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Browse our best vodka cocktails for summer: fruity, bubbly and refreshing! These summer vodka drinks range from classics to unique spins.

Summer vodka drinks, vodka cocktails summer

Summer is the best season for cocktails (at least we think so). Here’s why: there are endless ways to enjoy fruity, herby, bubbly and icy flavors and textures. Make up a tall highball with sparkling water or ginger ale. Grab handfuls of fresh mint from the garden. Blend up summer fruits like watermelon and ripe strawberries. Summer is all about laid back, seasonal drinks! And what better spirit to pair than vodka?

Here are all the best summer vodka drinks! These vodka cocktails for summer range from classics like the Moscow Mule to freeform highballs like the Vodka Spritzer, Vodka Soda and Vodka Tonic. To be honest, we started getting thirsty as we created this list…

And now…the best summer vodka drinks and cocktails!

More summer inspiration

Outside of these vodka cocktails for summer, there are so many other drink inspirations! If you’ve got spirits, we’ve got recipes. Here are all our best ideas:

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Vodka spritzer

Summer Vodka Cocktails (Spritzer & More!)

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 drinks 1x


Browse our best vodka cocktails for summer: fruity, bubbly and refreshing! These summer vodka drinks range from classics to unique spins. See above for all the drinks, or below for the Vodka Spritzer.


  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 12 ounces (1 ½ cups) vodka
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoonssimple syrup
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) unsweetened 100% cranberry juice*
  • Soda water, for serving
  • Ice, for serving
  • For the garnish: 1 handful fresh mint leaves


  1. Slice the lemon into rounds. Thinly slice the strawberries.
  2. Place the lemons and strawberries in a pitcher with the vodka, simple syrup, and cranberry juice. Marinate at least 30 minutes (or up to 4 hours).
  3. To serve, pour 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) of the vodka mix over ice and top with a splash of soda water to taste. Garnish with the fruit from the pitcher and sprigs of fresh mint leaves.


*If all you can find is sweetened cranberry juice (often labeled as cranberry juice cocktail), use half the simple syrup specified in this recipe. Or you can use it as is for a sweeter drink!

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

Keywords: Summer vodka drinks, vodka cocktails summer

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 for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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