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Summer cocktails: strawberry mojito in glass
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Beat the heat with these summer cocktails! Try frozen drinks, spritzes, and fruity pitchers perfect for backyard barbecues and patio sipping. Let summer drink season begin!

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 strawberries and blueberries.

As two cocktail experts with over 300 cocktail recipes in our library, we’ve reviewed all our drink recipes and found all the best summer cocktails to try!

Types of summer cocktails and drinks

There are classics like the minty mojito and the tangy margarita, frozen drinks like the daiquiri and piña colada, punches like sangria and fruity lemonade recipes, and bubbly drinks like the highball and the spritz.

Really—we want to drink them all! See below to search by category or scroll down to get started on the recipe!

And now…the best summer cocktails!

More summer drinks

Want summer drinks by alcohol type? Here are a few more collections of summer cocktails grouped by spirit:

Frequently asked questions

What are some refreshing summer cocktail staples?

Fresh fruits like citrus, berries, and melons add vibrant flavor and a touch of sweetness. Herbs like mint and basil provide a lovely aromatic touch. Sparkling water, iced tea, and coconut water offer light and bubbly bases.

I’m hosting a party, what are some crowd-pleasing summer cocktails?

Sangria, punch, and large-batch cocktails are perfect for groups. Try a margarita pitcher or mojito pitcher! Look for recipes that can be prepped in advance and served over ice throughout the party.

Are there any non-alcoholic summer drinks I can make?

Absolutely! Mocktails mirror the flavors of summer cocktails but without the alcohol. Experiment with sparkling water, fresh juices, fruit purees, and herbs to create refreshing and delicious alcohol-free options. Or try a Virgin Margarita, Virgin Pina Colada, Virgin Mojito, or Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri.

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40 Best Summer Cocktails

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  • 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.


  • 6 mint leaves, plus additional for garnish
  • 3 ripe strawberries, plus more for garnish
  • 2 ounces* white rum
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup or maple syrup
  • 4 ounces soda water


  1. Slice the 3 strawberries in half. In a cocktail shakermuddle the mint leaves. Add the strawberries and muddle again. Add the rum, lime juice and simple syrup and fill the cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cold.
  2. Place ice into a glass, and strain in the liquid. Top off the glass with soda water. Garnish with additional mint leaves and sliced strawberries.


Pitcher variation: Muddle 1 pint strawberries (24 berries). Then add to this Mojito Pitcher recipe, and garnish with additional sliced strawberries.

To convert to ounces, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons


  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

More types of cocktails

There are lots more great cocktail recipes to try outside of these summer cocktails! Here are some of our best summer drink collections:

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  2. Sabrina says:

    love all of these, thank you I’m half way through summer before I saw these so have to make up for lost time!

  3. Keyifler Yerinde says:

    great compilation

  4. julie dumford says:

    please can y’all make a cocktail recipe book?
    your recipes are the best!

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      One day!

  5. Connie Hendy says:

    What a great list!! Where to start??!