the stress and puts people in a summer mood like a piña colada. For the classic style, use equal parts coconut milk, white rum, and pineapple juice. Blend it with frozen pineapple and ice and serve in the most luxurious cocktail glasses you can find. Take it up the next level with a half part of blue Curaçao to make it match the color of the sea. Then top it off with garnish like a cherry or a slice of fresh pineapple. 

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